Ski Season

December Holiday Events

If you are looking for something to do this holiday season, check out these great local events! You will be sure to see some of our team members at them!

Vermont Holiday Festival in Killington
Killington is holding their annual Vermont Holiday Festival this weekend, December 7-8th. Kick off the weekend on Friday evening with music provided by local elementary schools beginning at 4:15pm. Throughout the evening, there will be Santa Workshops where children can create a holiday keepsake. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to lend a helping hand, as well! Find local vendors, live music, and beautifully decorated Christmas trees for all to enjoy. To top it off, there will be sleigh rides around the base of Killington Mountain. On Saturday, the events run from 1-7pm. Click here for more information!

2nd Annual Holiday Cookie Tour in Chester
This Sunday, December 9th, Chester, VT, will be holding their 2nd Annual Holiday Cookie Tour from 12-4pm. This is the perfect way to get you into the holiday spirit! Purchase a Souvenir Passport with directions to several Victorian and Federal era homes, churches, and an inn. Each stop on the tour has a different kind of cookie to taste and better yet, the Passport has cookie recipes for you to try your favorites at home! Tickets can now be purchased at the Main Street Coffee and Scoop Shoppe on the Green in Chester. Get your tickets ASAP because they do sell out!

Ladies Night in Bellows Falls
Check out Ladies Night in Bellows Falls on December 14th, from 4-8pm! This is such a fun night to get all the ladies in your life together for an evening of holiday shopping! Many of the shops have refreshments (yes, alcohol is involved), along with appetizers and cookies! There are also specials at many of the restaurants and discounts at some of the stores. Many of the shops are also donating a portion of their sales to different local charities. You can even get a chair massage at Halladays!

Demo Day and ShinDig Oysters at Okemo
Spend the day at Okemo on December 15th! Check out the Demo Day, sponsored by William Raveis Vermont Properties from 8am-1pm at the Base Area of Jackson Gore. Test-drive some of the newest ski and snowboard equipment from Norida, Volkl, Blizzard, and Rossignol! Also, on December 15th, ShinDig Oysters will be delivering fresh oysters right to the slopes! Orders must be places by December 12th. Click here for details!

Warren Miller’s Face of Winter Movie Premier
Attend Warren Miller’s, Face of Winter, movie premier at Okemo Mountain School on December 15th. They will have 2 showings, as well as raffle prizes! Tickets are $20 per adult and $15 for a child 16 & under. If either chooses to bring an unwrapped toy for local donation, the cost is $10. Get tickets here! This is a great way to get excited for a winter of adventures at Okemo Mountain Resort! Click here to get your tickets!


Elf Express Train Ride in Manchester
Join the elves, Santa, and Mrs. Claus for a train ride through Manchester, Vermont on December 15th or 16th. You will be entertained by Burr & Burton’s theater and dance clubs with music and dance routines along the ride! There are several departure times, but tickets must be bought by December 12th! For more info, click here.

Christmas Centerpiece Class at Halladays
Attend a Christmas Centerpiece Class at Halladays in Bellows Falls, Vermont on December 16th from 11am-12pm. You will be able to create your own Christmas table centerpiece with Halladays providing the greens and embellishments. This is a fun and festival activity to do with friends or family! Call to reserve your spot, (802) 463-3331!

AliT and Ugly Sweater Party at Trout River Brewery
Kick off the weekend before Christmas with live music by Alison Turner at Trout River Brewery in Springfield, Vermont from 4-6pm on December 22nd. Enjoy one of Trout River’s delicious beers, including a specialty Chocolate Milk Stout, while listening to the sweet sounds of AliT. Better yet, join in the festivities and wear your best Ugly Sweater for a chance to win a prize! The brewery will be open noon-8pm.

Visit with Santa at Jackson Gore
Santa Claus will be making his yearly appearance at Jackson Gore on December 22nd at 4:30pm. Don’t miss Santa before he makes his way to the North Pole!

Santa Balloon Parade at Okemo
Don’t miss Santa and his elves in the parade at the Base Area of Okemo On December 23rd from 11am-12pm!

