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Maple Open House Weekend In Burlington and Beyond!

by Vermont Real Estate Company

When you think of Vermont, you think of maple syrup! And, we are proud of that fact.  From the smell to the taste, there are few things we love more than maple. This weekend, March 25th and March 26th, the entire state of Vermont is celebrating the sugaring season. Maple sugar houses throughout the state will be opening their doors to visitors to learn more about the process, tour the facilities, enjoy some family fun activities, and, of course, try some delicious maple treats!


There are sugar makers throughout Chittenden County that are participating. No matter where you live in the Burlington metropolitan area, there will be a sugar house within a short drive for you to explore this weekend. Here is the list of local sugar makers offering open houses this weekend:


Backyard Boilers (1861 Mallet’s Bay Avenue, Colchester)

Poor Farm Sugar Works (825 Poor Farm Road, Colchester)

Thompson Farm (2453 Middle Road, Colchester)

Bixby Hill Sugar House (52 Bixby Hill Road, Essex Junction)

Sherman Hollow Organic Farm (251 Sherman Hollow Road, Hinesburg)

Audubon Vermont/Green Mountain Audubon Center (255 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington)

Taft’s Milk & Maple Farm (683 Camel Hump’s Road, Huntington)

End O Road Maple (89 Field Lane, Jericho)

Palmer Lane Maple (1 Old Pump Road, Jericho)

Georgia Mountain Maples of Vermont (345 North Road, Milton)

Mountainview Mapleworks (1324 Kenyon Road, Richmond)

Slopeside Syrup (1090 Cochran Road, Richmond)

Palmers Sugar House (332 Shelburne Hinesburg Road, Shelburne)

Shelburne Sugarworks (746 Shelburne Hinesburg Road, Shelburne)

Burgess Sugarhouse (251 Irish Settlement Road, Underhill)

Davis Family Maple (189 Upper English Settlement Road, Underhill)

Maple Crest (51 Page Road, Underhill)

Moose Mountain Maple (34 Butler Lane, Underhill)

McBride Family Maples (39 Orchard Lane, Westford)

Tucker Maple (51 Rollin Irish Road, Westford)

Sugartree Maple Farm (787 Bradley Lane, Williston)


Can’t make it out of Burlington this weekend? There are also partnering businesses that are participating in the statewide event due to their use of maple in their products or services. Check out one of these Burlington partnering businesses to sample their delicious maple creations:


Lake Champlain Chocolates (750 Pine Street)

Lang House on Main Street Bed & Breakfast (360 Main Street)  

Mad River Distillers (137 St. Paul Street)

 Switchback Brewing Company (160 Flynn Avenue)

 

Enjoy Vermont's Maple Open House Weekend!

Don't Miss the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival!

by Vermont Real Estate Company

Have you made it to the 22nd Annual Burlington Irish Heritage Festival yet? With St. Patrick’s Day this week, now is the perfect time! Celebrate the holiday with live music, dance performances, presentations, and more throughout Burlington. There are great events be held every day this week! You and your family will have an amazing time celebrating St. Patrick's Day at this favorite local festival!



Wednesday, March 15th

Irish Music Open Session

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Radio Bean (8 North Winooski Avenue)

Cost: FREE! Donation encouraged.

Come listen to some great local musicians or lend your music instrument and singing talent by joining in the fun!


The Brayzen Heads

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: RíRá Irish Pub and Restaurant (123 Church Street)

Cost: FREE!

Enjoy some great traditional irish music from this awesome band.


Thursday, March 16th

Singalong with Reagh Greenleaf Jr.

Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: RíRá Irish Pub and Restaurant (123 Church Street)

Cost: FREE!

Singalong to some of your favorite Irish tunes!


The Brayzen Heads

Time: 9:00 pm

Location: RíRá Irish Pub and Restaurant (123 Church Street)

Cost: FREE!

Enjoy some great traditional irish music from this awesome band.



Friday, March 17th

“Brexit and its Effect on Ireland” Presentation

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library (235 College Street)

Cost: FREE! Donation encouraged.

Attend this great presentation by Champlain College professor Dr. Ciaran Buckley.


The Brayzen Heads

Time: 9:00 pm

Location: RíRá Irish Pub and Restaurant (123 Church Street)

Cost: FREE!

Enjoy some great traditional irish music from this awesome band.




Saturday, March 18th

Children’s Crafts

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library (235 College Street)

Cost: FREE! Donation encouraged.

Have fun with the whole family creating some Irish themed arts and crafts.


“Between the Jigs and the Reels: Ireland’s History Through Its Music”

Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library (235 College Street)

Cost: $8 suggested donation

Learn more about the history of Ireland through music from the founders of the Vermont School of Irish Traditional Music, Benedict Koehler and Hilari Farrington.


Waterville Irish Heritage Ceili

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: Waterville Town Hall (544 VT-109, Waterville)

Cost: FREE!

Join in this fun music jam session.


