Vermont Theater: the 2015 season

This year promises to be a great one for Vermont theater!  Arts enthusiasts will enjoy plays at Weston Playhouse during the summer and Northern Stage through the spring.  A Christmas Carol is just finishing up at Northern Stage, and the 2015 season will kick off soon.  Next Stage Arts Project in Putney, VT will also sometimes offer theater, but primarily features concerts, film showings and poetry readings.

 

Northern Stage is located in White River Junction, a 45-minute drive from our VT B&B.

 

Blithe Spirit, by Noel Coward, will show from February 11 through March 1.

A ghostly comedy in which a novelist encounters the spirit of his dead wife through a spiritual medium, Madame Arcati.

Orwell in America, by Joe Sutton, will show from March 11 through March 29.

A drama about George Orwell’s book tour through America, in which a chaperone tries to convince him not to preach his socialist views.

Songs for a New World, by Jason Robert Brown, will play from April 8 to May 3.

This play is described as a ‘song cycle/musical revue’ embodies stories of new beginnings in song.  A generational piece with a strong cast.

Weston Playhouse, in Weston, VT is a hit for summer theater-goers.

 

The first show will be ‘Pump Boys and Dinettes’ from June 30 to July 11.

This off-Broadway country musical has received great acclaims for its “down home music, joy and laughs.”

From July 16-25, see ‘Peter and the Starcatcher.’

This is the grown-ups prequel to Peter Pan, and winner of 5 Tony awards!  A dozen actors play over a hundred characters.

‘Guys and Dolls’ will show between July 30 and August 22.

Enjoy this classic musical, an “oddball romantic comedy” set in a fantastical New York City.

And finally, between August 27 and September 5, see The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.

An American masterpiece, in which a nostalgic Southern belle wishes for a better life for her children.

 

Weston Playhouse also has a smaller venue, called “Other Stages”.

Junie B. Jones, a musical for children, will debut on June 25th and plays through July 12th.  This hilarious little girl sings about the trials and triumphs of being in the first-grade.

The Other Place is a dramatic mystery, playing from July 23rd to August 9th.  Described as “a riveting new psychological drama” and “a brilliantly crafted work, in which nothing is as it seems.”

There will be one last play (or musical) that has yet to be unveiled.  It will take place in the second half of August…stay tuned!

Vermont Winter Activities

Not a skier or snowboarder?  Need a different way to get outdoors and explore other Vermont winter activities?

Luckily, near Golden Stage Inn, there is no shortage of winter activities.  Whether you want a relaxing day enjoying scenic beauty, a thrilling adventure, or are a more “indoors-y” type, we have you covered.  Check out our Top Ten List for non-skiing wintertime activities in Vermont!  Book your room for a winter-y wonderland vacation.

  1. Dog Sledding in the Moonlight

  2. Snow Tubing

  3. Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides

  4. Cross-Country Skiing

  5. Snowmobiling

  6. Ice Skating

  7. Cozying up by the fireside

  8. Snowshoeing

  9. Build a snowman and a snow fort!

  10. Spa & shopping day

dog sled dogs 2013

Dog sledding with Great River Outfitters of Windsor, Vermont is a fantastic way to get on the snow.  You can go during the day, get a custom tour, or even have a moonlit dogsled ride!  Meet all the dogs before you zoom along over the snow through gorgeous Vermont winter scenery.  Best of all, you won’t have to do any of the work!  This is what the husky sled team loves to do, and you’ll feel the dogs’ and trainer’s enthusiasm, too.  You may have the opportunity to do a bit of the sled driving yourself!  Dog-sledding is new this year to Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center as well.

Snowtubing is a thrilling way to spend an afternoon! Take the kids (or kids at heart!) to Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center, which also offers snowshoeing, XC-skiing, and sometimes ice skating. Magic Mountain and Okemo also have snow-tubing hills.  You’ll have a hard time wiping the smile off your face.  :)

“Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh…o’er the fields we go, laughing all the way!”  Take an old-fashioned horse drawn sleigh ride, one of the most classic family-friendly Vermont winter activities.  Horse-drawn sleigh rides are offered at several locations around Southern Vermont.  You’ll want to call in advance to be sure of times, weather conditions and cost.  Here are a few places within driving distance from our Inn:

Billings Farm & Museum: (802) 457-2355

Great River Outfitters802-674-9933

Kendron Valley Stables: (802) 457-1480 or (802) 457-3015

Taylor Farm: (802) 824-5690

Green Mountain Orchards: (802) 387-5851

Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center (December 20th and 24th-28th only; 11 am-3pm)

Cross-Country Skiing may not seem as thrilling as downhill skiing, but there are tons of benefits.  Vermonters love cross-country skiing because you really get into nature – no mechanized ski lifts, no crowds – it’s just you and the trail.  Cross-country skiing is a fantastic workout if you like to get your heart rate up, or if you miss running and hiking during the snowy season.  And, best of all, it’s way less expensive than downhill skiing!  Check out Viking Nordic Center in Londonderry, Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center, Okemo’s cross-country trails, or Wild Wings in Peru.  Wild Wings offers yoga, and Viking Nordic Center has a cookie trail…cool!

