Vanessa Knight

Car Show Weekend in Stowe, Vermont

The 59th Annual Antique and Classic Car Show returns to Stowe, Vermont this weekend 8/12-8/15/2017. This town wide event includes Judging, Flea Market, Parade and Street Dance. The main events and displays take place on Nichols Field south of the village on Route 100. Saturday afternoon features a parade from the field through Town starting at 3:30 and Saturday night the Village comes alive with displays and a Street Dance from 7pm until 10pm. The event takes place rain or shine. For a complete list of events check out the website at vtauto.org

Our office at 91 Main Street will be open during the Street Dance, so if you are in the Village stop in a say hello!

 

Stowe Area 2nd Quarter Real Estate Market Report

Welcome to the Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate market report; our 2nd Quarter 2016 examination of the real estate market in the Stowe area.  This report uses market-wide data based on transactions that closed in during the 1st 6 months of 2016 in the Multiple Listing Service, and compares them to sales that took place during the same period of 2015.

Just as our local communities have seen recent growth and enhanced vibrancy, so too has the residential real estate market. New businesses, restaurants and attractions have been popping up in Stowe and beyond, including The Alchemist opening its doors to their new acclaimed brewery, the new Adventure Center at Stowe Mountain Resort, and MOCO (Morrisville Food Co-op), scheduled to open soon.

Many have wondered whether the increase in residential sales that we saw after the first quarter would continue. We are happy to report that they have, in Stowe and the rest of Lamoille County. 

Read the full report for Stowe and report for Lamoille OCounty and Waterbury.

Craft Beverage Tour Around Stowe, Vermont

When it comes to quantity and quality of craft-made beverages, local brewers, vintners, distillers and cider-makers have not just put Vermont on the map, they have blazed the trails.

Vermont has more breweries per capita than any other state in the US and many of the best located are in central Vermont. This makes for a great day trip around the Stowe and Lamoille County area.

The following is a suggestion for a  tour of some of the area brewers and distilleries. This list is just a sampling, the area is so ripe with options, to include all would require a full weekend or two. The tour starts in Cambridge (though the Notch in warmer months), heads to Morrisville then down Rt 100 to Waterbury then back up to finish in Stowe. Directions and websites for each outlet are included. Make a day of it or pick a few that peak your interest.

 

  • Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits

boydenvalley.com • (802) 644-8151

Tasting Room: 3600 Waterbury Stowe Road, Waterbury Center • Directions
Winery: 64 VT Route 104, Cambridge • Directions

Experience Vermont’s award-winning Winery, Cider, & Distillery, crafting a variety of wines, ciders, and spirits through sustainable agriculture and supporting local farms. Tastings, Free Tours, and seasonal Gourmet Cheese Plates. Two convenient locations: Cambridge – Winery & Tasting Room and Waterbury - Tasting Room at Cold Hollow Cider Mill.

 

  • Lost Nation Brewing

lostnationbrewing.com • (802) 851-8041

87B Old Creamery Rd, Morrisville, VT 05661

The Lost Nation motto of Honest Small Batch Beer says it. With a list of 8 diverse year round brews and an ever changing choice of limited editions plus a dining/tasting room and seasonal beer garden; Lost Nation is a must visit location on any brewery tour or a great destination on its own. 

 

  • Green Mountain Distillers

greendistillers.com • (802) 253-0064
2919 Laporte Road, Morrisville • Directions

Green Mountain Distillers is a small batch craft distillery dedicated to creating hand-made, organic distilled spirits since 2002. Quality ingredients added to pure Vermont water creates their vibrant organic vodkas and spirits. Their traditional process guarantees premium quality, purity and exceptional taste in every Green Mountain Distillers product.

 

  • Smuggler's Notch Distillery

smugglersnotchdistillery.com • (802) 309-3077
Barrel House Tasting Room: 2657 Waterbury Stowe Road, Waterbury Center • Directions
Distillery: 276 Main Street, Jeffersonville • Directions
Smugglers' Notch Distillery, Vermont Inspired Vodka, Bourbon Barrel aged Rum, Gin, Hopped Gin, Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and Wheat Whiskey, all made with pure Vermont water. Continually garnering medals, commendations, and accolades from the spirits world and fans including a coveted 95 point rating from the Wine Enthusiast for our Vodka. 

