Blog :: 2014

Pristine New England Colonial: Lyme, NH

Postcards of quintessential New England towns usually include the white clapboard houses, church steeple, village common and sturdy, hardy folks used to the fickle nature of weather and time. That would be very beautiful small-town Lyme, New Hampshire with a population of under 2,000 whose exterior is still picture-perfect.

This is a town that values its heritage yet provides a perfect commuter's roost for those wanting the most up-to-date and in-touch arts, culture, educational opportunities, medical facilities which are just down the road. And an easy drive beyond, Boston. 

Living in Lyme, you'll be less than a half hour to some of the world's leading institutions like Dartmouth College, The Tuck School,  Vermont Law School, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Veteran's Administration Hospital. 


And while all the limelight might got to Hanover just down the road, Lyme has Stella's, it's own Italian restaurant, country lodging at The Lyme Inn, The Lyme Country Store,  gas station and several schools -- both private and public. It is also close to the Appalachian Trail and the Dartmouth Skiway for winter sports.


Beyond Lyme are byways to the White Mountain with all the beauty and recreational opportunties there. Across the Connecticut River is Thetford, Vermont and down the road past fields and farms is Norwich. Much of the farm-to-table fare offered at farmers markets and in local restaurants are sourced in Lyme's back yard.  Lyme is for those who seek a quieter, more traditional landscape in which to retire or raise a family yet within reach to all the Upper Valley has to offer. 



Vermont Snow Plowing: No Rest for The Weary



Intrepid Reporter John Snyder, one of the principals of Snyder Donegan Real Estate Group, goes "on-scene" to see what it's like keeping roads safely clear during a Vermont snowstorm. He gets to ride with Barnard's Road Foreman Lance Webster while doing rounds. As Webster explains, it takes thought and skill to get the job done so everyone can get in and get out. And, while touring by snow plow isn't a normal way to see the sites, this video includes a ride along North Road following a ridgetop from the Barnard General Store all the way to Bethel with iconic farms along the way. There are views aplenty of the Green Mountains, snow-covered fields, dotted with cows in summer and that special green, green grass found only in Vermont. But for now, this week, only white, white-out and wipe-out. Watch and see!

Within minutes of Barnard, where this video was shot, are the Suicide Six Ski Area just outside of Woodstock (run by the Woodstock Inn and Resort), Killington, Pico, Okemo and Sugarbush all within an hour or less. It's a well-known fact that Barnard gets a lot of snow being at higher elevation than Woodstock and the surrounding valleys, but it's worth that elevation for the spectacular fresh air, views and lighter snow. Not to mention that elevation and more rural atmosphere means WILDLIFE. That's right, animals, large and small. Several bear corridors run through the nearby Chateauguay Wilderness and moose, deer, fox, pheasant are prevalent. Learning to track wildlife is a great past-time for many who just wonder what kinda' critters are walking around their homes, spending time on top of their snow! One more factoid, great for local trivia buffs: There is a small ridge of hills (not quite mountains, but big hills) in the Barnard, Bethel, Royalton, Pomfret area. It's in these hills where some of the most private and wonderfully comfortable, expansive homes exist. For those in the know, those hills are known as "The Delectables."



Season's Greetings! We're Glad You're Here....

Happy Holidays from Snyder Donegan Real Estate Group!  Let us know if we can be of service selling your place or buying a new home. John, David, Mary Ann and Dail can help with all the details. You'll find us around Woodstock, Barnard, Norwich, Lyme and Hanover. Give us a call if you're visiting or just ready for your move.

The Jackson House Inn Makes Mornings Magical

thistle hill tarentaise (2) As one key element of breakfast this morning Jackson House Innkeeper Rick Terwelp presented his guests with Thistle Hill Tarantaise cheese from North Pomfret -- just a few miles away -- drizzled with local honey. Cups, plates and bowls made across the street at Farmhouse Pottery provided sturdy simple elegance to the dining tables which sit either next to a blazing fireplace or a serene picture window looking out on a November landscape, grounds still green up to the hillside. jackson house breakfastIt's all the little details with a commitment to local, local, local that make a difference to Jackson House Inn guests, according to Kathy Terwelp, Rick's wife and co-innkeeper who we found with a welcoming smile and bundle of tablecloths in her arms on a recent morning. Rick and Kathy

