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Ice Castles at Stratton Mountain

Ice Castles at Stratton Mountain

 
Located in Stratton's Sun Bowl, this frozen wonderland features giant archways, winding mazes, ice thrones and tunnels—crafted by hand using only icicles and water. The Ice Castle will begin construction in late November and is expected to be open to the public January 17 through March 2015, weather permitting. Great for all ages! 
 
Hours: 
Sunday through Thursday 2-9pm
Friday and Saturday 2-10pm
 
Price:
General admission tickets for ages 12 and up are $9.95++ Monday-Thursday and $12.95++ Friday-Sunday.
For ages 4-11, tickets are $6.95++ Monday-Thursday and $8.95++ Friday-Sunday.
 
Learn more here: 
http://www.stratton.com/events-and-activities/stratton-activities/winter-activities/ice-castle.aspx
 
 
 
 
 

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    Columbus Day Weekend at Stratton Mountain

    There is no shortage of things to do at Stratton Mountain during Columbus Day Weekend!

    SaturdayOctober 11

    9am-The Run or Dye 5K will kick off the weekend at 9am on October 11. Don’t forget to sign up prior to the event, you don’t want to miss your chance to get out and enjoy the colorful foliage- all while getting covered with crazy colors! Visit the Run or Dye website to sign up:http://www.runordye.com/locations/Stratton#.VCK717v_T4d.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    -After you finish the Run or Dye 5K, spend the rest of your day at the base lodge enjoying Live Music, Gondola Rides, BBQ, Face painting, Carmel Apples, Chili Cook Off, Hayrides and more!

    11am-BBQ

    12pm-At Noon the Brew fest will begin, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy many of the fine beers and hard ciders that Vermont has to offer. Also, for all you strong men and women out there, Be sure to meet at the Amex chair lift at 4pm for the Keg Toss event!

    List below features some but not all vendors. More to come!

    Heiniken USA 
    Dos XXX Amber
    Dos XXX Lager
    Newcastle Brown Ale
    Strongbow Golden Apple Cider
    Strongbow Honey Apple Cider 

    Boston Beer Company
    Samuel Adams Boston Lager
    Samuel Adams Octoberfest
    Angry Orchard Crisp Hard Cider
    Jack-O Traveler Shandy

    Foolproof Brewing Company
    Barstool
    Backyard
    Raincloud
    Le Ferme Urbaine

    Vermont Hard Cider Company
    Woodchuck Amber
    Woodchuck Seasonal Fall Harvest
    Woodchuck Hopsation
    Woodchuck Local Nectar

    Long Trail Brewing Company Co
    Sick Day IPA
    Brush & Barrel Imperial Pumpkin
    Flyin Ryan IPA
    Limbo

    Otter Creek Brewing Company
    Shed India Pale Ale
    Shed Mountain Ale
    Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout
    Brewmaster Mike's Overgrown

    Magic Hat
    Magic Hat #9
    Magic Hat Wilhelm Scream
    Magic Hat Drip Coffee IPA

    Zero Gravity
    Conehead IPA
    Green State Lager

    Kingdom Brewery
    Round Barn Red
    Out of Bounds IPA

    Drop In Brewery
    Sunshine & Hoppiness 
    Heart of Lothain

    Groennfell Meadery
    Autumn spice Mead
    Mannaz Mead
    Valkyrie’s Choice

     

    7pm- Southern Vermont’s own DJ Joe Bell will be closing out the day at Grizzly’s (Second floor of the base lodge) from 7pm-Close.

     

     

    Sunday, October 12

    9am-On Sunday morning October 12, you can sign up between 8-9 (at the North Face Store) for the Race to the Summit!

    11am-After, there will be more live music, BBQ, and the Stratton Foundation will be presenting the Vermont Field Day. This includes a Pie Eating Contest, Live Music, Hay Rides, The Pumpkin Chuck’n and more!

    You can check out the full schedule here: http://www.stratton.com/events-and-activities/events/2014/10/columbus-day-weekend.aspx

    So, get up to Stratton Mountain this Columbus Day weekend and enjoy the beautiful foliage and all the events that Southern Vermont has to offer!! 

     

     

     

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      Jamaica Old Home Day

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      On Saturday, July 26, beginning at 11 a.m., Jamaica will hold their annual Old Home Day. There will be a parade with floats, bands, events, races, prizes, food, music and dancing, games for kids, and a free exhibition of "The Creative Women of Jamaica". Also, there will be a flea market, Vermont history and culture, vendors, entertainers, a chili cook-off and a chicken barbecue. Then at 7 p.m. there will be a square dance at the Jamaica Town Hall.

