Independence Day Celebration/Parade

US-Flag1 For as long as I can remember, the fourth of July has always meant one thing- The Wardsboro Parade. Not only was this special day a grand celebration of our independence, but the opportunity to come together as a community. The term quintessential “small town” definitely comes to mind. There are children running through the street in their special red/white/blue outfits, a line a mile long  for some of the best freshly squeezed lemonade, the annual quilt show at the church, and lets not forget homemade strawberry shortcake! It is by far one of my fondest childhood memories, and you should definitely stop by and make some great memories of your own!  ~Devon, Office Manager

This year the street fair starts on Friday, July 4th at 9:00am, with the parade kicking off at 10am. Arrive early to secure your parking spot! BobChevysmallFor more information and details please visit https://sites.google.com/site/wardsboroparade/Home. IMG_0153parade160c

 

 

 

 

 

Hillsborough Balloon Festival & Fair!

balloon 3Home town to Lowe’s Real Estate’s very own Penny Wilkens and Ginger Hill has quite the event coming up next month! The Annual Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair, and the Hometown Parade will be starting July 17 and last through July 20. There will be lots to do for the whole family including carnival rides & games, live music, lawn tractor pulls, balloon rides and more! The Parade will be on Sunday, July 20, and step off at 12:00 noon from the Hillsboro-Deering School complex on School Street and end at Grimes Field off Preston Street where visitors may take in the sights and sounds of the Balloon Festival for the afternoon.

 

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If you wanted to take a Balloon Ride….
Balloon rides originate at the Fairgrounds at Grimes Field in Hillsborough and are scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings (weather permitting). Flights take off as close to 6 o’clock (A.M. and P.M.) as possible and last anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour. Of course, the length of the flight is heavily dependent upon the winds and weather conditions of the day.
The cost for a ride is $200 per passenger; most balloons can carry 3-5 passengers as well as the pilot. Cash, checks and all major credit cards are accepted. To make flight reservations, you can contact by telephone at or via email at hillsboroballoonfest@tds.net.
If you think you want to take a ride but are not sure there are alternatives for you..


Alternative Number 1: Tethering
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At various times during the course of the weekend, balloonists will be tethering. When a balloon tethers, it is secured to the ground so it will return to the spot from which it took off. Of course, you are accompanied by the pilot. You will “go up” about 50 feet then come back to the ground. Tethering is great for people who are young, uncertain about flying, or fragile. The cost is nominal, $15 per person to go up for approximately 5 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

Alternative Number 2: Night Glow

A Night Glow isn’t a ride, but it is one heck of a show. At dusk on Friday night, weather permitting, a half dozen or more balloons will inflate at Grimes Field. Once fully inflated, the propane burner is adjusted so as to create a white flame that illuminates the balloon and makes it glow. The night glow is free, the only stipulations are that the public must refrain from smoking and remain a safe distance away from the balloons while they are inflated.

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Please find the schedule below & be sure not to miss out on all the fun!!

Thursday, July 17
6:00 pm Carnival opens; Ride Bracelets for unlimited rides from 6-10pm, $17.00; Active Military families half price with ID
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Friday, July 18
5:00 pm Carnival opens: Ride Bracelets for unlimited rides from 5-11pm, $20.00
5:00 pm Lawn Tractor Pulls on track
6:00 pm Balloon Lift Off (weather permitting)
6:30 pm Road Race
7:00 pm on Stage Bursitis Brothers Band
8:00 pm Balloon Night Glow (weather permitting)
8:00 pm on Stage Built for Comfort Band
11:00 pm Carnival closes

Saturday, July 19
6:00 am Balloon Lift Off (weather permitting)
6:00 am – 8:00 am Pancake Breakfast ($5.00) under the tent
10:00 am Artisans Fair in Butler Park
12:00 noon Carnival opens; Purchase tickets for rides, no bracelets
1:00 pm Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show
1:00 pm on stage Kids Jazz Band
4:00 pm Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show
6:00 pm Balloon Lift Off (weather permitting)
6:00 pm on stage Lonesome Train Band
7:00 pm Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show
10:00 pm Fireworks
11:00 pm Carnival closes

Sunday, July 20
6:00 am Balloon Lift Off (weather permitting)
6:00 am – 8:00 am Pancake Breakfast ($5.00) under the tent
12:00 noon Hometown Parade “Hillsboro Then and Now”
12:00 noon Carnival opens; Purchase tickets for rides, no bracelets
1:00 pm on stage Exotic Animal Show
1:00 pm Car Show on the ball field
2:00 pm on stage Marko the Magician
4:00 pm on stage Battle of the Bands
6:00 pm Balloon Lift Off (weather permitting)
8:00 pm Carnival closes

 

Please visit http://www.balloonfestival.org/index.html for more information! Hope you can make it!