Mats & Mimosas
Treat yourself or a friend to Mats & Mimosas at the Okemo Mountain School Fitness Facility on December 28th at 10am. The class is being taught by Tara Lichtensteiger, instructor at Go With the Flow Yoga. You will participate in 1 hour of stretch and unwind yoga for all levels, followed by a mimosa! The class size is limited to 15, making it an intimate setting to relax. Get your tickets NOW before they sell out!

We Are Thankful for our Vermont Properties Team!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to share why we are thankful for being a part of the team at William Raveis Vermont Properties. We are so fortunate because many people spend their whole lives doing a job they don't enjoy or working with people they don't get along with. However, at Vermont Properties, that is certainly not the case! As we like to say, we have the BEST TEAM EVER!

Kathy- "Thankfulness falls under so many pieces in my life. In our office setting, we are always practicing being a TEAM, a true TEAM where everyone pitches in. Our team is not just our sales force, it’s our admin behind the scenes. All team members must function together and complement one another, while operating under interdependence and being accountable to one another with a common goal in place. The team's mutual commitment creates a synergy, thus generating performance greater than the sum of an individual. I am so very thankful that everyone on our team works so well together and puts each other before themselves!"

Alyson- "I am thankful to be working with such a great sales team who is committed in every aspect of the word….. committed to helping each other, committed to working hard, and committed to being the best.  I couldn’t be with a better team!"

Sarah- "I am thankful to be part of a team that has become more of a family!"

Joe- "I am thankful for not only the help my colleagues offer with unabashed glee, I’m thankful for the trust that comes along with being a member of a team.  My input is just as important as the next and that feels great.  I’m thankful that like all strong 'work families' each pulls their weight and with that responsibility comes the reward to take time away and get grounded again. That’s so important and that makes me truly thankful!"

Heidi- "I am most thankful for everyone's can do POSITIVE attitude - the way everyone rolls up their sleeves to get the task at hand done. I am always in awe at how the agents truly have each other's back and jump right in to help each other. The term TEAM is not just a word here - it is a philosphy & way of life..."

Abby- "Every day that I head into work I feel extremely grateful to not only have great coworkers, but an amazing family too. The Vermont Properties team welcomed me into their family and I’m so thankful for their love, support and friendship."

Marlene- "I am thankful for being surrounded by such a wonderful group of dedicated and hardworking  co-workers."

Kevin- "I am thankful to be working with such a great team and a for a company that considers their agents their best customers. As we all know, happy agents provide the best customer experiences and I think it would be hard to find a happier group of agents that love what they are doing. I am also thankful to have such a great support staff that goes above and beyond to make the office run as smooth as it does. I can’t say enough about our team. They rock!"

Needless to say, we love our Vermont Properties team! We are so lucky to love where we work. We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and have as much to be thankful for as we do!

It's All About Those Sticks

Did you know that Vermont has an extra season? That’s right! If you are a true Vermonter or trying to become one, you need to know all about stick season.

You might ask; what is stick season? It is the time of year when the leaves cover the ground, leaving the trees with nothing but bare branches. There isn’t any snow yet, the days get shorter and chillier, while the nights last forever and often leave us with a frost on the morning ground.

It is the time of year that skiers and snowboarders anxiously await snowfall and for the mountains to open. As soon as October ends, they are crawling into their basements, attics, or garages to dig out their winter gear. You may even see the hopeful ones walking around town in eskimo hats and down jackets, just praying for those flakes to fall. Some head out to the local ski shops like Totem Pole, Northern Ski Works, The Boot Pro, or Tygart Mountain Sports to pick up brand new gear.

However, if you are a summer lover, you probably are getting ready to go into hibernation. This most likely entails making all of your favorite comfort food like mac & cheese or beef stew because let’s be honest, most local restaurants shut down to prepare for the busy winter season. You are probably also drinking your favorite winter beers like Long Trail’s Harvest or Harpoon’s Winter Warmer. If you haven’t already, you are subscribing to Netflix and binge watching your favorite TV show, except on Sundays when you are watching the Patriots. If you don’t like TV, make sure you have a GIANT stack of books because after stick season comes winter, and Vermont winters last forever.

