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Realtor of the Year

2016 Realtor of the Year – Jeff Beattie

Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate is proud to announce that Jeff Beattie has been named 2016 REALTOR® of the Year for the Lamoille Area Board of Realtors! This award recognizes those who have served not only the real estate profession but also their communities.  Winners are chosen based on REALTOR® Spirit, participation in civic activities; including service clubs, charity, fraternal or religious groups, notable business accomplishments and association activity.

In addition to Jeff’s roles as a Director and Past President of the Lamoille Area Board of Realtors, he has served on the Regional MLS Board and the Vermont Association of Realtor’s Forms Committee. He is always ready and willing to reach out to newcomers to the field of Real Estate to help guide them through the pitfalls of laws and regulations.  He embodies good real estate practice and is a contributor at many membership meetings instructing on particular issues or problem areas.

He presently heads up the mentoring program for the Hyde Park Elementary School and has been a Habitat for Humanity volunteer. He has volunteered for many children’s sports activities including Little League, soccer and basketball as his children were growing up.

Thanksgiving Pecan Pie

One of my favorite dishes at Thanksgiving is Pecan Pie. This is a fantastic recipe. If you want to add a tasty surprise, just add a few chocolate chips and watch everyone’s eyes light up!

Happy Thanksgiving. Jeff 

YIELD - 1 Pie - you decided how many servings ;-)


Pastry dough - with enough other cooking going on, feel free to use good quality store bought.

3/4 stick unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar

3/4 cup light corn syrup

2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 large eggs

2 cups pecan halves (1/2 pound)

Accompaniment: whipped cream or vanilla ice cream


Preheat oven to 350°F with a baking sheet on middle rack.

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 12-inch round and fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim edge, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang. Fold overhang under and lightly press against rim of pie plate, then crimp decoratively. Lightly prick bottom all over with a fork. Chill until firm, at least 30 minutes (or freeze 10 minutes).

Meanwhile, melt butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar, whisking until smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in corn syrup, vanilla, zest, and salt. Lightly beat eggs in a medium bowl, then whisk in corn syrup mixture.

Put pecans in pie shell and pour corn syrup mixture evenly over them. Bake on hot baking sheet until filling is set, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool completely.

***To save time on Thanksgiving, pie can be baked 1 day ahead and chilled. Bring to room temperature before serving.


Vermont Season Pass Deals

We have finally had our first hard frost and we woke up to snow in the higher elevations this morning! The foliage has been spectacular this fall, and as Stowe moves past peak it is time to start thinking SNOW and SKIING. There are still a few weeks left to take advantage of great deals on season passes and discount cards to area resorts and touring centers. 

Stowe Mountain Resort offers early season discounts on the traditional Gold and Silver passes but there are other cost saving options available as well. If you live or work in the area you may be eligible for The County Pass or the Stowe Area Association Pass. College Students, Young Adults and Seniors all are eligible for discount season passes and many of then also offer additional savings if purchased before 11/6/2016; so check out Stowe Mountain Resorts Pass Site for details.

Maybe you prefer one of Vermont's other fantastic resorts; or want to ski several different mountains this winter check out the  Ski Vermont website for discounts around the state. Want to leave the state this winter, ready to try skiing out West? You still don't need to pay rack rate, check out for great deals on multi-resort passes in Colorado, Utah and others.

However you pay to play on the slopes or trails, just make sure you get out and enjoy this winter!


The British Are Coming

British Invasion Block Party is this Friday 9/16. This kick-off event for the 26th Annual British Invasion Car Show (September 16-18, 2016) is a don’t- miss party for visitors and locals alike. Come and join the celebration of things British as Main Street will be awash wtih people in a festive mood and, of course, British Motorcars to delight. Food, a craft beer tent, live music by Joey Leone's Chop Shop, vendors and dancing! As a reminder if you are traveling around town Friday evening Main Street will be closed to through traffic from 6:30-9:30.  For more information on this and other events in the Stowe Area check out the Stowe Area Association website.


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    New Around Town

    The summer of 2016 has ushered in a variety of new activities, restaurants and shops in Stowe, Vermont. Already in the first few weeks, of what is turning out to be a long run of glorious weather, the town is benefitting from new endeavors from local entrepreneurs. Several long awaited businesses have opened; The Alchemist Brewery and the all new Adventure Center at Spruce Peak. Both are turning out to be big crowd pleasers as well as drawing huge crowds! Make sure you check out both websites for hours and tips on how to make the most of your visit.