 

  • Prohibition Pig

prohibitionpig.com • (802) 244-4120

23 South Main Street, Waterbury - Directions

Prohibition Pig, located on the site of the original Alchemist Brewery, specializes in great food and local beer. The brewery and tasting room is located behind the restaurant and is open for light fare and growler fills. The "Pig" serves their own brews as well as many of the area's favorites.

 

  • Idyletyme Brewing Company

idletymebrewing.com • (802) 253-4765
1859 Mountain Road, Stowe • Directions

Idletyme Brewing Co. brews a variety of mouth-watering beers in its custom copper brew kettle, but perhaps most unique to Idletyme is their water filtration system, which can adjust the well-water’s hardness and mineral content to match that of other water sources around the world. This allows Idletyme Brewing Company to make authentic Belgian wheat ale – for example – with genuine Belgian-accurate water.

 

  • Stowe Cider

stowecider.com • (802) 730-7447
1815 Pucker Street, Stowe • Directions

Stowe Cider is quickly becoming a favorite stop amongst visitors and locals alike. Their cider makers are constantly developing unique recipes that you will not find anywhere else. Ciders range from dry and preservative-free to others that contain local fruits, hops, and even spicy peppers. With a tasting room on the Mountain Rd next to the Farmer's Market in Stowe it is easy to stop in anytime for a taste. 

 

  • von Trapp Brewing

vontrappbrewing.com • (802) 760-6325
700 Trapp Hill Road, Stowe • Directions

The Trapp family history coupled with Johannes von Trapp’s genuine appreciation for Austrian style-beer inspired the mission of Von Trapp Brewing: to create a traditional European lager – clean, light, crisp beer that boasts a robust flavor.  The Von Trap Brewing Brewery currently produces several lagers brewed from the finest authentic Austrian ingredients and their own pure Vermont spring water sourced from their private spring located on the grounds of the Trapp Family Lodge. 

 

  • The Alchemist

alchemist beer.com 

The Alchemist Brewery, home of world famous "Heddy Topper" will be open to the public this summer. The new brewery located on the Mountain Road in Stowe will feature brewery tours and tasting room. In the meantime many of the breweries mentioned above also offer Alchemist brews in their dining rooms.

 

Stowe Area 1st Quarter 2016 Market Report

Welcome to the Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate Market Report.  This  1st quarter report of 2016,  is an examination of the real estate market in the Stowe area, using market-wide data based on transactions in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), and comparing them to that of the 1st quarter of 2015. 

The winter of 2016 will be memorable in many respects, most notably due to the lack of snow; and unseasonably mild weather.   Skiers and riders have enjoyed some of the best spring conditions though, as snow continued to fall in April.  The mountain plans to operate lifts

 on Mt. Mansfield, until April 24th this year – long after most area resorts have closed.  Signs of spring have been welcome, including a continuation o

f the maple sugaring season, which saw one of the strongest and lengthiest seasons in years.

In the world of real estate, supply and demand is still largely the story, both nationwide and locally.  Finding the right property can be challenging,due to continued shortages of inventory.  The overall demand for buying is solid, so in many regards, it is a good time for sellers to list their homes.  With rental amounts outpacing mortgage payment expense, and availability of low interest rates, it is also a good time for buyers to be in the market.

For details and charts check out our website: Stowe Vermont Real Estate

62nd Easter Sunrise Service Atop Mt Mansfield

Join fellow early risers atop Mt. Mansfield for a non-denominational Easter Sunrise Service provided by the Stowe Community Church. Arrive early and enjoy the beauty of sunrise atop Vermont's highest peak. A wonderful way to start the day with first tracks down Gondolier.

A complimentary Mountain Gondola ride will operate from 5am – 6am to transport the public to the service (weather permitting). Participants may ski down after the service or ride the Mountain Gondola. Head over the Spruce Peak Plaza for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

Stowe Hosts will be collecting donations during the service to benefit the Lamoille County United Way. Please consider contributing a monetary donation. 

