Title /blog/category/towns-in-vt/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Mon, 11 Feb 2019 14:22:10 -0500 Valentine's Day in the Okemo Valley! https://www.vtprop.com/blog/posts/2019/02/11/valentine-s-day-in-the-okemo-valley/ <p dir="ltr">Ladies and gentleman, Valentine&rsquo;s Day is just days away! You know what that means, don&rsquo;t you? You better make plans for that special someone in your life! Don&rsquo;t worry, Ludlow has plenty of options!</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/event-img-vday-18.jpg" style="float: left; width: 200px; height: 200px;" class="featured">What better way to start your Valentine&rsquo;s Day than with a few runs on <a href="https://www.okemo.com/event/valentines-day/">Okemo</a>! Nothing says romance like a ride up the bubble chair with your favorite someone. Better yet, Okemo is setting the mood for Valentine&rsquo;s Day with a <a href="https://www.okemo.com/event/valentines-day/">scavenger hunt</a> on the slopes. Ski or ride around the mountain to find &ldquo;hidden&rdquo; red hearts along the trails. If you find one, return it to guest services for a prize!</p> <p dir="ltr">My perfect Valentine&rsquo;s Day includes a homemade meal at home, which makes for a great way to end your day after hitting the slopes. The way to my heart is most definitely through a <a href="https://singletonsvt.com">Singleton&rsquo;s</a> steak and their &ldquo;to die for&rdquo; loaded baked potato. Don&rsquo;t forget to pick up a delicious dessert from one of the Okemo Valley&rsquo;s bakeries! Check out <a href="https://www.vtprop.com/blog/posts/2019/01/28/the-sweet-tooth-fix-the-ludlow-way/"> last week&rsquo;s blog</a> for more ideas on the perfect sweet treat for you and your Valentine!</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/Valentines-Dinner-slide-2.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 91px;">However, if you are looking for a romantic dinner out on the town, the Okemo Valley has many options for you! A great option that is sure to impress your significant other is dining at <a href="http://echolakeinn.com">The Echo Lake Inn</a>. They are hosting Saint Valentine&rsquo;s Specials with a delicious four course meal with champagne for the evening. Make it a Valentine&rsquo;s Day you will never forget and splurge on getting a room for the night in one of the inn&rsquo;s cozy rooms.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/chr-logo-small2_2.png" style="float: left; width: 178px; height: 70px;">Another option with a special Valentine&rsquo;s Day dinner and rooms is <a href="https://www.castlehillresortvt.com">The Castle Hill Resort &amp; Spa</a>. The Castle frequently runs winter specials for lodging that include spa and dinner packages perfect for a romantic evening. After hitting the slopes, enjoy the afternoon getting a massage and a dip in the outdoor heated pool or hottub, followed by a delicious gourmet dinner.</p> <p dir="ltr">If The Echo Lake Inn and The Castle Hill Resort &amp; Spa aren&rsquo;t your style, checkout one of our other local restaurants for a Valentine&rsquo;s Day meal. Some of my personal favorites are <a href="http://www.thedowntowngrocery.com">The Downtown Grocery</a>, <a href="http://www.stemwindervt.com">Stemwinder</a>, <a href="http://homestylehostel.com">Homestyle Hostel</a>, and <a href="https://samssteak.com">Sam&rsquo;s Steakhouse</a>. Even if they don&rsquo;t have a special Valentine&rsquo;s Day menu, I promise you and your sweetheart won&rsquo;t be disappointed!</p> <p dir="ltr">For the perfect ending to the perfect day, head to <a href="https://www.mainandmountain.com">Main &amp; Mountain</a> for a nightcap. Their delicious house cocktails are certainly made with love, but if you prefer beer or wine, they have one of the best selections in town!</p> <p dir="ltr">Happy Valentine&#39;s Day from our Vermont Properties team!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Lakes Region Local Events Ludlow Real Estate Okemo News Okemo Real Estate Okemo Valley Region Rentals On Okemo Sellers Ski On Okemo Ski Season Ski Season In VT Vermont Real Estate Winter In Vermont Winter In VT towns in VT fun in Ludlow Real estate agents Snow in VT Okemo Mountain snow on okemo Travel Vail Resorts Snowstorm Snow Day Mon, 11 Feb 2019 14:22:10 -0500 Nothing Says Vermont like a SNOW DAY! https://www.vtprop.com/blog/posts/2019/01/17/nothing-says-vermont-like-a-snow-day/ <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The internet is inundated with information regarding winter storm, Harper, that is coming to New England this weekend and it looks like Vermont is going to get the best of it! On any given weather channel, the Okemo Valley is projected to get between 18 inches and 3 feet of snow before Monday. Nothing says Vermont like a snow day and we already have your whole day planned for you!</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Since the snow is supposed to start Saturday evening, that means there is bound to be EPIC powder Sunday morning. Even though it is a snow day, that doesn&rsquo;t mean you should sleep in. You know the old saying, &ldquo;The mountains are calling and I must go&rdquo;? Well, Okemo will certainly be calling your name and you are going to want to get the first tracks of the day! If you are an experienced skier, make sure to take advantages of the woods trails because they aren&rsquo;t always in prime condition. My favorite place to ski on powder days is on the South Side, playing in knee deep snow on Loose Spruce and Forest Bump. However, if you aren&rsquo;t as experienced, don&rsquo;t worry, every trail on Okemo will be in excellent condition on Sunday.