      Join us at 9:00 am for the 1st annual Salmon Hole Dash 5k walk/run at the Jamaica State Park. Well be walking, jogging, or running along the beautiful West River on a flat, well-maintained trail in the shade for about 5 kilometers. Go at your own pace and enjoy the company of friends, neighbors and family! Visit the Jamaica Old Home Day website to sign up! http://jamaicaoldhomeday.com/

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      Independence Day Celebration and Parade

      US-Flag1 For as long as I can remember, the fourth of July has always meant one thing- The Wardsboro Parade. Not only was this special day a grand celebration of our independence, but the opportunity to come together as a community. The term quintessential "small town" definitely comes to mind. There are children running through the street in their special red/white/blue outfits, a line a mile long for some of the best freshly squeezed lemonade, the annual quilt show at the church, and lets not forget homemade strawberry shortcake! It is by far one of my fondest childhood memories, and you should definitely stop by and make some great memories of your own! ~Devon, Office Manager This year the street fairstarts on Friday, July 4th at 9:00am, with the parade kicking off at 10am. Arrive early to secure your parking spot! BobChevysmallFor more information and details please visit https://sites.google.com/site/wardsboroparade/Home.IMG_0153parade160c

      Hillsborough Balloon Festival & Fair!

      balloon 3Home town to Lowe's Real Estate's very own Penny Wilkens and Ginger Hill has quite the event coming up next month! The Annual Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair, and the Hometown Parade will be starting July 17 and last through July 20. There will be lots to do for the whole family including carnival rides & games, live music, lawn tractor pulls, balloon rides and more! The Parade will be on Sunday, July 20, and step off at 12:00 noon from the Hillsboro-Deering School complex on School Street and end at Grimes Field off Preston Street where visitors may take in the sights and sounds of the Balloon Festival for the afternoon. balloon1 If you wanted to take a Balloon Ride.... Balloon rides originate at the Fairgrounds at Grimes Field in Hillsborough and are scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings (weather permitting). Flights take off as close to 6 o'clock (A.M. and P.M.) as possible and last anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour. Of course, the length of the flight is heavily dependent upon the winds and weather conditions of the day. The cost for a ride is $200 per passenger; most balloons can carry 3-5 passengers as well as the pilot. Cash, checks and all major credit cards are accepted. To make flight reservations, you can contact by telephone at or via email at hillsboroballoonfest@tds.net. If you think you want to take a ride but are not sure there are alternatives for you.. Alternative Number 1: Tethering balloon 2 At various times during the course of the weekend, balloonists will be tethering. When a balloon tethers, it is secured to the ground so it will return to the spot from which it took off. Of course, you are accompanied by the pilot. You will "go up" about 50 feet then come back to the ground. Tethering is great for people who are young, uncertain about flying, or fragile. The cost is nominal, $15 per person to go up for approximately 5 minutes.

      Alternative Number 2: Night Glow

      A Night Glow isn't a ride, but it is one heck of a show. At dusk on Friday night, weather permitting, a half dozen or more balloons will inflate at Grimes Field. Once fully inflated, the propane burner is adjusted so as to create a white flame that illuminates the balloon and makes it glow. The night glow is free, the only stipulations are that the public must refrain from smoking and remain a safe distance away from the balloons while they are inflated.

      balloon 5 Please find the schedule below & be sure not to miss out on all the fun!! Thursday, July 17 6:00 pm Carnival opens; Ride Bracelets for unlimited rides from 6-10pm, $17.00; Active Military families half price with ID 10:00 pm Carnival closes balloon 4 Friday, July 18 5:00 pm Carnival opens: Ride Bracelets for unlimited rides from 5-11pm, $20.00 5:00 pm Lawn Tractor Pulls on track 6:00 pm Balloon Lift Off (weather permitting) 6:30 pm Road Race 7:00 pm on Stage Bursitis Brothers Band 8:00 pm Balloon Night Glow (weather permitting) 8:00 pm on Stage Built for Comfort Band 11:00 pm Carnival closes Saturday, July 19 6:00 am Balloon Lift Off (weather permitting) 6:00 am - 8:00 am Pancake Breakfast ($5.00) under the tent 10:00 am Artisans Fair in Butler Park 12:00 noon Carnival opens; Purchase tickets for rides, no bracelets 1:00 pm Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show 1:00 pm on stage Kids Jazz Band 4:00 pm Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show 6:00 pm Balloon Lift Off (weather permitting) 6:00 pm on stage Lonesome Train Band 7:00 pm Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show 10:00 pm Fireworks 11:00 pm Carnival closes Sunday, July 20 6:00 am Balloon Lift Off (weather permitting) 6:00 am - 8:00 am Pancake Breakfast ($5.00) under the tent 12:00 noon Hometown Parade "Hillsboro Then and Now" 12:00 noon Carnival opens; Purchase tickets for rides, no bracelets 1:00 pm on stage Exotic Animal Show 1:00 pm Car Show on the ball field 2:00 pm on stage Marko the Magician 4:00 pm on stage Battle of the Bands 6:00 pm Balloon Lift Off (weather permitting) 8:00 pm Carnival closes Please visit http://www.balloonfestival.org/index.html for more information! Hope you can make it! ~Lowe's Real Estate Team

      The Frendly Gathering Festival is Almost Here!

