Harvest Pumpkin Soup with Garam Masala

IMG_6752Every winter, after Christmas passes, Golden Stage Inn welcomes guests with steaming afternoon soup to warm chilly bones from the cold.  The soup season is coming to a close, so lets send you off with a new recipe from this year.  This Harvest Pumpkin Soup recipe was created by Golden Stage Inn’s Marketing Assistant.  It is a perfect winter soup that brings out the nostalgic flavors of fall: pumpkin, apple and onion.  The spices in the Garam Masala mix lend to a particularly warming effect, enhanced by garlic, ginger and a touch of curry powder for heat.  You can buy Garam Masala spice mix at most grocery stores, or you can make your own with freshly ground spices.  The amount of curry powder used is perfect for those who aren’t “spicy eaters”, so if you like your soup spicy-hot, add more!  Another key ingredient is Wood’s boiled cider — an apple syrup that adds sweetness and acidity to the soup.  If you do not have boiled cider available, you can substitute one tablespoon maple syrup, one tablespoon apple cider, and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.  Wood’s cider mill is not far from Golden Stage Inn and makes a great day trip during the cider-pressing and maple-sugaring seasons.  You can also find the product on King Arthur Flour’s website.

Harvest Pumpkin Soup with Garam Masala


2 1/4 cups stock (chicken or vegetable)

1/2 sugar pumpkin (if you would rather used canned pumpkin, I believe this would equal 2 cans.)

olive oil

1 onion

2 small apples (or one large apple)

2 cloves garlic

fresh ginger (use a thumb-sized amount)

2 teaspoons Garam Masala

1/2 teaspoon curry powder

3 tablespoons boiled cider

1 teaspoon salt


1. Prepare pumpkin by cutting it in half and seeding it.  Place the two halves on a baking tray with a bit of water, open sides down.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes, until soft.

2.  Chop onions and apples.  Finely dice ginger and garlic.

3. Warm stock in a medium-sized pot with 2 tablespoons of Woods’ boiled cider.  Scoop out a half of the cooked pumpkin, and add to the stock. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of garam masala over the mixture and stir to combine.  Cook on medium high heat until simmering, then turn heat to low and simmer until the other ingredients are ready.

4.  Warm olive oil in a pan over medium high heat.  Add onions and cook until translucent, then add apples and continue to cook.  When both apples and onions are soft, turn heat to low and add ginger, garlic, curry powder and 1/2 teaspoon garam masala.

5.  Add mixed sauteed ingredients to the pumpkin stock and stir.  Add salt.  Simmer on medium low for another 5 minutes.

6.  To puree the soup, I used an immersion blender.  If you do not have an immersion blender, you can use a stand-up blender or food processor.  Taste your soup and add extra curry powder, salt or garam masala if desired.

7.  Serve with a drizzle of boiled cider accenting each bowl.

Okemo’s Spring Schedule

Okemo’s ski season will likely continue into April, so get ready for spring skiing in Vermont! But before you plan your spring ski trip, please review this updated schedule for the end of the season:

  • Okemo Mountain will be open every day through April 12th.
  • After April 12th, Okemo will only be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Okemo Mountain services will be limited after Easter (April 5th). Call Resort Services for more details about what is or is not available after this date.
  • We’re not sure exactly when Okemo will close down the slopes for the season, because the conditions are weather dependent. Call Golden Stage Inn or Okemo to find out if the lifts are still running if you’re planning a last minute spring skiing trip.

With all the snowfall in February, the ski season should last a while longer! While we have run out of lift ticket vouchers at the Inn, Okemo is offering fantastic deals for spring skiing. Check out our End-of-Season Vermont Ski Deals blog post for all the details. If you plan a ski trip for the end of the season and the conditions are not ideal, there are also several alternatives to skiing at Okemo and in nearby towns. Read our blog post Okemo’s Other Offerings to learn about other fun activities.

Any other questions? Give us a call at (802) 226-7744.

End-of-season ski deals in Vermont

Family going to OkemoWe’ve made it through the deep cold of February. Snowfall was impressive, with 45 inches of snow reported in some areas of VT! March is the time to take advantage of all that fresh snow by skiing Okemo and staying at Golden Stage Inn. March offers spectacular end-of-season ski deals in Southern Vermont…

At Golden Stage Inn, we’re still offering discounted room reservations.

Stay at our bed and breakfast for two nights or more and receive 10% off your bill on weekends and 20% off during the week. (That’s over $100 savings on midweek!)  Your reservation includes a two-course homemade breakfast each morning, endless coffee, tea and cookies, and hot soup upon your return from a long day of skiing Okemo! These end-of-ski-season deals also mean you can try out our newly renovated rooms, Otis’ and Cornelia’s, at a lower price.