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;We all know that powder skiing or snowboarding can take a lot out of us, so if you aren&rsquo;t able to stay on the mountain all day, that&rsquo;s okay. Some of the best snow day activities can be had from the comforts of your own home. So, spend the morning at Okemo and then go home to relax in the afternoon. Before you do, make sure you stop at the store and get hot chocolate and maple syrup, I promise you won&rsquo;t be disappointed.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Once you are home, get into some comfy clothes, make that hot chocolate (add some Baileys), and if you are lucky, curl up in front of your fireplace. If you don&rsquo;t have a fireplace, find the coziest blanket you have and find the best spot on the couch. Turn on Netflix and find a movie or that TV show you have been waiting to binge watch. Spend a couple hours relaxing and warming up from your morning on the hill.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Don&rsquo;t spend too long though, because that snow is still calling your name. When is the last time you built a snowman? I am here to tell you that you are NEVER too old to play in the snow. Get on your snow gear and head outside. You can drag along your family or friends and see who can build the best snowman, or make it a team effort to make one giant snowman.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Before you head inside, find some clean snow because you must make Maple Sugar on Snow! Recruit someone to go inside and heat up maple syrup on the stove until it reaches 235 degrees, while the other person fills a pan with hard packed snow. Once you reach the correct temperature, drizzle it over the snow and enjoy this legendary Vermont treat.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;If you are still looking for fun filled activities to do on your snow day, you should pull out those old dusty board games or card games. We know life is usually too busy to do this, so take the time to enjoy a game or two with family or friends. I will also be spending the afternoon in the hot tub because nothing is more magical than sitting in a hot tub in a snowstorm.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;What is the best thing about snowstorm Harper? Well, it falls on a holiday weekend! Which means, you get to wake up Monday morning and repeat all of your favorite snow day activities! Please share your favorite things to do in a snowstorm with us!<br> <img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/Screen%20Shot%202019-01-17%20at%202.02.45%20PM.png" style="width: 700px; height: 258px;" class="featured"></p> Jackson Gore Local Events Ludlow Condos Ludlow Real Estate Okemo Condos Okemo News Okemo Real Estate Okemo Ridge Okemo Valley Region Rentals On Okemo Seasonal Rentals Second Homes Sellers Ski On Okemo Ski Season Ski Season In VT Snow Report Vermont Real Estate Winter In Vermont Winter In VT towns in VT fun in Ludlow Real estate agents Snow in VT Okemo Mountain okemo skiing Travel Vail Resorts Snowstorm Snow Day Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:01:00 -0500 What do Do in the Okemo Valley if You Don't Ski or Snowboard https://www.vtprop.com/blog/posts/2019/01/11/what-do-do-in-the-okemo-valley-if-you-don-t-ski-or-snowboard/ <p dir="ltr">Even though we live in a mountain town, we know that not everyone enjoys skiing or snowboarding. Yes, we always push people to enjoy the gorgeous mountain of Okemo in our backyard, but do not&nbsp;worry, there is still plenty to do in Ludlow if you do not&nbsp;like winter sports!</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/1543930264988.png" style="float: left; width: 200px; height: 200px;" class="featured">Ludlow is the home of many well-known restaurants with something for everyone! If you are looking for a morning or afternoon out on the town, while your friends or family are skiing, there are plenty of places to choose from. For breakfast, head into Proctorsville to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/vermontapplepie">Vermont Apple Pie</a>. This adorable country kitchen serves only homemade food, including a personal favorite, the Apple Crisp Waffle. Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like; apple crisp on a waffle, yum! For other breakfast choices, check out <a href="https://thehatcheryvt.com">The Hatchery</a> or Cafe at Delight. If you enjoy a morning at your home or hotel, curled up with coffee in front of the fireplace, then you could check out the several delicious lunch options that Ludlow has to offer. If you are looking for a sandwich, look no further than <a href="http://javababas.com">Java Baba&rsquo;s</a>, a popular cafe at the bottom of the Okemo Access Road. If you are craving Italian, head to <a href="https://www.mamas190main.com">Mama&rsquo;s</a> for a delicious calzone or homemade pasta, both of which will make you feel like you are in Italy. If you want a to-go option, you must try <a href="https://www.facebook.com/thecooksterludlow/">The Cookster.</a> The Cookster offers a new menu everyday of homemade items that will make your mouth water as soon as you see them!</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/BlueSky_MH_4.jpg" style="float: left; width: 200px; height: 50px;">While you are out, you should check out some of the little shops around town. One of my favorites is <a href="https://www.blueskyvt.com">The Blue Sky Trading Post</a>, an adorable shop with a variety of items. You can find local souvenirs or beautiful handcrafted jewelry. I promise, you won&rsquo;t be able to leave empty handed. Right down the road on Depot Street, you will find the <a href="http://www.wineandcheesedepot.com">Wine &amp; Cheese Depot</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/thedepotstreetgallery/">The Depot Street Gallery,</a> and <a href="http://www.russhurlburtphotography.com">Russ Hurlburt Photography Studio &amp; Gallery</a>. All of these shops are unique and truly show the essence of Vermont. You should also take a ride on Route 100 North to the Green Mountain Sugar House, where you can get the best maple creemee around and take a look in their gift shop filled with Vermont products.