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Fall Foliage Festivals in Vermont

Fall Foliage in Vermont!

Fall is officially upon us and here in New England, that means natures beauty comes alive again with the turning of leaves and wonderful orange pumpkins making their dbut in the open fields.
Southern Vermont is working hard to regain their roads and infrastructure since Hurricane Irene hit on August 28th 2011. We love to see all the fall foliage festivals taking place and kids out playing in piles of crisp fall leaves. We hope people will still look to Vermont as a great place to visit and spend their hard earned dollars, helping keep the local economyalive and thriving! Here is a list of upcoming fun events that you are encouraged to attend;

Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival September 30, October 1, & 2, 2011 10am-5pm Hildene's Meadow, 1844 River Road Manchester, Vermont

October 7, 8, & 9, 2011 10am-5pm at Topnotch Field, 4000 Mountain Road in Stowe, VTFall is Festival time in Vermont and Stowe celebrates the absolute zenith of foliage color with the Stowe Foliage Arts Festival. 200 juried artisans exhibit and sell a wide range of contemporary and traditional craft work as well as original Art, photography, sculpture, and specialty food products. For many customers it's an annual ritual to spend a day here, seeing their favorite exhibitors and meeting new ones, buying new works including gifts for the approaching holiday season.

Stratton Mountain, Stratton, Vermont

Friday, October 7
Red Fox Inn Welcome Party, 8pm
Saturday, October 8
Harvest Fest, 12 7pm
Chili Cookoff, 12 3pm
Beerfest, 12 7pm
Pig Roast, 2 7pm
All day BBQ with the works burgers, chicken bratwurst and knockwurst, 11 7pm
Grizzly's, noon midnight
Don't Leave Band at Grizzly's, 7 10pm
Sunday, October 9
North Face Race to the Summit: Come run, come see who will be named King and Queen of the Mountain! Register here on Active.com.
Awards Tent at Base featuring BBQ, hayrides, activities and outside bar, 11 7pm
Athlete celebration, 11 1pm
Winter Wine List Preview at Verde's 2 to 5:00 PM
Join us during the Stratton 50th Anniversary weekend as we preview wines from our new 50 wines under $50 wine list. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served and donations to The Stratton Foundations Hurricane Irene fund are greatly appreciated.
50thAnniversary Service at the Chapel of the Snows, 2 3pm
50thAnniversary and birthday cake in Base Lodge, 3:30pm
Tyrolean Evening at Grizzly's, 7 9pm
Doors at 6:15pm
Stratton Mountain Boys play live
Pre-reserve, $30, Children under 12 $20
Fireworks at Base, 9pm
Monday, October 10
8:30am hike led by Hubert Schriebl, Sky Foulkes, Rob Aubin and more.
I Love VT, a community BBQ benefiting the Stratton Foundation Disaster Relief Fund, 11 1pm Minimum suggested donation $15 adults, $10 children 12 and under
Commemorate 50 years of mountain excellence and look forward to 50 more filled with memories at Stratton.
October 8 October 9 New! Bicycle Tours offered on October 8 and 9 Join the experienced ride leaders of Bicycle Southern Vermont for fall foliage tours along the Battenkill and Metawee Rivers, and on quiet backcountry roads with grand vistas of the Green and Taconic Mountains. Three lengths offered: beginner, intermediate or expert. For details or to register, please visit bicyclesouthernvermont.com

Mount Snow, Dover Vermont

38th Annual Harvest Art & Craft Show

Date: October 8 October 9

Hurricane Irene Collides with The State of Vermont!

Plimpton's Working on Route 100

Hurricane Irene Visits Vermont!

As the media has covered some of the devastation here in Vermont caused by Irene, whatI would like to shed more light onare all the local dedicated workers and equipment operators putting the roads and peoples lives back together and in a very timely fashion no doubt! I want to throw out a huge THANK-YOU to all the men and women who have been spending 14+ hour days repairing our infrastructure. So many bridges and main roads were thrashed by Irene; it was almost unimaginable that those roads would be passable again so soon! We all know there is still a lot to do, but Im very proud of what these crews have accomplished here in Vermont! Last week we had an appointment at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center with our youngest daughter, my husband and I found the travel up Interstate 91 shockingly easy! Although with a glance down off the highway every now and again the view was pure devastation. Then toward the end of the week I had to make my way to Brandon, Vermont. To my surprise with little effort and only two minor detours, I made my way to Brandon. Of course once I arrived, Brandon had some damage from Hurricane Irene as well. The local Pizza Place happened to be sitting on Route 7 in the north bound lane! Route 7 was being repaired in a few locations, but overall it fared well throughout the storm.

Plimpton's Working on Route 100

My final thoughts on Hurricane Irene are that we all need to be patient in the months and even years to come. We all know that the brutal damage sustained here in Vermont from Hurricane Irene will be fixed eventually but cant be done overnight! We all need to hold it together and not let tempers fly when you might be finding it difficult to get from place to place. Detours may become the main routes for many months to come, but look at these detours as a chance to explore new territory here in Vermont, after all, it is and always will be a beautiful State!

Our official introduction.

Here we are, a new business taking shape or should I say, two businesses finally merging together to become one. Here it is, our first blog as an official Real Estate Company, I would like to introduce our company to the world and what better way to do that than the internet! Blogging is all new to me or should I say us, but Im going to try my best to provide information that will be useful to anyone who is looking to buy, sell or rent property in Southern Vermont and New Hampshire! Our official introduction. Lowes Real Estate and Property Management, LLC is about bringing two businesses together that have been working simultaneously with each other for several years now. Chris has been caretaking for many second homeowners here in Vermont for the past 10 years and I have been an active real estate agent in Vermont and New Hampshire for the past 6 years! Now, together we bring to the table our combined efforts to provide a one stop shop sort of speak, for people to turn to, that are looking to Advertise their property for sale, Purchase a primary or secondary home, Rent a Property they currently own, and or Care Take a property that may be a little more complicated for a homeowner to manage or maintain from their current location. Real Estate is an investment for most people and our goal is to assist in making that investment work to your benefit! Several people told us we were crazy to start up our real estate firm, that this is not a good time to start up a new business, especially with the current REAL ESTATE market trends! If we sat back and waited for the right time or the perfect time to do something, where would we be? Is there ever really a perfect or right time to take action? Im going to vote NO on that one! My husband and I have been enduring the real estate market together for the past six years and if we can make it through these past six years successfully, then we must be doing something right! We both like to work, we both enjoy living in New England (Chris being from Vermont and me from New Hampshire) we both have a love for the four seasonsor should I say five including mud season and we have been very fortunate to encounter such genuine and loyal clients that continue to provide us with more and more referral business throughout years past. To them, we thank, as it has and continues to be a pleasure doing business with you! It has taken some time to build our client base here in Vermont, but together we make a great team and we are looking forward to doing business with you! Please return often to our website to conduct your New Hampshire or Vermont Real Estate Search, as we will continue to diligently update our website and blog for you! Take care and have a great day! ~Julie Lowe Lowes Real Estate and Property Management, LLC