Blog :: 06-2018

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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's All Come Home Music Festival!

Our little town of Ludlow, Vermont has some big things happening this summer! Okemo Mountain Resort is hosting its first All Come Come Home Music Festival named after Okemo’s Native American name. The festival is taking place at the Jackson Gore Inn Thursday, July 12 through Saturday, July 14th.

The festival has two parts that will keep you busy all weekend long! In the afternoons, the Labatt Blue Stage, located across from the Adventure Zone, will feature free live music on Friday and Saturday. There will be craft vendors, a BBQ lunch on the outdoor patio of Coleman Brook Tavern, along with all of the fun the Adventure Zone has to offer.

The main attraction of the festival will take place in the Paleo-Field, with headliner shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday! There are tickets available for single-night shows or for the full 3-day festival.

Event Pricing:

Festival Pass – access to all 3 headliner shows

  • $75 advance purchase, when purchased online through July 8

  • $85 after July 8

  • FREE for children 10 & under

Single Headline Show – Thursday, Friday or Saturday (show-specific ticket)

  • $30 advance purchase, when purchased online through July 8

  • $34 after July 8

  • FREE for children 10 & under

Thursday:
Start the weekend off with headliner, Super Diamond- The Neil Diamond Tribute band, from 8-9:30pm on the Main Stage. The band is coming all the way from San Francisco, California. The band members are lead vocalist Randy Cordeiro (Surreal Neil), guitarist Chris Collins, bass guitarist Matt Tidmarsh, keyboardist James Terris and Rama Kolesnikow and drummer Vince Littleton.

The opening act for Super Diamond is Studio Two- The Beatles before America tribute band, who will play on the Main Stage from 6-7:30pm.

 

Friday:
Friday’s headliner is certainly one not to be missed! The David Bowie tribute band, Space Oddity, will be featured on the Main Stage from 8-9:30pm, to transport the audience back in time through some of the most exciting moments in the history of Rock music. Lead singer, David Brighton and his band put on an electrifying show that will bring you all the way back to the 1970s.

Opening for Space Oddity is the Talking Heads Tribute band, Start Making Sense, playing on the Main Stage from 6-7:30pm. If you are able to join us in the afternoon at the Labatt Blue Stage, check out Get Up Jack, playing 12-1:30pm, and The Tricksters, from 2-3:30pm.

 

Saturday:
The festival will end with Almost Queen, a Queen tribute band, that recaptures the live energy and precision that is the ultimate Queen. The band consists of a 4 part harmony and genuine costumes. They will play on the Main State from 8-9:30pm.

Opening for Almost Queen is Josh Panda Misty Mountain Hop, a Led Zeppelin tribute band, playing on the Main Stage from 6-7:30pm. We hope you can join us in the afternoon at the Labatt Blue Stage for shows from Summers the Sammy, 12-1:30pm, and Fox on the Run, 2-3:30pm!

 

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    Big News for Ludlow, VT!

    36 years ago, Tim and Diane Mueller purchased Okemo Mountain Resort and began their journey in the ski industry. Over the years they have made many improvements to Okemo, along with acquiring Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire and Crested Butte in Colorado. They have truly made a great impact on not only Ludlow, but the ski industry in New England.

    With the ski industry at its peak, Vail Resorts has approached the Mueller’s to buy Okemo, Mount Sunapee, and Crested Butte. Vail Resorts is based in Colorado, but owns several mountains around the country, along with the recent purchase of Stowe Mountain in 2017. It has been reported that the sale of Mueller’s Triple Peaks LLC will be final this summer. Tim and Diane have said, “we want you to know that this was the hardest decision we have ever made, especially as we begin to transition through this deal and say goodbye to each of you”.

    While we are sad to lose the Mueller’s, we are very excited about what this purchase could mean for all three mountains, Okemo in particular. We are sure that improvements and changes to the mountain will continue for years to come, making Ludlow a prime destination, not only in New England, but in the country. If you are thinking about purchasing your own home in the Okemo Valley, now is the time to do it!

    We would like to thank the Mueller’s for being such an integral part of our community, as well as wonderful friends of our Vermont Properties team. We wish you luck on your next chapter!