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/5c3e12_3287ba919a134cea915610b4fda0b30f~mv2.jpg" style="float: left; width: 200px; height: 91px;">If you are looking to do something active, but don&rsquo;t enjoy skiing or snowboarding, there are a lot of options! You could take a yoga class at <a href="https://www.gowiththeflowvt.com">Go With the Flow</a>, who offers classes for all levels and a variety of class types. If you want to stay on the mountain, <a href="https://www.okemo.com/activities/spring-house/">The Jackson Gore Fitness Center</a> also offers a variety of classes, a gym, and a pool. If you want to stick with the winter theme of being in a mountain town, the Okemo Valley Golf Course becomes a <a href="https://www.okemo.com/activities/nordic-center/">Nordic Center</a> and offers trails for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. The trails give you some of the best views of Okemo and are always well groomed and maintained. Another option is to check out the <a href="https://www.okemo.com/activities/ice-house/">Ice House</a> at Jackson Gore and enjoy an afternoon or morning of ice skating.</p> <p dir="ltr">So, if you do not&nbsp;ski or snowboard, that&rsquo;s okay! There is plenty for everyone to do in Ludlow. If you are looking for other ideas, do not&nbsp;hesitate to reach out! We are always willing to help you experience the Okemo Valley in a way that matches your likes and need!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Buyers Jackson Gore Lakes Region Local Events Ludlow Condos Ludlow Real Estate Okemo Condos Okemo Real Estate Okemo Ridge Okemo Valley Region Rentals In Vermont Rentals On Okemo Seasonal Rentals Second Homes Sellers Selling Your Home Ski On Okemo Ski Season Ski Season In VT VT Properties News Winter In Vermont Winter In VT towns in VT fitness fun in Ludlow Real estate agents Snow in VT Okemo Mountain Travel Vail Resorts Fri, 11 Jan 2019 13:01:00 -0500 Vermont Properties Gives Back! https://www.vtprop.com/blog/posts/2018/12/29/vermont-properties-gives-back/ <p dir="ltr">In case you can&rsquo;t tell, the team at William Raveis Vermont Properties loves our community! With that, we think it is extremely important to give back. As you probably know, Ludlow is a very small town and sometimes there isn&rsquo;t a lot to do. So, our way of giving back is sponsoring fundraising events for local organizations within our community. This winter, join us for any and all of our upcoming events!</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/Mario%20the%20Magician%202018-19_WebTile.jpg" style="float: left; width: 200px; height: 136px;" class="featured">Mario the Magician</strong><br> Join us on Saturday, January 5th, for Mario the Magician, at the Okemo Base Lodge. This is an interactive magic show for the whole family! We sponsor the event for OMARA, a non-profit booster club that supports athletes in the Okemo Competition Center programs and Okemo Mountain School. These athletes compete in alpine racing, freestyle, or snowboarding, all of which are extremely costly to run. OMARA lends a helping hand in administrative, logistical, and financial areas to support these programs. Come out and enjoy a fun family night and support OMARA!</p> <p><strong><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/Cocktails%20for%20Scholarships%202018-19_WebTile2.jpg" style="float: left; width: 200px; height: 136px;">Cocktails for Scholarships</strong><br> Join us on Saturday, January 26th, for Cocktails for Scholarships at ePic on Okemo. This is a great apres ski event, geared towards adults. There is live music by the Myra Flynn Band, free appetizers, and a cash bar. We sponsor this event to benefit&nbsp;Okemo Mountain School, our local non-profit winter academy for skiers and snowboarders. The school supports a rigorous academic curriculum while providing an intense on-snow training schedule. The school is quite costly, so we have sponsored the Cocktails for Scholarships event, dedicated in raising money for athlete scholarships to attend OMS. Don&rsquo;t miss this great event with live music and support the OMS student-athletes!</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/VermonteCarlo2019-19_WebTile.jpg" style="float: left; width: 200px; height: 131px;">Vermonte Carlo</strong><br> Join us on Saturday, February 9th, for Vermonte Carlo at the Roundhouse at Jackson Gore. This is a fun casino night with a Vermont spin! There will be free appetizers and a cash bar. Vermonte Carlo is another fundraiser to benefit OMARA.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/Comedy%20Night%202018-19_WebTile_Final.jpg" style="float: left; width: 200px; height: 136px;">Comedy Night</strong><br> Join us on Saturday, March 2nd, for Comedy Night at Okemo&rsquo;s Base Lodge. This year&rsquo;s comedian is the &ldquo;wicked funny&rdquo;, Bob Marley! This is one of the most popular events of the season and is always a fun night out. Again, we sponsor this event to benefit&nbsp;OMARA.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We hope to see you at some of our events in the new year!