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Below are blog posts about Vermont real estate focused specifically on the Okemo and general south central vermont area.

This month’s featured town – Cavendish, VT

Cavendish, Vermont is full of surprises.  Located in Windsor County and named after William Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire, Cavendish also includes the village of Proctorsville and saw its first settlers in June of 1769.

Cavendish is a very unassuming town.  As you drive around the beautiful Vermont countryside of Cavendish and Proctorsville, at first glance you don’t realize the history and thriving businesses located here.  Would it surprise you to know that Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the Russian writer, historian and Nobel Prize winner called Cavendish his home for many years?

How many times have you driven past Mack Molding, a leading supplier of contract manufacturing service and injection molded plastic parts to companies in a range of industries?  Founded in 1920 and a family run business with headquarters in Arlington, Vermont, it might surprise you to know they have 1,800 employees at 10 locations with annual sales of $300 million.  This is a company with no long term debt and a 5A1 D&B rating – the highest available!  Learn more about them at http://www.mack.com.

Do you know where the Cavendish Canine Camp is located?  If you visit their website at http://www.cavendishcaninecamp.com you’ll find an excellent description of where they are; “nestled within the green mountains of Vermont and just outside the village of Ludlow”.  This wonderful canine boarding facility prides itself on the quality and conscientious care they give your pets while you are traveling or working.  Their canine guests have supervised social playtime and a “quiet time” mid-day.  The feline campers also get playtime to roam and socialize in their very own “cat room”. 

I am so proud to live in Vermont that even three months after the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Irene I feel compelled to mention just one or two storm related items.  First, if you go to their website you’ll never know how my friends at the Cavendish Canine Camp were affected by the storm.  They were closed during the months of September and October and while open now, the main entrance from 103 was washed away by the storm and it is very exciting to see excavators rebuilding now!

There is another business that deserves storm-related mention; The Village Clipper in Proctorsville.  While a huge section of Route 132 was being repaired by the Army National Guard, several Guardsmen came in for haircuts.  Julie and Paula would not accept their money, thanking them for the amazing job they were doing for us here in Vermont. 

I don’t think that you can blog about the Cavendish/Proctorsville area without talking about Singleton’s General Store.  Located just past the junction of Route’s 103 and 131 on Route 131 Singleton’s is known for its Vermont smoked meats, cheeses and other Vermont products.  They also have a great selection of clothing and footwear suited to this area and a sporting-goods section for all of your hunting and fishing needs. 

That doesn’t tell you half the story!  A family owned business since 1948 when Bud and Mary Singleton with their six kids opened Newton’s Store in Reading, it took until 1978 for them to buy the land and open in their current location.  Tom Singleton joined them in 1976 with his brother John – and Sheba – their Doberman Pincer.  All of the children contributed to Singleton’s but only Tom and his wife Linn remained to take over in 1999 when Bud retired.  The Singleton’s take pride in Customer Service – whether it’s servicing the local’s needs or those visiting from out of state.  Visit http://www.singletonsvt.com, or come into the store – you won’t be disappointed. 

I love Cavendish and currently make it my home!  I have so much more that I could say so I’ll settle with – come and experience what I have known and come to love!  Looking forward to seeing you in town!

Until next time, Irene

 

Opening Day is November 19th Snowguns ar

Opening Day is November 19th

Snowguns are in place and Okemo Snowmakers have reported for duty! The call has gone out, and our season is set to begin on Saturday, November 19th. The mountain is abuzz with activity, we’ve even seen some early indications from Mother Nature that we are in for a real treat this season.

CAVENDISH CANINE CAMP is open for busine

CAVENDISH CANINE CAMP is open for business. The bridge is not open but access is from the back side through the sand pit. Directions : Turn onto Grevin Road Extension , bear right onto dirt road, go approximately 1/4 mile, turn right into the gravel pit ( you will see the no tresspassing signs- ignore them ) go past the pile of stones , keep to the right , follow dirt road through the woods ( it is only wide enough for one car ) ,bear right ,stop at railroad tracks BEFORE you cross and make sure the train is not there,then go straight to our driveway and turn left at the corner.Please be mindful of the other vehicles and the train

This month’s featured town – Chester, VT

Chester Town Hall

Chester is an amazing town in Vermont. It is a town of churches and some of the most interesting and colorful vistas in New England. You can enjoy the quaint town of Chester with the historic Village Green and the Stone Village, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places – livable structures made from local granite.
Just a month after the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene, Chester held the 37th Annual Fall Festival on the Green, sponsored by the Chester Rotary Club. Over 60 Vermont and New England Artisans, Crafters and Food Concessions gathered in booths spread over the Green in the center of town. Mark your calendars for next year -this is a great fall event to attend!
New Businesses are opening too. The Inn Victoria expanded their business by adding a retail outlet, “Ye Olde Shoppe at Inn Victoria” which will focus on Vermont foods, Vermont made jewelry and other types of goods their guests are looking for while staying in Vermont. There is a new gallery, museum and art school in Chester as well! The Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts (VTica) hosted an open house at the beginning of this month. Located on Depot Avenue across from the Jiffy Mart just off the Chester Village Green, there was a timely photographic essay of 50 images from professional and amateur photographers chronicling the destruction and rebuilding of south/central Vermont in the aftermath of the storm.
There are well established businesses also contributing to Chester’s charm. Bill Austin’s Antique Store has the largest collection of Antiques around and he refurbishes many items himself. It’s quite an experience walking through all the rooms of his store! After antiquing at Austin’s, step into MacLaomainn’s for lunch!
MacLaomainn’s is a Scottish style pub located at 52 South Main Street and Deb and Alan Brown opened their doors in 2008. Their Scottish style menu is unique to this area featuring traditional fish pie, haggis, mince and tatties and steak pie. They also offer pizza, Angus burgers, hot dogs and more! The atmosphere is just what a pub is intended to be – a community living room where everyone can feel at home.
This year the Browns added to their offerings by opening the Great Hall – a conference room, event and music hall which can seat up to 95 people comfortably and is located directly behind the pub. Their hope is that the Great Hall becomes a place where people will comfortably gather with family and friends.
Chester is a delightful town to visit and I’m sure you will discover the warm and inviting atmosphere coming from the local businesses and local people. Come see – you can’t get away from that Vermont spirit!

Chester Depot

Until next time, Irene