Ever considered snowmobiling?  Rent a sled nearby!  The Wood family tried snowmobile rentals through Snowmobile Vermont in 2013 – and loved it!  This snowmobiling company is less than a half hour from our bed and breakfast, and is located in the scenic Calvin Coolidge State Forest.  Read about their snowmobile experience here.

You can go ice skating at Okemo’s Ice House for $5.  Skates and helmet rentals are an extra $5 each.  There is a warming hut decorated with antique ice-harvesting equipment.

Grab a hot drink and cozy up with a blanket by our Inn’s fireside.  Grab your favorite book or browse our selection in the common room.  Choose one of our many games to play, or solve a puzzle on your own.  We also offer free Wi-fi connection, if you need to do some holiday shopping or browse the web.  Stay satiated with hot cider, endless access to the cookie jar, and hot coffee and tea.  Winter afternoons offer homemade soups!  Soups, cookies and beverages are all complimentary when you stay with us.

Snowshoe in style…with wine and cheese!  Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center offers wine & cheese snowshoe tours for $25 per person.  Call ahead for a reservation: 802-843-2400.  Difficulty level of the tour is determined by the group.  Enjoy wine and Grafton Village Cheese by a crackling fire in the warming hut.  Feel like staying closer to home (or, ahem, the Inn)?  Borrow our snowshoes for a tromp around Proctor-Piper State Forest, directly adjacent to our backyard!  (This option is completely free.)

Got kids?  After you’ve had your fill of our delectable homemade breakfast, bundle up and head out to play in the yard!  Build a snowman, snow sculptures or a snow fort…and prepare for the inevitable flinging of snowballs.  While you’re out there, say hello to our friendly sheep and backyard chickens (which supplied the eggs you ate for breakfast!)  Our latest addition is a young lamb…yet to be named.

Snow farm animal at Vermont lodging

Looking to get out…but not in the snow?  Enjoy a unique spa and shopping day.  There are plenty of year-round activities in our area of Vermont.  Get a spa treatment at the Castle Resort next door.  You can borrow our punch card to access their fitness room and pool for just $15.  Through us, you can also get $10 off of a pedicure at Salon 2000 and $8 drop-in yoga classes at Sama Yoga, both in Chester.  Ask about our other numerous coupons for shopping and dining.  Explore locally-owned bookstores, sugar houses, cafes, wine & cheese shops, galleries and craft stores.  Finish your day on the town with dinner at one of the fantastic restaurants in South Central VT.

Christmas Eve Smorgasbord 2014

Each year, Golden Stage Inn decks the halls for Christmas Eve festivities.  Innkeeper Julie celebrates her Swedish heritage with her family, and all are invited to participate in the feast.  Appetizers and beverages start the evening off.  Traditional Swedish dishes are served in a buffet-style dinner, followed by an array of desserts.  It is truly an evening of light and laughter!  Guests are invited to participate for $25 per person.  Dinner is served around 7, but arrive earlier for appetizers and mingling!  For more information, please read 2013’s blog post about the Christmas Eve Swedish Smorgasbord at Golden Stage Inn.  Here are a few photos from last year’s Smorgasbord:

Swedish Smorgasboard with decor at the Golden Stage Inn

Swedish decorations and tablecloth.

Delicious almond cake and apple cake

Santa Lucia offers Swedish desserts of apple cake and almond cake.  “God Jul,” as the napkin says, is pronounced “Good Yule” and means Merry Christmas!

Golden Wedding Anniversary Special

Celebrating your 50th anniversary?  We’d like to treat you to one night at the Golden Stage Inn for just $50 – valid any time during the month of your 50th anniversary.  After all these years, you both deserve a relaxing getaway to the countryside.  Recently, we had two instances of two couples celebrating their 50th anniversary at Golden Stage Inn at the same time!

50th Wedding Anniversary

In October, we said ‘Congratulations’ to John and Donna (above), and Theodore and Judy (below).

Golden 50th Anniversary!

The couples above spontaneously celebrated their anniversaries on the same weekend without having known each other in advance!  Back in September, two sisters celebrated their 50th wedding anniversaries on the same weekend as well.  They kindly provided these photos for a flashback.