</p> Buyers Jackson Gore Local Events Ludlow Real Estate Okemo News Okemo Real Estate Okemo Valley Region Seasonal Rentals Second Homes Sellers Selling Your Home Ski On Okemo Ski Season Ski Season In VT Vermont Real Estate VT Properties News Winter In Vermont Winter In VT towns in VT fun in Ludlow Real estate agents finding perfect real estate agent Okemo Mountain okemo skiing Travel Vail Resorts Sat, 29 Dec 2018 12:12:00 -0500 A Mountain Condo for Everyone! https://www.vtprop.com/blog/posts/2018/12/14/a-mountain-condo-for-everyone/ <p dir="ltr">Are you in the market for a condo? Well, Okemo Mountain has many different condo locations to suit your individual needs and we have property listings in each area!</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/Jackson%20Gore%20Inn%20Winter%202017.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 199px;" class="featured">Are you a family with different interests? Maybe some of you ski or snowboard, but others don&rsquo;t? Look no further than <a href="https://www.vtprop.com/okemo-condo-guide/jackson-gore-village/">Jackson Gore</a> because they have something for everyone! For those of you looking to be the first in line for the chairlift in the morning, just step out your door right onto the slopes. However, if you want to have a leisurely morning, brunch at <a href="https://www.okemo.com/dining/coleman-brook-tavern/">Coleman Brook Tavern</a>, followed by a dip in the outdoor heated pool or hottub. If you are looking for adventure, spend the day in the <a href="https://www.okemo.com/activities/adventure-zone/">Adventure Zone</a> on the Timber Ripper or in the snow tubing park! Jackson Gore also has a beautiful fitness center and ice rink for all of your family fun.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/Solitude%20%20J%20Bldg%20-%20Exterior.jpg" style="float: right; width: 267px; height: 200px;">Just up the road from Jackson Gore is <a href="https://www.vtprop.com/okemo-mountain-condo-guide/solitude-village/"> Solitude Village</a> with a variety of condos, townhouses, and single-family homes. If your priority is the amenities, then Solitude is the place for you. They have a great fitness center, along with a pool, hottub, and sauna! Solitude also has one of the best ski-in, ski-out restaurants on Okemo, <a href="https://www.okemo.com/dining/epic-restaurant/">Epic</a>. Here you will find the best burger that money can buy!</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/OML%20B%20loooking%20up%20slope.jpg" style="float: left; width: 200px; height: 132px;">If you are looking to be at the heart of the mountain, check out the <a href="https://www.vtprop.com/okemo-mountain-condo-guide/okemo-mountain-lodge-condominium/"> Okemo Mountain Lodge</a> condos! These condos surround the base lodge area, giving you easy access to the slopes! The condos are also situated only a few minutes from the village of Ludlow, making it a prime location to get to several great restaurants. Not to mention, Okemo Mountain Lodge offers great apres ski options, including the <a href="https://www.okemo.com/dining/sitting-bull/">Sitting Bull</a> right at the base, or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/American-Restaurant/Toms-Loft-Tavern-129783457050894/"> Tom&rsquo;s Loft Tavern</a> just down the road.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/G%20Bldg%20WP_CMYK.jpg" style="float: right; width: 267px; height: 200px;">One of the more popular condo areas is <a href="https://www.vtprop.com/okemo-mountain-condo-guide/winterplace/">Winterplace</a>. If you are an avid skier, <a href="https://www.vtprop.com/okemo-mountain-condo-guide/winterplace/">Winterplace</a> arguably has the best location on the mountain for you! With this location, you get to avoid the 1st round of lifts and head right to the top of the mountain! This is the ideal place to ensure that you get the first tracks when the mountain opens. Winterplace also has a great indoor pool and hot tubs. In the summer, enjoy the tennis courts and a beautiful picnic area, as well!</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/E%20Bldg%20LW.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; float: left;"></p> <p dir="ltr">If you are in need of a larger condo, <a href="https://www.vtprop.com/okemo-mountain-condo-guide/ledgewood-at-okemo/"> Ledgewood</a> is a prime area for you to checkout. Ledgewood offers 3 and 4 bedroom condos and is located on one of Okemo&rsquo;s maintained ski trails. These condos are bright and spacious and definitely give you the mountain feel. Ledgewood&rsquo;s location makes you feel like you are out of the hustle and bustle of the main areas, but is a quick ski or ride to the base of the mountain.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Another favorite location away from the main base areas is <a href="https://www.vtprop.com/okemo-mountain-condo-guide/okemo-trailside/"> Trailside Village</a>. These condos are located on or near Sachem <img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/8KB%20Winter%20J%20bldg%20front%20I%20in%20back%201-16-08%20(1).jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 225px;">Trail and are located at one of the highest condo locations on Okemo. Even though some of the condos aren&rsquo;t directly on the trail, Trailside offers a private shuttle with access to Sachem. The condos boast a classic ski house style that make you never want to leave. All you need is a cozy fireplace and mug of hot cocoa and you are good to go!