Dog Days of Summer

The Dog Days of Summer

It's the Dog Days of Summer and the HEAT is on!  Traditionally, July 3rd to August 11th are the hottest and longest days of the year.  These are what some call the Dog Days of Summer.  Buy Why?  Some attribute it to our furry friends lack of activity in the heat and their need for extra water time.  However, the orgin of the name is from Roman Astrology and the star Sirius also known as the dog star.  You can see Sirius more often during these dates.  The reason these seem to be the hottest days of summer is due to the tilt of the Earth.  During Summer the sun hits the Northern Hemisphere at a more direct angle and for a longer period of time throughout the day.  Therefore, we have LONG and HOT days ahead.  

To ward off the worst that these days have to offer; find some shade, hydrate, find your local swimming hole, and wear sunscreen.  Of course, if your interested in renting or owning property with a community pool, we have many options available for you.  Just visit our website or call our office at 802-297-1550.

Dog Days


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    Carrie Mathews among company's top agents!

    Carrie Mathews and Bill Raveis

    John Biondolillo, President & Owner of William Raveis Real Estate in Northern New England, is pleased to announce that Kevin Copeland, Nancy Carleton, Mathew Ghafoori, and Carrie Mathews, Manging Broker of William Raveis in Stratton were among the top 1% of over 4000 Raveis agents company wide.

    William Raveis Real Estate is the recent recipient of the Top Global Luxury Brokerage award by Luxury Portfolio International, a global network of 130,000 sales associates across 565 real estate firms in 65 countries. WRRE has a powerful community of more than 4,000 talented sales associates across 130 offices and produced over $10 Billion in real estate sales in 2018. Together with Leading Real Estate's luxury marketing arm and Luxury Portfolio International, WRRE's listings are broadcast to the best brokers and the most affluent buyers around the world. 

    John Biondolillo, Carrie Mathews, Nancy Carleton and Kevin Copeland


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      New to Town but Rich in History

      Seesaw's Lodge in Peru, Vermont is a refreshing new addition to the area's dining and lodging options.  Many might remember the name from the first ski lodge and then restaurant in Peru.  The new Owners transformed Seesaw's Lodge with a newly restored and very thoughtfully re-imagined renovation.  

      We have enjoyed getting to know the cuisine which is fresh, local and elevates your palette with innovated food.  Menu items range from Homemade Soft pretzels served with a Cheddar beer cheese to Spiced Vermont Lamb Shank.  Of course, they also serve up a good classic burger.  View menu here.

      On top of great dining options, they also have 16 rooms that are available for you stay.  Rustic lodges with modern amenities. Seven bedroom lodge and three deluxe cabins.  They have done a fantastic job in creating a welcoming gathering place for friends and families alike. 

      But Don't take our word for it.  Check it out for yourself.

      To make dinner reservations:  Call 802-824-5533  To book lodging visit


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        Stratton Adventures

        Stratton Adventures offers the thrill seekers out there year round entertainment.   They have paint ball (great for a family adventure or birthday party), ATV Tours, and Snowmobile tours up at Stratton Mountain.



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          The Stratton Escape Room

          Conveniently located at the bottom of the Stratton Access Road is our very own latest craze The Escape Room.  Of course, our team had to try it and with only a couple minutes to spare spent a playful, intense and fun evening!  We will be back to try out the Botanist. With changes all the time this is great for family night, girls night, guys night, double date nights and just about any kind of night. 

          You can tell by our smiles!  Visit


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            Music in Mountains

            There are bands and DJs playing every night this coming weekend!  Here's who and where to catch them.


            Muddy Hollow at Firefly's in Manchester 6pm

            DJ Joe Bell - at Stratton's Green Door Pub


            The Nerds at Grizzley's 8-11pm


            The Wheel at Bromley's Wild Boar Tavern from  4-7pm

            Sophistafunk at Magic's Black Line Tavern at 8pm

            The Nerds at Grizzley's from 3-6pm

            Six Fox Whistle at Stratton's Green Door Pub at 10pm


            Wyld Nightz at Bromley's Wild Boar Tavern 

            DJ Joe Bell at Magic's Black Line

            DJ Nook n/ Kranny at Stratton's Green Door Pub at 10 pm



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              Dining out in Bondville and Rawsonville

              Martin Luther King Holiday weekend brings a lot of traffic and visitors to the mountains of Southern Vermont.  Dining out in the ski resort villages and lodges can be overwhelming, if not impossible.   To spread your wings try joining some of our great establishments off the mountain in Bondville, Rawsonville, Peru, andJamaica!  You can get everything from deli sandwiches, pizza (call ahead), pub style dinners, a gourmet burger to a good old 7-11 big bite.  