Golden Stage Inn’s discounted Okemo ski vouchers have sold out–but never fear! Okemo is offering plenty of spring skiing deals for lift tickets.

There is a Spring Lift & Lunch Special offered Tuesday through Thursday. Skiers can also save on end-of-season skiing by purchasing tickets in advance online: Adult 2-day tickets are $119 and 3-day tickets are $159. On March 29th, bring 5 non-perishable food items to donate and your lift ticket is $39. One of the best deals is the Spring Siesta Card. Starting March 20, you can purchase a pass for $99 that lets you gets you unlimited skiing for the rest of the season! Even if you can only make it up for 2 days, that’s a huge discount.

Please see Okemo’s Special Lift Ticket Deals to see full details, which may be subject to change.

So what’s the deal with the orange bubble?!

Okemo installed a new lift this year. The lift has an orange bubble that can be pulled down to shield riders from the wind. And if that wasn’t enough to escape the cold, the lift seats are also heated! If there was one way to make February’s subzero temperatures more bearable, that would be it. Oh…plus the hot soup and cider back at Golden Stage Inn!

Check out Okemo’s live webcams if you’re thinking about visiting Vermont for an end-of-season ski trip. Spring is within sight, and there’s only so much time left to hit the slopes!

Snow means ski time in Vermont

snow and beehivesSnow can be a pain when it means shoveling and traffic jams – but in Vermont, snow means skiing! Over the past weekend, Southern Vermont (including the Okemo Valley area) received about a foot of snow. The conditions are prime at the slopes of Okemo, Killington and Bromley. For cross-country skiers and snowshoers, the woods are gorgeous. Snow lingers on the boughs of hemlocks and fresh tracks hint at the presence of forest creatures.

Snowy Inn

Now that the snow has stopped falling, you can get the best of both worlds – great conditions and bluebird skies. And when the temperatures are really dropping, Okemo’s new bubble lift helps skiers brave the cold with heated seats and a wind-protective cover. According to the National Weather Service’s forecast, Proctorsville VT and other Okemo Valley towns will likely see some light snow Thursday into the evening. A drive from the city to rural Vermont countryside should be quite scenic on Friday!

Call us at (802) 226-7744 to reserve rooms for your Vermont ski trip. Happy President’s Day Week!

Recently Renovated Rooms!

In May and June of 2014, we renovated two of our rooms!  We’re pleased to announce that Otis’s Room and Cornelia’s Room have received a royal upgrade.  Browse our recent photos to see what’s new and improved…

Otis’s Room

Named for Otis Skinner, a descendant of Reverend Warren Skinner, whose family lived in this house in the 19th century.  Otis Skinner was born in 1858, and had a successful career as a Broadway actor.  According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica, Skinner played hundreds of roles on stages around the world until his death in 1942.

otis's room bookshelf

Otis’s Room now boasts a flat-screen TV, which you can watch from the comfort of the luxury mattress on the Queen-sized bed.

otis's renovated bathroom

The bathroom of Otis’s Room is completely new.  Step up two small stairs to find gorgeous tile work, an elegant sink perched atop an antique vanity, and (best of all!) a brand new jetted tub.  Time to relax!  Enjoy a wide variety of amenities in every room, and check our basket at the top of the stairs if you forgot any essential toiletries.

otis's view of bed

In the photographs above and below, you’ll notice a brand new gas-fired stove, to keep you toasty warm during the ski season.  Enjoy the fire from bed or in the sitting area, which offers a spacious and well-lit area to read or socialize.

otis's view of sitting area



 Cornelia’s Room

Cornelia Otis Skinner was the daughter of…you guessed it! Otis Skinner.  The room named for her is right across the hall from Otis’s Room.  Cornelia was also a famous actress in both plays and films, as well as a prolific author.  You can find copies of the books she wrote in our living room.

cornelia's fireplace

A gas-fired stove brings cheer and warmth to Cornelia’s Room on cold winter days.  This new addition makes Cornelia’s Room a cozy option for the ski season.  To the right of the fireplace, you’ll see another new addition: a flat screen TV.

cornelia's shower cropped

The bathroom has been completely redone to accommodate a spacious shower with luxurious tile.  The sink is located on an antique vanity just outside the bathroom door.  (See below.)  All of our bathrooms offer several amenities, including BeeKind hair and skin care products.

Cornelias Room vanity sink


Give us a call at (802) 226-7744 if you’d like to book one of our newly renovated rooms – we can promise that you’ll have a pampered stay!

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