Southern Vermont Restaurant Week

The 2014 Southern Vermont Restaurant Week will take place between April 25th and May 4th.  A visit to any of these restaurants for lunch and/or dinner will pair wonderfully with Golden Stage Inn’s Road Trip Package, which will give you access to discounts in local shops and stores.

Southern-Vermont-Restaurant-Week-logoManchester and Dorset, the central locations of the Southern Vermont Restaurant Week, are fantastic destinations for visiting Vermont.  You can shop for local products or visit the Manchester Design Outlets.  Both towns have much history and beauty, combining the picturesque Vermont landscape with exciting events year round (such as So VT Restaurant Week!).  Ask Golden Stage innkeepers about our Spring Bed and Breakfast Specials like the Road Trip Package to find out how to get exclusive coupons to Manchester and Dorset stores when you book a stay with us between April 20th and June 20th.  Read on to learn about the amazing restaurants participating in Southern Vermont Restaurant Week!

 

Brasserie L’Oustau de Provence

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A French Bistro overlooking the Green Mountains and embracing local foods.  Owner Michel Boyer says “Hospitality is a premium” in the true French spirit.  This restaurant truly fuses Vermont agriculture with French cuisine; the artisinal cheese plate is a perfect example of what both locations do the best!  “L’Oustau” is French for an agricultural homestead that is the center of a community.  With its French roots, it is no wonder Vermont holds many of the same ideals of good food and culture as France.

 

The Dorset Inn

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Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at this historic New England Tavern.  Just peeking at the menu on the Inn’s website was enough to make my mouth water!  Like Brasserie L’Oustau, the Dorest Inn is more of an upscale dining place, but has an adjacent Tavern with more casual fare.  If you enjoy fine dining but are on a budget or simply like to save money, So VT Restaurant is definitely the time to check out the restaurants with slightly more expensive menus.  The Dorset Inn’s menus change frequently to make the most of seasonally available ingredients, and they are a part of the Vermont Fresh Network just like the Golden Stage Inn.

 

Bistro Henry

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Bistro Henry features fine dining from Southern Italy and Northern France with an award-winning wine list.  The restaurant’s earned several awards from Open Table voters including Diner’s Choice 2014 as well as Diners’ Choice Winner for the categories ‘Fit for Foodies
’ and ‘Notable Wine List.’  Their wine list has earned Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence since 1995.  If those credentials aren’t enough, you can rest assured that they use local Vermont food in their cooking.  Oh, and there’s also a bakery for your sweet tooth.  Wow.

 

Barrows House Restaurant

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The plates at Barrows House are truly art.  The gorgeous meals are twists on classical New England Tavern meals made with fresh local ingredients, as Barrows is a member of the Vermont Fresh Network as well.  The food pairs perfectly with the historic setting and décor…if Southern VT Restaurant Week is warm enough you can spend your evening on the outdoor terrace.  Not only will you experience the best of Vermont’s farm-to-table scene, you’ll also get to sample craft beers of the region.

Perfect Wife

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All the amazing accolades about food apply to The Perfect Wife Restaurant.  Something that truly sets them apart is their sister tavern…The Other Woman.  Here, live music abounds with open mic nights on Wednesdays and small concerts on Fridays.  Take a seat in the cobble-stoned restaurant or the greenhouse garden room.  The Perfect Wife Restaurant prides itself on catering to all dining tastes and evening-out scenarios.

 

Ye Olde Tavern

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A traditional eating experience in a 1790 Colonial restaurant.  Enjoy great service and New England classic fare.  The dinner and dessert menus are hearty and will leave you satisfied and full!  Ye Olde Tavern features an entire menu of Vintage Cocktails from the 1930’s, so you can step back in time.  You’ll see historic pictures on the walls and classic New England décor everywhere.  A true New England experience.

 

Ted Restaurant

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The site of Ted’s Restaurant was originally a dairy farm and was once a safe haven for travelers of the Underground Railroad.  Today, the basement serves as a wine cellar, and the foundation of the building places it on Vermont’s Marble Trail.  And of course, food is what this location is all about.  Choose a salad or soup to start with, followed by a main course that uses humanely raised and sustainably harvested meat and fish.  The chef creates daily specials using the best of Vermont local foods.

 

Al Ducci di Notte

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An Italian eatery and gourmet food store.  The Trattoria features a mozzarella bar, antipastos, and ‘secondi’ plates.  This may be the closest to Italy you can get in Vermont!  Warm, friendly and welcoming, the perfect place for fantastic food in a laid back atmosphere.  Stop by to simply peek – there are local cheeses, fine spreads, vinegars, oils, and…pizza!  On the run?  Grab a freshly prepared sandwich at the deli.  If you’re looking for something to satisfy the sweet tooth, sit down for a dessert and coffee.