              Here are your Options by town:


              The GrindStone Pub - Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

              1 River Road/802-787-7027/@Grindstonepub on facebook

                Carters Pizza - Great Pizza selection and Italian Dishes  - Right next to our office some come and visit!

              59 Route 30/802-297-1300/ Closed on Mondays

              Winhall Market Grocery and Deli Open Daily

              46 Route 30/802-297-1933/Open Daily


              Frans Diner - Asian Inspired Noodles, NY Style Pizza, and Breakfast served hot

              8814 Vermont Route 30

              Honey Pie - Gourmet Burgers, Fries, Hot and Spicy Veggie Burger and Great Milkshakes

              8811 Vermont Route 30/802-548-4999

              Seesaw's Lodge - simple, inventive food with deep connections to the surrounding area and the inn's heritage.  Local ingredients with a fresh twist.

              3574 VT-11, Peru, VT/802-824-5533


              There is also the following:

              Rawsonville Market - 802-297-0427 

              D&Ks Grocery - 802-874-4151

              Workhouse Cafe - 802-444-0404



              January 11th National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Day

              Did you know that this Friday, January 11th is National Learn to Ski or Snowboard day?  

              In an effort to spread their love for snow sports, ski resorts across America and right her in our backyard are offering special packages for those "Never Evers."   Packages usually include rental equipment, beginner lift passes, and lessons.  The team of ski instructors and snow sports employees are there to make sure that your beginner gets off on the right foot and can safely navigate their first time on snow.  

              Follow this link to find out what our local mountains are doing to support the cause.  Prices range from $49 for everything at Bromley and Mount Snow to $300 for a 3-day program.  Spread the word and get out there and have some fun!  This would be a perfect time to bring a friend up for the weekend and show them all the joys of the mountain.  There are plenty of great Apre ski events this weekend as well.  

              Don't forget....Friends don't let friends ski in jeans!!  So make sure they have the right outdoor weather clothing and gear.  If you need a place to stay give us a call at the office or visit our website for rental specials.  

              Think Snow!

              The William Raveis Real Estate Stratton Team

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              Summer is Finally Here!

              It was a great winter here in the Stratton/Bromley area.  We loved the extra-long season which provided skiing and riding well into April.  Our renters and owners enjoyed their properties and all of the great amenities our location provides.  Now we are busy listing and selling homes and land while managing rentals for locals and visitors alike.  Stratton is in full swing with summer concerts, tons of creative mountain activities, golf, shopping, fine dining and more.  Both seasonal and short-term rentals are already in progress, so don't wait to take advantage of the full selection of properties available.


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                William Raveis awards Carrie Mathews with Chairman Club status.

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                Carrie Mathews Honored by William Raveis Real Estate for Exceptional Accomplishments

                Mathews named to the Chairman’s Club for 2016

                Stratton, Vermont  4/11/2017— Carrie Mathews, of William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance, was named to the Chairman’s Club for being among the company’s Top 200 producers.

                Mathews was singled out for recognition from among the company’s 4,000 sales associates. She received the honor based on her sales volume of 8.9 Million for 2016.

                “We are all very proud of Carrie’s accomplishments,” said William Raveis, chairman and chief executive officer. “As one of the top sales associates in our company and in the nation, she truly understands the high level of commitment that is required to service her customers and clients.” 

                Carrie is the Managing Broker in the firm’s Stratton office. She got her real estate license in 2004 and has received several honors and awards throughout her career.

                “Carrie doubled her business since joining Raveis.  Her work ethic combined with tremendous real estate experience and local knowledge makes her the ideal agent to help her clients achieve their real estate goals.  She is especially good at helping clients relocating to Vermont find the ultimate Vermont lifestyle for them.  Carrie’s leadership as our manager raises the standard for everyone in the office.” added John Biondolillo.  Biondolillo and his wife Marcia own the Raveis offices in Northern New England.

                “Carrie’s success in 2016 demonstrates her dedication, hard work and professionalism to her customers and clients,” added Raveis.  “She has fulfilled our company’s emphasis on integrity and service, and we are proud to have her as our Managing Broker in the Stratton office.”

                A resident of Winhall for 16 years, Mathews enjoys helping with Habitat for Humanity,  Stratton Foundation, and working with the local community center and library.  She loves where she works  and plays.  Carrie served as the South Central Vermont Board of Realtors (SCVBR) secretary from 2009-2014 as state director and education chair for Vermont Realtors 2013-2016, and is currently a Member-at - Large on the SCVBR board.  Carrie has a great team of agents and they all recently participated in the Susan G. Komen Snowshoe for a Cure. 


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