Leaf Blower and Trapp Marathon - Fall Events in Stowe, VT


Fall in Vermont is the best time for outdoor activities.  There are 2 great, fun events coming up in Stowe, the first two weekends in October.  On Saturday, October 6th,  Stowe Trails Partnership (formerly Stowe Mountain Bike Club) will co-host the Leaf Blower Mountain Bike Festival, with MTBVT.  This is an all day mountain bike celebration including group rides for all ages and abilities, vendors, home grown food, and local craft libations.  This year the event will be staged out of Ranch Camp on the Mountain Road, where rides will disburse all over town.  For more information about this popular annual event you can go here.

On Saturday, October 13th, Trapp Family Lodge will be hosting a fun marathon, and half marathon trail run on their trail system.  This challenging event will cover their network, taking you on some of the most beautiful trails around.  For more information on this annual event you can visit Trapp’s website:

These are two great recreational opportunities where fall foliage viewing is likely to be at its best.  Also, a place and time to connect with friends and community, and celebrate this gorgeous season, upcoming.


New Inventory in a Tight Market

Buyer demand remains high, but the level of inventory is still the lowest we've seen in years.  Residential sales will increase as we continue to move through the most active part of the selling season. In the meantime, here are some exceptional new properties which I've recently listed:



New custom built home located in one of Stowe’s most desirable locations, with sweeping Mt. Mansfield Views. 

This well known builder has created a winning combination of perfection with exceptional design, comfort, and gorgeous views. For more information and photos of this gorgeous new home, with a beautiful brook running through the property, click here.




Enjoy the serenity of Sterling Valley in this newly constructed home. 

Timeless design choices include a floor to ceiling stone chimney, and custom kitchen.  Take in the sounds of the Sterling Brook on your property, or jump on your mountain bike to ride the vast network of trails nearby.  For more on this beautiful property, click here.



You will appreciate the tranquility and privacy here, while just a five-minute drive to the village of Stowe.

Located in one of Stowe's most desirable neighborhoods. This well-appointed home has tremendous value with all of the square footage, enough space to grow, and the custom design elements, throughout.  For more information on this outstanding home, click here.

How Sweet It Is

Trapp Family Lodge Sugar House

How Sweet it is

Did you know that Vermont produces 40% of the maple syrup in the United States?  The season started early this year, and so far the sap has been running well.  With cold nights and warmer days this week, it should continue.  With that, Sugarmakers across the state will be offering gallons of the best maple syrup around, along with a variety of other maple products.  The following are some local favorites.

  • Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm invites visitors daily and offers an educational blog, complete with a weather report, sap sweetness and boiling status of each day.
  • Stowe Maple Products, a family-owned and operated sugar house, is open year-round with retail items. They will even ship your syrup to you.
  • Boyden Valley Winery will have some free samples during Vermont’s Maple Open House Weekend, March 25th and 26th; and will be offering sugar-on-snow, maple wine and maple liqueurs, as well as free tours of the winery and sugar house.
  • Sugar Slalom, Sunday, April 8th, at Stowe Mountain Resort.  A ski race for all ages that's been held at the Mountain, since 1940.  A weekend long celebration of spring skiing and festivities, which attracts hundreds.

source: Stowe Area Association newsletter

Nordic Skiing in Stowe - The Best in the East!

Stowe has some of the best cross country skiing in the east.  Since 1968, when the Trapp Family Lodge opened the first nordic center in the U.S., cross country skiing has increased in popularity.  An amazing fitness alternative or additional activity to downhill skiing and riding, there is a long list of places you can go.  Whether it's a quick, easy, cruise on the rec path, or a day's outing in the back country, Stowe Nordic's ongoing efforts to enhance the skiing opportunities in town, have created options for everyone.

Check out the Ski Guide on their website to find out where you can go, and what the offerings in the area are.  It is a wide variety, ranging from 40 km of trails at the Trapp Family Lodge; to Edson Hill, Sterling Valley, or the Mayo Farm loop, which is groomed by Stowe Nordic.

Stowe Nordic is reviving 2 iconic Stowe backcountry events.  Both will be low key tours over parts of the Catamount trail.  Both tours will depart from the Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center on February 11, at 9:00 a.m., with a bus ride to the start and will end back at Trapps where there will be a party afterwards.

So, let it snow, and enjoy the trails, right in our backyard!

David Budbill, Beloved Vermont Author

David Budbill was one of Vermont's most beloved authors.  During his prolific career, he wrote 10 books of poems, 7 plays, 2 novels, a collection of short stories, 2 picture books for children, and the libretto for an opera.  Well known for such works as Judevine, several new works of David’s are being published posthumously, including his newest book of poems titled Tumbling Toward the End, and a novel titled Broken Wing.  David worked on Broken Wing over the last 10 years, and is a story about a man who lives alone in the mountains of northern Vermont, and his relationship with his world around him, in particular, a Rusty Blackbird with a broken wing.  Unable to fly, the bird becomes trapped in the challenging winter climate.  It is a timeless piece, and is a story of a man living a solitary life, yet with emotional intensity.  A story of loneliness, survival, and tenacity.

Although David Died this past September, and will be sorely missed, we will continue to hear his voice, and to enjoy the treasures of his passionate efforts, forever.  For more information on David, and his iconic career, you can go to his website.

If you wish to purchase a copy of Broken Wing, or any of his other publications, as David would want it, you can order them from your local book seller, or at independent book sellers online


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Realtor Grant Helps Build New Mountain Bike Trail In Stowe

The Lamoille Area Board of REALTORS® was just awarded a grant from the National Association of Realtors, which helped to build a new trail in Cady Hill Forest.  The trail was just completed by the Stowe Mountain Bike Club, and is a re-route of an existing trail that will now allow riders to more easily continue from the end of Cady Hill Connector through to the upper tier of the Cady Hill Forest and Schween trail network.  The trail is fun and flowy, up or down, and not as steep a climb as the old alternative.

