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6 Best Places to Buy a Winter Home in Vermont... Okemo is One!

Investopedia, a premiere Internet site dedicated to providing information for investing education, personal finance and market analysis, recently posted an article titled

 “6 Best Places to Buy a Winter Home in the US”.

As you can imagine, we were thrilled to see Okemo Mountain make this list. Anyone who has spent time in this area already knows what a special place Vermont and most specifically, Ludlow is. Even through the years of growth, both have maintained a small town feel that many come to Vermont to experience. The team at Vermont Properties and Development, Inc. are proud to be active members of this special community and the premiere real estate agency both on and off Okemo Mountain and in the Lakes Region. Below is an excerpt of the article; you can click on the link above to read the full story.

Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, Vermont

Why: Okemo topped the list of OnTheSnow.com's “Best Family Resort in America” in 2014 so if you’re looking for a family vacation destination, this might be it. According to Bonnie MacPherson, director of public relations at the resort, Okemo got this No.1 rating because the family who owns the operation understands that “families are looking for activities they can enjoy together on and off the slopes.” Take the Muellers, Tim and Diane. They bought a home at Okemo Mountain Resort in 1982 for themselves and their two kids; they still spend their winter vacation there but now their grandchildren come along, too. The resort boasts “options for every level, available from the top of each chair” with 121 trails, 655 skiable acres and, thanks to snowmaking equipment, a “weatherproof” ski vacation. Okemo is a three-hour drive from Boston, just under five hours from New York City.

What’s Available Now: Well, not exactly now. A brand new development at Okemo called SouthFace Village is not quite finished – it should be fully operational for ski season 2016. It’s in a sun-all-day, ski-in/ski-out location (you can go from your fireplace to your first run in two minutes tops) with homes that come fully equipped “from flatware to the flat screen TV,” according to the marketing materials. You can choose a 1- to 4-bedroom homes with prices that begin in the mid $400,000s.

Summer Fitness Ideas in the Okemo Valley

Summer is officially here! Unfortunately not only is it here, but it will be gone before we know it. Coming into August, here are some summer fitness ideas to work into your schedule before the warm weather eludes us again for months!

While relaxing in the sun is a wonderful way to de-stress and let your mind wander towards anything other than the usual day-to-day and week-to-week tasks, some of us ignore an incredible outlet for both mental and physical health… exercise! Sure, skiing and snowboarding are awesome exercise in the winter, but what about summer, you may ask? The village of Ludlow has nearly countless options for fun, rejuvenating, relaxing, and exhilarating exercise. We promise there is something for everyone! Just some of the options include: biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and golf.   

Hiking: With Okemo Mountain in the heart of Ludlow, who could ask for a more convenient hiking spot? Okemo offers many trail networks to enjoy and explore, and if you’ve already taken advantage of these beautiful trails and are looking to expand your hiking horizons, there are MANY more breath-taking locations within an hour or two of Ludlow. For more information on hiking at Okemo, please visit Okemo Mountain's website.

Biking: Okemo has an exciting new activity to offer visitors of all fitness levels, ages, and experience at their Evolution Bike Park! The Evolution Bike Park is a lift-serviced mountain biking experience that includes trails for people of all levels of experience. From first-timers to veteran mountain bikers, everyone is sure to enjoy this park! For more information on the Evolution Bike Park at Okemo.

Canoeing/Kayaking: The Ludlow/Okemo area is home to 3 pristine lakes for visitors to enjoy: Echo Lake, Lake Rescue, and Lake Pauline. For more information on boating, fishing, and outdoor swimming, check out Your Place in VT for more information

Stay cool and stay fit out there!

As always...If you are in town stop in and say hi. We would love to see you!

Spring Brings Crazy fun to Vermont

So…looking out the office window and what to my wondering eyes should appear? Snow! Go figure…But there is a benefit to all this white stuff still piling up, spring skiing will be great!

March brings longer, sunnier days and as expected, it has come in like a lion hinting toward some extended spring skiing. We are still accumulating fresh natural snow making for great conditions that are rare this time of year. We begin to see people skiing and riding without their jackets and some so bold as to shed their winter gear altogether and don a bathing suit!

As we cruise through the month, Okemo Mountain pulls out all the stops to end the season with a bang. Jackson Gore will be hosting a variety of events that are worth checking out.

Mid-March, “Spring Daze” brings a free outdoor concert to Jackson Gore, complete with heated tent, beer garden, barbeque and 3 bands rocking the afternoon.

Toward the end of March, a new event will draw the crowds. Hops on the Snow brewfest will be at Jackson Gore. This will be a one-day beer festival where folks can sample 10 new seasonal beers and have some great food at the barbeque while listening to some live music.

As March turns in to April, one final crazy spring tradition will take place. The Slush Cup and Splash for Cash event will bring a smile to your face. Costume-clad Slush Cup competitors take a downhill run toward an 80-foot-long slushy pond and try to make it across without falling in. The most fun is watching the ones who do not make it. Time for an early and very cold swim!

We look forward to seeing you in Vermont for some of the best spring skiing in years and some pretty cool events.