Rick and Kathy have owned and run the Jackson House Inn for four years now, having bought and made many improvements since 2010. But Kathy says they never were the couple that sat around dreaming about running a bed and breakfast but when they had the opportunity after many, many years visiting Woodstock, they bought the property, believing it felt the most "Vermonty." They have kept the place fresh, with a twinkle and sparkle that seems evident everywhere. Now, they marvel at having served guests from almost all 50 States, South Africa, South America and beyond. Originally from New Jersey (Rick working the commuter run into Manhattan), the Terwelps got to know Woodstock while taking their two kids to and from nearby Camp Billings. lighted treesRick's passion is cooking (yes, we'd say a total foodie!) who puts so much care into creating locally-sourced, elegant breakfasts that Kathy says it is now one of the signature experiences of the Jackson House Inn stay. People skills are paramount, of course, in the hospitality business -- especially at a bed and breakfast where guests and innkeepers interact on an intimate level. And Kathy certainly has these skills in spades, having worked first as an elementary school teacher and then as a curriculum coordinator. She notes that in education you are dealing with people's most precious thing: their kids so that certainly seems useful for helping people enjoy their visits to the Jackson House Inn and to Woodstock. Review after online review of the Jackson House Inn notes the Terwelps care and graciousness in making people's stays exceptional. It doesn't hurt that they have invested in the property and structure in major ways, first re-furbishing the grand front porch, recently re-doing the bathrooms and improving the guest rooms. All have a well-polished touch of design -- somehow crisply up-to-date in a well-burnished atmosphere. jackson house scene setterThe Jackson House Inn certainly evokes Vermont and its history of wayside New England inns but without any degree of old-world stuffiness. You can almost breathe the fresh air through the dining room windows as private park-like spaces beckon, "Come outside, let nature soothe and rejunvenate you." Jackson House roomAnd when you come in from outside, from wandering Woodstock Village or skiing nearby Suicide Six, Killington or Okemo, the Jackson House Inn rooms make you want to snuggle up, just let go, rest knowing, of course, that Innkeeper Rick, with that little twinkle in his eye, will be creating something scrumptious for you when you get up in the morning.

Norwich, VT: Sophisticated Small and Near Dartmouth College

Norwich church Norwich, Vermont is one of those places that looks like a historical reconstruction version of an old New England settlement and you expect plainly clothed citizens to emerge from the white clapboard homes -- think Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts -- but it is, in fact, a very "au courant" community attractive to Dartmouth professors and doctors as well as free-thinking artists, writers and simply those interested in living as part of a small community. In addition to folks who work in education and medicine, you'll find a handful of non-profit organizations as well as small-scale farmers. Located in Windsor County, this town along the Connecticut River, just a mile or so from Hanover, New Hampshire and Dartmouth College has a population of about 3,414. While the Village Green and the local elementary school might be considered the center of the town, the gas station and General Store that has EVERYTHING, Dan and Whit's, is arguably Norwich's best meeting place. The Norwich Inn, The Norwich Bookstore, Post Office, yoga studios, wine stores and many other small shops, as well as attorneys and doctors' offices are all within walking distance of each other. Norwich offers small-town living on a manageable, still-human scale. Yet, just across the river are movie theaters, museums, major shopping, lectures, football and hockey games and everything an Ivy League college town has to offer. Norwich HouseNorwichNorwich also has several of its own recreational areas from family friendly playgrounds and picnic areas to more off-the-beaten track hiking trails. It is handily located right off Interstate 91 near the junction with Interstate 89. For those who love to swim, a major aquatic center is just down the interstate and is the center for a regional swim team as well as masters classes. Lebanon Municipal Airport serves Boston Logan as does the convenient Dartmouth Coach luxury bus service to both Boston and New York City. Some of the most influential people in the country choose to quietly and discreetly live in Norwich or own second homes that serve as welcome refuges from their busy globally-involved lives. Norwich flourOne of Norwich's most notable and successful employers is King Arthur Flour which serves as a national destination for bakers. It also serves as a local watering hole for excellent bread, sandwiches, coffee and cakes. Within its footprint is also one of the studios belonging to Vermont Public Radio where many news reports and commentaries are produced. Interestingly, vpr Norwich is one of the few communities that shares a school system with another state. While young children go to public schools including Marion Cross Elementary in Norwich, once they get to high school age they attend Hanover, New Hampshire High School. Norwich was named after Norwich, Connecticut from whence many of its first residents came in the late 1700's. Its Congregational Church was established in 1770.

SOLD: Six Willows Farm, Hartland, Vermont

Six Willos mist It doesn't get any better or more beautiful than this farm property in Hartland, Vermont. Six Willows Farm was listed and sold by the Snyder Donegan Real Estate Group. It was the first time on the market in 50 years for this rare gem of a property. Fields, barns, paddocks, home, guest house, ponds, long-range views, chicken coop, well-located minutes from Woodstock Village, Hartland Four Corners, Interstate 91 and the rest of the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont. Six Willows Aerial

Six Willows Farm was listed for $1.6M and now that the sale has closed, ranks as the highest selling property in Hartland, Vermont this year.Six Willows Farm

Go here for all the details.

The Benchmark: Woodstock Village Real Estate Sale

16 Pleasant StreetThis benchmark for Woodstock Village real estate sales sold by Snyder Donegan Real Estate Group was listed for $2 million, making it the largest Woodstock Village real estate transaction this year. A perfectly tasteful renovation of a Pleasant Street colonial and its adjoining barn at the confluence of the Kedron Brook and Ottauquechee River, set among other stately and well-kept historical properties.16 Pleasant St 2Featuring a side, off-street entrance and well-landscaped grounds, 16 Pleasant Street offers a discreet location just steps to the vitality of downtown galleries, restaurants and shops and proximity to National Park hiking trails and the Billings Farm. Some of the features include an open kitchen and dining area, roomy for entertaining:16 Pleasant St. 4 Pleasant Street bathroomThe home also includes a separate wet bar/pantry area and bedrooms with dormer windows as well as completely renovated bathrooms.