</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;If none of these condo options suit your needs, don&rsquo;t worry, there are more! Visit our website to learn more about <a href="https://www.vtprop.com/okemo-mountain-condo-guide/alpen-meadows/">Alpen Meadows</a>, <a href="https://www.vtprop.com/okemo-mountain-condo-guide/kettlebrook-at-okemo/"> Kettlebrook</a>, <a href="https://www.vtprop.com/okemo-condo-guide/timber-creek-at-okemo/">Timber Creek</a>, <a href="https://www.vtprop.com/okemo-condo-guide/westwoods/">West Woods</a>, <a href="https://www.vtprop.com/okemo-condos/southface-village-on-okemo/">Southface Village</a>, <a href="https://www.vtprop.com/okemo-mountain-condo-guide/snow-trak-on-okemo/"> Snow Trak</a>, and <a href="https://www.vtprop.com/okemo-condo-guide/okemo-village/">Okemo Village</a>. We promise that Okemo holds options for every need! Contact us today to begin the search for your perfect mountain home.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Buyers Jackson Gore Ludlow Condos Ludlow Real Estate Okemo Condos Okemo Real Estate Okemo Valley Region Rentals In Vermont Rentals On Okemo Seasonal Rentals Second Homes Sellers Selling Your Home Ski On Okemo Ski Season Ski Season In VT Vermont Real Estate Winter In Vermont Winter In VT towns in VT Real estate agents finding perfect real estate agent Snow in VT Okemo Mountain snow on okemo Travel Vail Resorts Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:12:06 -0500 We Are Thankful for our Vermont Properties Team! https://www.vtprop.com/blog/posts/2018/11/21/we-are-thankful-for-our-vermont-properties-team/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/DSC_0039.JPG" style="float: left; width: 400px; height: 331px; border-width: 5px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px;" class="featured">In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we wanted to share why we are thankful for being a part of the team at William Raveis&nbsp;Vermont Properties. We are so fortunate because many people spend their whole lives doing a job they don&#39;t enjoy or working with people they don&#39;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!</p> <p><strong>Kathy-</strong> "Thankfulness falls under so many pieces in my life.&nbsp;In our office setting, we are always practicing&nbsp;being a TEAM, a true TEAM where everyone pitches in.&nbsp;Our team is not just our sales force, it&rsquo;s our admin behind the scenes.&nbsp;All team members must&nbsp;function together and complement one another, while operating under interdependence and being accountable to one another with a common goal in place. The team&#39;s&nbsp;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!"</p> <p><strong>Alyson-</strong> "I am thankful to be working with such a great sales team who is committed in every aspect of the word&hellip;.. committed to helping each other, committed to working hard, and committed to being the best.&nbsp; I couldn&rsquo;t be with a better team!"</p> <p><strong>Sarah-</strong> "I am thankful to be part of a team that has become more of a family!"</p> <p><strong>Joe-</strong> "I am thankful for not only the help my colleagues offer with unabashed glee, I&rsquo;m thankful for the trust that comes along with being a member of a team.&nbsp; My input is just as important as the next and that feels great.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m thankful that like all strong &#39;work families&#39;&nbsp;each pulls their weight and with that responsibility comes the reward to take time away and get grounded again.&nbsp;That&rsquo;s so important and that makes me truly thankful!"</p> <p><strong>Heidi-</strong> "I am most thankful for everyone&#39;s can do POSITIVE attitude - the way everyone rolls up their sleeves to get the task at hand done.&nbsp;I am always in awe at how the agents truly have each other&#39;s back and jump right in to help each other. The term&nbsp;TEAM is not just a word here - it is a philosphy &amp; way of life..."</p> <p><strong>Abby-</strong> "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&rsquo;m so thankful for their love, support and friendship."</p> <p><strong>Marlene-</strong> "I am thankful for being surrounded by such a wonderful&nbsp;group of dedicated and hardworking&nbsp; co-workers."</p> <p><strong>Kevin-</strong> "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&rsquo;t say enough about our team. They rock!"</p> <p>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!</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/45857459_2805938576098424_3466292096841809920_n.jpg" style="width: 750px; height: 563px;"></p> Ludlow Real Estate Okemo Real Estate Okemo Valley Region Sellers Selling Your Home Ski On Okemo Ski Season Ski Season In VT Vermont Real Estate VT Properties News Winter In Vermont Winter In VT towns in VT fun in Ludlow Real estate agents Snow in VT Okemo Mountain Travel Wed, 21 Nov 2018 16:00:00 -0500 It's All About Those Sticks https://www.vtprop.com/blog/posts/2018/11/07/it-s-all-about-those-sticks/ <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/IMG_6099.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 400px;" class="featured">Did you know that Vermont has an extra season? That&rsquo;s right! If you are a true Vermonter or trying to become one, you need to know all about stick season.</p> <p dir="ltr">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&rsquo;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.</p> <p dir="ltr">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 <a href="https://www.totempoleskishop.com">Totem Pole</a>, <a href="https://www.northernskiworks.com">Northern Ski Works</a>, <a href="https://thebootpro.net">The Boot Pro</a>, or <a href="http://www.tygartmountainsports.com">Tygart Mountain Sports</a> to pick up brand new gear.