Buon Appetito during Southern Vermont Restaurant Week!

-Sophi Veltrop, The Golden Stage Inn

 

Images Courtesy: SoVT Restaurant Week, Brasserie L’Oustau, The Dorset Inn, Bistro Henry, Barrows House, The Perfect Wife Restaurant, Ye Olde Tavern, Ted Restaurant and Al Ducci.

April Classes at the Vault Gallery, Springfield Vermont

Vault-Art-Gallery-In-Springfield-VTMany of you may be familiar with Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts here in Ludlow Vermont.  But did you know there’s another great gallery nearby Golden Stage Inn?  The VAULT Gallery in Springfield, Vermont is just a 25-minute drive from our bed and breakfast.  The Vault offers programs and workshops for all ages, from half-day workshops to week-long kids’ art camps.  You can also just pop you head in for a quick peek at the local crafts and art featured in the gallery as you stroll through downtown Springfield.  Be warned though, a quick glance may rope you in to admiring the artwork for longer than you expected!  Back in December, I entered the Vault gallery to purchase a Christmas card…I walked out a full hour later after looking at the many unique pieces and having a conversation with the gallery’s volunteers.

Visit Vermont’s VAULT art gallery this spring to explore classes and programs that suit your abilities and interests…

  • April 5th: Felt a Panda with Instructor Sue Carey.  Participants will felt an adorable 6-inch tall panda bear.  Suitable for beginning and intermediate felters, you will walk away with a knowledge of felting techniques, including how to make your felt soft and fuzzy!  Tuition is $25; Materials fee is $25.  This class runs from noon to 4pm.Vacation-Art-Camp-at-VAULT-Gallery-Vermont
  • April 14th & 15th: Vacation Art Camp!  Draw Fantasy Creatures with Christine Mix. Get your child creative over their school break, with elves, dragons, fairies, knights and more. Suitable for children ages 10 and up.  Art class is from 1-3pm at the Parks & Rec Building at 139 Main Street.  Fee is $10 per child; register early for a spot.
  • April 14, 15 & 17: Vacation Art Camp!  Look at Me: Adventures in Creating Portraits with Ginger Maciejowski and Diane Kemble. Suitable for children ages 7+; Fee is $10 per child. Use watercolors, mosaics and colored pencils to make different kinds of portraits! This art class runs from 9:30-11:30 am. 
  • April 19th: Painting Spectacular Flowers in Watercolor with Robert O’Brien. Over the course of the day, you will learn basic flower-painting techniques from a renowned painter.  This painting class is suitable for painters of all abilities, including beginners.  Start with a demonstration by the instructor, followed by a class with hands-on guidance.  Finish the day with a critique and discussion, taking home your own beautiful piece of artwork!  Class fee is $75, and will last from 9:30am to 4pm.

 

Vermont Road Trip Special at the Golden Stage Inn B&B

Vermont Road Trip 2014 with the Golden Stage Inn Bed and Breakfast

Take a Central and Southern Vermont Road Trip with our Spring 2014 Bed and Breakfast Special -

– an exploration of the unique wonders surrounding our bed and breakfast will fill your spring vacation in VT with excitement, adventure, and memories!  When you book a two-night stay with our Road Trip Package between April 20th and June 20th, you’ll get lodging for two people plus all of the goodies, prizes and amenities described here.  As always, all of Golden Stage Inn’s signature homemade treats, complimentary breakfasts, and exceptional hospitality are included in your stay.  The Road Trip Special is $315 (plus tax); additional nights can be added to your stay.  Book now or call (802) 226 7744.

Aside from saving yourself money with this B&B discount, we’ve concocted a few traveler’s treats and treasures to make your spring break road trip convenient and memorable…

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Upon arrival, you’ll receive a free Vermont Road Trip Kit as a gift from the Innkeepers. This Kit includes:

  • Fuel in the form of local Vermont snacks – to keep your energy up while you explore.
  • Vermont road maps to plan your routes, plus suggested itineraries of scenic drives, great towns to visit, and fun things to do.
  • A travelin’ tunes mix CD from the Inn to blast in your car and put a pep in your step!
  • Exclusive coupons and discounts to stores and vendors across Central and South Vermont; available only to guests staying at the Golden Stage Inn.
  • Brand new Golden Stage Inn postcards (designed by Sadie Wood and printed on 100% recycled paper).  Write about your travels and we’ll stamp and mail them for you!
  • A Vermont-themed bumper sticker or two…
  • …and more surprises!

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Golden Stage Inn Spring 2014 Photo Contest & Prize Drawing

Take pictures & videos of your Vermont Road Trip to be entered in a prize drawing!  The winner will receive a free night’s stay at Golden Stage Inn.  As you head out on your adventures, take a pair of the Inn’s honeybee antennae with you…every picture you take will get you one entrance into the drawing!  Take a video between 45 seconds and 1.5 minutes to receive five entries into the contest!  Each person may submit up to twenty entries.