 

For more details and specifics on arrival time check out the Stowe Area Association or Stowe Mountain Resort websites.

Real Estate Market Report - Year End 2015

Welcome to the Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate market report; our 2015 Year-End examination of the real estate market in the Stowe area.  This report uses market-wide data based on transactions that closed in 2015 in the Multiple Listing Service, and compares them to sales that took place during 2014.

In 2015 the Stowe market generally reflects that of the broader market throughout Vermont, and much of the nation.   Many analysts have reported a continuation of a “level-headed market”; much of which is probably due to very low levels of inventory. We are seeing one of the lowest levels of residential and land inventory, in recent memory.  Most of which is seen in the lower price ranges.  Despite these factors, the continuation of low interest rates, steady job growth, and buyer demand, should keep real estate sales heading in the right direction.  Sales in general, show continued stability.

The full report is available on our website: Stowe Vermont Real Estate Market Report

Skiing in Stowe, Vermont Underway!

Early skiing and riding in Stowe, Vermont and the surrounding areas has started! Despite a warmer and dryer start to the ski season most resorts in the area have opened or will open in the next week. There is even some nordic skiing to be found! Early to mid-December is a great time to take advantage of reduced lift ticket and lodging rates and uncrowded trails. With investments and advancements in snowmaking, more trails are open early season and several nordic centers are operational without any natural snow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Always check the dailiy ski report and your favorite resort before heading out. Below are links to the ski condition reports at some of our favorite local hills:

Stowe Mountain Resort

 

Smuggler's Notch Resort

 

Trapp Family Lodge

 

Craftsbury Nordic Center

 

Bolton Valley Resort

 

 

Embrace Stick Season in Stowe, Vermont

Stick Season is here! This quiet, grey time of year immediataly following the beauty of foliage is often dreaded and vilified by locals (and tourists) but Stick Season may be the most unappreciated time of year in Stowe, VT. The Village is calmer and the average speed on Mountain Rd rises above 20 mph. Hiking this time of year is so special, with the leaves and undergrowth down and snow still a month away it is easy to enjoy the beauty of the mountain terrain and unique features along favorite trails. Paths that are often dark and shady are open and sunny, the afternoon sun warms the chilly air and trails are usually dry. The recreation path is almost deserted and a drive through the Notch can be enjoyed at your own pace.

It is hunting season so make sure to wear orange while hiking and don't forget bright colors for your dogs as well!

Check out the Stowe Land Trust website for some great Stick Season walking, hiking or biking ideas.

While a few stores and restaurants close in early November to provide owners and staff a much deserved break before the winter season, most not only remain open, but offer great deals during this time. So before the snow flies and the holiday season rush starts get our and enjoy the "worst" season in Stowe, Vermont.

For a list of events going on this time of year check out the Stowe Area Association calendar of events:

 

Market Report 1st 9 Months 2015 Stowe, Vermont, Lamoille County and Waterbury, VT

The following is a comprehensive anaylsis of the real estate market for the 1st 9 months of 2015. Information and analysis includes Stowe, VT and Lamoille County, VT as well as the town of Waterbury, VT.

View the 1st 9 Months of 2015 Report below or download a PDF version: click here.

 

 

 

FALL in Love with Your House Again

This fall, FALL in love with your house again! Feeling blah about your home, not looking forward to a long winter staring at the same four walls and tired decor? For $10,000 combined these 3 projects can improve how you feel about your home.

  • PUT ON A NEW FACE. Give your kitchen cabinets new life with paint and more modern fixtures. Want to step it up a notch? Consider new doors and drawer covers from a cabinetmaker or doormaker. Refacing the average size kitchen runs around $6,000.
  • LET THERE BE MORE LIGHT. Dark spaces are a common complaint among homeowenrs. Try tublar skylights for small spaces such as bathrooms and hallways and are far more affordable than full skylights. Four tubes installed will set you back a mere $2,000. Good investment for more natural light.
  • TIDY UP. Invest in built-in organization systems to help declutter key problem areas: master bedroom closet, laundry room and pantry. Expect to spend around $1,000 for these space saving additions. Then consider hiring a professional organizer to help purge and tidy up what you decide to keep ($50-$150 and hour).