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Stowe Land Trust Completes Fund Raising Effort

The Kaiser Farm is one of the last remaining working farms in Stowe, and is a reminder of the importance of protecting the special landscape sourrounding us.  Thanks to the Stowe Land Trust, and the generous donations from the organization's supporters, this 49 acre farm will remain part of the working landscape out in scenic Nebraska Valley.  Stowe Land Trust, will purchase a conservation easement, and in turn, sell the property to the new buyers at the agricultural value. 

Christine Kaiser, has farmed there for decades, and was featured in the Ben Hewitt's book, The Town That Food Saved, about the local food movement, in Hardwick.

This collaborative conservation effort, along with the Vermont Land Trust, will ensure this scenic farmland be perserved, provide access to farm fresh and local food in the area, and support the next generation of farmers in our community.  Andrew and Annie Paradee are the young couple who will be buying the farm. 

The completion date of the purchase and ultimate preservation of the property, is projected to take place by the end of April.  For more information about this exciting project, you can visit the Stowe Land Trust website.

  source: StoweLandTrust.org   

 

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    Self-Guided Foliage, Brew, Wine and Cider Tour

     

    The leaves are turning, so time to hit the road and check out all the beautiful colors and scenery this time of year has to offer.  Make it a little different this year, by stopping by the Stowe Area Association on Main Street in Stowe and pick up your Stowe Craft Beverage Trail Tour Kit for only $10. Then, follow the trail to each brewery, winery, distillery, and cidery!

    You will get:

    • A Map & Tour Ticket – Bring it with you to each stop on the trail & get it stamped for your chance to earn extra prizes!
    • Corkscrew – a chic little commemorative gift, to open wine, beer, cider, spirits, soda.
    • Sunglasses – a gift for your designated driver.
    • Free Chocolate Voucher – Handmade chocolates by Laughing Moon Chocolates using local brews, wines, and spirits.

    Bring your map for your exclusive #stowebevtrail special at each stop.

    • Boyden Valley Winery – 50% off a wine tasting! Sample the many different delectable wines produced, and take your Boyden Valley Wine glass home with you (tastings cannot be shared among multiple people).
    • Green Mountain Distillers – 50% off your spirits tasting!
    • Idletyme Brewing Company – Free gift! Purchase a beer, and get a surprise free gift.
    • Smugglers’ Notch Distillery – Free tasting! Sample award-winning vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, and bourbon.
    • Stowe Cider – 50% off your cider tasting!
    • von Trapp Brewing – Free deck of von Trapp Brewing playing cards! Purchase a beer and take home a souvenir deck of cards from the Deli/Bakery!
    • Laughing Moon Chocolates – Bring your voucher for your free chocolate.  LMC has free chocolate dipping demonstrations every day at 2pm.

    Enjoy!!


    source: Gostowe.com

    Winter Outings in Stowe

    The fresh new snow that has fallen over the past few days has everyone invigorated to be outside enjoying it.  In addition to all of the outdoor activities, winter events are already on the schedule.  The following are fun free events you may want to mark on your calendar.  All of these are hosted by the Stowe Land Trust, and begin in January.

    • January 24th - Hikes for Tykes at 10:00 a.m.
      • Explore the winter world along the Mill Trail.  Designed for children up to 5 years old, to connect with new friends on the trails while fostering their love for the world around them. Enjoy a fire and hot cocoa at the Mill Trail Cabin afterwards.
    • February 18, 2017 - Peak-a-View Snowshoe at 9:00 a.m.
      • Strap on your snowshoes for a hike in the Page and Sterling Forests.  Warm beverages served afterwards.   Directions: From Stowe Village, head north on VT-108. In 3 miles, turn right onto Edson Hill Rd, then continue onto Weeks Hill Rd. In 2 miles, turn left onto Wade Pasture Rd; look for the Robinson Springs sign. After 1.5 miles, turn right onto Dish Ln. Park at the end of the road. Note that parking is limited; carpooling is encouraged.
    • March 4, 2017 - Apple Tree Pruning Workshop from 1:00 - 4:00 at Burnham Farm, 2864 Stowe Hollow Road
      • Come learn the basics of fruit tree pruning and care from Lamoille County Forester, Rick Dyer, at Kelly Murphey & Rachel Fussell's orchard at the SLT-conserved Burnham Farm in Stowe Hollow.  Bring your clippers or a pruning saw and gloves.  Extra equipment will be provided. Hosted by the property owners, Kelly Murphey and Rachel Fussell.