      Frendly Gathering Frendly Gathering3 The Frendly Gathering Festival is a local music festival held at Timber Ridge Resort in Windham, Vermont. The Frendly Gathering originated as a way to bring frends from all over the world to one place to share a deep love for music, snowboarding and the outdoors. What started as a 250 person mini-gathering put on by The Frends Crew, has now evolved into a three-day grassroots music festival. The festival starts June 27-28, with early arrival passes available for June 26. Visit The Frendly Gathering Festival for more information and to get your tickets now! This is an event you don't want to miss! Frendly Gathering 4Frendly Gathering 2

      The Vermont Experience

      DSCN2790 (2)What makes living in Vermont a special experience? There aren't many places that offer so much natural beauty, outdoor activity,or communities where people look after their neighbors. In many towns, people know each otherby name and will offer a good morning or awave as you drive by. In a world that is becoming more and more complex, there is great value in this humble simplicity.

      In Vermont wehave hometown fairs and festivals, such as the annual 4th of July parades in Wardsboro & Londonderry, the Jamaica Old Home Day (held the last Saturday in July), the Peru Fair, and the Chester CraftFair in September. There are many wonderful schools and academies throughout the state such as Landmark College in Putney, The Putney School, Southern Vermont College in Bennington, The Mountain School in Winhall, The Long Trail School in Dorset, Burr & Burton Academy in Manchester,andGreen Mountain College in Poultney to name just a few. There are currently 23 highly acclaimed colleges and universities operating in Vermont. Take a drive to any part of Vermont and you will find terrific historical and educational sites. Some exciting day trips include the UVM Morgan Horse Farm in Middlebury, the Bennington Battle Monument, the Robert Frost Stone House Museum in Shaftsbury, ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center in Burlington, Fort Dummer State Park in Brattleboro, The Salmon Hole & Jamaica State Parkand The Calvin Coolidge Birthplace and Museum in Plymouth. There are a number of ski areas in Vermont that offer year-round attractionsincludingMount Snow in West Dover, Stratton Mountain, Okemo in Ludlow, Magic Mountain in Londonderry, Bromley Mountain in Peru, Killington, Stowe, Pico in Mendon, Jay Peak in Jay, Bolton Valley, Mad River Glen in Fayston, Smugglers Notch in Jeffersonville and Suicide Six in Pomfret. This is just the beginning! There is so much to see and do in the state I call home.Make Vermont a destination.You won't be disappointed!

      Spring Has Sprung! Spring Into Action

      Garden with stone landscapingSpring has finally started to show signs of arrival here in Southern Vermont. Sap is and has been running for several weeks, sunny days have been slowly making the snow banks retreat and signs of new life are beginning to emerge. With the changing of the seasons, attractions and activities begin to shift from skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing to biking, hiking, canoeing, camping, outdoor concert events as well as the ever popular mud challenges at Mount Snow and Stratton. Now is the time to start yard clean up, outdoor projects and beautifying your home. If you are planning to market your property, first impressions are very important. Spring is also a great time of year to drive through Vermonts beautiful scenery and tour your potential new home.

      Vermonts Real Estate market is showing marked improvement . There are many great opportunities awaiting you as the selection is good over all budget ranges. With interest rates being very competitive and the lowest they have been historically, now is the time! Home inspectors and appraisers have been reporting their best quarters in quite some time. Local banking institutions and credit unions are offering rates currently averaging 2.75% for 15 years to 3.625% for 30 years. Dont wait. Call or stop by Lowes Real Estate today. We would love to assist you in any way possible. Happy Spring!

      Vermont...A "Sweet" Destination

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      What makes Vermont a sweet' destination? Maple sugaring of course! Every year as the days warm up and the night temperatures drop to freezing, the start of maple sugaring is upon us. For the last 12 years, Vermont has celebrated Maple Sugaring Weekend the last weekend in March. During this weekend celebration, most sugarhouses host some sort of celebratory event either partaking in taste testing, participating in the process of sap gathering, learning the history of this art or watching the process taking place with modern equipment. Many places also offer sugar on snow if enough snow is still in supply.

