TripAdvisor analyzed its “vacation home interest” from people outside of the United States for the months of December, January and February, 2014-2015. Stowe was the number 11 most looked-at destination.
You’re not the only one hitting the slopes this winter. America’s top ski resorts are preparing for another snow season, hoping that Mother Nature delivers the goods.
So it makes sense that vacationers are starting to plan their winter escapes. After all, nothing brings a family or group of friends together like renting a cozy ski house directly on the mountain. Ski-in/ski-out perhaps? Or maybe nearby so you get the best of the trails and the town, without worrying about that long, damp drive home after a day of shredding. Having a comfortable home base close to, or on, the slopes means you can be the first one there and last to leave. Beat the chairlift lines? Sign us up. And you’ll save hundreds compared to a hotel. Not only are rentals up to 60 percent more affordable, but you’ll also be able to cook your own group meals (no eating out all week) and have more living space for hanging out. Snuggle up to the fireplace, enjoy a game night, or stargaze off the outdoor patio with a nightcap.
It’s those exact benefits that have travelers from all over the world flocking to the vacation rentals in America’s best ski destinations. TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals analyzed U.S. vacation home interest from international travelers, for the months of December through February. Only guests coming from outside the United States were factored. We then identified the 21 ski destinations that were most popular among foreign vacationers. There aren’t too many “hidden gems” here, as many of the known staples are on the list. But some of the visiting countries represented are fascinating.
From left to right: Frank and Ann Lackey, Ken Libby, Graham and Christina Mink and Richard Bennum
Frank and Ann Lackey, with William Raveis Stowe Realty’s Ken Libby, congratulate Graham and Christina Mink and Richard and Nancy Bennum (not pictured) as the new owners of the iconic Lackey’s Variety Store building at 109 Main Street, Stowe. The sale was finalized October 15.
For six decades, Lackey’s was a consistent figure on Main Street, a favorite stop for local children and visitors, selling candies, postcards, books and other sundries.
At the closing, Frank Lackey said that he is pleased to see the building will be restored to nearly its original configuration and will again be an anchor in Stowe.
The new owners have already started retrofitting the 7,900+/- sq. ft. space and look forward to having retail back in the building as quickly as possible.
Libby represented the Lackeys; and, buyer Graham Mink, sales agent at New England Landmark Realty, represented his group.
As president, Libby will set the direction for the VR’s 1,650 members statewide and will serve on the New England Realtor® Committee. Libby was also elected VR president in 2003 and prior to this appointment had been serving as the VR’s vice president.
Libby was selected as VR’s Realtor® of the Year in 2003 and 2012. He served as the VR’s national director for the NAR from 2008 to 2014. He holds numerous leadership roles for the NAR, including its executive committee and board of directors. Libby was also presented with a NAR award for excellence in commercial real estate in 2013 and is Vermont’s only member of the NAR Realtors® Political Action Committee Hall of Fame.
Libby is very active with the Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America, serving as president in 2013 and 2014. He is currently the vice president of development.
William Raveis Stowe Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage company. Through its affiliation with William Raveis, the company joined 100+ offices and 3,500+ sales associates throughout the Northeast.
STOWE, VT (September 28, 2015) – William Raveis Stowe Realty and Stowe Realty Rentals are proud to welcome a new vacation specialist to the real estate and rentals team.
Curry Galloway joins the Stowe office to oversee the rentals division and further develop the company’s growing portfolio of vacation rental properties. She has a background in business and administration working in commercial real estate for Equity Office Properties and in the biotech and healthcare industries of Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts.
“We are fortunate to have Curry join the rentals division,” said John Biondolillo, principal broker and owner of William Raveis Stowe Realty. “With our Main Street office presence and the forward momentum of our William Raveis affiliation, I’m confident that Curry will play a key role in providing exceptional customer care and continuing our company’s evolution in the industry.”
Galloway commented, “I am excited for this new opportunity with Stowe Realty Rentals and look forward to growing our clientele base and implementing the top-quality service that Stowe renters and owners have come to expect.”
Galloway is also a recreation enthusiast and is actively involved in the outdoor industry in northern Vermont.
William Raveis Stowe Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage company. Its rentals division, Stowe Realty Rentals, markets and rents vacation, seasonal and long-term Stowe-area lodgings.
Vermont ski mountains continue to make improvements for the upcoming 2015-16 season, according to “What’s New for the Ski Vermont 2015-16 Season?” by Ski Vermont. Snow-making efficiency upgrades and adding more space and amenities are on the docket to make your ski experience even better this year. These enhancements paired with an Old Farmer’s Almanac predicted colder and snowier winter could mean another stellar season for those flocking to Vermont mountains to ride the “pow!”