    Source and photograph: Stowelandtrust.org

     

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    New Stowe Homes Listed For Sale

    As we transition from Summer to Fall, the level of residential inventory is still quite low.  Here are some exceptional properties that I've listed recently, offering a wide variety of outstanding features and benefits for any buyer.  This is the most active part of the selling season, and buyers continue to reference Vail, as the new owner of the Stowe Mountain Resort operations, and the beneficial opportunities that will bring to the Stowe area, including The Epic Ski Pass.  And don't forget the lowest pricing ends September 4th!

     

                 

    The breathtaking setting and classic architectural design of this home, invite you to experience the perfect combination of luxury and country living. 

    Located only 3 miles to Stowe Mountain Resort, you are ideally located to year-round fun and activities. In fact, you are so close, that you can see the ski trails right in front of you.  Additional and separate guest quarters make this the perfect place for fun and relaxation. For more information on this property, click here.

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    Wonderful and unique luxury country home, in one of Stowe’s finest neighborhoods.

    Indulge in a long list of amenities including luxurious bedroom suites for everyone, with their own deck or patio; hot tub; sauna; tennis court; and more.  Cozy up by the fire après ski, enjoy the exceptionally beautiful chef's kitchen, or jump on your mountain bike to ride the vast network of trails nearby.  For more on this beautiful property, click here.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Fall Hikes in Stowe

    This is the time of year when many take to the trails and the woods to enjoy the changing scenery and experience the wonders that fall brings.  The leaves are turning, and the trails are already getting covered with all the different fall colors.  It's been warm and dry, somewhat unlike fall, but as of Thursday, the temperatures will be cooler, and perhaps more invigorating to get out in to the woods.

    This is my favorite time to go hiking, and the following are some of my favorites:

    1. Taylor Lodge, is a 3+ mile moderately traveled hike, starting from the iconic Trout Club and Lake Mansfield. This trail takes you through some of the most scenic woods in the area.  The drive out to the Trout Club is beautiful as well.  On the way back to town, you can stop at Long Winter Farm for farm fresh veggies, eggs and meats.
    2. Stowe Pinnacle Trail is a favorite among many.  After the hardest part of the climb, about 3/4 of the way up, it levels out, and ultimately ends up on top of open rock formations, with a panoramic view of all of Stowe, looking toward Mt. Mansfield.  Be sure to bring a wind-breaker in case it's breezy on top.
    3. The Mill Trail off of Notchbrook Road in Stowe, is rich in history, as well as scenic.  This is an easy to moderate hike on 31 acres of land conserved by Stowe Land Trust.  You will find a historic cabin there that has recently been restored,  with the  goal of educating the public about this historic area, and to further SLT’s mission of land conservation.

    Best Towns for Fall Foliage

     

    Coldwell Banker's blog Blue Matter, is an award winning real estate blog, which recently featured the best towns in the country for fall foliage; and Stowe was rated #1!  The weather and foliage have been beautiful so far this year.  It's a little on the late side, due to the very warm weather we had for a couple of weeks, yet the beautiful autumn light highlights the colorful hillsides in and around Stowe.  If you are looking for some sight-seeing opportunities around the area and state, you can go here.  This coming weekend - Columbus Day weekend -  is probably going to be the peak of the season.  For other destinations across the country, you can read about The Best Towns for Fall foliage; and you can also go to Blue Matter for additional real estate related, and interesting topics.  Hopefully you are finding time to enjoy some of the joys of fall foliage. 

     

    Benefits to Staging Your Home For Sale

                                                    

    You've heard of "first impressions" - well, according to a study by the National Association of Realtors, if you stage your home prior to listing for sale, you can actually sell your house faster, and for more.  In some cases, by as much as 10%.  By staging your home, the  photographs will stand out amongst the competition online.  Remember, your first showing is online.  And, with 9 out of 10 buyers starting their search on real estate websites, you will want your home to look the best so the buyer makes an appointment to actually see your home, versus, skipping over it. 

