Blog :: 2011

Thanksgiving At Stratton Mountain


Stratton Mt - Winter ski



Thanksgiving is only a week away and Stratton is hoping for some cold days and nights so they can open next weekend.    Our Winter seasonal rentals here at Stratton start Friday.   We have been busy checking homes to make sure they are clean and ready for all our tenants.   Its not too late to find a Stratton Seasonal rental .  Just look in the link to see availability.  

Thanksgiving activities at Stratton include  a 5 K  Turkey Wobble Race on Thanksgiving Day.  Firday all the village shops are open with special deals.    Friday night features a movie  about Freestyle Coach "SteveK"  or Steve Kenney and  then a wonderful evening with the Stratton Mountain Boys and light German fare.    I attended a similar evening a month agao celebrating Stratton Mountain's 50th Anniversay and it was great fun.   

Snow permitting on Saturday there is a rail jam planned.   The warm is gone, winter at Stratton is here so its time to get out the boards and come to Stratton.

If you only want to try Stratton for a weekend or a week, call our Short Term rental department for availaility.  they have lots of great choices of Rentals at Stratton.


Skiing at Stratton is ONLY DAYS AWAY!


I hope you have enjoyed the scenery. It was wonderful being out and about today. We are finding our market has been picking up with people calling for rentals and making offers to purchase.

Sellers are motivated so do come look at our beautiful foliage and see some of the great opportunities to own a piece of Vermont real estate.

Halloween is only a few days away but Winter has come to the Stratton Ski Area already. Enjoy these pictures taken October 28th and more of the great fluffy white stuff is due to arrive tomorrow.

Oct 2011 - Winter IS coming

Fall At Stratton -- Winter skiing -coming
Oct 24 at Stratton

  I woke up this morning and the ground was totally white around my house.    It looked like it had snowed!    30 degrees!   It is still very pretty here and there are many great rentals and some terrific buys on homes.    I see prices reduced on properties that the Sellers turned down last year!    With two new trails and more glades, Stratton will be great this winter.  

Fall At Stratton

What a wonderful weekend here at Stratton Mountain!    The October long weekend was the kick off to Stratton's 50th Anniversary celebration.    All weekend long , there have been concerts, hay rides,  apple n and more!   Sunday night brought back the Stratton Mountain Boys in a SOLD OUT concert in Grizzley's in the base lodge.   

Restored Vermont 1803 Farmhouse

I was silly not to take my cell phone to capture some pictures.   There were a number of people from Striation's early days who came back to celebrate and reunite with old friends.   This great evening was topped off by a wonderful fireworks display that we watched from the upper deck of the Base Lodge.     While the weather is balmy winter is coming soon - cold weather is predicted for the weekend and the mountain is expected to open in 43 days from today - Oct 10. Jamaica opened it new bridge so traffic is flowing smoothly from Brattleboro to StrattonMountain.     There are some interesting new listings in the area that are worth exploring.    Located in Londonderry, near Magic Mountain is this lovely restored farmhouse on 14 acres.  Most of the mechanicals have been updated in the last 7 years.    Ther are 4 BR, LR w/fp, Dining room, Chef's kitchen and FR w/ fp.  All done in exceptional taste. Listed for $479,000.



Restored Vermont 1803 Farmhouse


Another special property is this Swedish Farmhouse influenced water front home, located on Cole Pond, only minutes to the Stratton Accces Rd.   This special home offers a living room with antique mantle, dining room opening on to the lake situated next to the gourmet kitchen.   There are two masters, a sweet little bunk room, and separate suite .  A special location for $997,000.

And if you are not ready to buy,  there are still some great rentals at Stratton for the Stratton Winter Ski Season.     There is a really cute 4 BR chalet for $11,000,  Stratton Mounta condos, including a 3 bedroom for $25,000 Ski in and out, heat included.    Give us a call  802-297-1550 or email Let us help you find your place in Vermont.

Stratton/Winhall Road UpDate

What a beautiful Vermont day!  Warm temperatures, a nice breeze and sunny skies.    After a possible accumulation of 14 inches of rain, we are digging out.  The community has pulled together to help those who have lost so much.   the Stratton Foundation has raised over $100,000 in funds to go strictly for Irene Disaster Relief.   The roads to our office had been badly compromised but walking today I was so impressed with the progress.   The bridge to the East of Starting Gate looks like it could open this weekend.

If you look carefully, someone has injected a bit of humor as well.    To the west of our office , Route 20 was washed out at least 100 yards, now there is only s small gap where a new culvert is being installed,  a rough road with gravel to road level is already in place.  I think it could be open by  next week.

Everyone has shown courage and a sense of humor.

Labor Day and Irene

Hurricane Irene came to Bondville with a vengeance.   Our office sits right on the Winhall River which is normally a pretty stream.  Saturday night brought tremendous rains which funneled down off the mountains and into our stream ripping roads apart and destroying our neighboring towns.    Route 30 on either side of our office was destroyed , taking down two bridges 2 miles east and a strip of road 1/2 mile west.

The town has been great in evacuating people in advance and getting roads rerouted and repaired.     If you want to come and enjoy all the activities Stratton is offering this weekend.   The link above gives you good directions on how to get to Stratton,    Another source of Road Information is . More local pictures are below.

Here are more pictures and video of the flooding in the area from Representative Oliver Olsen.  We will post where donations and help is needed.

River From our Deck Sunday 4 PM



River From our Deck Sunday 4 PM



River From our Deck Sunday 4 PM



River From our Deck Sunday 4 PM


Race For the Cure

The Race for the Cure , July 23rd at the Hildene Meadow in Manchester was a great success! Team Realtor raised a total of $12,052.00 and our local board , SCVBR, raised

 $2,078.00  of that! Each board was challenged to raise $1000 and we more than doubled it!