</p> <p dir="ltr">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 &amp; cheese or beef stew because let&rsquo;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 <a href="http://longtrail.com/age-verification?destination=node/2">Long Trail&rsquo;s Harvest</a> or <a href="https://www.harpoonbrewery.com">Harpoon&rsquo;s Winter Warmer</a>. If you haven&rsquo;t already, you are subscribing to Netflix and binge watching your favorite TV show, except on Sundays when you are watching<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/IMG_6097.jpg" style="float: right; width: 200px; height: 267px;"> the Patriots. If you don&rsquo;t like TV, make sure you have a GIANT stack of books because after stick season comes winter, and Vermont winters last forever.</p> <p>Just remember, stick season doesn&#39;t last forever and soon the trees will be filled with beautiful snow and glistening icicles!&nbsp;</p> Buyers Fall In VT Ludlow Real Estate Okemo Real Estate Okemo Valley Region Rentals In Vermont Rentals On Okemo Seasonal Rentals Sellers Selling Your Home Ski On Okemo Ski Season Ski Season In VT Vermont Foliage Vermont Real Estate Winter In Vermont Winter In VT towns in VT fun in Ludlow Real estate agents Snow in VT Okemo Mountain okemo skiing snow on okemo Travel Wed, 07 Nov 2018 13:24:17 -0500 It Snowed at the Summit; Get Your Season Passes NOW! https://www.vtprop.com/blog/posts/2018/10/16/it-snowed-at-the-summit-get-your-season-passes-now/ <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; <img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/43952245_10156064085121448_2698054569371369472_n.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 169px;" class="featured">&nbsp;The announcement everyone has been waiting for; it SNOWED for the first time at the Summit of <a href="https://www.okemo.com">Okemo</a> on Saturday, October 13th! While you couldn&rsquo;t see it from the village of Ludlow, the <a href="https://www.okemo.com/mountain-info/live-cams/">live cams</a> on the mountain caught it on video!</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Now that it snowed, it finally feels like winter is just around the corner. If you haven&rsquo;t gotten your 2018/19 <a href="https://www.okemo.com/mountain-info/season-passes/">season pass</a> 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.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;While Okemo has always been an EPIC mountain, with the sale of Okemo to <a href="http://www.vailresorts.com/Corp/index.aspx">Vail Resorts</a>, we are now a part of the <a href="http://www.epicpass.com">Epic pass</a>! There are two Epic options; the <a href="https://www.epicpass.com/passes/epic-local-pass.aspx">Epic Local</a> and the <a href="https://www.epicpass.com/passes/epic-local-pass.aspx">Epic Pass</a>, but both of which give you unlimited and unrestricted access to <a href="http://www.okemo.com">Okemo</a>! Other unlimited and unrestricted mountains are <a href="https://gunnisoncrestedbutte.com">Crested Butte</a>, <a href="https://www.mountsunapee.com">Mount Sunapee</a>, <a href="https://www.breckenridge.com">Breckenridge</a>, <a href="https://www.wilmotmountain.com">Wilmot</a>, <a href="https://www.mtbrighton.com">Mt. Brighton</a>, <a href="https://www.keystoneresort.com/deals/book-winter-early.aspx?CMPID=PPC_DEST_KEY&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMIw4nEze-L3gIVAYbICh1dagYxEAAYASAAEgK9qvD_BwE"> Keystone</a>, <a href="https://www.aftonalps.com">Afton Alps</a>, <a href="https://www.arapahoebasin.com">Arapahoe Basin</a>, and <a href="https://www.stevenspass.com/site">Stevens Pass</a>. 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 <a href="https://www.stowe.com">Stowe</a> right here in Vermont!</p> <p dir="ltr">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 <a href="http://www.vailresorts.com/Corp/index.aspx">Vail</a>, <a href="https://www.whistlerblackcomb.com">Whistler Blackcomb</a>, <a href="https://www.northstarcalifornia.com">Northstar</a>, <a href="https://www.stowe.com">Stowe</a>, <a href="https://www.perisher.com.au">Perisher</a>, <a href="https://www.beavercreek.com">Beaver Creek</a>, <a href="https://www.parkcitymountain.com">Park City</a>, <a href="https://www.skiheavenly.com">Heavenly</a>, and <a href="https://www.kirkwood.com">Kirkwood</a>! &nbsp;That leaves 46 other mountains that also give you on-snow options throughout the season. Get your <a href="http://www.epicpass.com">Epic Local or Epic Pass</a> today before rates go up!</p> <p dir="ltr">If the Epic pass isn&rsquo;t for you, Okemo still has the <a href="https://www.okemo.com/mountain-info/season-passes/ultimate-season-pass/"> Ultimate</a>, Classic, and Midweek passes available. The <a href="https://www.okemo.com/mountain-info/season-passes/ultimate-season-pass/"> Ultimate Pass</a> 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 <a href="https://www.okemo.com/mountain-info/season-passes/classic-season-pass/"> Classic Pass!</a> New this year, as well, all <a href="https://www.okemo.com/mountain-info/season-passes/">Ultimate and Classic Pass Holders</a> will receive 50% off the then-current window lift ticket price at all Vail Resorts-owned resorts! Finally, if you don&rsquo;t like the weekend crowds, Okemo still has the <a href="https://www.okemo.com/mountain-info/season-passes/midweek-season-pass/"> Midweek pass</a>, which will give you access to the lifts Monday-Friday during non-holidays.</p> <p dir="ltr">We hope you are just as excited as we are to hit the slopes this season! Let it snow!!