New Restaurant Opens at Weston Playhouse!

One of the best things about summer in Southern Vermont is the top-notch theater at Weston Playhouse. Each summer, we welcome theater enthusiasts to our bed and breakfast and offer our guests tickets at a savings of 50% (with a minimum 2 night stay, see details below).

High quality theater is not something you’ll often find in a rural getaway, and we consider ourselves lucky to be just a half an hour away from a truly fantastic venue. The Weston Playhouse’s 2015 season will be a hit…but this year there’s something extra to look forward to! The Downtown Grocery is taking over the Weston Playhouse’s restaurant. The Downtown Grocery, a fine dining restaurant in Ludlow, VT, just ten minutes away from Golden Stage Inn, sources much of its food locally, showcasing the best of Vermont’s produce, cheeses, meats and libations. The new West Town Eatery, located in the Weston Playhouse, will certainly be a “must” on your Vermont vacation check list. The same seasonal, house-made ingredients will characterize the menu at West Town Eatery. There will also be light fare and desserts available after the shows during the Cabaret (A must see!).

Dinner seatings start at 5:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and select Sundays. All reservations can be made through the Weston Box Office by calling (802) 824-5288, or, ask your innkeepers to make a reservation for you when you book your stay!

The Weston Playhouse line up for 2015 includes Pump Boys and Dinettes, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Glass Menagerie, and Guys and Dolls at their Main Stage and Junie B. Jones, The Other Place, and The Road to Where at their Other Stage.  Guests of the inn (with a minimum 2-night stay) can purchase tickets for Main Stage performances for $25 each and for Other Stage performances for $15 each … this is a savings of approximately half!!  Be sure to check out one of their shows.  You won’t be disappointed!

 

New Mountain Bike Trails at Okemo

Looking for something new to do on your summer trip to Vermont? Okemo Mountain will soon be offering lift-serviced mountain biking trails! Okemo Mountain is just a 15 minute drive away from Golden Stage Inn. Enjoy a day of exhilarating mountain biking and then cool off in our bed and breakfast’s in-ground pool…or with a cool beverage on our shady porch!

The mountain bike trails are scheduled to open for July 4th weekend. There will be three miles of trails at the Clock Tower base area. Here’s the idea: one of the mountain’s lifts, usually used for skiing, will instead take you and your bike to the top of the mountain. From there, enjoy the ride down on trails designed just for mountain biking. Okemo will offer mountain bike rentals, as well as helmets and other protective gear–so don’t worry about lugging your own equipment here (or, for that matter, even owning your own equipment!).

Prices have not yet been determined, but it looks like there will be a variety of options available. The other summer activities at Okemo Mountain will make for a full day of adventure and fun. These include: the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster, climbing wall, challenge courses, zip line tours, disc golf, the Stump Jumper Bungee Trampoline, and the AMP Energy Big Air Bag. (Make it on a Friday and enjoy the summer live music series at Jackson Gore, too!)

Rent The Inn: Family Reunion, Business Retreat, Arts & Crafts, Elopement…

It’s not too soon to be planning a “Rent the Inn” event for this fall for a family reunion or a reunion of that group of great friends you never get to see. Or maybe this is the perfect time to sneak away for a small wedding with only your most intimate friends and family.  You don’t need to wonder what you’d do with an entire Vermont inn to yourself?  We’ve got it all figured out for you!

This “Rent the Inn” special is available every Spring (April 15 through June 30) and late Fall (November 1 through December 15). There is no minimum night stay required.

Here are a few ways of making the most of our Rent the Inn offer:

  1. Weddings (the small and informal kind)

    We’re only half-joking when we say that if your idea of a wedding includes either hiking boots or flip-flops, then we are the wedding venue for you!  Really, our grounds are spacious and rambling, and our inn is super welcoming and comfortable — just the right spot for a simple and intimate ceremony.  We can help simplify further by putting you in touch with any services you may need, like caterers, wedding cakes, photographers and wedding officiators. Of course, we’re LGBTQ-friendly.  (We take this for granted, but realize that maybe we should state it for clarity.)  Overall, we find things to be pretty stress-free around here and we’d love to share Vermont’s relaxed nature with you on your wedding day!

  2. Small Business Retreat

    Planning a casual Board of Trustees meeting or a small business retreat? Golden Stage Inn’s first floor has ample space and natural light for meetings and discussions of about 10 to 15 people. Free Wi-fi on site; modern amenities in all rooms. A two-course, homemade breakfast is included in your rate–we’ll take care of the details so you can focus on your agenda. We are also happy to make dinner reservations at a nearby restaurant for your party.

  3. Arts and Crafts Workshop

    For instructors of the arts or for crafting circles with a desire to delve deeply into their work and expand their skills. Rent our bed and breakfast for a truly unique group workshop experience. A rural Vermont setting, surrounded by lush gardens, will cut out all distractions and thoughts of “day-to-day life.” Our sitting room has ample space for classes to take place; extra space and tables available in our dining rooms. Or, try a plein-air painting group in our front yard or one of the many scenic landscapes in our area. If you and a group of crafty friends would simply like to get away for a few days of quiet knitting, we can recommend art & antique galleries and local arts classes to round out your trip. (Plus, Six Loose Ladies yarn & fabric store is walking distance from our Inn!)

