Coupons Announced for our B&B Holiday Special!

This year we’re reintroducing the “I Hate Malls” B&B holiday special, for all those out there who dread the holiday shopping list.  As before, we’ll provide the gift certificate for a delicious wood-fired pizza and all the wrapping supplies you could need.  But new this year are exclusive coupons available only to Golden Stage Inn guests!  Some of our favorite shops, restaurants and wellness services have partnered with us to get you discounts on your holiday shopping in Vermont.  Moseying from place to place in Ludlow, Cavendish, Proctorsville and Chester is anything but hectic and stressful.  These wonderful discounts, along with the low room rates of our B&B holiday special, will only make it easier to check all those items off that pesky shopping list without breaking the bank.  Check out these VIP offers below…

Blue Sky Trading Company

It’s hard to leave this store once you enter!  Eclectic gifts, VT foods, jewelry, pottery, glass, candles… As a guest of our B&B, enjoy 25% off of one item.

The DaVallia: Art and Accents

Fantastic shopping for unique gifts, art and home décor.  Details of the promotion yet to come.  Below, a handmade espresso coffee mug from the store.

Espresso Coffee Cup

Goodman’s American Pie

Irresistible wood-fired pizza in downtown Ludlow.  You’ll receive a gift certificate for a pie of your choice through our B&B holiday special.  Get your pie to go and enjoy by the fireside at the Inn’s sitting room.  (It will go great with your BYOB cocktail and our complimentary hot cider and cookies!)

Six Loose Ladies

Fiber arts store just down the street, offering classes, a gallery and yarns.  Your coupon will get you 20% off of non-consignment items and a free gift with purchase!

Sama Yoga

A fantastic new studio in Chester offering Vinyasa Flow, Power Yoga, and Primary Series.  Try out one of their yoga classes for just $8, as opposed to the regular $12 drop-in rate.  They’ll certainly lower your blood pressure during the holiday stress!

Northern Ski Works

Ski shop and rentals, located in Ludlow and Killington.  Re-stock on gear for the 2014-2015 ski season, or rent during your ski vacation to Okemo or Killington mountains.

Meditrina

(Named after the Roman goddess of health, longevity and wine!)  This wine, beer & cheese shop is situated in the lovely town of Chester, VT. Great variety of products, local options, and knowledgeable service.  “I Hate Mall-ers” will receive 10% off of all purchases.

beerWall

Misty Valley Books

Small, independent bookstore with every genre, plus Vermont-themed books and Vermont authors!  With a coupon from the Innkeepers, you’ll receive 10% off of your purchase.

Salon 2000

This calm and relaxing spa offers beauty and personal care.  It has a great location by a quaint train station in Chester.  Salon 2000 has offered $10 off a pedicure for Golden Stage Inn guests – a great way to treat yourself!

MacLaomainn’s Scottish Pub

Great atmosphere, food & drink!  Stop in for lunch, dinner, or a beer.  Those who’ve purchased the “I Hate Malls” package will receive 15% off of bill, excluding tip, tax and alcohol.

Mr. Darcy’s Bar and Grill

Delicious pub fare just a few minutes down the road from our B&B…parmesan truffle fries, burgers, pasta, salads, seafood, various entrees.  With a coupon from the innkeeper, you’ll receive 10% off your meal (excluding alcohol).

appetizer

We hope you’ll check out these independent Vermont businesses, regardless of whether you are participating in our B&B holiday special. Each one has something unique to offer and is committed to customer service and maintaining the unique character of Vermont downtowns.  The owners are often found at the store, making for a more personal experience than you’d have at a chain store or a mall.  Small, owner-run businesses are truly a characteristic of Southern Vermont, and we hope you’ll someday discover in person what makes the towns of Ludlow, Chester and Cavendish so special!

How to Plan a Ski Trip in Vermont

Killington is already open for business and Okemo, Bromley, Magic and Stratton are busy making snow.  Skiers and snowboarders are dreaming of the snowfall soon to come.  If you are hoping to plan your ski vacation in Vermont, we have a few tips that will help make life easy.

How to Plan a Ski Trip in Vermont

1. If you have kids or are traveling with a large party, plan early.

There is a bit more flexibility for last-minute bookings for parties of two, but when traveling with a family or a party of friends, book in advance.  Golden Stage Inn and many other small bed and breakfasts offer suites.  Our double-roomed suites offer multiple bed size options, privacy between the two rooms, and a better deal than booking multiple separated rooms.

Cavendish Suite

The Cavendish suite has one room with a Queen-sized bed, and a second that can have two twin beds, or one king-sized bed.  

