Blog :: 2008

Moon over Mansfield

There are only a few occasions when my daughter wakes me up, usually I am awake before she is. One is Christmas morning (yes, she is 31 and it still has not changed). The others are those rare times when nature does something you just can't miss. This happened last Saturday morning. Maggie's alarm woke her up, and as she rolled over to catch just a few more zzz's before skiing, something caught her eye. It was the moon, glowing over Mount Mansfield. It was a stunning view to behold at 7AM. After she snapped a photo with her cell phone and failed to find my camera she woke me up so I wouldn't miss it.

It was -3 degrees outside on Saturday morning, but a sight like this reminds us why we live in Vermont.

Moon Over Mount Mansfield, Stowe VT

Snow is Coming to Stowe VT

In case you did not hear, live under a rock or at least somewhere that snowfall is not such an important topic, we are getting SNOW tonight. Stowe is expecting 6 to 12 inches of snow starting this evening and continuing into tomorrow afternoon.

With the bizarre early season weather we've been having, I am not all that surprised! This past Sunday afternoon brought snow, around 2 to 4 inches. Monday brought below zero temperatures and Tuesday night to Wednesday morning brought RAIN. Then it decided to snow a few more inches yesterday afternoon and right now, it feels like a storm is on the horizon. So we wait...

If there is any question about winter being here to stay, I think tonight will be the final nail in that coffin. I am hoping this storm brings enough cover to open the xc trails at Trapps! See you out there.

Washburn Ceremics, Stowe VT

If you are looking for a great gift idea and want to support our local community, I have the best suggestion! Katherine Washburn, owner of Washburn Ceremics makes the most wonderful hand painted ceremics. Her stuff is the most fun! She will do custom images too, you just have to send her a picture of your favorite pet. I had her do a clock and lamp of my daughter's dog, Gizmo, a few years ago. He is still one of her best sellers!

So if you have a animal lover on your Christmas list this year, check out Katherine's site!, Hand painted ceremics from Vermont!

Stowe Mountain Film Festival this Weekend

The Stowe Mountain Film Festival kicks of it's 6th Annual this Saturday. Held in a number of local Stowe venues this is a week-long celebration of mountain sports and culture. You can't beat the price since more than half the events are free and the rest only have a $5 cover charge, which includes Piecasso Pizza. The week long event has something for everyone. For more details check out their site here:

990 Ayers Farm Rd Stowe VT Log Cabin for Sale

990 Ayers Farm Road, The Cutest Log Cabin in Stowe

Go to this link and check out my hot pick. You know what I like best in real estate? When you find the perfect property. This log cabin for sale in Stowe I am particularly excited about. It has all the ingredients that I like. First, it's in a great locationin Stowe Hollow. Second, it has a wonderful entrance through a tree lined driveway and then the views of Mt. Mansfield open up through the trees. Third, it so damn cute. First floor has the expected fieldstone fireplace, with an open floorplan so you can cook, eat and enjoy the fire. Above the kitchen and dining area is a master bedroom loft. It is so charming and cozy, a rare Stowe real find. Downstairs there are two bedrooms, and a family room. This home reminds me of those old ski posters and the good old days of skiing. You can 't believe how much fun this log cabin is.

To see more click here to view the full listing 990 Ayers Road Stowe VT Log Cabin for Sale.

Can you resist winter in Stowe, VT

Winter on Mt. Mansfield

This is what it looked like in Stowe this week-end. The mountain is open and from all accounts has great skiing. I am going to take a tour of the new base lodge this week and get my season's pass. It seems that Stowe Mountain Lodge is rented for the holidays and from all accounts the rental properties are filling up with holiday rentals. Gas prices are down, the airlines are impossible to travel on and Stowe is getting dressed for the holidays. I can't think of a reason not to come to visit us. Oh and should I mention, THERE ARE THE BEST REAL ESTATE DEALS TO BE HAD SINCE THE 90'S.

Check out the conditions at the Stowe Mountain Resort here!

Saying Goodbye to the Stowe Land Trust

I have just finished thirteen years as a member of the Stowe Land Trust board. It has been an exciting time in Stowe to be part of this wonderful organization. We have conserved over 3,000 acres and have just completed out 27 th project. I have personally been a major part of the fund raising efforts to preserve these projects. I have seen the organization grow from one executive director to a staff of three. We have became an accredited land trust as of 2008. This was a daunting feet, with the final document weighing in at 48 pounds.

I cannot thank my fellow board members and the SLT staff enough. Without the direction of Heather Furman, our executive director, Becca Washburn assistant director, and Erin Bruhns, administrative assistant the Stowe Land Trust would not be the organization it is today. They all work tirelessly to help the Board and to meet with potential donors while attending site walks, and fund raising functions. ,It has been a good run and I have enjoyed every minute. But now it is time for new members to take over and bring new and creative ideas to energize the organization.

The environment and the habitats that it protects have been a life long mission of mine. I have been on the Vermont Nature Conservancy, the Stowe Conservation Board and the Stowe Land Trust. I will continue to support these organizations.

View from My Window on Taber Ridge Rd, Stowe VT

Life isn't so bad on Taber Ridge!


  1. Carter on

    Just beautius! Love, Carter
    • Xavierpl on

      Sure Signs of Winter in Stowe VT

      Maggie Skiing in Stowe

      The Smuggler's Notch road has been closed for the season. This is one of the first signs that winter is just around the corner. Of course reaching this conclusion is not much of a leap when it's already snowed enough for a few brave skiers and riders hit the hill. Along with that, temperatures have been cool enough for the Stowe Mountain Resort to have the snow guns going. You can see the mist raise off the top of the Mountain like fog.

      The surest sign is my daughters constant praying for snow and praising of her new skis. Oh and how she'll need a helmet this year, so she doesn't knock herself out upon her return to downhill skis from teley after 18 years.

      Yes, winter is knocking at the door in Stowe, Vermont. And if the early snow is any signal, we're in for another good year of snow!

      95 Winterbird Ridge Road Stowe Vermont Home for Sale

      95 Winterbird Ridge Road, For Sale in Stowe VT

      You can have it all in Stowe for under $700,000. Want to be close to skiing, the Stowe recreation path, the village, the Swimming Hole and miles of mountain biking or snowshoeing trails? This home has panoramic views of the Mount Mansfield from the large windows in the dining, living and kitchen. Lots of room for entertaining, there is a kitchen, dining and family room with fireplace, living room with fireplace, and a cozy den. The master suite has a whirlpool bath, large walk-in closet, and an office. There are two other bedrooms and bath. A rare feature in houses today is the attic. It's all ready to be finished.

      Other features of the house include a one bedroom mother-in-law apartment, lots of unfinished walkout space in the basement and a 2.5 car garage. The house is on a ridge in the exclusive Birch Hill neighborhood, close to the Mountain Road in Stowe VT. There is easy accessibility, and with views of Mt. Mansfield and surrounding mountains it can't be beat. All of this is available for $650,000. Check it out here: 95 Winterbird Ridge Road, For Sale in Stowe VT