Play Vermont Road Trip Bingo to win a gas card!

We’ve included a few car games in your complimentary Road Trip Kit.  One of them, Travel Bingo, may be familiar to you from childhood.  Every time you see an item on the scorecard, cross it off.  When you get a row, column, or diagonal completely crossed off, you’ve got bingo!  Bring your completed Vermont Road Trip Bingo back to the innkeepers to receive a gas card.  We feel we should chip in for your fuel needs during your journey!

Take a road trip through South and Central Vermont this spring!

Plan your Road Trip to Vermont for the weekend of June 7th or June 21st to pair your vacation with a scrumptious dinner event with local cooks and farmers!  June 7th will be Indian Cuisine Night, and June 21st will be VT Farm-to-Table Feast!

Vermonters create Dinner Specials: Indian & Farm-to-Table Cuisine!

This June, visit the Golden Stage Inn Bed and Breakfast near Ludlow, VT to enjoy two spectacular dinners specially prepared for you by Vermont cooks!  The first will be authentic, homemade Indian cuisine; the second will be a Vermont farm-to-table dinner sourced with fresh, organic ingredients from local farms and fields.  Our specials page will tell you how to book your dinner reservation along with your room or one of our spring specials and packages.  Read on to find out more…but be warned in advance that your mouth may water!

June 7th, 2014: Authentic Indian Food with Lini Mazumdar of Anjali Farm and Lotus Moon Medicinals

lini-at-vermont-farmers-market-indian-cuisineOn June 7th, prepare your taste buds for a trip to India…while spending the evening at our Vermont Inn.  Lini Mazumdar has won the Amateur Chef Competition at the Taste of Vermont’s Stratton Festival in both 2013 and 2014.  She lives and works on Anjali Farm with her husband and is passionate about sourcing organic ingredients and Vermont local foods as the season permits.  Experience her talent firsthand through the Golden Stage Inn’s special Authentic Indian Cuisine Experience.  Arrive around 6:00 pm to enjoy appetizers & beverages, and to meet Lini and watch her cook in the Golden Stage Inn’s open kitchen!  Dinner will be served around 8:00 pm, and recipes will be provided for you to take home with you.

 

 

The evening’s menu will consist of:

  • Daal (Indian stewed lentils)
  • Basmati Rice
  • Spiced vegetables
  • A meat dish
  • Raita (seasoned yogurt dip)

Here are some sample dishes from her website to give you an idea of what you might see at our first Vermont dinner evening:

  • Basmati Rice with peas and onions
  • Red Lentil Daal with carrots and cilantro
  • Braised greens and garlic-y potatoes
  • Carrot and apple Raita
  • Chicken with ginger-cumin tomato sauce
  • Aromatic mixed grain pilaf
  • Green mung bean Daal with ginger & garlic
  • Homemade Paneer with spinach or peas
  • Fresh beet-root Raita
  • Ground lamb with mint, potatoes and peas
Fresh tomatoes from Anjali Farms during Vermont Farm Trail's 2011 Dinner

Fresh tomatoes from Anjali Farms during Vermont Farm Trail’s 2011 Community Harvest Picnic

Lini Mazumdar also specializes in herbs, as she is a certified Herbalist through the Southwestern School of Botanical Medicine.  She is a certified Ayurvedic Nutrition Consultant and caters Indian food for local Vermonters.  She has created organic Vermont herbal products for sixteen years.  Since moving to Vermont, she has cooked her delicious and healthful Indian cuisine using Vermont local foods and fresh, organic ingredients.  Her passion for plants, organic practices, and medicine translates into the health-inspiring and palate-delighting dinners she creates.  Learn more about her business, Lotus Moon Medicinals.  Anjali Farm has hosted Vermont farm-to-table events and dinners, including…

  • Vermont Farm Trail’s “Community Harvest Picnic” with Chefs Amy Chamberlain, Mike Noyes and Jason Tostrup in 2011
  • Mach’s Traveling Pizza Oven Night in 2009
  • “A Chef’s Harvest” with Chef Michael Noyes in 2007
  • and The Vermont Fresh Network’s very first on-site farm dinner in 2005!

June 21st, 2014: Vermont Farm-to-Table Dinner with Chef Nicholas Matush

By late June, farmer’s markets in Vermont will be packed with fresh local produce.  The best way to enjoy the bounty?  Kick back for a delectable five-course meal created by one of Vermont’s very best local cooks.  Nicholas Matush creates stunning dinners using Vermont local foods including meat, dairy, vegetables and more. You may even get a taste of Mad Pickler products, grown and pickled at Nick’s homestead in Springfield, VT!