      According to vermontmaple.org, over 1 million gallons of maple syrup was produced in Vermont in 2011 and it is Vermonts first agricultural crop of each year. Native people used to collect the clear sap of the maple tree and boil it down into hard bricks of sugar. Today, this is a generational art, passed down from Native Vermonters to their children and grandchildren. While the equipment and gathering techniques have changed for some over the years from metal sap buckets and metal taps using horses and sleighs/wagons, to more modern plastic tubing and large evaporators and arches; you can still find some who prefer to stay with the older techniques. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service , Vermont remained the top maple state in New England and the nation, producing 39% of the United States maple syrup. Southern Vermont has numerous sugarhouses that are open to the public. Included in this list are: Plummers Sugarhouse 2866 Townshend Road, Grafton 05146, Harlows Sugarhouse 563 Bellows Falls Road, Putney, VT 05346, Dutton Berry Farm rtes 11/30 Manchester, VT 05255, Robb Family Farm 827 Ames Hill Rd. Brattleboro, VT 05301, Maple Ridge Farm, 49 Larson Rd. Wilmington, VT 05363, Bobs Maple Shop, 733 Richville Rd. Manchester Ctr, VT 05255. There are many local sugarhouses that dont publicly advertise, but are still happy to have people stop by and observe the process. Just stop by Lowes Real Estate and Property Managements office on Main Street in Jamaica and well be happy to assist you with directions.

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      If you have a sweet tooth why not come see for yourself why we think our home state is a sweet destination?

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        Vermont Property Search

        What is your passionyour dream? What activities do you enjoy? Do you long for more quality time with friends and family while enjoying the peace and quiet? Have you longed to escape to the mountains for a few days or have you always wanted a vacation home of your own, but didnt know where to start? Thankfully, you have come to the right place! Now that some questions have been posed, lets think about the possibilities.

        Snowboard resizedVermont has a vast array of attractions ranging from various outdoor activities to farmers markets to book signings and readings to keep all interests and personalities happy all year long. In Southern Vermont alone, there are weekly indoor farmers markets in the winter months as well as local farm stands open year round providing the community with fresh produce to nourish our bodies. If you are up for challenging your body physically, there are snowshoe treks, snowboarding, tubing, skiing, cross country treks, as well as snowmobile tours available at Stratton and Mount Snow. Is skating your choice of activity? Manchester boasts a terrific opportunity to show off your talents at Riley Rink. In addition, there are numerous fitness clubs and spas available to help you achieve relaxation and rejuvenation. If nourishing your mind and creative side are your focus, opportunities await at our fantastic independent bookstores where book clubs, special author events and opportunities to learn new cultures or cuisines abound. Sleigh rides at local farms are also not to be missed during the winter months! Many even offer a picnic and hot cider or cocoa as well for your enjoyment.

        The summer months in Vermont offer wonderful activities and attractions to enjoy as well. Southern Vermont is home to many popular golf destinations. Manchester and Stratton offer superior courses and golf instruction. In addition Stratton offers a Summer Concert Series every Saturday night through the summer months. Mount Snow has hosted the Tough Mudder Competition over the last two years which has proved popular with many different ages. Stratton also hosts Mountain Mayhem over Memorial Day Weekend, which is a similar venue. If tennis is your area of interest, Stratton is the summer home to the world renowned tennis pro, Cliff Drysdale. The Drysdale Tennis School offers superior instruction in a beautiful mountain setting. Kayaking and canoeing in the numerous ponds and lakes in Southern Vermont as well as participating in the Dam Release are also great attractions. Bike touring, either with a group, or just a few on the West River Trail also prove to be enjoyable experiences and highly popular. Many opportunities await you here. We are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful area with so much to offer in each season. Many of you may be aware that we comically refer to mud season as Vermonts fifth season. While it is thankfully short-lived, there are still things that make Vermont attractive during this time of year. Be it storewide sales, the opening of numerous Greenhouses/nurseries, book signing events at Northshire Bookstore, syrup tasting events or spring skiing, Vermont has what it takes to have fun and create wonderful memories. Whether you live here year round, or are only able to enjoy it several times a year. Check out our Current Events Page, or our Explore Our Area Page, to see just what Southern Vermont is offering for family fun as well as your individual enjoyment. We will be updating this information frequently, so make sure you continue to check back in with us!

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        We at Lowes Real Estate and Property Management, LLC have the experience and resources to help you whether for a weekend getaway, seasonal rental or purchase of a primary or secondary residence. We are licensed in both Vermont and New Hampshire and have agents available to help you in both the northern and southern regions of each state!