  4. Family Reunion

    Last, but certainly not least, gather your family together for a reunion. Maybe there’s a special occasion in your life–an anniversary, a birth, a graduation… Even Vermonters can make the most of this offer with a stay-cation, or by renting rooms at our bed and breakfast for out-of-state family members. And, of course, we won’t limit this to just family! Get a group of friends together for a spring road trip or mini college or high school reunion. Fridge space is available for storing food and drinks. We are a BYOB Inn, but we do have wine glasses and bottle openers available for your use. Enjoy our in-ground pool, one of the many hikes in the area, or shopping and dining in the quaint nearby towns.

No matter what your gathering’s purpose is, you’ll leave Golden Stage Inn feeling relaxed and renewed…and looking forward to the next visit!

New Spring Beginnings at our B&B

Southern Vermont is welcoming bluer skies, warmer days and greener scenery in the days to come! We all know the famous rhyme about March…”In like a lion, out like a lamb.” While there were no lions to be seen, Golden Stage Inn recently welcomed a new lamb (pictured below) to our Vermont B&B!

Annabel the sheep
In January, we sadly lost Athena, the bolder one of our two young sheep. Athena was a part of the Golden Stage family for just two years, and it was hard to lose her. Our other sheep, Shadow, was truly distraught. Sheep are accustomed to companionship, as they are usually part of a flock. From the moment Athena passed, Shadow made it clear she did not care to be alone with loud, constant bleats.

We set out immediately to find Shadow her new roommate (or, barnmate!). We lucked out. We called our ‘sheep guy’ (doesn’t everyone have one of those?) and learned that he was bringing all of his ‘extra’ sheep to market the very next morning and the inn just happens to be on his route. So before lunch the next day, he pulled in with his trailer full of lambs, and we were able to select which one we wanted to keep. We were delighted to have found Shadow a new companion so quickly. She was pretty happy too — her loud bleating stopped instantly — and she immediately began showing our newest addition how things are done. With the stomp of a foot, she’d correct her new sister when her immature behavior was too reckless for Shadow’s liking.  Til this moment, Shadow had always been the shy one, but with a younger sheep around, it was amazing to see how much bolder she became.

So now, we’d like to introduce you to Annabel! She is the cutest little sheep ever! We still can’t get her to eat from our hands, but we invite you to take the challenge and try to win her over. (It was a young guest who was the first to feed Shadow!)

Annabel headshot

 

 

…And we think the chickens like her too!

 

Golden Stage Inn Free Range Chickens

Spring Events in the Okemo Valley

The Okemo Valley of Southern Vermont has a few noteworthy events coming up this spring! There’s fun for families at the Grafton Nature Museum or at Billings Farm in Woodstock. Foodies will delight in the spring offerings at Hidden Kitchen at the Inn at Weathersfield. A variety of events will please art and nature lovers, too. Our favorites are listed below; you can also peruse the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Calendar of Events to see even more spring events.

At Six Loose Ladies, join Beginning Knitting class any Thursday through the end of May…

Six Loose Ladies, a wonderful crafts and fiber arts store just a stroll from our bed and breakfast, is offering free beginners knitting lessons. Bring your knitting needles the next time you visit Southern Vermont and you’ll walk away with new skills. No registration required; simply show up at 6 ready to learn to knit!

For adventurous kids who love getting outdoors in Vermont, discover a nature camp through the Grafton Nature Museum…

On April 21 from 10 am to 3 pm, kids ages 10-14 can join Wild Walkers. Pre-registration is required for this wilderness awareness day camp. Kids will engage their minds and bodies while foraging, fire-making, shelter-building, and more. $30-35 covers the day.

On April 22, kids ages 6-9 get their turn to explore Vermont’s woods with the Grafton Nature Museum. At “Brave Bears: Free Spirits Vacation Camp” kids will learn about how Native Americans lived in the days before European settlement. Games, activities, and exploration of a pond, a stream, and woods will make the day a true adventure…culminating in story-telling and marshmallow roasting around the fire! $25-30 for the day (also 10 am-3 pm).

The second iteration of Grafton Nature Museum’s Brave Bears Day camp is on April 23, from 10-3. Your young one will learn to “Be an Eco-Hero”! They’ll learn about the 3 Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), play green games and create eco-art. $25-30 for the day.

Foodies, consider yourselves forewarned…things could get delicious!

In addition to Golden Stage Inn’s Foodies Package (available soon!) there are some amazing offerings at Hidden Kitchen, a culinary workshop venue at the Inn at Weathersfield.

On April 24-25, they are offering a Kitchen Garden Design and Garden Cooking Adventure with special guest author Ellen Ecker Ogden (The Complete Kitchen Garden). $230 per person includes a 2.5 hour garden design class, a 2.5 hour cooking class, a 1 hour lecture, lunch and dinner.

On May 16, Hidden Kitchen is offering a workshop called “Wild Flavors: Celebrating Greens Cultivated and Wild”. Special guests are Chef/Cookbook Author Didi Emmons and David Craft PhD, author of “Urban Foraging”. You’ll learn about growing, foraging and cooking wild and cultivated greens. Dine on your culinary creations for dinner, supplemented with dishes from the Inn at Weathersfield. $195 per person includes 5.5 hour class and dinner.

Billings Farm Opens on May 1 with fun activities all weekend…

Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides and free ice cream on the opening weekend of Billings Farm in Woodstock, Vermont. On May 2 and 3, watch sheep herding with Border Collies and sheep-shearing. A children’s art show will also be on display.

On May 23 and 24, head to Billings Farm for a cheese and dairy celebration. Sample cheeses and dairy products and meet Vermont cheesemakers. Learn about how to make ice cream, butter and cheese. Discover the rich history of Vermont dairy.

We look forward to welcoming you at our Southern Vermont bed and breakfast this spring! Please give us a call with any questions you may have: (802) 226-7744

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