Many thanks to the Lamoille Area Board of Realtors, for recognizing the importance of recreation and its benefits for our community.  And, also to the Stowe Mountain Bike Club , and Stowe Land Trust, who both continue to enhance this multi-use trail network, and natural resource.  The board of Realtors was also recently instrumental in securing a grant for the new Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.


B3 Weekend in Stowe, Coming Soon!


Critical Mass Ride from Park St., 2015


The 3rd annual B3 mountain bike festival is happening the weekend of June 10.  And, it starts with a kick-off party on Park St., Friday evening, at 5:00 p.m.  Last year the 1st annual kick-off party included tastings from The Alchemist, von Trapp Brewing, Idletyme, Stowe Cider, Mansfield Dairy, Sage Farm Goat Dairy, and more.  This year's block party will be much the same, with live music, and new additions such as balloons for kids, and kid munchies!  The Critical Mass Ride, which everyone is looking forward to again, departs afterwards.  It's a group ride that will depart from Park Street, around 6:30 p.m., and goes up the Mt. Rd. to Piecasso.  All ages are invited, and costumes are encouraged.   After the ride, there will be restaurant, brew, and cider specials; along with bike giveaways.  Throughout the weekend there will be group rides for all abilities.  And on Sunday, there will be a host of group rides at Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center - all family friendly - and a cookout to follow!

For more information on B3 weekend, visit the B3 event page of the Stowe Mountain Bike Club.

  photo credit: Lucy Nersesian  

Ready for the Holidays? If not, hopefully this recipe will help!







Seafood Cioppino

During the holidays, I'm always looking for recipes that are quick and easy - and delicious.  This one pot seafood dish is a winner, and all you need is a salad and a fresh baked loaf of bread, and you're done.  There are many versions of Cioppino, but this one from goop is a really good one.  Follow below, or go to the website.  And, there of course, you will find other ideas for one pan dinners, during the Christmas and winter holiday period.  Enjoy!

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, finely-diced

1 medium fennel bulb, finely-diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

½ teaspoon fennel seeds

½ teaspoon dried oregano

1 large pinch red chili flakes

1 fresh bay leaf

1 cup white wine

1 28-ounce can chopped or crushed tomatoes

3 cups fish stock

¾ pound halibut, cut into 1-inch pieces

¾ pound clams, very well scrubbed and cleaned

½ pound large peeled shrimp

salt and pepper

pinch of sugar, optional

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1. Heat olive oil in a 4 or 5 quart dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and fennel and sauté until translucent and starting to brown, about 10 minutes.

2. Add garlic, fennel seeds, oregano, chili, and bay leaf, and sauté for another 3 minutes.

3. Add the white wine, turn the heat up to high, and cook 3-5 minutes or until the alcohol has cooked off and most of the liquid has evaporated.

4. Add crushed tomatoes and all of their juices to the pan along with a generous pinch of salt. Bring the mixture up to a boil, reduce to a simmer, then partially cover with the lid and simmer gently for 45 minutes.

5. Add the fish stock and continue simmering for at least 10-15 minutes.

6. Add clams, let them cook in the broth for 2 minutes, then add fish and shrimp, and cook 4-5 minutes more, or until clams are open and fish and shrimp are just cooked through.

7. Taste for seasoning and add salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar, if desired. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve with warm bread on the side




Upcoming Fall Events in Stowe, Vermont



As the summer season starts to shift to autumn, the color and hue of the landscape and scenery begins to change as well.  While preparing for cooler weather and all that coincides with that, we want to make sure to reserve time to enjoy one of the most beautiful times of the year.  There are some wonderful events right here in Stowe that enhance the experience of autumn in Vermont. 

Coming up September 27th, from 1-5, join the Stowe Land Trust for a fun and special day, celebrating 28 years, at the iconic Adams-Bryant property, in Nebraska Valley. Have some pie & ice cream, bring your apples to make applesauce, and hear from the Vermont Land Trust's Director of the Farmland Access Program, Jon Ramsay, speak about the return of the family farm to Vermont communities. Afterward, join one or more of the outings and activities!  For more information and to RSVP, please visit the Stowe Land Trust website.

Then, on Sunday, October 11th, The Stowe Mountain Bike Club is having its 5th Annual Leaf Blower Classic.  A day of mountain biking for all abilities and ages - even for the kiddos.  After an afternnon of riding on Stowe's world class mountain bike trails, enjoy a catered meal, prizes and games around the fire pit, at the Town and Country Resort.  For more information and to reserve your spot, go here.

So, enjoy this gorgeous time of year in Stowe, and around the state; and check out some of the other events and happenings.



  Source and photo courtesy: Stowe Land Trust


When is the best time to list my property?

Many of my clients have asked me this question.  Properties come on the market throughout the year.  But, what is the best time to list a property for sale?  First impressions are what resonate most with buyers.  You want to have your property looking its best, so typically spring or early summer is the best time to list your home.  When the grass is green, your flowers are blooming, and the windows are open to allow the fresh, warm breeze through your house; these are the highlights which will create an image that buyers can connect with emotionally.    Most buyers begin to look for homes at this time as well.  In fact there are many buyers currently in the market place waiting for more homes to come on the market.   They have been looking, but have not yet found the home that fits their needs and desires.   Buyers would also prefer to be in a new home so they can enjoy the summer and fall there.  And families want to be prepared before school starts in August.  Mortgage interest rates are still low too, which is additional motivation for buyers to buy now.

If you would like to know more about the listing process, and what the value of your property is, please free to contact me.   There is no obligation on your part.  I am happy to answer any questions you may have, so you can make the best, and most informed decision.