McKee Macdonald

Introducing a New Macdonald to the Smith Macdonald Group

We are proud to welcome Maggie Macdonald to our award-winning family business, the Smith Macdonald Group of Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate. Maggie is an experienced real estate professional with deep roots in the Stowe community, who brings a successful background in sales, advertising, and project management to the Stowe area real estate market.

Maggie will join us in providing trusted advice to our clients. Like Peggy, who has been a pillar of the Stowe community since 1973, and McKee, who has been an award-winning real estate salesperson in both New York City and Stowe, she is committed to providing impeccable customer service. Maggie is forward thinking, innovative, and very tech savvy, which means our clients will benefit from state-of-the-art marketing and sales strategies. 

As a multi-million dollar sales associate at The Corcoran Group in New York City, and Prudential California Realty in Lake Tahoe, Maggie consistently delighted clients and exceeded their expectations. She helped launch an exclusive riverfront condo development at Winooski Falls, as Director of Sales and Marketing at The Cascades.  Maggie’s advertising clients trusted her to produce cutting-edge digital campaigns that were both creative and technologically advanced. She will bring this wealth of experience back home to Stowe, where she is ready to help clients navigate the local real estate market.  

Please join us in welcoming Maggie back to the Stowe area, where she will provide every client, no matter how large or small, with personalized strategies for success. With her first-hand knowledge of our unique community in the heart of the Green Mountains, Maggie will be joining us to help enhance the opportunities for all of our buyers and sellers in Stowe and the surrounding areas. 

Stowe's Exceptional Properties

Summer is the time when we see a lot of properties come on the market, in Stowe.  There is never a better time for buyers to have so many wonderful choices.   Stowe is highlighted by so many things, like being a world class 4-season resort.  There is skiing, riding, mountain biking, concerts, craft breweries, acclaimed restaurants, and a wide variety of arts and activities.  Stowe is also known for its exceptional properties, and luxury homes.  Each has its unique qualities, along with special features and benefits.

Here is a sampling of some of our current luxury properties, listed for sale.

Luxurious living on 11 private acres with a winding driveway leading to an exciting contemporary home with beautiful landscaping. From the moment you enter the home you know this place was created for the view: every window looks to mountains, gardens, and pond.

For additional details, price, and a virtual tour, you can go to our website.

Want to be able to ski home or leave from you house to cross country ski, mountain bike or hike? This is the perfect home for you. This home has never before been on the market, and is located in a very desirable area, just before the Toll House.  Lots of privacy, yet easy access to Stowe Mountain Resort.

For more information on this property, you can go to our website.

Rarely does a home become available that checks the boxes for most every kind of buyer. Imagine walking into your home and looking straight out onto a massive pond with Mt. Mansfield as a backdrop. Enjoy the easy access to Stowe village and Route 100 South, yet have privacy on 11 acres of beautiful land, surrounding you.

For more information on this property, you can go to our website.

 

Weekend Events in Stowe at the end of July

Summer events in Stowe, the weekend of July 29th, 2016

July 29 - 30: 2nd annual Stowe Brewers Festival  featuring fine craft beer, cider, spirits, live music, food truck and vendors. 

For more information and to buy tickets, you can go to their website. 

Girls Guns and Glory - July 28: Boston’s own - performing at the well known Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center.  Girls Guns and Glory found inspiration from early ’50s rock ‘n’ roll icons such as Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, and Buddy Holly, as well as country greats like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

You may want to take a peek at the brand new Spruce Peak Adventure Center at the mountain!

Check out some of the new shops, restaurants and lodging facilities.  And, don't forget about some of the east's best mountain biking trails.

 

What Are You Doing For 4th of July?

    

Kick off your Fourth of July weekend celebration with the area's most favorite and iconic parade: The Moscow Parade.  This parade is like no other, and begins at 10:00 a.m.   Park on either River Rd., or Moscow Rd.

Then, make your way to Stowe Village, where there will be live music, food, activities for all ages, a special artisan market, and other festivities and entertainment!  The Main Street parade starts at 1:00 p.m., and will be bigger and better than last year's!

Highlighted events in the village, include a bouncy house, dunk tank, pie-eating contest, and climbing wall,  from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.   Starting at 6:00, more Independence Day celebrations at the Mayo Farm events fields, including fireworks!

Also, don't forget about the "7 Miles of Sales"; and the World's Shortest Marathon, which begins at noon.  A 1.7 mile Fun Run, starting at the intersection of Routes 100 & 108.  It's open to all!

More fireworks, and a special show by Rusty Dewees will be taking place up at Spruce Peak, on July 3rd.

The weather forecast is looking great, so enjoy whatever you might be doing, this 4th of July weekend!

 

 

10 Ways to Boost Your Mood

 

      

Have you ever felt a little bit sad, or slightly lonely?  Well, you're not alone, and actually, it can be quite normal.  Here are 10 simple and easy ways to increase your mood and well being:

  1. Go for a walk, outside.  Getting into nature, or into the garden, can be renewing and energizing
  2. Sing along with music, or your favorite songs
  3. Write down 5 things that you are grateful for
  4. Buy or pick some flowers for yourself
  5. Have a good laugh.  Better yet, with a friend. Watch a funny movie, or read an entertaining book
  6. Have a 5 minute 'dance party'
  7. Accomplish 1 item on your 'to-do' list
  8. Do 1 good deed, or random act of kindness
  9. Play with your favorite pet
  10. Speak with a loved one
   source: Renew by UnitedHealthcare  photo: Cyndy Knauf   

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How to Cut Down on Food Waste

 
Dana Gunders' book The Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook, indicates that every year, 40% of the food in American households gets thrown away.  The environmental impact is huge.  About 70% of our water and 50% of our land is devoted to agriculture. So when we’re not eating that food, it’s a huge unnecessary use of resources. About 33 million cars worth of greenhouse gases are produced to grow food that never gets eaten.  Dana says that we've come to expect large amounts of food, and that our culture is accepting of throwing things away.  Here are some tips from Dana's book for helping to save some money and the environment:
 
  1. Use a shopping list or an app so you're less likely to buy more than you need.  Shop more often and buy less.

  2. Be realistic. What tends to happen is you buy all these groceries on the weekend because you’ve got big plans for cooking all the yummy recipes you cut out.  But by Wednesday, you’re ordering takeout.  Meanwhile, the food goes bad.