Madox Mathews 7, son of Carrie Mathews, ran in the kids run. Everyone did a phenomenal job on one of the hottest days of summer!


Summer at Stratton

Stratton Golf and Winhall Real Estate

As the Summer kicks off here at Stratton, there have been two great golf tournaments supporting the Stratton Foundation and the Mountain School at Winhall.   Winhall Real Estate was tee sponsors for both.   The golf course is in great shape so think about coming to Stratton for a weekend of golf, tennis, hiking shopping or whatever your pleasures.

Now is a great time to look at real estate as everything is green and most homes are not occupied.    Buying now, one can enjoy some of the summer season and be ready for winter.    Vermont has lots to offer for year round vacationing.  There hare some wonderful new listings . In Strattonwald, we have just listed a beautiful 4000 + sq ' home with dramatic living room with stone fp, dining area, huge family/rec room,  4 BR, office Plus more for $689,000.   If you are looking for a vintage home, we have just listed this charming home in South Londonderry.  Enough land for a couple of horses!

If you are thinking a cute simple vacation home, consider this cute little home here in Winhall. It has been well maintained by the present owner for the last 24 years!    We look forward to meeting people and giving them a tour of the area.    We are also happy to find you a rental for even a long weekend to enjoy all we have here.

Pretty Purple Boxes in trees

Driving around the Stratton Mtn area and I believe the rest of the State, there are these pretty purple boxes hanging in the trees.   At first they look like a lost kite or an alien gift but in truth the are put there by the USDA to catch, study and hopefully stop the potential migration of the Emerald Ash borer in the State.

The Following is a better description:

USDA and Vermont Agency of Agriculture Team Up to Survey for Emerald Ash Borer

Purple Traps Going Up in Ash Trees Across Vermont

Montpelier, VT - Purple, three-sided traps resembling a box kite can be seen in ash trees throughout Vermont as part of a surveillance program by federal and state agencies.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture are partnering to survey for emerald ash borer (EAB), a non-native, wood-boring beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the eastern United States and Canada. The Monteregie region of Quebec Canada is the closest EAB infestation to Vermont's northern border. To date, EAB has not been detected in Vermont.

These traps will be placed in ash trees in all counties and at high risk sites, such as campgrounds, sawmills, recreational areas, major transportation arteries, etc.

The purple traps are coated with an adhesive that captures the insects when they land and are baited with a lure to attract the pest if it is present. In addition, the color is thought to be attractive to EAB, and is relatively easy for humans to spot among the foliage.

"The traps being placed around Vermont will help us discover if we have EAB in Vermont early on which allows us to address this invasive pest immediately," said Jon Turmel Vermont State Entomologist. "Early detection is the best tool we have to fight EAB. The ash tree is a very important natural resource in our state and we want to do everything we can to protect our trees."

"The triangular purple traps do not pose a risk to humans, pets, or wildlife; however, the non-toxic glue can be extremely sticky," said USDA State Plant Health Director, Mark Michaelis. "We want people to understand that the traps don't attract or pull beetles into an area, but rather they are a detection tool to help find EAB if it is present in the area."

These traps will be monitored and remain in place throughout the summer during the beetles' flight season. The traps will be monitored throughout the summer and removed in the fall. Results from the trapping will be available once the traps are removed.

If you see a purple trap on the ground, please call the USDA's toll-free num­ber: 1-866-322-4512. The EAB hotline is staffed during regular business hours and a message may be left at any time. Callers are asked to include a name and telephone number.

Emerald ash borer (EAB)  Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera:Buprestidae) is an invasive species wood boring beetle, native to China and eastern Asia, which targets ash trees.  EAB probably arrived in North America hidden in wood packing materials commonly used to ship consumer and other goods.  It was first detected in July 2002 in southeastern Michigan.

EAB attacks only ash trees (Fraxinus spp.), and all the ash species--including green, white, black, and blue--are at risk. EAB kills stressed and healthy trees and is so aggressive that ash trees may die within two or three years after they become infested. EAB larvae tunnel under the bark to feed in the phloem and outer sapwood producing galleries that eventually kill the tree.

Summer in the Stratton/Bromley Resort Areas

Summer is coming to the Stratton Mountain.   After a long cold winter and what seems like the shortest Spring on record ( last week) summer is just around the corner.   We are closing many of the end of ski season deals with 15 closings in the last 60 days and 7 more to go throughout the Stratton Bromley Mountain area.  Sale prices ranged from $100,000 for a camp in Jamaica  to $899,000 for a home in Peru.  these new owners will get to enjoy their new homes here during the wonderful summer months.    Skiers wonder what there is to do when you are not skiing.  Having  recently fractured a rib, I have been walking and find what a pleasure to walk down a country road looking at birds, flowers, etc.   There are many bike routes from easy to challenging.    If finding a local swimming hole rather than a swimming pool there are many to find.    Strattonwald a local area has a private pond with homes for sale that allow you to enjoy its swimming and tennis.   If you enjoy fishing, Orviscan sell you everything you need and they run classes and tours.   Ted here in the office is enjoying getting on his BMW motorcycle and find roads to explore.  Ask him for suggestions if   to ride in Vermont.     Ther are great camps for kids, Stratton is running "Kids Kamp, as well as kids Golf and Tennis camps.  Bromley has its Summer Adventure zone  with rides for all ages.  There are other camps with theater, music  and all sorts of activities through out the area.   There are events to interest everyone all summer and  don't forget the great dining, theater and music.  Prices are still very low.   A best buy is this Bear Creek Condo    with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths just reduced to $129,000.  Come to Stratton and let us introduce you to all there is here at the Stratton/Bromley resort areas and find a place in Vermont.