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Jackson Gore Lakes Region Local Events Ludlow Condos Ludlow Real Estate Okemo Condos Okemo News Okemo Real Estate Okemo Ridge Okemo Valley Region Rentals In Vermont Rentals On Okemo Seasonal Rentals Second Homes Sellers Selling Your Home Ski On Okemo Ski Season Ski Season In VT Snow Report Vermont Real Estate Winter In Vermont Winter In VT mount holly towns in VT plymouth vt fun in Ludlow Real estate agents finding perfect real estate agent Snow in VT Okemo Mountain okemo skiing snow on okemo Spring skiing Spring skiing on okemo opening ski season Travel Vail Resorts Vail Resorts Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:10:32 -0400 Fall in the Okemo Valley https://www.vtprop.com/blog/posts/2018/10/04/fall-in-the-okemo-valley/ <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;If you have never experienced fall in Vermont, then you are seriously missing out! It is such a magical time and truly is the essence of what Vermont is all about. The Okemo Valley is one of the best places to spend during this time and Columbus Day weekend is the peak! Here is a sneak peak of our favorite things Vermont things to do this weekend!</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Take a Hike:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="View from Fire tower" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/IMG_3851.JPG" style="float: right; width: 200px; height: 150px;">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;There are so many amazing hikes to experience within a 30 minute drive of Ludlow and all of them are the best during foliage season. Of course, one of the most popular hikes in the Okemo Valley is the <a href="https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/vermont/okemo-mountain-via-healdville-trail"> Healdville Trail</a> that leads you up the backside of <a href="https://www.okemo.com">Okemo</a>. Pack a picnic lunch and take a break at the top with a climb up the firetower at 3,340 feet!<br> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="Deer Leap in Killington" class="featured featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/IMG_0722.jpg" style="width: 360px; height: 124px; float: left;">Another great hike is <a href="https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/vermont/deer-leap-overlook-trail"> Deer Leap</a> in Killington. This hike is 1.9 miles of a beautiful wooded trail that leads to a peak and opens up to grand views of <a href="https://www.killington.com">Killington</a>, <a href="https://www.picomountain.com">Pico</a>, and beyond! Better yet, you can bring your dogs! After your hike, head to <a href="http://longtrail.com/age-verification?destination=node/2">Longtrail Brewery</a> for some lunch.<br> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;For a hike with different scenery, check out <a href="https://www.trails.com/us/vt/ludlow/cascade-falls-vt">Cascade Falls</a> in Weathersfield. The hike is about 2.9 miles from the trailhead to the summit. Along the way, you will find 84ft and 60ft waterfalls that are absolutely breathtaking. If you are looking for a day hike, continue on your way to the various peaks of Mount Ascutney!</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>The Sights:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; <img alt="Buttermilk Falls" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/IMG_2243.jpg" style="float: right; width: 150px; height: 113px;">&nbsp;One of the most well known sites in Ludlow is <a href="http://www.newenglandwaterfalls.com/vt-buttermilkfalls-ludlow.html"> Buttermilk Falls</a> in the Okemo State Forest. There are 3 waterfalls to check out on a short nature hike along the river. The river is surrounded by exquisite fall colors and provides a peaceful place to enjoy the great outdoors.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; <img alt="The Pinnacle" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/IMG_1002.jpg" style="float: left; width: 190px; height: 99px;">&nbsp;Another popular local spot is <a href="https://vermont.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,1,fid,1459886,n,the%20pinnacle.cfm"> The Pinnacle of Ludlow</a> off of Commonwealth Avenue. There is a short secondary road that you can drive up if the gate is open, or you can choose to park at the bottom for a nice walk to the top. The Pinnacle has giant rocks to climb that overlook the entirety of Okemo Mountain. While this view is amazing all year long, it is exceptionally magical during the fall foliage.</p> <p><strong>Shopping:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;You can&rsquo;t come to Vermont for a weekend getaway without going to the <a href="https://www.vermontcountrystore.com/home">Vermont Country Store</a>, either in Weston or <img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/the-vermont-country-store-.jpg" style="float: right; width: 160px; height: 115px;">Rockingham. This store holds all of the best items this Green Mountain state has to offer. You can fill up on samples of Vermont cheeses, meats, and dips and leave with a brown bag full of old fashioned candy. The store also carries many Vermont products, such as soaps and clothing. We promise you won&rsquo;t leave disappointed.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;If you are in Ludlow, you must stop by the <a href="https://www.gmsh.com">Green Mountain Sugar House</a>, located on Lake Pauline. You can stock up on maple candy and maple syrup, but the best item is their Maple ice cream. If Vermont had a taste, it would taste like a Maple Creeme!</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Activities and Events:</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/IMG_0811.JPG" style="float: left; width: 125px; height: 110px;">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;A personal favorite fall activity of mine is apple picking and the best local place to go is <a href="http://wellwoodorchards.net">Wellwood Orchards</a> in Springfield. Take a walk into the orchard to pick your own apples or catch a ride on the hay wagon for the real Vermont experience. Wellwood also has a petting zoo that is great for all ages!