Right up the road for our Stowe office, Stowe Mountain Resort will soon unveil a new building that adds more family-fun amenities and services, including an ice rink, Adventure Center and Alpine Clubhouse. Skiers and riders will also have more shopping and dining options during their stays on the mountain. Bolton Valley, only a quick half-hour drive from Stowe, is adding a new restaurant, South of Solitude, that will freshen the resort’s eatery options plus their team has even more ski and snowboard inventory for those needing a rental to hit the trails.
The agents in our St. Johnsbury office are excited for the Q Burke Mountain’s new conference center, adding another meeting space option, or, after work, a place to dine and relax alongside some of the best views in Vermont.
And our newest associates in Stratton will see an expanded base lodge and improved telecommunications infrastructure. The resort is even adding a webcam at the summit to broadcast mountain conditions (and shenanigans!).
If you are looking forward to ski season as much as we are, then contact our agents today. We know Vermont real estate, how to plan a Vermont ski vacation, and of course, we can help you love Vermont as much as we do! Don’t forget… the mountains open soon.
The fourth annual version of the Smithsonian’s list ranks small towns (those with a population under 20,000) according to their “number of cultural attractions, historical sites, nature opportunities and food-and-drink destinations.”
Stowe garnered the No. 18 spot for musical theater history at the Trapp Family Lodge (with skiing and beer, too), diverse performances at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center and exhibits at the Helen Day Arts Center (including the upcoming Exposed!). Residents and visitors to the area know they have both the natural beauty of mountains and rivers and an exceptional array of artistic beauty out their doors.
Stowe offers some of the best skiing in New England, as well as charm, history, great dining and shopping. Our Main Street has a quaint charm and an abundance of shops and eating establishments. Whether you are on a budget or want to soak in luxury, you can find your niche in Stowe.
Among others on the “20 Best Small Towns” list were Estes Park, Colorado; Vernal, Utah; Whitefish, Montana; and Nashville, Indiana. Stowe is honored to be included with these other outstanding towns!
Stowe, Vermont, is a favorite American town. Travel & Leisure Magazine recently published its first America’s Favorite Towns survey and Stowe was ranked number ten on the list, which included towns in Colorado, Georgia, and Tennessee among others. The nomination is significant when you consider the vast number of spectacular towns across the United States.
Stowe was noted for its spectacular fall season and of course for its winter offerings. In addition our town ranked high for great places to stay and the number of historic inns. We are also noted for our family friendly lodging choices and atmosphere. Stowe is a picturesque New England town with a great deal to offer and we are pleased that so many agree with us.
Contact us today to learn more about why one visit to Stowe is never enough. We can get you started on your Stowe home search, whether you wish to rent or buy, and help you get to know our area like a local. Stowe holds a special place in America’s heart and will no doubt hold one in yours.
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Stowe Realty is home to REALTOR® of the Year Ken Libby. A member of the Lamoille Board of Realtors (LABOR) and an invaluable member of the Stowe Realty team, Ken continually exceeds his clients’ expectations. The current president of LABOR Ken is active at both the state and national levels as estate professional.
Ken served as President of the Vermont Association of REALTORS® (VAR) in 2003 and was the State of Vermont REALTOR® of the Year in 2003. Ken has served many years on VAR Board of Directors and Executive Committee and has chaired the REALTORS® Political Action Committee for over a decade.
At the national level, Ken currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), a 43 member leadership board of the 1.1 million member organization. Ken is also very active in the NAR International & Global division including serving as the Presidential Liaison for that division in 2010. Ken serves as the Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Associated Realty of the Americas (AREA), an invitation only Luxury Real Estate referral network, which has members in Mexico, Canada, the US and a number of European countries. Ken is also a Founding Board member of INV-AMERCIA, a recently formed company with international board members dedicated to providing consulting services to inbound foreign nationals looking to purchase commercial or luxury real estate.
It goes without saying that Stowe Realty is honored to count Ken Libby among our staff. Clients looking to buy or sell Stowe real estate can rest assured they have experience on their side when they work with Ken.
A Stowe REALTOR® has recently secured a top position in a national real estate organization. Ken Libby was recently appointed as the first chairman of the board of the Associated Realty of the Americas. The Associated Realty of the Americas (AREA) was created to provide a connection between luxury real estate agents around the nation, and Ken’s appointment exemplifies not only his experience with buying and selling Stowe luxury real estate, but the respect that real estate professionals from all over North America have for him.
Ken Libby has been representing buyers and sellers of Stowe real estate since 1979, and has been an integral part of the Stowe community since 1969, coaching softball and basketball, serving as the Stowe police chief for 17 years, and appointed in a number of positions at the National Association of Realtors (NAR) throughout the years. Ken has also served as president of the Vermont Association of Realtors as well as honored with the title of state Realtor of the Year.
Ken Libby exemplifies the quality of the real estate service offered by Stowe Realty. If you are interested in learning more about Stowe real estate and current opportunities in our market please give Ken a call today.