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!

B2VT Bike Ride 2015

Calling all cyclists for the B2VT Bike Ride of 2015!  On June 13th, 2015, start pedaling in Massachusetts and end at Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, VT.  Register here to ride this year.  Stay with us for one night on June 13th, 2015 and get your second night free, using promo code: b2vtride2015

Formerly known as the Brewery to Brewery Ride (or B2B), now the B2VT Ride has a slightly different course, with new starting and ending points that were established last year.  You’ll get on your bike between 5 am and 8 am, roughly.  Ride over 130 miles of scenic hills to end in celebration at Okemo Mountain.  The B2VT website touts the B2VT Ride as “one of the most challenging single-day rides in New England…for cyclists who are physically and mentally tough.”

This is an exciting ride, and we want to celebrate your hard work and determination.  When you stay with us on June 13th, 2015, your second night of lodging will be on us if you participated in or watched the B2VT bike ride!  After the exhaustion of the ride, spend time in comfort pampering yourself at our inn…you deserve it!  To redeem this offer when you book with us online, use promo code b2vtride2015.  If you’re reserving by phone, simply mention the promotion to get your free night’s stay.

Here are a few of the resources on the B2VT Ride website for cyclists who plan to participate in 2015….

Ride Day Timeline (from 2014; the 2015 version will go live on May 15, 2015.)

Comprehensive Athlete Guide from 2014 (the 2015 version will be posted on May 15.)

New for 2015: Short Course Loop (full details should be posted by late January.)

Registration for 2015 (just opened recently!)

b2vt ride 2015

Image courtesy b2vtride.com

Holiday Dining in Vermont – how to avoid the crowds.

Ludlow restaurants can get a bit overwhelming for families or even couples seeking some relaxation after a day of great skiing.  Christmas, New Year’s, Martin Luther King weekend and Presidents’ Day weekend are the area’s busiest times of the year for Vermont ski towns like Ludlow.  But a little bit of planning and strategy can go a long way in making dinnertime an enjoyable event.  Here are a few dining tips that we think should make your fantastic vacation even better.

Make Reservations

This is a great way to ensure your seat at a table without a wait, but there are a few tricks to making reservations, as well.  Some restaurants only take reservations for larger parties; for example, Stemwinder in Ludlow will only take reservations for groups of six or more.  Other restaurants might be booked for the holiday period far in advance.  The Downtown Grocery is a fine dining restaurant featuring local ingredients; if you want to try it out during the holiday season, call for a reservation immediately when planning your trip.  Another amazing locally-sourced dining experience is the Inn at Weathersfield.  While they welcome walk-ins, reservations are highly recommended during holidays and weekends, especially for large parties.

Stemwinder Restaurant Ludlow VT

A view of the Stemwinder bar from the upstairs seating!  Image from www.stemwindervt.com.

Seek Out New Restaurants

Perhaps you can beat the holiday dining crowd – and the trends – by eating at a newly opened establishment.  There are a few new restaurants in the area that are worth a visit.

Homestyle Hostel offers a community dinner with homemade entrees every night at 7:00 pm.  They request advance notice of 24 hours if you’ll be joining them.  This is more of a family-style meal than a restaurant experience, but rest assured that the food is hearty and fresh, with friendly company.  There is also a coffee bar, open from 8 am to 8 pm, and beer and wine are served from noon to 8 pm.

Mojo Cafe is a really fun spot to check out.  The name of the restaurant was inspired by The Doors, and the orange interior is decked out with rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia.  The food is creative Tex-Mex fusion, offering tacos, Po’ Boys, gumbo, enchiladas and creative appetizers.  Order a local brew on tap or a glass of wine.  Mojo is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner (closed between 2 pm and 4 pm).  While it is a new restaurant, word is getting out and the space is small, so ordering carry-out might be a safer path to take.  (For more on ordering take-out, see below!)

Finally, The Free Range in Chester, VT is a 20 minute drive from Golden Stage Inn, and is located right in the quaint village green.  This is more of your typical New England fare, open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner, with brunch served on Sundays.

homestyle hostel salad

A fresh salad from Homestyle Hostel in Ludlow, VT.  Image from homestylehostel.com.

Order Take-Out

If you’re staying at our bed & breakfast, you’ll already know how comfortable it is to eat at the Inn once you’ve had breakfast in the solarium. Maybe ordering take-out wouldn’t quite work when staying at a hotel or motel, but at our B&B, you are welcome to use the common spaces on the first floor whenever you like. You may use our utensils and wine glasses to complete your dining experience.  There are a couple great places for take-out in the area, but as with reservations, your best bet is to call early. Call in your order at the end of your ski day, but well before you want to pick it up.  You’ll have time to head back to the Inn, take a hot shower, enjoy a bowl of homemade soup, and then pick up your supper by the time your belly starts to rumble!  Our Inn is BYOB, so grab a bottle of wine at Wine and Cheese Depot, or find beer and liquor at Singleton’s or Brewfest Beverage Company.

For a pizza night, place your order at Goodman’s American Pie early in the day.  Goodman’s is certainly the best pizza around, so during the holidays you should place your order before 4 pm.  Better yet, leave your order with Mike or Julie in the morning, and they’ll take care of placing the order for you (a great idea if you’re tearing up the slopes all day!).  After 4 pm, there is usually an hour wait time or more for a take-out pie.  (Goodman’s does have eat-in available too, and they now offer beer and wine.)

Other nearby places for take-out include Harry’s Cafe, Sam’s Steakhouse, Mr. Darcy’s, DJ’s, and The Killarney.  See our full list of Southern Vermont restaurants here, and peruse our dining guide in the sitting room when you arrive.

Avoid “Rush Hour”

Maybe you forgot to make reservations.  Or maybe you want to dine at two of our favorite restaurants Mr. Darcy’s or Sam’s Steakhouse (who do not take reservations).  Most area restaurants open at 5pm.  Try being there by 6 or 6:30 and you should be able to be seated promptly, leaving yourself plenty of time for a relaxing meal.  If early dinners aren’t your style, , try waiting til 8:30 or so.  The crowds should have already done their thing and you can kick back and do yours!

Enjoying meals together should be a treasured part of your vacation.  Hopefully with these tips and a little bit of advanced planning, your dinner time can be as special as the rest of your trip.

 

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