A private outdoor living/patio area completes this impeccable Woodstock Village property. Pleasant Patiio

Cosmopolitan New England: Hanover, New Hampshire

Hanover, New Hampshire is at the center of it all with Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Interstates accessing Boston and New York City. Rural but sophisticated.

Each Upper Valley town has its own distinctive character and beauty. Hanover is home to Dartmouth College (one of the Ivy League colleges and the ninth oldest college in the nation) and enjoys a lively, 'New England cosmopolitan' business district. The area offers an incredible mix of activities, thanks to the great outdoors, including the Connecticut River, the White and Green Mountains, the arts and culture community, and the benefits of intellectual activities found in a college town.
Dirt Cowboy Cafe is just one of several coffee shops including Starbucks where you can meet, greet, sip and study.
Dirt Cowboy Cafe is just one of several coffee shops including Starbucks to meet, sip and study. 

Book Lovers will enjoy browsing classic titles at Left Bank Books. New editions can be found at the Dartmouth Bookstore.
Book Lovers will enjoy browsing classic titles at Left Bank Books. New editions can be found at the Dartmouth Bookstore. 
Luxury wi-fi enabled bus service to and from Boston's Logan Airport makes Hanover, New Hampshire easy to enjoy!
Luxury wi-fi enabled bus service to and from Boston's Logan Airport makes Hanover, New Hampshire easy to enjoy!

Hanover offers activities that run the gamut from African drumming or chamber music concerts; dining options including ethnic Thai, Chinese, Korean, Italian; and you don't have to be a student to enjoy major athletic competition from football, hockey to ultimate frisbee.

The Hanover-Norwich-Lyme community is a great place for kids as with the stand-out "hands-on" Montshire Museum of Science and several options for public or private schools.

Innovative and excellent health care is also available at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Maybe you are considering a new job or a move to start a new family or looking for a place to actively retire. Consider Hanover. For those with cosmopolitan tastes but down-to-earth sensibilities. Did we mention the Hanover region is beautiful with plenty of outdoor activities year-round? Visit to browse our luxury homes, estates and properties.

Note: Like Hanover, Norwich, Vermont also borders the Connecticut River and has a vibrant downtown. In addition, if you visit the New Hampshire towns of Etna and Lyme, you will enjoy beautiful scenery, independent shops, and activities that showcase the local community flavor. (source: Hanover Chamber of Commerce)

Finishing Touches: Woodstock Home Design Shops

Procopio on Central Street in Woodstock offers interior design services and a storefront filled with colorful glassware and furniture accents
Procopio on Central Street in Woodstock offers interior design services and a storefront filled with colorful glassware and furniture accents

Wonderfully, you don't have to go too far to find the finishing touches to make your house a home. Woodstock, Vermont, centrally located near Barnard, Pomfret, Hartland and just a stone's throw from Norwich and Hanover, offers several shops with full-service interior design services (like Procopio) to the long-open Clover Gift Shop to the new design shop on Central Street "R. T. Home."

We asked Robert at R. T. Home what he considered a current trend or what was selling well. His answer? Cranberry! The color cranberry, including his offerings of "cranberry glass" pumpkins. He said cranberry-colored glass was popular in the 1920's and is clearly back in vogue.
R. T. Home on Central Street suggests cranberry glass is 'on trend
R. T. Home on Central Street suggests cranberry glass is 'on trend" for Halloween

Clover Gift Shop on Elm Street in Woodstock sells these homey pillows showing your allegiance to the
Clover Gift Shop on Elm Street in Woodstock sells these homey pillows showing your allegiance to the "802"


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    Thanks! We'll certainly keep that in mind we're still in our early stgeas, but it's something that we're interested in. In the meantime, spread the word about us, and should you be interested in writing up something about libraries in Vermont, let us know! !

    Jazzy: SILO Distillery and Snyder Donegan Real Estate

    SILO Distillery hosts cocktails and jazz for a sophisticated Friday afternoon event!

    Woodstock's Sonny Saul played "old standards" at SILO American Spirit Distillery Friday evening. It was a great way to start off the weekend. We sampled a SILO elderberry vodka cosmo while getting a distillery tour. The SILO location, near Simon Pearce, Harpoon Brewery and Vermont Farmstead Cheese just off I-91 in Windsor has become a real draw for both locals and visitors. If you're starting a weekend in Vermont or New Hampshire or just want a place, down the road, to "get out of the house," this is it. . Call it a  rural artisan industrial zone. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Vermont!SILO distillery




    Have you taken a look at Snyder Donegan Real Estate Group's listings for Woodstock, Hartland or West Windsor?Hartland Home

    These  Vermont real estate properties are all a hop, skip and a jump from SILO. We particularly love this custom-built house on Amsden Farm Lane in Hartland. Bright, cheerful, spacious with a place for everyone in the family -- a playroom, an office (or two), totally equipped high-end kitchen, open floor plan AND a lovely pool to wake up your toes while you enjoy your first cup of coffee in serene country surroundings -- yet just five minutes to town. -- OR to the SILO distillery where you learn how Vermont-style cocktails are made!