    What's the process for getting started?  There are many things you can do yourself.  Begin by decluttering, and removing personal items such as family photos.  These items can distract the buyer, rather than looking at the features and attributes of your home.  You will be needing to pack up these things eventually anyway, so this will give you a head start.  An uncluttered home with fresh paint, linens and bathroom towels, will have a positive emotional effect on the buyer, and allows them to envision themselves moving in.  Any deferred maintenance items should also be addressed prior to listing for sale.  Most people lead very busy lives today, and if buyers have to think about coordinating contractors and getting work done to the house prior to moving in, they may feel discouraged, and move on to the next property. 

    Freshen up with paint, and new rugs - all in neutral colors.  Repair and replace items such as broken light switched, bulbs, door knobs, leaky faucets, windows, thermostats, etc. Update lighting fixtures with contemporary styles and consider replacing older kitchen appliances with sleek, eco-friendly models.

    A professional home stager can be very affordable, and in most cases ending up paying for itself.  So, don't wait to stage.  You are essentially turning your home into a house for sale.  And with other homes competing for buyers' attention, this will position you best. We've seen beneficial results for our Sellers, time and time again.  

    For more information and statistics about staging your home, you can go to this 2017 Profile of Home Staging by the National Association of Realtors. Also, Coldwell Banker's Blog: Spring Selling Tips.

    Let me know if I can help you with this process.

    Source: www.nar.realtor; Coldwell Banker Blue Matter Blog

     

     

    Cady Hill Forest Update

    As you may know, Cady Hill Forest in Stowe - a recreation destination for all types of users - was devastated by a wind storm last October.  You may have seen photographs of some areas that now lay barren after hundreds, perhaps thousands of trees were blown down and have since been logged out.  Seeing it in person can only show the true reality of what happened there.  The good news is that at least part of Cady Hill Forest will be back online by early to mid-summer. There are still some unknowns, but recovery is within sight.

    The timber harvest and salvage effort on the southern end of Cady Hill Forest (near Charlie’s and Florence Trails) was completed in late January. 

    Local logger Jed Lipsky and his crew are slated to return to the Bear’s Trail and Cady Hill Climb area, this week to complete  timber harvest effort there, before spring. 

    As far as getting the trails back online, the ultimate goal is to clear the lesser affected trails like Snake, the Schween Haus Loops, Cady Hill Connector, Upper Bear’s, etc., and create a spring loop that will be accessible via the substation on Cady Hill Road, and potentially via the iRide parking lot.  In some cases the situation is still dangerous, with trees precariously hanging and tangling overhead, so some sections of trail will have to be rerouted.

    Come spring, volunteer-based recovery efforts will begin.  Stowe Trails Partnership’s annual Spring Trail Work Day, which is Saturday May 5th at 9 a.m., will focus on getting as much of Cady Hill rideable, and walkable as possible. 

    Stowe Trails Partnership, the Town of Stowe, and Stowe Land Trust haven't let up on their efforts since the storm, to ensure this most invaluable resource be available to the community who has come to embrace this conserved recreational gem, as one of the finest.

    source and photo: Stowe Trails Partnership

    Stowe Land Trust Completes Fund Raising Effort

    The Kaiser Farm is one of the last remaining working farms in Stowe, and is a reminder of the importance of protecting the special landscape sourrounding us.  Thanks to the Stowe Land Trust, and the generous donations from the organization's supporters, this 49 acre farm will remain part of the working landscape out in scenic Nebraska Valley.  Stowe Land Trust, will purchase a conservation easement, and in turn, sell the property to the new buyers at the agricultural value. 

    Christine Kaiser, has farmed there for decades, and was featured in the Ben Hewitt's book, The Town That Food Saved, about the local food movement, in Hardwick.

    This collaborative conservation effort, along with the Vermont Land Trust, will ensure this scenic farmland be perserved, provide access to farm fresh and local food in the area, and support the next generation of farmers in our community.  Andrew and Annie Paradee are the young couple who will be buying the farm. 

    The completion date of the purchase and ultimate preservation of the property, is projected to take place by the end of April.  For more information about this exciting project, you can visit the Stowe Land Trust website.

      source: StoweLandTrust.org   

     

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