Irish Dinner

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: Waterville Town Hall (544 VT-109, Waterville)

Cost: Donation required.

Dine on a delicious Irish meal while enjoying live music by the Dale and Darcy Cahill Band and performances by Heather Morris Celtic Dancer.


The Brayzen Heads

Time: 9:00 pm

Location: RíRá Irish Pub and Restaurant (123 Church Street)

Cost: FREE!

Enjoy some great traditional irish music from this awesome band.



Sunday, March 19th

Burlington Irish Heritage Festival Ceili

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Contois Auditorium, City Hall (149 Church Street)

Cost: FREE! Donation encouraged.

Don’t miss the annual Festival Ceili for some great Irish music and dancing. There will also be a bake sale, tables with cultural information, and the “Luck of the Irish” raffle drawing.


Young Tradition Vermont Irish Session

Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: Contois Auditorium, City Hall (149 Church Street)

Cost: FREE! Donation encouraged.

Stay after the Ceili for this extra music session.



Friday, March 24th

UVM Celtic Cats Showcase & Ceili

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Dance Studio, Patrick Gym (97 Spear Street)

Cost: $7 (general admission); $5 (college student with ID)

Watch this great music and dance showcase by UVM’s Step Dance Club.

 

 

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Vermont Real Estate Company!


What to Expect From a Home Inspection!

by Vermont Real Estate Company


 

 


During a home inspection you’ll get the opportunity to follow around a knowledgeable professional in a different kind of tour of your new home. Your home inspector will point out details and potential problems that may not be obvious to the untrained eye.


A thorough home inspection can save you thousands of dollars in surprise repairs.

 

What a home inspector does:

A home inspection normally takes about 2-3 hours. It is a very detailed walk through, of your prospective new home, completely from top to bottom. The inspector will look at the physical structure of the home, as well as its mechanical and electrical systems - including the roof, ceilings, walls, floors, windows and doors! The inspector will check major appliances to see if they are functionally properly. Including the heating, air-conditioning, and plumbing systems. The inspector will take you around the interior and exterior of the home, including basements and attics! It's good to ask questions and take notes if you’d like but the inspector will be taking photos and notes as well!

 

By attending the home inspection you’ll be able to see the problems first hand, as they are found. Therefore learning more about the inner workings of your future home.

 

A home inspector at the end will give you an un-biased opinion on the homes condition and will give you advice on what he or she believes should be fixed either immediately or eventually. To put it simply the inspectors job is to tell the client the condition of the home with facts.

 

What a home inspector doesn't do:

Although it sounds as if the inspector is taking a deep look into everything, there will still remain things that are unable to be seen. So there still might be hidden defects such as mold, etc. that are unable to be seen by the inspector and may need a more special evaluation that goes beyond the inspectors duty.

 

The overall goal of an inspection is to uncover issues with the home itself - inspectors are not there to let you know whether you are getting a good deal on the home or to offer an opinion on the sale price. All in all It is a visual assessment of the home, but not necessarily a forecast of every potential problem.

 

What to expect after the inspection:

Once complete it usually will take the inspector a day or two to put together a full inspection report. It will be quite extensive and long - With a full summary including photographs and notes. It will be very detailed including estimated remaining life spans of major systems and mechanical equipment. The inspector will almost always include recommended repairs. Once you receive the report you should read it thoroughly and go through it with your Realtor. The information found may have a bearing on the value of the property and may be useful in negotiating for repairs, etc.

 

How to find a home inspector:

Shop around and do your research, one good idea is to ask for an example inspection report so you can compare prospective inspectors and so you know how detailed of a report you will receive.

 

A home inspection gives buyers peace of mind. A home is one of the largest purchases in a buyer's lifetime! A home inspection is highly recommended when buying a home for many reasons and it is important as buyers to be a part of the process. It is a wealth of information and will also give you confidence in your purchase!


 

Family Fun at this Weekend's Wintervale!

by Vermont Real Estate Company

Celebrate all that winter has to offer in Burlington, VT at this weekend’s Wintervale. This great community festival will be filled with winter fun, recreational activities, delicious food, and hot beverages! There is something for the entire family and admission is free! Whether there is snow or not, check out all that you can do this Sunday, March 12th, at the Wintervale!



3 Miles of Trails!

Explore the Trails around the Intervale Center for some outdoor recreational fun. If there is enough snow this weekend, rent some cross-country skis or snowshoes for free to take on the beautiful, groomed trails. Without snow, you can still enjoy a great walk on the trails during the event.


Food and Beverages!

Warm up by the bonfire as you enjoy food and drink. Decide the best homemade chili during the chili cookoff. There will also be a variety of food and hot cider available for purchase from some of your favorite local spots.


More Family Fun!

There are plenty of other fun activities for the family to enjoy during the event. Check out the fat bike demos from SKIRACK. Winooski Valley Park District will also be hosting great kids activities throughout the afternoon.



Event Details

Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017

Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Intervale Center (180 Intervale Road, Burlington)

Cost: FREE!

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