Opening Weekend at Stratton Mountain!

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"The Mountains are calling and I must go."

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Skiers and snowboarders from all over eagerly rushed this past weekend to Stratton Mountain for its opening day. While anxiously waiting to kick off their winter with some fun in the snow, Stratton kicked off the beginning of the season with a tribute to Jake Burton Carpenter(also known as Jake Burton). The famous inventor of the modern day snowboard and founder of Burton Snowboards had past away last wednesday due to complications with cancer. The first chair at Stratton Mountain had a Burton snowboard strapped to it with the caption "You brought snowboarding to everyone. There are no words to express our gratitude. The first chair is for you. We'll see you up there. #RideOnJake" . Jake Burton was also known for persuading Stratton Mountain in 1983 to open it's slopes to snowboarders. What a heartfelt way to kick off the season!

Along with Stratton's opening day tribute, they also are having a Thanksgiving weekend from November to 28th to December 1st! Skiing and riding is in full swing! During this special week take your family and build your appetite by participating in Stratton's Gobble Gobble Wobble 5K Thursday morning. Take some laps around The North Face's new "FutureLight" outerwear, available for demo in the Villlage and end your day sitting with your family having a Thanksgiving family dinner at Table 43.1.

On Friday you can find yourself trying to kick that turkey coma and join Stratton for a yoga class! There will also be a Stratton Mountain School Ski Sale, Black Friday shopping in Stratton Village, and a snowlight in Vermont Tree Lighting ceremony hosted by the Stratton Foundation! Couldn't make it on Friday to the Stratton Mountain School Ski Sale? Don't worry! Saturday and Sunday they will still be hosting it starting at 9am. 

Stratton is the place to be this holiday weekend!


October in Southern Vermont

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“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
 L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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October is here! The means our days in Southern Vermont are filled with the flush of falling leaves, cold weather, and the beginning of our holiday season! Did you know Halloween started off as a Celtic festival of Sahmain where people would gather around a bonfire and dress up to ward away ghost? It eventually made its way from Europe to America where the first celebrations included “play parties,” which were public events held to celebrate the harvest. Neighbors would share stories of the dead, tell each other’s fortunes, and dance. Today in American people will spend more than 6 million annually on Halloween, making it the second biggest commerical holiday after Christmas. This year Winhall and Bennington County are offering up some awesome activities to do with the family to get you into that "spooky" mood. 

Just 30 minutes away from Stratton Mountain is Arlington, Vermont. On October 19th they are doing a Haunted House to benefit the Arlington Food Shelf at the Arlington Rec Park from 3pm to 8pm. There will be tons of free activities for kids and a dinosaur haunted house theme! Cost is $5 entry fee OR 3 non perishable food item donations for the haunted house portion. How cool is that? For more information please visit:

On October 26th from 11am to 3pm. Bennington, Vermont which is about 45 minutes away from Stratton is hosting a Fallapalooza! There will be store front trick or treating for the children! Also including in-store specials all day! Crafter and gift vendors, escape rooms, sand art, food trucks, live entertainment, pig roast, and so much more! For more information please visit:!

Also happening on October 26th from 11am to 2pm in Manchester just 15 minutes from Stratton is Halloween on the Hill. This event will include plenty of fun and family-friendly activities and games. Explore the SVAC galleries as you crack the code on a scavenger hunt, decorate some seasonal crafts, or you can enjoy the magician Tom Joyce from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Snacks and refreshements as well as goodie bags will be provided. For more information about this awesome event please visit:

South Londonderry which is just 9 minutes from Stratton is holding a Haunted Firehouse Trunk or Treating at the Fire Station on Thursday October 31st! This year will include trunk-or-treating next to the fire station. The firehouse will be open starting at 5:00pm on halloween night for kids and adults. For more information on this event please visit:

This is a first for Winhall! The First Annual Halloween in the 'ville (Bondville that is!) on Thursday October 31st from 4:30pm to 7:00pm at 1 River Road in Winhall. Join the the Winhall Community Arts Center and the Grindstone Pub for their first annual Halloween in Bondville! trunk or treat, haunted house, and games/crafts! For more information please visit:

Last but certainly not least, there will be trick or treating at the Dorset Village Library (which is only 30 minutes from Stratton) on October 31st from 5:00pm to 7:30pm. The haunted Library has something new, exciting, bigger, and scarier in store for trick or treaters and lovers of haunted houses! There will also be outdoor activities this year!

Halloween seems to be a pretty big deal in the Winhall and Bennington County area, as it is in so many other areas of Vermont. We hope to see you at some of these events!

Dog Days of Summer

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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!

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    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

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      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

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        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

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          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

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            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

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              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

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              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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