    Down in the village we are enjoying The Country Store on Main in the renovated Lackey's building and Tap 25 in the renovated Stowe Hardware building. Wendy's Hot Dog stand is operating on the porch of the IC Scoops building providing a great placed for a quick snack in the village. Along the rec path on the patio of the Rusty Nail, Jackwax offers out of this world gourmet snow cones. Up the Mountain Road, Stowe Kitchen & Bath has completed their extensive renovations which include a full kitchen for cooking classes and demonstrations. Decisions boutique has opened next door to Stowe Kitchen, featuring women's fashions and accessories.

    The list of new businesses wouldn't be complete without a shout out to some older, new businesses: PK Coffee in the Gale Farm Center and Stowe Cider tasting room in the Red Barn shops. Be on the lookout for additional grand openings in the next couple of weeks as the town welcomes Junior's Italian Restaurant  (in the former Gracie's building), Public House on Main in the Lackey's building and Bunyabunya Boutique on the Mountain Road next to the Art Stowe.

    It is so exciting to see this whirlwind of new activity around town, bringing great energy and excitement to Stowe, Vermont!


    Summer Concerts in Stowe, Vermont

    Summer in Stowe, Vermont usually conjures up images of hikes through the Green Mountains, leisurely drives down country roads, dips in swimming holes... What is often overlooked is the wide variety of musical performances in the Stowe area during the summer months. Whatever your taste in music: classical, jazz, funk, musicals there is something for everyone. Stowe is home to several performing arts groups that offer concert series indoors and out;  as well as free performances and moderately priced events.  

    Opportunities range from concerts on the grounds of Trapp Family Lodge with the sunset over the Green Mountains in the background or performances in the elegant, state of the art Spruce Performing Arts Center.  Looking to stay in the Village after dinner in town? Stroll over to the gazebo on the green for a free Tuesday night concert. Musical theater more your style? Don't miss the Stowe Theater Guild summer performances in the Town Hall most weekends in the summer. 

    Travel just north of Stowe to the village of Hyde park to enjoy a performance by the Lamoille Players in the historic Hyde Park Opera House. Or check out the state capital and enjoy a presentation by Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier.

    For a small town, Stowe is a mecca for music and theater year-round, but really comes in life in the summer months. Don't miss of these opportunities:

    Stowe Performing Arts

    Spruce Peak Performing Arts

    Stowe Theater Guild

    Lamoille Players

    Lost Nation

    Stowe Area Association


    Craft Brewers Tour - Stowe, VT

    When it comes to quantity and quality of craft-made beverages, local brewers, vintners, distillers and cider-makers have not just put Vermont on the map, they have blazed the trails.

    Vermont has more breweries per capita than any other state in the US and many of the best located are in central Vermont. This makes for a great day trip around the Stowe and Lamoille County area.

    The following is a suggestion for a  tour of some of the area brewers and distilleries. This list is just a sampling, the area is so ripe with options, to include all would require a full weekend or two. The tour starts in Cambridge (though the Notch in warmer months), heads to Morrisville then down Rt 100 to Waterbury then back up to finish in Stowe. Directions and websites for each outlet are included. Make a day of it or pick a few that peak your interest. Feel up to trying a tour via mountain bike? Check out 4 Points Tours


    • Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits • (802) 644-8151

    Tasting Room: 3600 Waterbury Stowe Road, Waterbury Center • Directions
    Winery: 64 VT Route 104, Cambridge • Directions

    Experience Vermont’s award-winning Winery, Cider, & Distillery, crafting a variety of wines, ciders, and spirits through sustainable agriculture and supporting local farms. Tastings, Free Tours, and seasonal Gourmet Cheese Plates. Two convenient locations: Cambridge – Winery & Tasting Room and Waterbury - Tasting Room at Cold Hollow Cider Mill.


    • Lost Nation Brewing • (802) 851-8041

    87B Old Creamery Rd, Morrisville, VT 05661

    The Lost Nation motto of Honest Small Batch Beer says it. With a list of 8 diverse year round brews and an ever changing choice of limited editions plus a dining/tasting room and seasonal beer garden; Lost Nation is a must visit location on any brewery tour or a great destination on its own. 


    • Green Mountain Distillers • (802) 253-0064
    2919 Laporte Road, Morrisville • Directions

    Green Mountain Distillers is a small batch craft distillery dedicated to creating hand-made, organic distilled spirits since 2002. Quality ingredients added to pure Vermont water creates their vibrant organic vodkas and spirits. Their traditional process guarantees premium quality, purity and exceptional taste in every Green Mountain Distillers product.


    • Smuggler's Notch Distillery • (802) 309-3077
    Barrel House Tasting Room: 2657 Waterbury Stowe Road, Waterbury Center • Directions
    Distillery: 276 Main Street, Jeffersonville • Directions
    Smugglers' Notch Distillery, Vermont Inspired Vodka, Bourbon Barrel aged Rum, Gin, Hopped Gin, Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and Wheat Whiskey, all made with pure Vermont water. Continually garnering medals, commendations, and accolades from the spirits world and fans including a coveted 95 point rating from the Wine Enthusiast for our Vodka. 