It's been a crazy busy year for the VT Properties team but we hope to break away and join you on Okemo for some spring fun!

 

There Will be Snow

As you know, Okemo Mountain is open! The snow guns are humming and the snow makers welcome the colder temperatures. We have had some natural snow here in Vermont but most of the trails will be brought to you courtesy of the snow making team on Okemo.

You may be thinking that you can't wait until we are buried in natural snow! After all, that's what winter is about in this area.  There is no such thing as too much snow, right? But ask someone from Western NY about this and you may get a very different answer. Turns out, there is such a thing as too much snow.

Never fear, regardless of Mother Nature's gifts (or lack of), the Mountain team can handle anything that comes their way; there will be snow, it will be groomed. Winter is our time to shine and we will not disappoint.

If you are newer to the Okemo scene, check out our Condo Guide. This is a great tool to orient you to the Mountain and it's various complexes. We also have links to help familiarize you with the area and to find other activities in the area.  There is so much to do both on and off Okemo.

Come Live Where You Play ~ The team at Vermont Properties and Development can make it happen!

Yukon Kornelius Okemo Mountain Resort

Fall Festivals- Local Flavor of VT

During one of the most beautiful times of the year in Vermont, the entire State takes full advantage of perfect weather and fantastic sights by hosting annual Foliage and Fall Festivals. From the northern most part of the State to the southern most part, these festivals can be found in most towns both large and small. What a beautiful way to experience all the charm of Vermont's historic towns and villages.

Starting in September the beauty of Vermont comes alive in Chester, as "The Green" fills up with people for the yearly celebration of fall. Chester has been chosen as "one of the most beautiful Villages in New England" and lives up to this compliment . For the 40th year, Chester welcomes visitors both locally and from afar to a well-attended event that takes over the entire center of town. People come year after year to see the sights and say hi to neighbors and friends. For 2 days you will find local artisans, food and fun; even the local kids get in on the activity as the schools come together to feed the masses with their unique ideas for snacking on the go!

The festivals begin to wind down in late October with a variety of events throughout the State. Join us in Vermont for this most beautiful time of year as we enjoy the still warm weather while looking forward to that inevitable long snowy winter.

Bring a jacket and your curiosity; you are in for a treat! Don't forget the camera....

To check out a list of events in your favorite town, go to http://www.foliage-vermont.com/fall_festivals.htm

 

Vermont's Foliage Season is also Apple Season!

As you wander the scenic roads of Vermont, you will inevitably come across many places selling Vermont apples. With everything from the traditional McIntosh to the newer Pink Lady, apples are a fall staple in Vermont.

You will see small roadside stands, farmer's markets and larger fruit stands dotting the roads. Any one of them will have your favorite apple on hand. But if you're feeling a bit more adventurous, find any local orchard in the State and take the afternoon to pick your own. There are over 40 orchards in Vermont, producing over 100 different varieties of apples.

To find you closest orchard by county, just visit Scenes of Vermont.

The crisp days of autumn bring perfect weather for an afternoon of apple picking. Most orchards have a nice spot to take a break and have some hot apple cider and even a cider donut or two! Imagine the family all gathering their favorite apples to eat right out of the basket or take home to make an apple pie.

We may not have had a great berry picking season but the weather patterns this year have been perfect to bring us an abundant crop of apples. Growers report this year's crop to be good with plenty of wonderful apples; great news for this 12-million dollar yearly crop.

Apple season traditionally continues through the end of October. But sometime between the end of summer and beginning of winter we are also blessed to be the go to State for maple syrup. Yes! Vermont maple syrup and apple pie-what a great way to transition into the next season in Vermont, Ski Season.

And you thought these seasons were simply called fall and winter.... See you in Vermont for your favorite Season!

Fall Sign Card

Winter Event Season- Supporting our Friends and Neiighbors

As the weather ushers in colder evenings, here in Vermont we begin to think about our busy winter season.

We all know that this means fantastic skiing and riding, long nights by the fireplace and way too much hot cocoa! We also know that this is an important time to remember our neighbors and friends who live here year `round.

These are the people you see in the community, helping you out at the local stores, restaurants and in other areas in the Village and on Okemo Mountain. The people often behind the scenes working hard to be sure you enjoy your time with us in Vermont.

Starting in November each year we begin what is known as our winter event season. These events raise money for various causes in the Okemo Valley.

Giving Back to the Ludlow Community

Vermont Properties and Development continues to be a leader for fundraising events for the Ludlow community. We believe it is important to support our friends and neighbors in any way possible. These events provide us the opportunity to give back to the community that has always generously supported us and you as our guests.

We kick off this year's event season with our annual Coat Drive from November 7th to 23rd. Vermont Properties is a drop off area for clean winter outerwear. We collect items for the entire week then deliver it to Black River Good Neighbors to help folks stay warm.

Flannel with Flair takes place in on January 24th 2015. This has been a well-attended event with a dinner and live auction; a major fund raising event for several years.

Comedy Night will keep us laughing on February 21st 2015. Each year we host some of the best comedy acts in the area. The Logger has been a returning favorite as has Bob Marley. This is a great opportunity for folks to come out, share some real laughs and support various causes.

