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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.

 

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!

Winter Rendezvous 2014 | Stowe VT | Stowe Blog

 Winter Rendezvous Celebrates 30 Years!

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The longest running gay ski weekend in the Northeast is celebrating 30 years of coming to Stowe, VT.  Stowe and Stowe Mountain Resort have played host to this fun and exciting crowd for 30 years and are looking forward to the next 30 years.  This year the Winter Rendezvous will take place January 22 to 26, 2014.

The weekend offers a full array of activities other than just skiing.  Each night offers entertainment, check here for the schedule.  Nightly activities.

If you've been before or this is your first time you probably have questions, well here are the answers. FAQ

They offer hotel packages, but if you prefer to stay in a ski home please contact us we have plenty of wonderful ski homes that can accommodate any size party and pets, because who can leave fluffy behind when it's time to party in Stowe!  Ski rental homes.

For more information on the Winter Rendezvous, click below:

MJWAdventures.com offering GLBT travel& SCUBA Adventures.

TAJ MAHAL TRIO at Spruce Peak | Stowe Blog | Smith Macdonald Group

Taj Mahal Trio - Plays Stowe, VT

Another world famous Blues specialist comes to Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center.  Taj Mahal who's been playing the blues and roots music for decades comes to bring his musical talents to Stowe on August 15th.

Personally Taj brings back many wonderful memories for me, the first being that my wife, Jen, and I danced to his version of "Further on Down The Road" as our wedding song.  In addition to providing the back drop of our first song together, we have seen Taj on numerous occasions, in NYC at the Blue Note Jazz Club and in New Orleans at the Jazz Festival to name a few.  For me the raw sound he brings to his guitar and music are what makes us one of America's unique music genres.

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If your looking for something special to do mid week and want to get up and dance, check out Taj Mahal at Spruce Peak.

Get tickets here:  Culture & the Arts - TAJ MAHAL TRIO at Spruce Peak.

Here's more information about Taj:

Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20thcentury blues and roots music. Though his career began more than four decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world - west Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian islands and so much more. What ties it all together is his insatiable interest in musical discovery. Over the years, his passion and curiosity have led him around the world, and the resulting global perspective is reflected in his music today.

Born Henry St. Claire Fredericks in Harlem on May 17, 1942, Taj grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. His father was a jazz pianist, composer and arranger of Caribbean descent, and his mother was a schoolteacher and gospel singer from South Carolina. Both parents encouraged their children to take pride in their diverse ethnic and cultural roots. His father had an extensive record collection and a shortwave radio that brought sounds from near and far into the home. His parents also started him on classical piano lessons, but after only two weeks, young Henry already had other plans about what and how he wanted to play.

 

In addition to piano, the young musician learned to play the clarinet, trombone and harmonica, and he loved to sing. He discovered his stepfather's guitar and became serious about it in his teens when a guitarist from North Carolina moved in next door and taught him the various styles of Muddy Waters, Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed and other titans of Delta and Chicago blues.

Springfield in the 1950s was full of recent arrivals, not just from around the U.S. but from all over the globe. "We spoke several dialects in my house - Southern, Caribbean, African - and we heard dialects from eastern and western Europe," Taj recalls. In addition, musicians from the Caribbean, Africa and all over the U.S. frequently visited the Fredericks home, and Taj became even more fascinated with roots - the origins of the various forms of music he was hearing, the path they took to reach their current form, and how they influenced each other along the way. He threw himself into the study of older forms of African-American music, which the record companies of the day largely ignored.

Henry studied agriculture at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the early 1960s. Inspired by a dream, he adopted the musical alias of Taj Mahal and formed the popular U. Mass party band, the Elektras. After graduating, he headed west in 1964 to Los Angeles, where he formed the Rising Sons, a six-piece outfit that included guitarist Ry Cooder. The band opened for numerous high-profile touring artists of the '60s, including Otis Redding, the Temptations and Martha and the Vandellas. Around this same time, Taj also mingled with various blues legends, including Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Lightnin' Hopkins and Sleepy John Estes.

This diversity of musical experience served as the bedrock for Taj's first three recordings: Taj Mahal (1967), The Natch'l Blues (1968) and Giant Step (1969). Drawing on all the sounds and styles he'd absorbed as a child and a young adult, these early albums showed signs of the musical exploration that would be Taj's hallmark over the years to come.

In the 1970s, Taj carved out a unique musical niche with a string of adventurous recordings, including Happy To be Just Like I Am (1971), Recycling the Blues and Other Related Stuff (1972), the GRAMMY®-nominated soundtrack to the movie Sounder (1973), Mo' Roots (1974), Music Fuh Ya (Music Para Tu) (1977) and Evolution (The Most Recent (1978).

Taj's recorded output slowed somewhat during the 1980s as he toured relentlessly and immersed himself in the music and culture of his new home in Hawaii. Still, that decade saw the well-received release of Taj in 1987, as well as the first three of his celebrated children's albums on the Music For Little People label.

He returned to a full recording and touring schedule in the 1990s, including such projects as the musical scores for the Langston Hughes/Zora Neale Hurston play Mule Bone (1991) and the movie Zebrahead (1992). Later in the decade, Taj released a series of recordings with the Phantom Blues Band, including Dancing the Blues (1993), Phantom Blues (1996), and the two GRAMMY® winners, Señor Blues (1997) and the live Shoutin' in Key (2000). Overall, he has been nominated for nine GRAMMY® Awards.

