Fall In Stowe

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?

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Cork in Stowe, VT! Open and Ready to Serve!

The highly anticipated opening of Cork, in Stowe, has happened!  Danielle Nichols who recently purchased the Blue Moon Cafe building, in Stowe village, has been scrambling to get ready, before the fall foliage rush.  Since Cork in Waterbury has met with such success over the years, it seemed natural to expand to a second location.  Cork will enhance vibrancy in Stowe village with the opportunity for people to meet, taste and sip wine, and dine on small plates of delectible food offerings.  The goal is to make the experience approachable and friendly to everyone.  Bringing people together in a thriving community setting is part of Danielle's vision.

Danielle says that it is "an incredible honor to own a piece of Stowe history".  The building was constructed in 1871, and is part of a collection of unique and historical buildings in the heart of Stowe village.  A lot of investment has been made, and work  taken place to get up and running, so a Kickstarter campaign has begun for those who would like opportunities to invest in what is presumed to be a highly popular business, just as Cork in Waterbury has been, over the years.  The Smith Macdonald Group helped Danielle with this successful commercial real estate transation.

Many have asked, if beer will part of the offerings.  The answer is yes, including such iconic favorites as Heady Topper by the Alchemist.

 

 

Celebrate Fall With These Exciting Events!

As the mountain ranges begin to change hue, and the days become shorter, new seasonal advertures are on the horizon.  Autumn in Stowe is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Pretty soon the smell of woodstove smoke and fresh mulled cider will fill the air.  In the meantime, don't forget to pause and mark your calendars for any number of fall events in the area.  One of our favorites is the British Invasion, which is coming up this weekend; starting with the block party in the village, Friday night, at 6:30.  There will be live music, food and beverages, and of course, British motor cars to check out and photograph.  The weather is supposed to be spectacular!

Looking for something involving recreation, check out The Stowe Mountain Bike Club's 5th annual Leaf Blower Classic.  A day of group rides througout the world class trail network of Stowe, enjoying specatular scenery, and joining your riding comrades for dinner, drinks and prizes, afterwards. 

No matter what you might choose during this beautiful time of year, you will enjoy the spectacular setting and scenery throughout the area.  For more information and a list of events in the area, click here.

                             

 

 

 

 

 

It's Mud Season - What to Do?

  

IT’S MUD SEASON IN

VERMONT

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WHAT TO DO DURING MUD SEASON

This is the season where you can count on snow, rain, sleet, hail, sun, and temperatures from 0 to 75 degrees, and the roads full of muddy ruts. Top ten things to do:

10. Finish the ski season with the best skiing of the year, no crowds   

9. Take the gondola up the mountain, hike to the top and have a picnic on the way down. Bring skis or snowshoes, space blanket to sit on and enjoy the view

   8.  Check out the new goats and lambs at a farm

   7.  Have a bowling party

   6.  Go to a climbing wall and try out your skill

   5.  Sign up for a trail work day

   4.  Take a ‘staycation’ with deals on hotels and spa treatments

   3.  Go to a monster truck mud race

   2.  Visit a maple sugar house, eat sugar on snow

 

And the #1 best thing to do:

Look at real estate because you can see the potential for views on a wooded lot or get a deal before the prices and the mortgage rates rise.

Call or email the Smith Macdonald Group for an appointment: smg@smithmacdonaldgroup.com

Peggy: 802 793-3566   McKee 802 375-5009

* A free pair of rubber boots to the first person that signs a deal in April

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Stowe Restaurants -- Some of our Favorites Revisited!

 

Many ski towns offer a variety of food, but not a variety with quality.  The Stowe area is known for having both; here are a few of our local favorites:

Markets & Quick Eats:

Cork located in downtown Waterbury, VT at the corner of Stowe Street. This wine bar and market is operated by a long time friend Danielle Moffat. She offers a wide variety of beautiful tasting wines along with a cozy atmosphere. Stop by on your way to Stowe for a drink and pick up a bottle on your way out the door. 

Commodities Natural Market, newly opened in Stowe, this is the second location for Commodities the other being the East Village in NYC.  Run by Michael and Audra Hughes Commodities offers a full array of natural and orgainc products from prepared foods to bulk items.  Commodities has a ton of local products ranging from cheese, veggies, bread to beer and wine. 

Casual Dining:

Harrison's, ask for Andrew and Kathy Kneale, the mother and son duo that has been pleasing locals with their food for decades. Casual dining located in the Stowe village. Known for their mussels, but everything that comes out of the kitchen is great. 

The Bench locatied on the Mt. Road (Rt. 108) just after the movie theater, this new addition to the Stowe restuarant scene has been welcomed by locals and visitors.  Offering wood fired food and tons of beer on tap it makes for a great combo after spending the day on the slopes.  The wings rock and my kids love the mac'n'cheese and pizza. 