    • Prohibition Pig • (802) 244-4120

    23 South Main Street, Waterbury - Directions

    Prohibition Pig, located on the site of the original Alchemist Brewery, specializes in great food and local beer. The brewery and tasting room is located behind the restaurant and is open for light fare and growler fills. The "Pig" serves their own brews as well as many of the area's favorites.


    • Idyletyme Brewing Company • (802) 253-4765
    1859 Mountain Road, Stowe • Directions

    Idletyme Brewing Co. brews a variety of mouth-watering beers in its custom copper brew kettle, but perhaps most unique to Idletyme is their water filtration system, which can adjust the well-water’s hardness and mineral content to match that of other water sources around the world. This allows Idletyme Brewing Company to make authentic Belgian wheat ale – for example – with genuine Belgian-accurate water.


    • Stowe Cider • (802) 730-7447
    1815 Pucker Street, Stowe • Directions

    Stowe Cider is quickly becoming a favorite stop amongst visitors and locals alike. Their cider makers are constantly developing unique recipes that you will not find anywhere else. Ciders range from dry and preservative-free to others that contain local fruits, hops, and even spicy peppers. With a tasting room on the Mountain Rd next to the Farmer's Market in Stowe it is easy to stop in anytime for a taste. 


    • von Trapp Brewing • (802) 760-6325
    700 Trapp Hill Road, Stowe • Directions

    The Trapp family history coupled with Johannes von Trapp’s genuine appreciation for Austrian style-beer inspired the mission of Von Trapp Brewing: to create a traditional European lager – clean, light, crisp beer that boasts a robust flavor.  The Von Trap Brewing Brewery currently produces several lagers brewed from the finest authentic Austrian ingredients and their own pure Vermont spring water sourced from their private spring located on the grounds of the Trapp Family Lodge. 


    • The Alchemist


    The Alchemist Brewery, home of world famous "Heddy Topper" will be open to the public this summer. The new brewery located on the Mountain Road in Stowe will feature brewery tours and tasting room. In the meantime many of the breweries mentioned above also offer Alchemist brews in their dining rooms.


    B3 Fest: Bikes, Bevs & Beats in Stowe, VT

    Come celebrate everything Vermont and Mountain Biking in Stowe, Vermont - June 10-12

    3rd annual town wide event June 10-12. Featuring Vermont music, Vermont craft libations (beers, wines, spirits, ciders, root beer), and a celebration of Vermont mountain biking. 

    This 3 day festival features free group rides, family friendly events, food and drink specials, live music and more! Area restaurants are hosting events and food specials. Area bike shops are hosting free mountain bike group rides in town which will start and end at participating B3 Fest venues.

    B3 kicks off Friday 6/10 with an awesome Village Block Party at 4:30 followed by a Critical Mass Ride up the Mountain Road at 6:45.

    For the most up-to-date detail and schedule of events for the B3 Fest weekend, visit



    Real Estate Market Report 1st Quarter 2016

    Welcome to the Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate market report.  This is our 1st quarter 2016 examination of the real estate market in Stowe and the surrounding areas.  This report is compiled from market wide data based on transactions that closed in the 1st 3 months of 2016, as compared to those that took place during the same period in 2015.

    Click here for detailed reports in our market area.  



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      Stowe Land Trust Partnership Milestone

      Honor the Past, Peserve the Future

      In 2013, Trapp Family Lodge and Stowe Land Trust aligned to form a partnership focused on informing visitors and the Stowe community of the importance of protecting land for future generations to enjoy.  Through the partnership, Trapp Family Lodge guests donate $1 per occupied room night as a contribution to Stowe Land Trust to assist with land conservation.  To date, this partnership has raised almost $50,000 for Stowe Land Trust.

      Four generations of von Trapps have set their roots in Stowe, owning and managing Trapp Family Lodge, continuing the tradition of active farming and forestry, and providing unparalleled opportunities for visitors to get out and enjoy the mountains and valleys.   Continuing the family's true pioneering spirit, Johannes von Trapp helped establish Stowe Land Trust 29 years ago, and through this commitment, the family has permanently conserved over 1,500 acres.  In the years that have passed since Stowe Land Trust's inception, the von Trapp family has continued in their commitment to conservation and stewardship in Stowe.

      About Stowe Land Trust

      Stowe Land Trust is dedicated to the conservation of scenic, recreational, and productive farm and forest lands for the benefit of the greater Stowe community. The work of Stowe Land Trust, in conjunction with the community, partners, and supporters, has been a critical force in shaping the Stowe landscape.

      Learn more about the Von Trapp Partnership or Stowe Land Trust.