Come join us in supporting our local community. You can stay up to date on these events and others at http://www.vtprop.com/area-info/upcoming-events/.

We hope to see you there!

 

There is more than one way to get to the top of the Mountain

Ludlow Vermont has earned its reputation as a popular skiing destination, but when the snow melts and the temperatures begin to climb summer takes hold of the Okemo Valley. We begin to look at other activities this area has to offer. From Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, the Lakes Region is in the center of warm weather fun. From fishing and boating to camping and exploring the various hiking trails in the area. There is something for everyone.

The views are still spectacular but in all their summer splendor. We are called the Green Mountain State for a reason. Don't limit your time with us to the winter season alone.

Okemo Mountain Hiking

Okemo specifically has its own hiking trail network. With easy access from both the base of Okemo and Jackson Gore you will find a couple of ways to get to the top. For the more adventurous, take one of the trails. If a more relaxed pace is what you are looking for there is a 4.5 mile road directly to the summit. Many people find themselves taking the "ski" trails to the top; trading in skis for hiking shoes. Just make sure you are ready for some work!

Okemo Mountain hiking trail signsAnother popular hiking location is the Healdville Trail which winds to the top of Okemo's 3,340 foot summit. Almost 6 miles round trip, you will use the better part of your day.  Features along the trail include a fire tower and several lookouts, which offer a bird's eye view of the local ski area.

There are a couple of vista points along the way. The first will give you a sweeping view of Mount Holly and the Green Mountain chain. Just past the next clearing where the trail merges with a work road you will find the reconditioned fire tower which is open to hikers. This hike is considered to be one of the best and most rewarding. Your reward is finding yourself above Okemo Mountain's 3,340 foot summit for a panoramic view of Vermont's Green Mountains, west to New York's Adirondacks and east to New Hampshire's White Mountains.

The idyllic skyline found at the top of Okemo will soon welcome skiers and snowboarders as they come to make their snowy descents. But for now, come explore the Lakes Region on one of many local trails.

If you hear the fresh mountain air call to you, pitch your tent at one of many campgrounds in the Lakes Region and sleep under the star studded skies of Vermont.

Who knows, after a good night's rest out in the fresh Vermont air, you may even decide to stay! If so, stop by Vermont Properties and Development across from the Okemo Golf Club. We will show you the best homes in the Lake's Region, Okemo Valley and Okemo Mountain.

The Lakes Region of Ludlow, Vermont

Vermont is well known for its winter activities, and Okemo Mountain provides some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the state. However, when the snow melts and winter gives way, we are blessed with warm summer days and clear star filled nights. In ski country, many call this "The Other Season." When the temperatures warm, the Lake's Region becomes the center of attention

As with winter, the Okemo Valley is the perfect place to enjoy numerous summer activities. Come off the Mountain to take advantage of all the Lake's Region has to offerSummer in Vermont's Lakes Region and Okemo Valley.

The Lake's region is comprised of the five lakes: Amherst Lake, Echo Lake, Lake Pauline, Lake Rescue, and Lake Ninevah, immediately north of town. Enjoy everything from swimming, sailing, and canoeing to fishing.  Have a little more adventure in mind? Power boats are permitted on Lake Rescue, so trade in your snow skis for water skis and go!

Visiting Plymouth State Park

Catch something good while fishing? have a BBQ lakeside in Plymouth State Park on the shores of Echo Lake.  Located on the east side of Echo Lake, Plymouth State Park is a great place to bring the family for swimming, boating, and camping. You can rent a canoe for a day or a mountain bike and explore the countryside.

Free Live Music at Okemo

At the end of a great day in the sun head back up the Mountain every Friday night from June through August to enjoy free live music at the Summer Music Series at Jackson Gore. There is no better ending to another great day in the Okemo Valley.

Who knows, you may even decide to stay! If so, stop by Vermont Properties and Development across from the Okemo Golf Club. We will show you the best homes in the Lakes Region.

The "Other" Season in Vermont

Vermont is well known for its winter activities and Okemo Mountain provides some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the state. However, when the snow melts and winter gives way, we are blessed with warm summer days and clear star filled nights. In ski country, many call this "The Other Season".

As with winter, the Okemo Valley is the perfect place to enjoy numerous summer activities. From the Lakes Region to Okemo Mountain there is something for everyone.

If golf is your thing, the Okemo Valley Golf Club, considered one of the most desired golf destinations in New England is Vermont's first heathland-style course. With the Green Mountains as a backdrop, you will enjoy stunning views as you work through this challenging 18-hole championship course.

Looking for a little more adventure? Check out the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster or Sawyer's Sweep Zip line; soon to feature a tree top course called The "Challenge Course" with swinging bridges, cables to walk on and rope bridges.  This is all part of the Okemo Adventure Zone featuring miniature and disc golf, climbing wall and Segway tours.

Every Friday night from June through August, enjoy free live music at the Summer Music Series at Jackson Gore. There is no better ending to another great day in the Okemo Valley.

Who knows, you may even decide to stay! If so, stop by Vermont Properties and Development across from the Okemo Golf Club. We will show you the best homes in the Okemo Valley.

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