~Lowe’s Real Estate Team

 

The Frendly Gathering Festival is Almost Here!

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The Frendly Gathering Festival is a local music festival held at Timber Ridge Resort in Windham, Vermont. The Frendly Gathering originated as a way to bring frends from all over the world to one place to share a deep love for music, snowboarding and the outdoors. What started as a 250 person mini-gathering put on by The Frends Crew, has now evolved into a three-day grassroots music festival. The festival starts June 27-28, with early arrival passes available for June 26. Visit The Frendly Gathering Festival  for more information and to get your tickets now! This is an event you don’t want to miss!

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The Vermont Experience

DSCN2790 (2)What makes living in Vermont a special experience?  There aren’t many places that offer so much natural beauty, outdoor activity, or communities where people look after their neighbors.  In many towns, people know each other by name and will offer a “good morning” or a wave as you drive by.  In a world that is becoming more and more complex, there is great value in this humble simplicity.

In Vermont we have hometown fairs and festivals, such as the annual 4th of July parades in Wardsboro & Londonderry, the Jamaica Old Home Day (held the last Saturday in July), the Peru Fair, and the Chester Craft Fair in September. 

There are many wonderful schools and academies throughout the state such as Landmark College in Putney, The Putney School, Southern Vermont College in Bennington, The Mountain School in Winhall, The Long Trail School in Dorset, Burr & Burton Academy in Manchester, and Green Mountain College in Poultney to name just a few.  There are currently 23 highly acclaimed colleges and universities operating in Vermont.

Take a drive to any part of Vermont and you will find terrific historical and educational sites.  Some exciting day trips include the UVM Morgan Horse Farm in Middlebury, the Bennington Battle Monument, the Robert Frost Stone House Museum in Shaftsbury, ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center in Burlington, Fort Dummer State Park in Brattleboro, The Salmon Hole & Jamaica State Park and  The Calvin Coolidge Birthplace and Museum in Plymouth.

There are a number of  ski areas in Vermont that offer year-round attractions including Mount Snow in West Dover, Stratton Mountain, Okemo in Ludlow, Magic Mountain in Londonderry, Bromley Mountain in Peru,  Killington, Stowe, Pico in Mendon, Jay Peak in Jay, Bolton Valley, Mad River Glen in Fayston, Smuggler’s Notch in Jeffersonville and Suicide Six in Pomfret.

This is just the beginning! There is so much to see and do in the state I call home.  Make Vermont a destination.  You won’t be disappointed! 

Spring Has Sprung! Spring Into Action

Garden with stone landscapingSpring has finally started to show signs of arrival here in Southern Vermont.  Sap is and has been running for several weeks, sunny days have been slowly making the snow banks retreat and signs of new life are beginning to emerge.  With the changing of the seasons, attractions and activities begin to shift from skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing to biking, hiking, canoeing, camping, outdoor concert events as well as the ever popular “mud” challenges at Mount Snow and Stratton.  Now is the time to start yard clean up, outdoor projects and beautifying your home. If you are planning to market your property, first impressions are very important. Spring is also a great time of year to drive through Vermont’s beautiful scenery and tour your potential new home. 

Vermont’s Real Estate market is showing marked improvement . There are many great opportunities awaiting you as the selection is good over all budget ranges.  With interest rates being very competitive and the lowest they have been historically, now is the time!  Home inspectors and appraisers have been reporting their best quarters in quite some time.  Local banking institutions and credit unions are offering rates currently averaging 2.75% for 15 years  to 3.625% for 30 years.  Don’t wait.  Call or stop by Lowe’s Real Estate today.  We would love to assist you in any way possible.  Happy Spring!