Nicholas Matush graduated from New England Culinary School’s satellite campus in the British Virgin Islands.  His passion for food extends beyond the kitchen to the farm and soil.  He strives to create meals that please not only the palate, but also the artistic and aesthetic senses.

Nicholas Matush has worked at several fine dining and farm-to-table restaurants across the country, including Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys and Joseph’s Table in Taos, New Mexico.  Internationally, he was Sous Chef at Brandywine Bay Restaurant in the British Virgin Islands.  He was honored to be Chef Davide Pugliese’s sous-chef at the James Beard House in 2010.  Recently, he has started getting back in touch with the land, creating a pickling business called The Mad Pickler.  See below to admire some of Nick’s recent homemade meals!

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Picante gazpacho with pesto crostini

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Ramps ravioli with brown butter, fiddlehead ferns, and Mad Pickler’s herbal beets

Gypsy Mussels with kalamata olives, Mad Pickler's hot peppers, tomato, garlic and grilled Orchard Hill Country Loaf

Gypsy Mussels with kalamata olives, Mad Pickler’s hot peppers, tomato, garlic and grilled Orchard Hill Country Loaf

 

BYOB cocktail hour for both events starts at 6pm.  Tickets are $50 each, and are limited in supply.  Please order in advance to assure your spot!  We hope to do more dinners like this in the future to support local agriculture and the Vermont farm-to-table movement.  Don’t forget to look into our Road Trip Package or Foodies Getaway to make the most of your spring vacation in Vermont!

A Maple Syrup Vacation in Vermont

It’s finally here!  Sugaring season in Vermont kicks off with the Maple Syrup Open House Tour this weekend.

Taking a maple syrup trip is certainly a vacation off the beaten path – and one well worth it!  Vermont is a state that knows how to do its festivals right.  If getting out and getting active during the chilly days of March isn’t enough of a reason to stay at Golden Stage Inn during sugaring season, here’s a whole list…

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Maple Madness at Woodstock, VT will add excitement to your Vermont maple syrup tour.

Go crazy with all the fun events planned in the quaint Vermont village of Woodstock.  Eat maple butter popcorn on the green and participate in a scavenger hunt…maybe you’ll win a basket full of maple prizes!  For any cyclists out there, an Epic Bike Ride on Sunday will connect you between sugarhouses.  A sap bucket auction will be great fun for art collectors as local Vermont artists have individually painted each one.

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Tour several great sugar houses just down the road from the Golden Stage Inn.

Green Mountain Sugar House will be open both days from 10 am to 5 pm and boiling with modern equipment, weather permitting.  All day there will be free Sugar-on-Snow, coffee, and donuts with maple cream for visitors.  Papa John’s Sugar Shack in Mount Holly is also very close by our Bed & Breakfast and will have free maple cotton candy.  In the other direction, you can get to Mitch’s Maple in Chester to learn about the process of sugaring from tapping to the finished product.

2014 brings new developments to the Maple Syrup Industry in Vermont!

This year, Vermont has adopted a new grading system of maple syrup.  During your maple vacation, learn the difference by taste.  Do you prefer Golden with a Delicate Taste, or Very Dark with Strong Taste?  How do you know which one to use for pancakes versus baking?  You may also learn about the new technique of tapping maple saplings, which increases the amount of maple syrup produced per acre tenfold!

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Vermont books and radio will tell you the detailed story of maple syrup.

A maple syrup tour wouldn’t be complete without the story behind the product.  Listen to VPR’s program about the changes in maple sugaring over the past couple centuries.  A rebroadcast of VPR’s 2002 maple program profiles modern day maple sugar producers and features a song by Pete Seeger called “Maple Syrup Time.”  Two of Vermont’s best books about maple syrup and sugaring will be out in the Golden Stage Inn’s cozy living room for you to enjoy during your down time.

And last but not least, Vermont maple syrup is the way to go for any and all maple recipes!

Bring your maple syrup tour back home with you in a bottle and try out all types of recipes from the websites below.

Maple Syrup Goes to Dinner – And Drinks from NPR’s ‘The Kitchen Window’ has two dinner recipes, a maple pecan pie recipe, and shows you how to make “The Old Vermont Cocktail.”

The Vermont Sugar Maker’s Association has nineteen different tried and true recipes using VT maple syrup.  Some of them include videos to show you the cooking process in detail.

Finally, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets has compiled a lengthy list of maple syrup recipes from Vermont residents and businesses.  The first recipe is from a bed and breakfast owner!

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Extend the winter season with a maple tour of Vermont.  The Golden Stage Inn can recommend the best places and events near our Ludlow bed and breakfast, as well as some unique maple products found nowhere but Vermont!  All images used in this blog post are courtesy vpr.net.
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