Blog :: 2010

Rusty Nail to Reopen, Stowe VT

Stowe's Rusty Nail, a land-mark watering hole since 1969, is to reopen later this month. The Nail has been shut down for the last 6 months due to loss of business. Since the bar was purchased from it's previous owner, Bobby Roberts of Stowe, it had become less and less local friendly. Turning locals to other favorite watering holes like the Matterhorn and Rimrocks, where they felt more welcome.

Apparently the owner  Dan Swierzewski of KSK Properties LLC of Holyoke, MA, has finally gotten the hint. In an attempt to revive the business he has hired Kate Wise, a former bartender, to Manage the new Nail. Kate gets it and will be taking strides to make the Nail local friendly again.  We look forward to seeing what the "new, old" Rusty Nail will be offering Stowe Natives.

For more information check out the full article in this weeks Stowe Reporter: Rusty Nail about to come back to life. You can view their website here: Rusty Nail Website

181 Foxfire Lane Stowe, VT For Sale $545,000

Beautifully landscaped Stowe VT home for sale with rock walls, and perennials gardens leading to the front door. You will find amenities such as a large screened in porch with a hot tub and large front porch with views to Mt. Mansfield. A  first floor master bedroom  allows for easy living. The two upstairs bedrooms have their own den and TV room, making it a great vacation or family home. You'll also find the layout perfect for entertaining. Located just outside of Stowe Village makes getting to the mountain, restaurants, movies and all Stowe has to offer is easy.

You can view the full listing details here: 181 Foxfire Lane Stowe, Vermont or call me today for a showing at 802-253-7358.

Stowe Happenings this Weekend 10/16/10

There is a fabulous watercolor opening at the Helen Day Art Center this weekend.  It is a juried show featuring artists from the Vermont Watercolor Society. The reception was last night but you can swing by today. Perfect for a rainy day! Get more details about the show here: Vermont Watercolor Society Juried Show at the Helen Day (click here)
Congratulations Stowe Land Trust on reaching the goal for the Adams Bridge. This is really exciting news. I hope Ashley Sargent's walk in the Kirchner Woods Saturday at 10 went well. What  a magical place, when it stops raining tomorrow I suggest you check it out. Click here for a map of Kirchner Woods.
For those of you feeling really ambitious and anxious to start the ski season we did get a few inches of snow on the mountain last night! Maybe it's time for a skin up and ski down? The below picture was taken in Nebraska Valley at 10PM last night.
Looking for a little spook in your life? Check out the nighttime lantern tours happening now through October 30th. Here is more information: Stowe at Night Lantern Tours

Stowe Tour de Snow: Stowe Rec Path

The Stowe Tour de Snow is a fund raiser being put on by a local group called the Friends of Rec Path Grooming (FRPG). For the first time ever the Stowe Rec (Bike) Path will be groomed so it can be enjoyed throughout the winter months. In order to gain exposure and raise funds to support the grooming, FRPG is putting on The Tour de Snow event. It will be held on Sunday, January 16th, 2011 and is designed to showcase the best of what Stowe has to offer winter visitors and locals alike.

This is a fantastic concept and I am some what surprised it has not been thought of sooner! The event starts at the top of the bike path; from there participants will ski, walk, snowshoe or run along the path and take advantage of fun-filled activities and stations, sponsored, organized, and staffed by local businesses. The event has mass appeal for individuals of all ages and families!

For more information about the Stowe Tour de Snow check their Facebook page here: Stowe Tour de Snow on Facebook. For a map of the bike path check out my previous post: Stowe VT Bike Path

Stowe VT Foliage Art Festival this Weekend!

It is that time of year again! Columbus Day weekend brings the Stowe Foliage Art Festival or more commonly referred to as the Craft Fair to the fields at Topnotch for the 28th year.

This is one event I look forward to each year. The artists and crafters at this event are first rate. My favorite vendors are usually found right as you walk in. One is Clinton Pottery, they makes very utilitarian plates, bowls, pitchers and more. They are perfect for everyday or as special occasion settings. Mix and match different glazes or go monotone, he's a must hit when visiting the craft fair.

Another to check out is Richard Foye who makes these incredible raku glazed lamps. I love to buy them and add these lampshades with beautiful leafs on them. The vendor for the lampshades is hit or miss, sometimes she's at the show and sometimes no luck.