 

Vermont…A “Sweet” Destination

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What makes Vermont a “sweet” destination?  Maple sugaring of course! Every year as the days warm up and the night temperatures drop to freezing, the start of maple sugaring is upon us.  For the last 12 years, Vermont has celebrated Maple Sugaring Weekend the last weekend in March. During this weekend celebration, most sugarhouses host some sort of celebratory event either partaking in taste testing, participating in the process of sap gathering, learning the history of this art or watching the process taking place with modern equipment.  Many places also offer “sugar on snow” if enough snow is still in supply.

According to vermontmaple.org, over 1 million gallons of maple syrup was produced in Vermont in 2011 and it is Vermont’s first agricultural crop of each year.  Native people used to collect the clear sap of the maple tree and boil it down into hard bricks of sugar.  Today, this is a generational art, passed down from “Native” Vermonters to their children and grandchildren.  While the equipment and gathering techniques have changed for some over the years from metal sap buckets and metal taps using horses and sleighs/wagons, to more modern plastic tubing and large evaporators and arches; you can still find some who prefer to stay with the older techniques. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service , “Vermont remained the top maple state in New England and the nation, producing 39% of the United States’ maple syrup.”

Southern Vermont has numerous sugarhouses that are open to the public.  Included in this list are: Plummer’s Sugarhouse 2866 Townshend Road, Grafton 05146, Harlow’s Sugarhouse 563 Bellows Falls Road, Putney, VT 05346, Dutton Berry Farm rtes 11/30 Manchester, VT 05255, Robb Family Farm 827 Ames Hill Rd. Brattleboro, VT 05301, Maple Ridge Farm, 49 Larson Rd. Wilmington, VT 05363, Bob’s Maple Shop, 733 Richville Rd. Manchester Ctr, VT 05255.  There are many local sugarhouses that don’t publicly advertise, but are still happy to have people stop by and observe the process. Just stop by Lowe’s Real Estate and Property Managements office on Main Street in Jamaica and we’ll be happy to assist  you with directions.

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                If you have a “sweet tooth” why not come see for yourself why we think our home state is a sweet destination?

Vermont Property Search

What is your passion…your dream?  What activities do you enjoy?  Do you long for more quality time with friends and family while enjoying the peace and quiet? Have you longed to escape to the mountains for a few days or have you always wanted a vacation home of your own, but didn’t know where to start?  Thankfully, you have come to the right place!   Now that some questions have been posed, let’s think about the possibilities.

Snowboard resizedVermont has a vast array of attractions ranging from various outdoor activities to farmer’s markets to book signings and readings to keep all interests and personalities happy all year long.  In Southern Vermont alone, there are weekly indoor farmer’s markets in the winter months as well as local farm stands open year round providing the community with fresh produce to nourish our bodies.  If you are up for challenging your body physically, there are snowshoe treks, snowboarding, tubing, skiing, cross country treks, as well as snowmobile tours available at Stratton and Mount Snow.  Is skating your choice of activity? Manchester boasts a terrific opportunity to show off your talents at Riley Rink.  In addition, there are numerous fitness clubs and spas available to help you achieve relaxation and rejuvenation.  If nourishing your mind and creative side are your focus, opportunities await at our fantastic independent bookstores where book clubs, special author events and opportunities to learn new cultures or cuisines abound.  Sleigh rides at local farms are also not to be missed during the winter months!  Many even offer a picnic and hot cider or cocoa as well for your enjoyment.

The summer months in Vermont offer wonderful activities and attractions to enjoy as well.  Southern Vermont is home to many popular golf destinations.  Manchester and Stratton offer superior courses and golf instruction.  In addition Stratton offers a Summer Concert Series every Saturday night through the summer months.  Mount Snow has hosted the Tough Mudder Competition over the last two years which has proved popular with many  different ages.  Stratton also hosts Mountain Mayhem over Memorial Day Weekend, which is a similar venue.  If tennis is your area of interest, Stratton is the summer home to the world renowned tennis pro, Cliff  Drysdale.  The Drysdale Tennis School offers superior instruction in a beautiful mountain setting.  Kayaking and canoeing in the numerous ponds and lakes in Southern Vermont as well as participating in the Dam Release are also great attractions.  Bike touring, either with a group, or just a few on the West River Trail also prove to be enjoyable experiences and highly popular.  Many opportunities await you here.  We are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful area with so much to offer in each season.  Many of you may be aware that we comically refer to “mud season” as Vermont’s fifth season.    While it is thankfully short-lived, there are still things that make Vermont attractive during this time of year.  Be it storewide sales, the opening of numerous Greenhouses/nurseries, book signing events at Northshire Bookstore, syrup tasting events or spring skiing, Vermont has what it takes to have fun and create wonderful memories. Whether you live here year round, or are only able to enjoy it several times a year.  Check out our Current Events Page, or our Explore Our Area Page, to see just what Southern Vermont is offering for family fun as well as your individual enjoyment. We will be updating this information frequently, so make sure you continue to check back in with us!