The Beehive Suite has a Queen-sized bed in one room.  The second contains two twin beds and a pull-out couch.

2. Choose accommodations that are close to the slopes…

…but maybe not too close.  While some people enjoy staying slope-side, many find that the quick drive between the mountain and their choice of accommodations makes for a cozy home base.  If your preferred ski mountain is Okemo, Golden Stage Inn is just 10 minutes down the road.  This is a perfect distance because we are also close to Killington, Magic and Bromley, giving you multiple options if you’d like to ski the many mountains Vermont has to offer.

3. Find an Inn or B&B that has many dining options nearby.

Ideally, you’d like those dining options to be close to the Inn.  Better yet if there are restaurants between the ski slopes and your lodging, making for a convenient apres-ski and less time on the road.  Between Okemo and Golden Stage, you’ll come across many dining options.  Restaurants in Ludlow are diverse in their offerings of food.  Some of our favorites include Stemwinder, The Downtown Grocery, Sam’s Steakhouse, and Mr. Darcy’s.  If you ski Bromley, check out Johnny Seesaw’s or the Mill Tavern on your way back.  A diversity of dining options is nice as well, so that you might sample the wide range of delicious food Southern Vermont has to offer.

Downtown Grocery dinner ludlow VT

A delicious daily special at The Downtown Grocery, a fine farm-to-table dining establishment located midway between Okemo Mountain and Golden Stage Inn.

4. Choose accommodations that offer fireplaces and warm treats.

There’s like a crackling fire to warm you up on a snowy day!  Golden Stage Inn’s sitting room has a fireplace front and center.  You’ll also have unlimited access to hot tea, coffee, and cider…as well as the bottomless cookie jar, whose contents are often freshly baked!  Curl up with your hot beverage on a comfy couch by the fire and enjoy your book or puzzle.  The back sitting room and several of our guest rooms offer gas fireplaces as well: Otis’ Room, Cornelia’s Room, and the Cavendish Suite.  Another great reason to book early…you can snag the fireplace rooms!

Golden Stage Inn Sitting Room

5.  Purchase ski & stay packages to get discounted lift tickets.  See if you can swing a midweek getaway to save big time!

When considering how to plan a ski trip in Vermont, money is always a factor.  You’ll save big on your ski trip if you combine your tickets and lodging.  Skiing midweek gets you even greater discounts on lodging and ski tickets.  At Golden Stage Inn, we offer ski & stay packages that will let you save money on lift tickets at Okemo Mountain.  If you’re not booking a ski & stay package, you can still order lift tickets through Golden Stage Inn at lower prices than Okemo’s retail value!

6.  If you have non-skiiers, choose a location that offers activities and winter adventures for them as well.

Occasionally, we’ll host parties where one or two people don’t ski or snowboard.  Luckily, our bed & breakfast is right in the middle of several quaint Vermont towns that have so much to offer non-skiiers.  The innkeepers often recommend that guests visit the Vermont Country Store in Weston or take a sleigh ride at Billings Farm in Woodstock.  Visitors also love to shop for antiques in Chester, taste cheese or maple syrup at nearby local producers, and tour art galleries.  For non-skiiers who still want to get outdoors, borrow snowshoes to trek around the woods of Proctor-Piper State Forest in Golden Stage Inn’s own backyard, or go skating at Okemo’s skating rink.  There is even a place to go dog-sledding in Windsor, VT: Great River Outfitters!  Non-skiiers even love just hanging out at the inn – which offers a spacious common room not found in your typical hotel or condo.

Dog-Sledding

7.  Finally, plan ahead for lunch.

Buying food on the mountain can be EXPENSIVE, and ski mountains might not offer the kind of lunch you’re interested in.  Stop at a grocery store on your drive up to Vermont and stock up on lunch supplies.  Ask the Inn or B&B you’re staying at if you’ll have access to a fridge and kitchen accessories for creating and storing your lunch.  (Golden Stage Inn offers both).  And remember that at Golden Stage Inn there will be warm homemade soup awaiting you back at the Inn (starting after Christmas!)

 

We hope these insider tips help guide you in how to plan a ski trip in Vermont.  More questions?  Feel free to call the Innkeepers at (802) 226-7744.

A Very Scary Halloween

This Halloween was quite a fright at Golden Stage Inn!  Every October, Innkeepers Julie and Michael continue the tradition handed down by the previous owners of the inn – transform the quaint bed & breakfast into a haunted house!  Each year has a theme…2013 was the Insane Asylum, 2012 was Proctorsville Prison, 2011 was “The Guests Who Never Left.”  (Just kidding, we let our guests leave…eventually…)

And for 2014, we turned Golden Stage Inn into a Carnival…or is it Carn-EVIL?!

