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

Discounted Lodging for Fletcher Farm Students!

Last week we announced one of our three spring lodging specials:Vermont Snowdrops, Ludlow VT

For the months of April, May and June, students of the Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts will receive 50% off their stay of 3 nights or more! Please call or email the Inn to make your reservation. Enjoy a lovely spring vacation getting in touch with your creative side…

Fletcher Farm School for the Arts & Crafts offers classes of varying levels and subjects. Classes are offered for complete beginners as well as those seeking to further develop a long-time skill. Find topics familiar and unexpected, all taught by qualified and helpful instructors.

Below is a list of classes offered during our Inn’s spring lodging discount. Click on the art or craft class to see a full description, read about the instructor, and register.

APRIL FLETCHER FARM CLASSES

Fabulous Fibers

Primitive Stencil Apple Checkerboard

Playful Painting with Alcohol Ink

Painting Spectacular Flowers in Watercolor

The Wonder of Color

Introduction to Silversmithing

MAY FLETCHER FARM CLASSES

Primitive Stencil Floorcloths and Placemats

Painting in Acrylics

Digital Imaging

Pastel Painting Streams and Waterfalls

Intaglio Printmaking Workshop

Introduction to Silversmithing

Living Willow Structure for the Garden

JUNE FLETCHER FARM CLASSES

Fantasy Felting

Creative Art Class for Young Artists

 

Not an art student at Fletcher Farm School, but still seeking a spring discount on your Vermont getaway?

Check out our Specials page to see what other spring discounts we’re offering at the Inn! Specials and packages change seasonally. Available now is our ‘Rent the Inn‘ discount–ideal for a gathering of friends, family or colleagues (without breaking the bank!). Coming soon: Foodie’s Getaway Package available through June. Stay tuned!

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

Ingredients:

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!

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