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We at Lowe’s Real Estate and Property Management, LLC have the experience and resources to help you whether for a weekend getaway, seasonal rental or purchase of a primary or secondary residence. We are licensed in both Vermont and New Hampshire and have agents available to help you in both the northern and southern regions of each state!

 

Vermont Property Sales Trending Upward

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Amazing Vermont Property For Sale Near Stratton Mountain, 145 Acres 4Bdrms, 4Baths, 4300+ Sqft with Detached Barn and Wonderful Pond.

If you have been pondering a real estate purchase in Southern Vermont, now may be the time to solidify that dream.  Here’s why…..

According to analysis provided by the Vermont Property Owners Report, sales in both Bennington and Windham counties for residential and vacation properties is trending upwards. In research for the months of June-July, and October-November 2012, sales in both counties showed marginal increases with Bennington County improving from 36 sales in June/July to 38 sales in Oct/Nov.  Windham County also showed similar patterns with 46 sales in June/July and 49 sales in Oct/Nov.  Of these sales, primary residences and vacation homes are topping off the list with land sales slower, but still holding their own. Comparing these values with the research collected from Dec 2011; Bennington County with 33 sales and Windham County with 40, we seem to be seeing some improvement in the market.  Home sale prices reflect the whole range from $90,000 up through 2.3 million! While more typical sales may be in the middle of the range, there is definitely evidence that there are willing buyers if shown the “right” property.

With the average home sale hovering roughly around $250,000.00, combined with historically low interest rates, a great selection of listings to offer as well as Vermont’s 2011 ranking of the healthiest state in the nation http://www.americashealthrankings.org/Rankings  the question is why not pursue that dream?

With Lowe’s Real Estate proven customer satisfaction and experience with assisting buyers and sellers in both Vermont and New Hampshire real estate sales, we would love to help you in any way.  Peruse the listings on our website www.LowesRE.com or contact Lowe’s Real Estate and Property Management, LLC directly at 800.277.1627.  From first home, to vacation home, to land and commercial property please let us assist you.  We can help show you the property that fits with your lifestyle, needs and budget and help you navigate through the world of real estate with ease.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Relocating to New England?

Thinking about relocating to the New England area?

Vermont was named the healthiest State in the nation in 2011, with New Hampshire following in second place.  The rankings are based on several factors including: high rates of high school graduation, lower incidence of infectious disease, low violent crime rates and high use of early prenatal care.  For more information on these rankings go to http://www.americashealthrankings.org/Rankings

If you are thinking of relocating to the Vermont or New Hampshire areas, please give us a call!

Want a healthier lifestyle? Move to Vermont or New Hampshire!

If you would like to peruse properties for sale in Vermont or New Hampshire, and find a healthier future home for you and your family, take a glance on our easy to navigate website at www.LowesRE.com  or contact one of our experienced agents directly at 800.277.1627.

Fall Foliage Festivals in Vermont

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Fall Foliage in Vermont!

Fall is officially upon us and here in New England, that means natures beauty comes alive again with the turning of leaves and wonderful orange pumpkins making their début in the open fields.
Southern Vermont is working hard to regain their roads and infrastructure since Hurricane Irene hit on August 28th 2011. We love to see all the fall foliage festivals taking place and kids out playing in piles of crisp fall leaves. We hope people will still look to Vermont as a great place to visit and spend their hard earned dollars, helping keep the local economy alive and thriving! Here is a list of upcoming fun events that you are encouraged to attend;

Manchester Fall Art and Craft Festival
September 30, October 1, & 2, 2011 • 10am-5pm
Hildene’s Meadow, 1844 River Road
Manchester, Vermont

October 7, 8, & 9, 2011 • 10am-5pm at Topnotch Field, 4000 Mountain Road in Stowe, VTFall is Festival time in Vermont and Stowe celebrates the absolute zenith of foliage color with the Stowe Foliage Arts Festival. 200 juried artisans exhibit and sell a wide range of contemporary and traditional craft work as well as original Art, photography, sculpture, and specialty food products. For many customers it’s an annual ritual to spend a day here, seeing their favorite exhibitors and meeting new ones, buying new works including gifts for the approaching holiday season.