Just remember, stick season doesn't last forever and soon the trees will be filled with beautiful snow and glistening icicles! 

It Snowed at the Summit; Get Your Season Passes NOW!

    The announcement everyone has been waiting for; it SNOWED for the first time at the Summit of Okemo on Saturday, October 13th! While you couldn’t see it from the village of Ludlow, the live cams on the mountain caught it on video!

    Now that it snowed, it finally feels like winter is just around the corner. If you haven’t gotten your 2018/19 season pass to Okemo yet, now is the time to do it! Okemo has SO many options, that you can be sure to find one that works for everyone.

    While Okemo has always been an EPIC mountain, with the sale of Okemo to Vail Resorts, we are now a part of the Epic pass! There are two Epic options; the Epic Local and the Epic Pass, but both of which give you unlimited and unrestricted access to Okemo! Other unlimited and unrestricted mountains are Crested Butte, Mount Sunapee, Breckenridge, Wilmot, Mt. Brighton, Keystone, Afton Alps, Arapahoe Basin, and Stevens Pass. That means 10 mountains full of adventures waiting to happen! Not to mention, there are 17 other mountains to access on a more limited basis, including Stowe right here in Vermont!

The other option is the Epic Pass, which gives you access to 65 resorts all around the world! With this pass, you get access to all of the unlimited mountains as the locals pass, but also has the additions of Vail, Whistler Blackcomb, Northstar, Stowe, Perisher, Beaver Creek, Park City, Heavenly, and Kirkwood!  That leaves 46 other mountains that also give you on-snow options throughout the season. Get your Epic Local or Epic Pass today before rates go up!

If the Epic pass isn’t for you, Okemo still has the Ultimate, Classic, and Midweek passes available. The Ultimate Pass truly is ultimate and gives you great benefits when skiing at Okemo such as retail, culinary, and preferred parking discounts! If you are looking for a basic pass, but still allows you to enjoy Okemo whenever you want, check out the Classic Pass! New this year, as well, all Ultimate and Classic Pass Holders will receive 50% off the then-current window lift ticket price at all Vail Resorts-owned resorts! Finally, if you don’t like the weekend crowds, Okemo still has the Midweek pass, which will give you access to the lifts Monday-Friday during non-holidays.

We hope you are just as excited as we are to hit the slopes this season! Let it snow!!

 

Dining in Ludlow - Part 2!

    As promised, here is part two of our favorite dining experiences in Ludlow! September 22nd is officially the first day of fall, which means all of our local favorites will be working with the best ingredients a Vermont autumn has to offer!

In the midst of this small Vermont town, you can still find food to meet your every need, including Mojo Cafe, a modern Tex-Mex dining experience! Mojo always offers the freshest local ingredients and is a partner of the Vermont Fresh Network. A big hit at Mojo’s are their Po Boys, and let me tell you, the Shrimp Creole is to die for, and make sure you get a side of Poblano Rings! Not to mention, Mojo is all about good local craft beer on tap, which is always rotating, even with the seasons because who doesn’t love a good fall beer, right? The owners, John and Jodi, are fun and quirky and will make you feel right at home!

If you have been to Ludlow, you have probably been to DJ’s Restaurant in the center of town. DJ’s has been a local favorite for over 37 years and continues to be a constant staple in the community. Their menu offers a wide variety of steak, seafood, and pasta. However, they always have great specials, as well! Whether you are looking for just the bar menu with an amazing chicken sandwich, or a nice family dinner with a Filet Mignon, you can’t go wrong!

Another staple in Ludlow has been Sam’s Steakhouse, however, it was recently bought by Mr. Darcy’s owner, Mark Williams. Mark has ran and done an impeccable job with many local restaurants, so you can bet, that Sam’s will continue to be a local favorite! The menu has changed, but still boasts a great variety of steak and seafood, along with some local selections, such as Homestyle Meatloaf. They also still have their amazing salad bar, which can be a meal all in itself! If you are looking for a great mid-week option, head to Sam’s for “Early Bear” specials on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays!