Piecasso Pizzeria, NYC slices in Stowe also rated Top 11 slices in America by Travel and Leisure Magazine. They have a great family set up and also a cool bar and game room, plus the pizza is great. 

Phoenix Bar & Table, owned and operated by long time local resturant operator and chef Jack Pickett, Phoenix offers a varitey of seafood and unique eats that span the world.  The kale and wedge salads are terrific as well as the po-boy sandwiches.  A great option for lunch and dinner.  

Plate, located on Main Street, next to Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate, offers locally sourced Vermont food made in a healthly Califorina style.  They offer everything from vegan and gluten free to a full gamut of meat options.  

Gracie's, another Stowe Classic, run by Archie, you'll never leave there hungry. Known for their burgers, Gracie's take it to the next level. I love the boxer and their famous chicken sandwich. 

Cactus Cafe is Stowe's Tex-Mex favorite. Offering their famous jalapeño chips at the table, beware they bring the heat. Also on the menu are slow smoked pulled pork tacos, a southern twist to a Mexican standby. Wash it all down with their Mansfield marg! 

McCarthy's is the only stop for breakfast in Stowe. They've been serving it up for over 30 years and know how breakfast should be done. Ask for Diane, she'll probably be at the door waiting for you with a smile. Their homemade corn beef hash is made from scratch, just like the maple nut bread. 

The Roost & Flannel, located at Topnotch Resort, these are two nice options for different kinds of fun.  The Roost offers a relaxed environmnet with good bites to share along with craft beer and cocktails.  Enjoy shufflepuck or relax outside by the fire.  Flannel, is a more formal dining setting, a bistro with flare and great patio seating. 

Formal Dining:

Michael's On The Hill located in Waterbury center, just south of Stowe. This chef owned restaurant sources local foods at a very high quality. Offering tasting menus and creativity, Michael's if perfect for a romantic dinner. Try their Manhattan, made with port wine, as a bourbon lover; I give it two thumbs up. 

Hen Of The Wood located just off I-89 in Waterbury this kitchen has been cranking out high-end food for many years. The unique location and old stone mill offers a view of the river and waterfall which is only match by the quality of the food. 

Kitchen Table Bistro, a bit further away, located in Richmond, but well worth the drive. As with the other two they locally source their food and offer a stunning wine list. The menu changes with the seasons and offers a real look into handcrafted Vermont food. 

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

Cady Hill Forest Conservation Project | Stowe VT Land Trust Makes Final Push

Here we go people, we've been blogging, tweeting and reporting on the progress of the Cady Hill Forest Conservation Project being conducted by the Stowe Land Trust.  Let's make the final few days of April count.  If we can raise $100K then the Stafford Family Foundation will donate $25K!

Also the Stowe Mountain Bike Club has signed on to develop and maintain the Mt. bike trails within the forest.  Check it out here.

Here's an update on the Cady Hill Forest Project.

 

Help Support Stowe Land Trust's Next Venture

Cady Hill Forest Update!!!

$100,000 Challenge Announced for Cady Hill Forest

The community is being challenged to raise $100,000 in the month of April, in order to claim a generous $25,000 gift for Cady Hill Forest from the Stafford Family Foundation.

The land trust, which has raised nearly $1.2 million toward the $1.56 million project, is urging the community to pitch in and get the job done.

For everyone who has been thinking about giving to the project, we urge you to donate before April 30th so we can claim this gift!

Stowe Land Trust works hard to preserve the land in and around Stowe.  This is one of the many reasons Stowe remains pure and natural looking and fantastic.  Their new project will help to conserve the Cady Hill Forest for generations to come.  What the result will be is 320 acres of town forest preserved and put into use with 11 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking, walking the dog, snowshoeing and more.  All of this will be a short walk from the village of Stowe.  This will add to the many properties that the Stowe Land Trust has preserved and put to community use over the years like Wiessner & Kirchner Woods, H. D. Burnham Farm and Mill Trail Property.

In order to get there the Stowe Land Trust needs to raise the final $450,000 by May 30, 2012.  Help Stowe Land Trust reach this goal by donating to help preserve this beautiful land.

Visit the Stowe Land Trust site to learn more about the Cady Hill Forest and all their projects.  Donate and Learn Here.

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Alert!! Area Freeze and Frost Warning

It's that time of year.  The weather service has issued a freeze and frost warning for tonight and tomorrow night.  For those of you still holding on to your summer flowers and gardens take notice.  Be sure to cover up your plants or start to cut those flowers and share them with your friends.

Weather tonight: Low of 24 degrees

Weather on Thursday night: Low of 21 degrees