50th wedding anniversary

Congratulations to Rose and Bert (above) and Judy and Bob (below)!

50th wedding anniversary

Your Golden Wedding Anniversary getaway special includes our signature 2-course breakfast, coffee and tea, and access to the bottomless cookie jar.  Innkeepers Michael and Julie have great recommendations for restaurants and day trips in the area.  Let them know what you’re looking for, and they’ll point you in the direction that best suits your idea of a perfect 50th anniversary spent in Southern Vermont.

To make your reservation, call Golden Stage Inn at (802) 226-7744.  You can also book online.

VT Ski and Stay Deals (and Secrets!)

Our Vermont ski and stay deals have gone live!  Read our three secrets for an unforgettable ski trip in Vermont.

Ready to plan your ski trip for the upcoming winter?  Our ski and stay deals are available now!  If you’re looking for an affordable ski trip, we have a couple of recommendations for you.  Ski midweek to save on both lodging and lift tickets.  Golden Stage Inn’s ski and stay deals offer 20% off of midweek lodging (excluding holidays*).  If your work week or kids’ school schedule makes a midweek getaway impossible, you’ll still get a deal by skiing on weekends.  For reservations of two nights or more, our rooms are 10% off during weekends (excluding holiday periods).  Purchase your Okemo lift tickets through us and save up to $14 per person per day.  Book now to plan your Vermont ski trip!

*Holiday periods for ski and stay deals include Christmas/New Year’s Week, MLK weekend, and President’s Day week.

 

Secret #1…Eat well!

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Enjoy the local food Vermont has to offer!  When you make your lodging reservation for ski season, don’t forget to look into the area’s restaurants as well.  Some of our favorites are those that feature locally harvested ingredients.  Check out Stemwinder and The Downtown Grocery in Ludlow, Lucy’s Tavern at the Inn at Weathersfield, or SoLo Farm & Table in South Londonderry.  What’s more, Golden Stage Inn’s two-course complimentary breakfasts feature local ingredients, including local meats and eggs and honey from our own backyard!  Finally, slope-side prices for lunch can get pricey.  Save money and enjoy a healthful meal by picking up lunch ingredients at Singleton’s Market or Jersey Girls Farm Cafe & Market – two independent grocers near our bed and breakfast.  Both offer a deli counter and Vermont-made foods.  Get sandwiches and soups to go, or create your own lunch back at the Inn and store it in our guest fridge.  We will happily provide any kitchen utensils you may need.

 

Secret #2…Rest up!

Golden Stage Inn - rooms Family Suite - Beehive Queen

Get the most out of your day at the slopes by getting a good night’s sleep.  The beds at our Inn are designed for comfort and a restful night.  Plenty of guests have asked where we purchase our soft sheets – so we decided to stock them at the Inn for those who’d like to buy a set for home.  You’ll wake rejuvenated and ready for a day of exercise and fun!  Once you’ve skied to your heart’s content, return to a hot shower with excellent water pressure, comfortable couches, complimentary hot soup & cider, and a crackling fireside.  If you want to get out on the town, Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce offers great a calendar of events.  You can also catch a movie in Springfield, or attend the occasional concert at Gethsemane Church down the street.

 

Secret #3…Find the magic!

Winter sheep

Okemo Mountain Resort is just a few minutes drive and a wonderful place to ski…but did you know there are many more winter activities in Southern Vermont?

  • You can also downhill ski at Magic Mountain, Bromley and Killington – all within 45 minutes of Golden Stage Inn.  Each has its own unique features, trails and beauty.  Bromley is south-facing and (usually) sunny with Terrain-Based Learning.  Magic is old school and rustic, for the more rugged skiers.  And it would take more than a day to discover all the trails and terrain parks on Killington Mountain!
  • Cross-country skiing may not seem as daring as downhill skiing, but you’ll sure get a workout!  If you miss running or hiking during the winter, this is a fun and affordable option to get outside and active.  The natural beauty of VT wintertime forests is stunningly peaceful…you’ll find yourself forgetting about all the troubles back in the ‘real world’.  Viking Nordic Center in Londonderry offers an extensive trail network for all levels, as does Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center.  You can take lessons to master this new skill at both locations.
  • Become a kid again by snow tubing, ice skating or dog-sledding!
  • Borrow Golden Stage Inn’s snow shoes to take a winter hike or challenge yourself in the hilly Proctor-Piper State Forest (adjacent to our backyard!).
  • Have the kids build a snowman, or trek across the Inn’s snowy lawn to visit our sheep and chickens.

Skiing in Vermont is magical…and there is always more magic to be found!

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