Stowe

New Stowe VT Residential Listings for Sale

Real estate Inventory remains at one of the lowest levels we've seen in years.  Buyer demand remains high, and so does the expectation for new residential listings and choices.  As we enter into the spring selling season, more listings will be coming on the market.  In the meantime, here are a few special properties which we have just recently listed for sale, representing a really nice variety of choices for today's buyer:

774 Barnes Hill Road, Stowe VT | Asking: $595,000

Apple trees and natural landscaping accent the meadow on this 10 acres parcel.  Sitting on a knoll overlooking a large swimming pond, this Cape-style contemporary home has gorgeous views of the Worcester Range.  The master suite on the first floor looks out on the pond and a small screened cabin. The house is filled with light from the oversized windows.  For more details, including photos, inside and out, visit the property profile.

3 Bed | 3 Bath | 2 Car Garage | 10.2 Acres

 

 

152 Houston Farm Rd, Stowe VT | Asking: $760,000

Surprising gem in the heart of Sugar House Hill. Just off the Mountain Road this home offers a quick trip to the ski hill, access to the bike path, close proximity to restaurants, and quiet beautifully landscaped surroundings.  Enjoy summer evenings or morning coffee on the screened-in porch.  The perennial garden and stone wall create a colorful accent to the view.  For more information, you can find out more about this property here.

3 Bed | 3.5 Bath | 2 Car Garage | 1.56 Acres

 

 

1275 Notchbrook Road, Stowe VT | Asking: $265,000

A condo in the mountain high looking out to open sky. Oh so fun with outdoor pool heated in the winter, way cool! Windows looking to the view, plus the ski trails too. Everything is there for you, no upkeep to do. What could be easier than living here? Among the mountains and the deer.  Such a perfect place to be.  If you visit, you will see, that life in Notchbrook is the best.  A perfect place to enjoy a rest. Click here to learn more about this unique opportunity.

2 Bed | 2 Bath | 1 Carport | 1400 Square Feet | Unit 21AB

 

There was skiing and riding this past weekend!

First tracks have already been made after 11" of fresh snow fell on the mountain, this past Saturday night.  So, might be time to think about grabbing those early ski and ride pass discounts offered.  If you're planning on skiing and riding at Stowe Mountain Resort, they offer many discounted options.  You will find many great deals, including young adult and college passes. These prices are only available until November 6, so don't delay. 

Another great option is the Vermont Travel Club Card.  Here you will find discounted lift tickets for individuals and families, at 11 Vermont ski resorts plus Sunday River in Maine. You can save up to $42 on some day lift tickets.

Pay $49 for one card or as low as $34 per card if you're buying a family membership. Typically the card pays for itself after its second or third use. Quantities limited, and rates go up December 1!

Here's to a snowy wintry winter, this year! 

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.

 

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.

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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    

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.

 

 

It's Pet Adoption Weekend

For over 100 years, Coldwell Banker has helped people find homes.  This year, they're adding to the mission, by extending the effort to people's best friend.  That's why we've partnered with the North Country Animal League, in Morrisville, to help our furry friends find a warm comfortable home filled with laughter, joy and fun.  That's also why we will be hosting an open house on Saturday, August 1, to bring attention to all the animals in our area, who are in need of a home.  Join us here at 91 Main Street, on August 1, from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for refreshments, dog treats, and other goodies.  Bring a friend, and meet some of NCAL's most adorable critters.

All you dog lovers will love this video.  Be sure to turn up the volume.  To see what animals are currently available for adoption, visit the NCAL website. 
 

 

It's Mud Season - What to Do?

  

IT’S MUD SEASON IN

VERMONT

Win a pair of boots *

 

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.