Stratton Mountain, Stratton, Vermont

Friday, October 7
Red Fox Inn Welcome Party, 8pm
Saturday, October 8
Harvest Fest, 12 – 7pm
Chili Cookoff, 12 – 3pm
Beerfest, 12 – 7pm
Pig Roast, 2 – 7pm
All day BBQ with the works – burgers, chicken bratwurst and knockwurst, 11 – 7pm
Grizzly’s, noon – midnight
Don’t Leave Band at Grizzly’s, 7 – 10pm
Sunday, October 9
North Face Race to the Summit: Come run, come see who will be named King and Queen of the Mountain! Register here on Active.com.
Awards Tent at Base featuring BBQ, hayrides, activities and outside bar, 11 – 7pm
Athlete celebration, 11 – 1pm
Winter Wine List Preview at Verde’s 2 to 5:00 PM
Join us during the Stratton 50th Anniversary weekend as we preview wines from our new 50 wines under $50 wine list. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and donations to The Stratton Foundations Hurricane Irene fund are greatly appreciated.
50th Anniversary Service at the Chapel of the Snows, 2 – 3pm
50th Anniversary and birthday cake in Base Lodge, 3:30pm
Tyrolean Evening at Grizzly’s, 7 – 9pm
Doors at 6:15pm
Stratton Mountain Boys play live
Pre-reserve, $30, Children under 12 $20
Fireworks at Base, 9pm
Monday, October 10
8:30am hike led by Hubert Schriebl, Sky Foulkes, Rob Aubin and more.
I Love VT, a community BBQ benefiting the Stratton Foundation Disaster Relief Fund, 11 – 1pm
Minimum suggested donation $15 adults, $10 children 12 and under
Commemorate 50 years of mountain excellence and look forward to 50 more filled with memories at Stratton.
October 8 – October 9
New! Bicycle Tours offered on October 8 and 9
Join the experienced ride leaders of Bicycle Southern Vermont for fall foliage tours along the Battenkill and Metawee Rivers, and on quiet backcountry roads with grand vistas of the Green and Taconic Mountains. Three lengths offered: beginner, intermediate or expert. For details or to register, please visit bicyclesouthernvermont.com

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38th Annual Harvest Art & Craft Show

Date: October 8 – October 9
Time: 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM

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Date: October 8 – October 9
Time: 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM
OktoBrewfest Admission
One Day:
$25 – 21+ Adults
$12 – Under 21 (Kids 5 & Under Free)
Two Day:
$35 – 21+ Adults
$20 – Under 21 (Kids 5 & Under Free)

Killington, Vermont – Brewfest Kickoff Party

New this year, join us as we kickoff our Brewfest weekend. Sample an array of Vermont craft beers and rock out to the Pete Kilpatrick Band.
Friday Sept 30th – 9pm to 1am
Wobbly Barn

Brewfest Kickoff Party Details:

    • $15 per person

 

    • 2 beer tickets

 

    • Live music from Pete Kilpatrick Band

 

  • Plus, the first 100 people through the door will receive a commemorative Brewfest pint glass

Northeast Kingdom Foliage Festival

East Burke Sept 24th 9am-3pm
2011 Annual Fall Foliage Festival
Date: Monday, September 26, 2011 – Saturday, October 1, 2011
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Monday, September 26 – Walden

Tuesday, September 27 – Cabot

Wednesday, September 28 – Plainfield

Friday, September 30 – Barnet

Saturday, October 1 – Groton

The Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival brings a piece of “Old Vermont” to life for visitors with local crafts, hymn sings, band concerts, church suppers, historical tours and the most beautiful fall colors you have ever seen! Seven unique festivals are held over six consecutive days, now over 50 years running. The communities of Walden, Cabot, Plainfield, Peacham, Barnet, East Burk and Groton invite you to come celebrate rural Vermont in all of its splendor.
FOR MORE DETAILS OR LODGING LIST, CONTACT:
Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce
51 Depot Square, Ste 3
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
800-639-6379, 802-748-3678
nekinfo@nekchamber.com