During this same period, Taj continued to expand his multicultural horizons by joining Indian classical musicians on Mumtaz Mahal in 1995, and recording Sacred Island, a blend of Hawaiian music and blues, with the Hula Blues Band in 1998. Kulanjan, released in 1999, was a collaborative project with Malian kora player Toumani Diabate (the kora is a 21-string west African harp). He recorded a second album with the Hula Blues Band, Hanapepe Dream, in 2003. Zanzibar, a European release, followed in 2005.

Taj continues to tour internationally, doing as many as 150 shows per year throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

He joins the Heads Up International label in the fall of 2008 with the worldwide release of Maestro. This twelve-track set - his first U.S. release in five years - marks the fortieth anniversary of Taj's rich and varied recording career by mixing original material, chestnuts borrowed from vintage sources and newcomers alike. This anniversary gala includes performances by Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Angelique Kidjo, Los Lobos, Ziggy Marley and others - many of whom have been directly influenced by Taj's music and guidance.

"The one thing I've always demanded of the records I've made is that they be danceable," he says. "This record is danceable, it's listenable, it has lots of different rhythms, it's accessible, it's all right in front of you. It's a lot of fun, and it represents where I am at this particular moment in my life. This record is just the beginning of another chapter, one that's going to be open to more music and more ideas. Even at the end of forty years, in many ways my music is just getting started."

Stowe Farmers' Market | Every Sunday

Stowe Farmers' Market

Stowe, VT Farmers' Market Every Sunday

If you are looking for something to do on a Sunday before you leave town or as a part of your tour on the Stowe Rec path, check out the Stowe Farmers' Market.  It's every Sunday across from the StoweFlake Resort from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM.  The Stowe Farmers' Market  features wonderful local farms with fresh picked veggies, art exhibits, jewelry and food!  Stop by Black Diamond BBQ and ask for Jason the owner and ski bum teammate of McKee!  It's great family fun and located about half way up the Rec path so it's a good resting point.

They feature local music as well as a variety of other locally produced goods.

Read more here: Stowe Farmers Market

Experience The Stowe Rec Path | Smith Macdonald Group

Stowe, VT offers year round activities, one of the major draws in this area aside from Stowe Mt. Resort and The Trapp Family Lodge, is the the rec path.

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The rec path is 11 miles long and runs from the center of Stowe Village up towards Mt. Mansfield, ending near Topnotch Resort. The path follows the West Branch River and the Mt. Road.

It is great for biking, walking, running in the summer and cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. There are plenty of swimming holes located along the path.

The path is fun for all ages and there are places to stop and eat along the way so you can fully experience all Stowe has to offer.  During the summer the Helen Day Art Center hosts Exposed in Stowe, an outdoor art exhibit along the path.

Running next to the paved Rec Path, is the Quiet Path, which is for walking and quiet enjoyment of the natural surroundings, it's also great for walking your dog off the leash.

For more information on the path click here: Stowe Rec Path

Stowe Area Architects | Offering Unique Homes | Beyond the Pale | New England Home

Grandview Farm Designed by Cushman Design Group

New England Home Magazine is featuring a Rowayton architect and real estate developer built for themselves.  Locally we have several architect's that work with local builders to create special homes for themselves and their customers.

Check out Cushman Design Group, who designs some of the areas most spectacular homes.  According to their website, "The Cushman Design Group, Inc. provides integrated architectural design services, specializing in all aspects of high quality residential, commercial, interior, site planning and landscape design. We are committed to design excellence and achieve it with a balance of creativity and technology coupled with attention to our clients´ budgetary and programmatic requirements"

Sam Scofield also brings a unique eye to building in the Stowe area.  Stating on his website, "My strengths lie in tailoring projects to the often conflicting needs and desires of my clients with thoughtful design, as well as consideration for the site, applicable codes and zoning regulations, and acknowledgement of construction practices.  As a result of my extensive building and project management experience, I can integrate architectural and construction perspectives while assuring quality and cost effectiveness for successful and enjoyable projects"

Youkel, named for it's founder Alain Youkel, does a lot of work in the Stowe area but also in Burlington and Montreal.  "We believes that the built environment has a direct influence on the way we live, work and play. Architecture addresses the social, material and spiritual need of the people based on their culture and the climate of the place. Our practice is based on creation of value, context and function through design excellence. We believe that high quality of design is attained through a clear understanding of the objectives, intensive dialogue, budget and program control, and proficient project management throughout the design process." according to their website.

For more architects in the Stowe area click here.

Beyond the Pale | New England Home.

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Cool Glass Sculptures | Motion Studies | New England Home

Work from Little River Hotglass Studio: Vortex Series

The glass blowing of Toots Zynsky of Pawtucket R.I. is featured in this month's New England Home Magazine.  She uses some amazing colors and shapes to create real pieces of art.

If you're looking for local glass artist in the Stowe area check out the work of Little River Hotglass Studio & Gallery where Michael Trimpol has been blowing glass since 1995.  Down route 100 you can also visit Ziemke Glassblowing Studio also opened in 1995.

To read more about Toots click the link below.

Motion Studies | New England Home.