Summer In Stowe

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!

 

 

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. 
 

 

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. 

Bikes For Kids

Bikes for Kids

Bikes for Kids

Dropping off this year's Bikes for Kids

 

For years Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate has been providing bikes for kids through our "Bikes for Kids" program. Once again this Christmas we have delivered to the Lamoille Family Center in Morrisville, Vt., five bikes for families in Lamoille County. These bikes have been donated to us from our sellers, buyers, and Good Samaritan's. During the sales process we sometime discover barely used bikes in homes we represent. We have found that the owners are very excited to donate to our program. Our donations are not only in the form of bikes but cash donations.

We delivered the bikes this morning to the Family Center after a Christmas snowstorm. What a wonderful feeling to know that some child will have many hours of pleasure on their new bike and that we were able to make it happen. Thank you to all of our clients and customers who have made this happen.

If you have barely used bikes that are in very good condition or would like to make a donation please let us know.  Learn more about Bikes For Kids.

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 VT Annual Antique Car Show | Stowe Blog

Stowe Antique Car ShowIt's the 55th year of the Stowe Antique Car Show!

The Stowe Antique Car Show runs from August 10 to 12, 2012.

Headquartered at the Nichols lodge and campground, the Stowe Antique Car Show has been a mainstay of summertime in Stowe and Vermont.  It's the largest and oldest antique car show in New England and draws over 1,000 cars that are placed on display in the fields surrounding Nichols lodge.

Additionally, there is a car parade and on Saturday night they close down the village for a street dance and select car viewing.  This is a family friendly event that allows for those who want to spend the day checking out cars from the past.  You can easily walk around the showgrounds and the antique cars will take you back to a time forgotten.  Set up shop on the side of the Mt. road and watch the cars parade around town.

Come check out the history of the US auto industry and see which make and model has joined the ranks as the newest antique car!  Each year a new make and model can qualify for the Stowe Antique Car Show, so see which cars decide to show up as the new classic antiques.

Stowe becomes a buzz with people who travel from all over the world to see these antique cars.  Hosted by the Vermont Auto Enthusiasts, who hand out awards for different makes and models, this car show is world renown.  In addition to the cars there's a flea market featuring auto related items.  You can camp on location or stay in many of Stowe's world famous lodges.  If you are planning on coming be sure the make a dinner reservation early.  For suggestions, check out our blog post on places we love to eat.

Learn more about the Stowe Antique Car Show here: Stowe Annual Antique Car Show.

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

DAVID GRISMAN QUINTET ~ JULY 21, 2012 ~ 8PM « The Spruce Peak Arts Center

For those of you who have been wanting to check out the Spruce Peak Arts Center, but haven't been sold on some of the music, here's a great opportunity to see an amazing artist and check out the Spruce Peak Arts Center.  Located at the base of Stowe Mt. Resort, the Spruce Peak Arts Center is an intimate setting with not a bad seat in the house.  The David Grisman Quintet, offers a blend of folk, bluegrass, jazz and Latin to name a few.  Check out the link below to learn more about Spruce Peak Arts Center and David Grisman Quintet.

DAVID GRISMAN QUINTET ~ JULY 21, 2012 ~ 8PM « The Spruce Peak Arts Center.