  3. For two weeks, keep track of what you throw out to pinpoint what you are wasting and why.

  4. Toss a variety of leftovers onto rice or into a tortilla or pasta salad. You can also sauté wilted lettuce with butter or olive oil and garlic.  Throw yesterday's leftover salad into the blender with some tomato juice, and voila, a yummy snack!

  5. Don't worry too much about expiration dates, unless the food is moldy or rancid.

  6. Start a compost pile and keep a bin on your counter to collect compostable food scraps.  This turns into the best organic fertilizer money can buy. You can even get a Green Cone for your yard which will compost everything including meat and bread.  Both available at your transfer station or local dump.

  source: realsimple.com. photo source: Peter Oumanski  

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Stowe and its Mountain History

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. When was Stowe chartered?

       *1763

2. When was the first Winter Carnival in Stowe?

       *1921

3. What was the most popular Winter Carnival event the 1st year?

       *Las Vegas Night

4. What year was America's oldest ski patrol founded - which was in Stowe?

       *1934

5. Who was the 1st person to ski down Mt. Mansfield?

       *Dartmouth Librarian Nathaniel Goodrich

6. Who cut the 1st ski trail in Stowe?

       *Charlie Lord (1930)

7. What was the name of the 1st ski trail cut on Mt. Mansfield?

       *The Bruce

8. Who played the piano for years at Sister Kate's?

       *Rock King

9.  What was the name of the Cotillion held in spring in the 1980's?

       *Cowshit cotillion

For more on Stowe's rich ski history, check out Pat Haslam's wonderful book that was recently published: Ski Pioneers of Stowe, Vermont: The First Twenty-Five Years

Want a Smarter Home?


Smart home technology today, is providing homeowners with so many more ways to simplify tasks, save money, increase security, and feel more comfortable, whether at home or away.  This technology is becoming more and more important to buyers; and you might be surprised to find that many of the options are affordable, and provide the ability to be navigated right from your smart phone.

If  you go to this webpapge you will find an interactive interior where you can quickly find lots of helpful tips for every part of your home.  You can turn your lights on before you get home, turn your heat up or down while on vacation, have your entertainment system hidden in your light sockets; and even unlock the door for a service person, while you're at work.  Technology has come so far, that you can now actually have a cup of coffee awaiting you when you arrive home after a long day. 

For more information, and additional state of the art smart home ideas, you can visit this site.

   Source: ColdwellBanker.com   Photo: Kasalis.com   

Don't Ski, but You're Here on Vacation in Stowe?

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are So Many Things To Do In Stowe

Are you here on vacation, and everyone else you know is skiing?  Looking for something to do until they come back?  Here are some suggestions:

1. Walk, snowshoe or hike in Smuggler's Notch - just steps away from the Mt. Mansfield parking area.

2. Snowshoe at Trapp Family Lodge, or one of the many Stowe Land Trust conserved properties, like Wiessner Woods, or Kirchner Woods.

3. Treat yourself to a spa day!  Topnotch, Stoweflake and The Lodge all offer wonderful options for treating yourself to what you deserve.

4. Relax at a cozy coffee shop, or at Cork in the afternoon with a glass of wine, after checking out the art exhibit at Helen Day Art Center, or perhaps checking out a book at the library

5. Shop 'til you drop at any one of these places, and more.

6. Take in that movie you've been wanting to see, by treating yourself to a matinee.

7. Check out the Stowe Area Association website for a continued list of fun things to do. 

Enjoy your stay in Stowe, Vermont, and happy New Year!

Not Your Everyday Halloween

                 

Pumpkins, goblins and ghosts, oh my!  All Hallow's Eve, has turned into All Hallow's week, in Stowe.  And this year, the town has made special arrangements to close off Rt 100, north of the village, where some of the best trick or treating takes place.  This way the hundreds of kids who descend upon the village for tricks and treats, will be safe, and essentially be able to have more fun, not having to worry about crossing the busy street. 

There are enough events and activities for everyone of all ages, thoughout the week of Halloween.  Here are just some of the options:

  • Monday, Oct. 26 - "Trick or Tweet" at The Roost at Topnotch, from 3:30-6 pm.  Kids in costume eat for free
  • Friday, Oct. 30 - An annual favorite - the Stowe elementary school "ghost walk".  Come downtown at 2  p.m. to see the kids parade through the village, in their costumes.  We love to taking a break from work and head out to the street with baskets of candy to hand out
  • Saturday Oct. 31 - Halloween - Stowe village is the place to be.  Maple Street/Rt 100 will be closed off from School Street to Shaw's grocery store, from 5-8 pm, so the trick or treaters have freedom to roam all the neighbors who will be handing out candy for them
  • Saturday, Oct. 31 - Stowe Parks and Rec have a costume contest, spooky photo booth, music and games from 4 to 5:30.  Admission free, cash for games

For more information on additional events in the area, throughout the week, you can visit the Stowe Area Association's website.

What are you going to be for Halloween?

    Source: Stowe Reporter