If you are staying on Okemo, a wonderful option after a long day of skiing is always the Coleman Brook Tavern at The Jackson Gore Inn. The tavern has a wonderful menu that changes with the seasons to ensure the freshest ingredients. A personal favorite of mine is the Maple Pepper Roast Chicken. However, nothing says Vermont like eating s’mores for dessert, which you literally cook over a tabletop campfire. The icing on the cake is always the hospitable and knowledgeable waitstaff that makes you feel right at home.

    

We hope you have the chance to try some of our local restaurants and make sure you let us know your favorite!

 

Dining in Ludlow- Part One!

    Ludlow has some of the best dining in all of Vermont and now is the perfect time to try out the various restaurant options! Most of our restaurants feature local ingredients and as the season is changing from summer to fall, the menus will also be changing to offer some delicious seasonal items. Read on to learn about some of our favorite spots!

    One of the most sought after restaurants in Ludlow is The Downtown Grocery, or as locals refer to it, TDG. The restaurant is owned by Vermont native, Chef Rogan Lechthaler, and his Southern wife, Abby Lechthaler. Together they have created a casual fine dining experience where the servers wear plaid, but the menu depicts food that makes you feel like you are eating the best that any big city has to offer, while using local ingredients. The menu has great staples, but the best items come from a specials board that is constantly changing. Whether you are looking for a Pimento Cheese Burger, House Made Gnocchi, or a frequent special of Shrimp and Grits, you will not be disappointed. Tip- MAKE RESERVATIONS!

Right across the street from TDG, is Stemwinder, an apres ski favorite. Stemwinder began with a vision from two local women, Wendy Neal and Leslie Stuart, both of which are major supporters of our Ludlow community. The idea behind the restaurant is to have good wine and craft beer with a diverse selection of small plates. They always use local ingredients and you can bet that their menu is constantly changing with the seasons. If you are new to the area, you need to try the Cheese & Meat Board that has some of the BEST local offerings you can find in Ludlow.

    A Vermont Properties favorite that we frequent quite often is Homestyle Hostel. This cute and quaint hostel, located in the heart of Ludlow is now well-known all over Vermont thanks to the creative Chef, Alyssa Prouty. Just like Stemwinder, they have a wide variety of small plates that are perfect to share with your family and friends. We highly recommend ordering many options and trying as much as possible because it is all delicious! The menu is always new and always has the best ingredients that you can find in Vermont. If you are looking for a place to stay, Homestyle Hostel is also a great option, or head across the street to their sister property, Main + Mountain, for a more traditional stay and the best cocktails in all of Ludlow.

    Moving into its second year of being open is Mama’s, also owned by the Lechthaler’s. Mama’s features all hand made Italian food that makes you feel like you are sitting in a piazza in Italy. Mama’s is open for lunch and dinner, both of which we highly recommend. For an afternoon pick me up, try the Arancini or a classic Italian Sandwich. For dinner, start with the Caprese Not Really. I have had a lot of caprese, but nothing compared to this delicious dish. You can’t leave Mama’s without a glass (or two) of wine. Abby Lechthaler is passionate about serving only the best wine and is always willing to help you find your new favorite. So, as autumn moves in, try out Mama’s for some incredible comfort food.

    We could go on and on for days about all of the restaurant options in Ludlow, but we will stop here...for now! Stay tuned next week for PART TWO of our favorite dining experiences! Let us know your favorite local hot spot!

 

Vermont Beer is the BEST Beer!

Vermont has a delicious little secret; we LOVE beer! Did you know that Vermont is home of some of the best beer in the nation? Better yet, did you know that Ludlow is surrounded by several breweries within a 30 mile radius?

Long Trail Brewing Company is located in Bridgewater, VT, about 20 miles from Ludlow. Take the scenic drive on Route 100 North, where you can stop along the way to take in the beauty of many Vermont lakes. You also don’t want to miss a visit to the Green Mountain Sugar House for a Maple Creeme or even take a short detour to the Calvin Coolidge Homestead where our 30th president grew up. Once arriving to Long Trail Brewery you can choose to sit in the the German inspired pub inside or along the banks of the Ottauquechee River in their lovely outdoor seating area. Long Trail always offers a great variety of seasonal beers, including a personal favorite, Blackberry Wheat. Don’t forget to try the Loaded Nachos and the Jonas Wings; you won’t be disappointed!