</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="Okemo Valley Golf Course" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/IMG_0899.jpg" style="float: right; width: 150px; height: 110px;">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Another great activity is to play a round of golf at the <a href="https://www.okemo.com/activities/golf/okemo-valley-golf-club/">Okemo Valley Golf Club</a>. The course has an 18-hole layout that has a par 70 and measures 6,400 years in length. It is playable for all abilities and provides a challenge for everyone! While this is a beautiful course all year long, nothing beats the views during the fall foliage.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;If you are looking for a true Vermont experience, head to Mount Holly for <a href="http://vermontjournal.com/event/cider-days-belmont-green/2018-10-07"> Cider Days on the Belmont Green</a>! This event runs Saturday, October 6th from 10-4pm and Sunday, October 7th from 12-4pm. You can watch how apple cider is made and even try some for yourself! There are other sweet treats, along with many local craft vendors.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/promo-img-event-fall-into-winter.jpg" style="float: left; width: 120px; height: 100px;">We saved our favorite event for last; <a href="https://www.okemo.com/event/fallintowinter/">Fall into Winter</a> at The Jackson Gore Inn and Resort! This is an awesome event to celebrate the transition of seasons from fall to winter. William Raveis Vermont Properties is sponsoring the live music and there will also be hayrides, games put on by Okemo Mountain School, pumpkin painting, craft vendors, food, and a beer/wine tasting tent! You can also check out Okemo&rsquo;s Adventure Zone! Come see us from 11am-4pm!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Buyers Fall In VT Jackson Gore Lakes Region Local Events Ludlow Condos Ludlow Real Estate Okemo Condos Okemo News Okemo Real Estate Okemo Valley Region Rentals In Vermont Rentals On Okemo Seasonal Rentals Second Homes Sellers Vermont Foliage Vermont Real Estate mount holly towns in VT plymouth vt fun in Ludlow Real estate agents finding perfect real estate agent Okemo Mountain Thu, 04 Oct 2018 10:24:00 -0400 Dining in Ludlow - Part 2! https://www.vtprop.com/blog/posts/2018/09/20/dining-in-ludlow-part-2/ <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;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!</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/86674309ff88f1dcf73d6ce8b93d9092.png" style="float: left; height: 150px; width: 149px;" class="featured">In the midst of this small Vermont town, you can still find food to meet your every need, including <a href="http://www.mojocafevt.com">Mojo Cafe</a>, a modern Tex-Mex dining experience! Mojo always offers the freshest local ingredients and is a partner of the <a href="http://www.vermontfresh.net">Vermont Fresh Network</a>. A big hit at Mojo&rsquo;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&rsquo;t love a good fall beer, right? The owners, John and Jodi, are fun and quirky and will make you feel right at home!</p> <p dir="ltr">If you have been to Ludlow, you have probably been to <a href="http://www.djsrestaurantvermont.com/Home">DJ&rsquo;s Restaurant</a> in the center of town. DJ&rsquo;s has been a local <img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/image329054.png" style="float: right; width: 208px; height: 100px;">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&rsquo;t go wrong!</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/Sams-Steakhouse-Ludlow-Vermont.png" style="float: left; width: 225px; height: 130px;">Another staple in Ludlow has been <a href="https://samssteak.com">Sam&rsquo;s Steakhouse</a>, however, it was recently bought by Mr. Darcy&rsquo;s owner, Mark Williams. Mark has ran and done an impeccable job with many local restaurants, so you can bet, that Sam&rsquo;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&rsquo;s for &ldquo;Early Bear&rdquo; specials on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays!</p> <p dir="ltr">If you are staying on <a href="https://www.okemo.com">Okemo</a>, a wonderful option after a long day of skiing is always the <a href="https://www.okemo.com/dining/coleman-brook-tavern/">Coleman Brook Tavern</a> at <a href="https://www.okemo.com/lodging/info/procedures-jackson-gore/">The <img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/6200/blog/comfort-redefined.jpg" style="float: right; width: 275px; height: 126px;">Jackson Gore Inn</a>. 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&rsquo;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.</p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>We hope you have the chance to try some of our local restaurants and make sure you let us know your favorite!</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Buyers Fall In VT Jackson Gore Lakes Region Ludlow Condos Ludlow Real Estate Okemo Condos Okemo News Okemo Real Estate Okemo Ridge Okemo Valley Region Rentals In Vermont Rentals On Okemo Seasonal Rentals Second Homes Sellers Selling Your Home Ski On Okemo Ski Season Ski Season In VT Summer In Ludlow Vermont Foliage Vermont Real Estate Winter In Vermont Winter In VT mount holly towns in VT Spring in VT Spring in Vermont summer in VT summer in Vermont fun in Ludlow Real estate agents Snow in VT Okemo Mountain okemo skiing Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:09:18 -0400