Also check out Katherine Washburn's booth while you are there. To learn more about Katherine check out my earlier blog post by clicking here. If you have a wee one you need to buy for, swing by RobinHoods and check out her felted hats. They are adorable and make a great gift for toddlers.

There are so many great vendors from clothing and jewelery to food. It's a great way to take in the foliage and spend a beautiful fall day, which we are having right now! For more details and directions click here for the festival website.

Stowe VT Foliage Weather Update

Much like last week it seems we've been getting an entire summers worth of rain in only a few short days. However the forecast looks good for the weekend. Last Saturday morning we were greeted with sun and beautiful blue skies that lasted through Monday. I would say that peak foliage has past but the colors are still bright and most of the leafs are clinging fast to their hosts. If you are coming for the holiday weekend it is still going to be very charming and there will be plenty to keep you busy.

Check out my Things to Do in Stowe Category for recommendations!

Hiking in Stowe: Stowe Recreation

mt. mansfield hiking stowe vt

It is my favorite time of year for hiking in Vermont and like a faithful old friend Mount Mansfield still offers her challenging beauty by way of the Long Trail. You will find her trail heads just past the start of the Notch road. To your left you'll find the trail head. It is about 2.5 miles to the top with some very challenging scrambling at the end. For a less strenuous climb you can also end your  hike at Tafts Cabin. A great place to relax and have lunch as well. If you're really looking to prove yourself try the Hellbrook trail, and good luck!

For a less challenging day hike follow the Smuggler's Notch Road to the top and park in the parking area. Across the road you will find the trail head for the Sterling Pond hike. It is 1.1 miles up to the pond. It is a short hike and fairly steep, but a good one for most intermediate hikers and kids. Don't forget to take some time to discover the caves at the parking area, it will prove to be a memorable day for everyone.

Two other short day hikes worth checking out are the Pinnacle trail and Mt. Elmore. The Pinnacle can be found just out of town off Stowe Hollow Road. It is 3.2 miles of moderate hiking that ends with stunning views of the valley and Mount Mansfield. You can find directions here: http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGN202-047

Elmore Mountain Trail is located in Elmore VT, in the state park. It will cost 3$ per person for entry, but the beauty of this hike during peak foliage is well worth the fee. Hike 1.25 miles to the Fire Tower and I dare you to make it past the first flight of stairs! You will be rewarded with beautiful views from vistas along the trail. Hike and additional half mile to Balance Rock and you've earned your lunch at the Bees Knees in Morrisville. Here are directions to Elmore State Park: http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=XTM006-019

Black Cap Coffee, Stowe VT

As Stowe's newest downtown addition Black Cap Coffee has carved out a nice little niche for itself. You'll find it located directly across from the Stowe Community Church right in town. You will find your standard coffee house fare from scones to breakfast sandwiches. All backed on-site. A few comfy couches and wi-fi offer you a place to get some work done or just check out what your friends are saying about you on Facebook.

They make a mean Americano and the muffins will tempt the best Atkins dieters in the crowd! Not to mention the  made to order Saturday and Sunday mornings. Ski till 11AM and then head downtown to Black Cap for your fresh of the griddle crepe.

Check out their website here: Black Cap Coffee

Stoweflake, Stowe VT

The fall is fast approaching with leafs turning early because of the beautiful, dry, hot summer we've had. With fall coming quickly to Stowe we are all ramping up for the influx of tourists. People often ask me for places to stay and during the fall season one great place, because of its central location and proximity to fall events, is the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa. Right across the street from the Stowe Farmers Market(a must do) and half way to town or the mountain, it's a great place to be. The Stoweflake spa is an excellent stop for a rainy afternoon. Try a hot air balloon ride for a unique view of the famous New England foliage.

The Stoweflake offers comfortable rooms, an indoor and outdoor pool for the kids, great gym and a few dining options. It is also right off the bike path, a wonderful way to spend a day.

Find out more about the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa by clicking here.

For more things to do in Stowe during the Fall click here.

Contain-Her Opening at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe VT Tonight

I spent two months last fall at Penland School of Crafts in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. During my time there I worked on my Contain-Her Collection of hand-built clay pieces. The work at resemble containers of different sized and shapes. As a child of the Sixties I have spent a great portion of my life struggling against the conventions that tried to restrain me and women of my generation and beyond. Come by the Helen Day Art Center tonight to celebrate with me sixty-five years in which life has tried (and failed) to Contain-Her. Opening starts at 5PM, I will be speaking at 5:30, the opening ends at 7PM.

I hope to see you there!