Check out the spooky photos and spine-tingling video!  We reward visitors for their bravery with homemade cookies, hot apple cider, and Halloween candy, of course.  This year, about 100 people came through the bed & breakfast.  So if you’re ever in Cavendish or Proctorsville for Halloween, stop by the Inn!  We’ll be sure to scare you silly.

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halloween car-evil

 

 

Halloween Group Photo

 

Happy Halloween, from all of us ghouls to you!

 

Southern Vermont Events: November – December 2014

Let’s look ahead to what’s in store for November and December of 2014.  Check out the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce’s complete calendar for more information on Southern Vermont events.

 

Okemo Valley Events: November 2014 

Hear notable Vermont authors speak at the First Universalist Parish in Chester, VT.  This event takes place every Sunday in November at 2 pm!  For more information, visit Misty Valley Books’ website

On November 7th, see Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame singer Mavis Staples at Bellows Falls Opera House!  Enjoy a rockin’ night of music, and perhaps stop at a restaurant along the way.

Movie night!  Watch UP in Ludlow, VT on November 8th.  Fun for the whole family!

On November 15th (and 22nd), taste Plymouth Cheese at the Vermont Country Store in Rockingham from 12-3 pm. That same evening, enjoy Celtic music in Ludlow’s Town Hall Auditorium ($15).

Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers raise the roof on November 16th at the Gethsemane Church in Proctorsville – walking distance from Golden Stage Inn.  Bed and breakfast guests can enjoy this blend of blues, soul and funk for $10.

It’s time to look forward to ski trips in Vermont!  OMS Ski Swap takes place November 21-23 at the Clocktower Base of Okemo Mountain Ski Resort.  Buy and sell new and used ski gear.

On November 23rd, Vermont is the place for holiday travels!  The Santa Express leaves from Bellows Falls to “The North Pole” at 9:30 am, 1:15 pm and 5 pm.  Great fun for the family, and to get in the Christmas spirit.  There are other ways to celebrate the season as well – Billings Farm in Woodstock, VT offers Wagon Rides every weekend in November ($14 for adults, $8 for kids 5-15).  Thanksgiving weekend happens at Billings Farm the following weekend, on November 29th.

 

Okemo Valley Events: December 2014

Think snow, skiing, and holiday season!  Lots of Christmas events, holiday shopping, and getting ready for the upcoming winter snow…

December 6th – Coolidge Holiday Open House from 10-4 in Plymouth, VT.  Enjoy sleigh rides, crafts, lunch, music and more at this historic site.  On the same day, check out Christmas in Weston, VT!  Voted a top ten winter event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.  That evening, enjoy colonial cocktails and food with Corin Hirsh at the Inn at Weathersfield.

On December 13th, two authors will talk about their books at the Vermont Country Stores in both Weston and Rockingham.  Later on, celebrate Christmas in Mount Holly with a visit from Santa, refreshments, Christmas carols and plays.

New Years Eve on Star Lake is a wonderful event happening not far from Golden Stage Inn.  Every year, people gather at Star Lake for skating, a bonfire, and fireworks.

 

We hope this brief calendar of events helps as you plan your holiday travels, your ski trips, and your Vermont vacation!  If you plan to visit Vermont in November or December, don’t forget to check out our discounted rates with the “I Hate Malls!” package from November 4th through December 15th.

Added Flair & Hair!

Golden Stage Inn Sitting Room

We’ve renovated one of our sitting rooms!  This cozy sitting room is towards the back of inn – as you approach the solarium for breakfast, you’ll see it just past the coffee & cookie room.  There is a comfortable sofa and a rocker for reading and chatting, or a table with chairs if you prefer playing games and solving puzzles.  A gas-fired stove provides warmth, while plants liven up the space.  We hope this space offers everything you seek in a New England bed and breakfast.

Amazingly, we’ve had an unexpected triumph with one of our houseplants!  This Dr. Seuss-like oddity is called a ‘Pony-tail Tree.’  Check out these before and after pictures…

Golden Stage Inn house plant in sitting room

Before:  The plant was in a cramped pot and a shady, cool corner on the second floor.  Were those frail little wisps of pony-tail leaves even worth keeping?  Julie thought it deserved a chance…

 

After:  The Pony-Tail Tree was re-potted and given a new home in the sunnier, warmer sitting room downstairs.  This photo just goes to show what a change of location can do for you!  Addressing your own needs is something we all need to do, and when we give them attention and care, we flourish.  Maybe a relaxing break in the sunny Golden Stage sitting room is what we all need!

B&B Sitting room renovation

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