"I'm not writing it down to remember it later, I'm writing it down to remember it now."

If you haven't yet heard about Field Notes, here you are! Whether you're an habitual note writer, or a home buyer trying to keep track of all your favorite homes, you should know about Field Notes. I've been using them for several years, in my real-estate business here the Stowe, Vermont area, to help me keep track of my clients' favorite properties and related questions and todo's. Anyway, they regularly introduce new limited editions; and, this past week the new "Red Blooded" edition arrived just in time for Valentine's Day.  This video will inspire you to something really different and special for your main squeeze:

Learn more about the "Red Blooded" edition here; learn more about Field Notes here

Happy Valentine's Day!

Merry Christmas

I was on Patrol yesterday, Christmas Eve. It was the most beautiful Christmas Eve at the Mountain, with incredible cloudless blue skies and unseasonably warm temperatures. We were so busy, though, that I didn't take my first photo of the day until the lifts closed at 4:00 p.m. and all was quiet, and peaceful. By then, the clouds had descended on the mountains and I saw the beauty in the stillness. This scene, with its colorful blaze seemed festive in an understated way.

Christmas Eve • Ski Patrol Sweep • 4:13 p.m.
Wishing You a Beautiful Holiday Season
and a New Year of Peace and Happiness.

Tuesday Evening at Stowe Mountain Lodge

This past Tuesday evening, Spruce Peak at Stowe, Stowe Mountain Resort, and Chittenden Bank hosted the Lamoille Area Board of Realtors annual holiday reception at Stowe Mountain Lodge. It was held in #506, one of the Front Four Private Residence Club 4-bedroom fractionals – a 2-story, at about 3,200 square feet, spacious home away from home! Hors d'oevres, created by Lodge executive chef Sean Buchanan, came from his Solstice kitchen included duck and salmon canapés, a tasty assortment of cheeses, and shrimp cocktail with several dipping sauces from which to choose, including simple horseradish.

As much fun as 50 or more realtors can have at a party, the real surprise presented itself when, upon leaving, we found a party, going full-swing, in the lobby, with crackling fires in its 2 massive fireplaces. It was straight out of the 1954 Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, and Dean Jagger classic, "White Christmas!" The lobby was overflowing with guests listening to and singing Christmas carols accompanied by a talented player at the lobby piano. The scene and the sounds were captivating – we really didn't want to leave. Here are a few iPhone photos that don't begin to do the evening justice:

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55th Annual Sunrise Service & Festivities at Stowe Mountain Resort

Sunday, April 12th

Easter Sunrise Service – Mountain Gondola The Mountain Gondola will be open to the public between 4:50 a.m. and 5:50 a.m. with complimentary lift tickets and a Sunrise Service Program for all attendees. Please plan ahead and arrive early for this event. The Gondola Barn doors will close promptly at 5:50 a.m.

Easter Sunrise Brunch Buffet – 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Start your day off with some spring skiing, then stop at the Cliff House Restaurant and enjoy a gourmet buffet!

Easter Egg Hunt at Spruce Peak – Spruce Plaza 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. A great family event, with Easter eggs hidden all around Spruce Plaza.

A Christmas Photo Recap, 2008

I haven't worked Christmas Eve and Christmas Day since my rookie year. I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed being out and about with guests as well as my fellow patrollers and other Resort staff, exchanging an abundance of Christmas greetings and cheer. And, I know that had I not been at the mountain, I would have certainly missed this spectacular peek-of-the-sun over the Worcester Range on Christmas morning. This photo doesn't begin to do justice to the beauty of being there. Sun Rising over the Worcester Range on Christmas, 2008

A Christmas Patch of Blue over Spruce Peak

West Run was closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I took this photo on Friday after having built this (bam)boo line across the trail's entrance -- three days of morning building and afternoon disassembling on sweep. If you're out early enough, you'll see us skiing around balancing boo, rope, and a drill!

Boo line across West Run at Stowe Mountain Resort

Almost all boo lines have to be pulled at the end of the day to accommodate the groomers who begin their work after we're long gone. I get a lot of satisfaction from these outdoor-in-all-kinds-of-weather work details.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas wherever you were...