Harpoon Brewery is located in Windsor, VT, about 30 miles from Ludlow. Once again, take a scenic drive along Route 131 that follows the Black River. In the river, you will find a variety of native Vermont trout, perfect for fly fishing. So, if you have the time, breath in the fresh air and catch some fish. After spending some time in the sun, you might be thirsty, so continue on your way to Harpoon. Harpoon has a wonderful outdoor Beer Garden, along with a lively Tap Room. Choose from several Harpoon beers on tap and purchase a growler to take home with you. The kitchen is always serving several great specials, however, The Vermonter sandwich is always a great go-to! Don’t forget to also visit Blake Hill Preserves, Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co. Market, SILO Distillery, and Great River Outfitters!

Trout River Brewing Company is located a short 15 miles from Ludlow in Springfield, VT. This hidden gem was purchased by three local boys who had been dreaming up this idea since being in high school together. From the outside, the brewery looks like a factory, but the inside is a Vermont haven, filled with fishing paraphernalia and homemade tables made from Vermont trees. On the tables you will find games to play with friends, along with music playing or a sporting event being projected for all to see. On the weekends you will often find a band playing outside and a food truck serving some delicious grub in the outdoor seating area. You can try several selections of beer by the pint or a sampler tray made out of old tap handles. If they are serving Trout of Solace, be sure to give it a try!

Last but not least, the Rutland Beer Works was a great new addition to Vermont in 2017. The owners of Hop ‘N Moose in downtown Rutland began this new venture to expand their love of beer and we couldn’t be more excited. Rutland Beer Works is currently a brewery and canning facility, but their beer can be tasted at Hop ‘N Moose, among other locations in the surrounding areas. There are also many places to buy cans, including Brewfest Beverage right here in Ludlow! However, if you are heading to Rutland, we highly recommend checking out Hop ‘N Moose, both for their food and beer. They are known for their pizzas, including a personal favorite of mine, the Hawaiian. Hop ‘N Moose is usually serving Rutland Beer Works’ Rutland Red on tap, but if you are feeling adventurous, try the Hide and Seek, an Extra Pale Ale.

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Okemo is Ready for You!

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 of Okemo Mountain.

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 the snow team at Okemo will make up for that until we are inevitably buried under…. You got it…too much snow. Hey, who said that’s a bad thing?

Never fear, regardless of Mother Nature's gifts (or lack of), the Mountain’s team can handle anything that comes their way; there will be snow, it will be groomed. Winter is Okemo’s time to shine and they 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 what the different complexes have to offer. 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 William Raveis Real Estate Vermont Properties can make Okemo your place to call home.

IT'S SKI AND RIDE SEASON! OPENING DAY ON OKEMO

As we were having lunch this past Tuesday, the first flakes of the season began to fall. We half jokingly said that it is officially ski season; within 24 hours word came out announcing Okemo's opening day for the 17-18 season.

The Mountain will be opening for sking and riding on Saturday, November 11th at 9:00 a.m. First chair ceremonies will be held at the Sachem Chair. Link & Lower World Cup will be open with the Upper Mountain trails coming later in the day. The weather forcast for snowmaking temps are great and Okemo has the capability to make the snow needed for quality skiing and riding. 

So.. dust off those winter toys and gear and head North! We look forward to seeing you on the Mountain.

Okemo grabs tops spots for Best in the East!

Okemo Mountain continues to receive accolades. The most recent come from skimag.com. Their reader-ranked survey of “Best in the East 2018” puts Okemo Mountain in the top spot. They have also grabbed a top ten spot in 5 out of the 6 categories surveyed.

More reader rankings for the Best of the East?

Okemo got high marks for several:

#1 For Best Lifts

#3 For Best Grooming

#5 For Best Snow

#6 For Service

#9 for Best Overall Resort

Once again, this proves that Okemo has what it takes to be your favorite family friendly mountain of choice. When you come to Okemo, stop by and see us across from the golf course on route 100. If you decide you want to make Ludlow your second home, we can help!

We’ll see you on the Mountain.