Happy Independence Day from Golden Stage Inn

From all of us at the Golden Stage Inn B&B, Happy Independence Day!

Well, technically the 4th of July just passed, but the weekend has just begun and the festivities aren’t over.  Vermont is the perfect place to spend Independence Day, and while yesterday (the real 4th of July) was a bit rainy, there is a bluebird sky today with clear breezes and temperatures in the 70s.  Vermont vacation-ers certainly won’t have to worry about ‘beating the heat’ this weekend!!

 

Image courtesy Celebration Fireworks of Vermont

Image courtesy Celebration Fireworks of Vermont

 

Spending the 4th of July in Southern Vermont

Last night, I’d planned to see fireworks in Ludlow, VT but was thwarted by the rain!  Luckily, Saxton’s River still had fireworks going off and the drizzle stopped just in time.  I stood in line for cotton candy, watched glowsticks being catapulted through the air by excited children, and enjoyed the fireworks.  It was a spectacular show.  If the day hadn’t been so grey, I may have spent my entire 4th of July in Saxton’s River -watching the morning parade, eating a lunch of Thai or Middle Eastern cuisine, and then dancing to fiddler’s tunes at the Rec Area in the evening.

If you’re thinking of spending next 4th of July in Vermont, consider visiting the Calvin Coolidge historic site or Billings Farm, which both have historical Independence Day events and activities.  Far from being antiquated, these events appeal to all ages and there is something for everyone.  Billings Farm & Museum hosts ‘An Old Vermont 4th‘ every year from 10 am – 5 pm in Woodstock VT.  The organization puts on historic orations and music all day long, hosts old time-y crafts, and serves up some farmhouse fare including homemade ice cream.  Kids (and adults!) can participate in a gunny sack race, spelling bees and  visits to the farm animals.

Calvin Coolidge was the only American president born on July 4th, and is one of two presidents born in Vermont.  The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation always puts on a great celebration for Independence Day to commemorate the birth of the USA and of President Coolidge.  This year’s diverse events all sounded like a lot of fun.  History buffs enjoyed attending a group reading of Coolidge’s autobiography and seeing the recent reproduction of the Coolidge family’s woolen blanket.  Foodies munched on chicken BBQ at the Wilder House restaurant and sampled wine and cheese at the Plymouth Artisan Cheese Factory.  Kids and families took a ride on horse-drawn wagons.  Don’t miss this event next year, and remember that you can tour the Coolidge homestead and historic site year-round.  After all, the site is just a short drive away from the Golden Stage Inn, and makes a great day trip!

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(Image courtesy coolidgefoundation.org)

Extending your Freedom – July 5th Events

The fun doesn’t stop today, and there are tons of events happening within driving distance from Golden Stage Bed and Breakfast.  If you’re looking for the excitement of fireworks tonight, look no further than Magic Mountain or Stratton Mountain, both in Londonderry, VT.  At 6 pm, Magic Mountain will proudly introduce The Butties, Vermont’s premier Beatles cover band.  Stratton Mountain will have activities all afternoon long into the evening including face painting, dance demonstrations, live music, caricatures, hay rides, eating contests, and gondola rides.  See the full schedule of events here, and don’t miss the grand opening of Green Apron, a brand new VT farm-to-table restaurant near the golf course.

Want to stay a little closer to your home away from home? (Golden Stage Inn, that is!)  Check out Fletcher Farm’s Annual Arts and Crafts Festival, today from 10 am – 4 pm.  Over 90 artisans from across New England will have their high quality, original work on display.  Stop by to check out everything from paintings to dolls clothes, dried flowers to wood carving, glasswork to food…

Okemo Mountain hosts the Great American Party today, and while there are no fireworks here, you’ll certainly have plenty of other things to keep you busy from 1-8 pm.  Barbeque, two free concerts, a waterslide, dunk tank, eating contest, midway games, and adventure zone will fill your day with fun.

Don’t let the fire die…Fireworks in Ludlow on July 6th!

Although the rain last night caused the Ludlow fireworks to be cancelled, never fear because they have been rescheduled for Sunday, July 6th.  Fireworks are sponsored by Ludlow Streetscapes at West Hill Park.  The Chris Kleeman Band will entertain Vermonters and vacation-ers alike with fantastic rhythm and blues music, with fireworks slated to go off at dark around 9 pm.  You can stop for dinner first at one of Ludlow’s many restaurants – Mr. Darcy’s, the Killarney, Sam’s Steakhouse, the Stemwinder, Downtown Grocery or DJ’s.  If you want to enjoy Chris Kleeman’s music, create yourself a picnic basket with treats from Wine & Cheese Depot and Singleton’s General Store.  You might also ask Julie about Rex’s Outrageous Road Crew Crunch available at Golden Stage Inn…

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Indian Cuisine, June 7

Among the so many other reasons to visit Vermont this Spring, we invite both the public and our inn guests to join us at the inn for an Indian dinner on Saturday, June 7, 2014.  We are very excited to have Lini Mazumdar as our guest chef for the evening.  We’ll begin the evening’s festivities at 6pm with informal hors d’oeuvres and a BYOB cocktail hour, but don’t snack too much — there is an Indian feast coming out next!  Lini will delight us as she serves up her homemade daal, rice, chicken, vegetable curry, and raita. Then we’ll wrap up the gastro-delights with coffee, teas, and our signature Saturday Night Chocolate Cake.

Tickets are still available.  $50 per person.  Staying the night?  Dinner guests will enjoy over 25% discount on lodging.  Dinner for Two plus 1 night lodging (choice of any available double occupancy room), $225 plus tax, or Dinner for Two plus 2 nights lodging, $350 plus tax.  Call soon to make your reservation!  (802) 226-7744. Or email us at innkeeper@goldenstageinn.com

National Honey Month in May – Celebrate Honey Bees!

Happy National Honey Bee Awareness month!

At the Golden Stage Inn, we love love LOVE our bees.  Here are some great bee facts and trivia to celebrate National Honey Month.  We hope some of these stories and tidbits inspire you to take a peek at honey bee activism, beekeeping, or the hives at Golden Stage Inn.

  • For guests who want to tour a honey bee hive, warm weather is just around the corner.  Join us on a sunny day to take a look at honey bees busy in their hive collecting nectar and raising brood.  Golden Stage Inn will provide protective beekeeper’s clothing and all the information you could ask for.  Learn all about honey bees’ social lives, ecology, environmental threats, and taste the sweet rewards of honey galore.
  • Did you know that honey bees dance?  It’s true!  While the dances are awfully cute and a joy to watch, they are not all fun and games.  Honey bee dancing is an intelligent form of communication.  Scout bees go out to find great forage, which means places with lots of flowers and nectar.  They come back and tell the rest of the hive about the special spot they found.  The dance tells every other bee how far away the flowers are, which direction to go, and how good of a forage spot it is.  Check it out!
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  • Though the VT Golden Honey Festival is several months away (the date is set for September 13th!), you can get a glimpse of the festivals joys by examining our backyard beehives and tasting pure raw honey.
  • This May, Innkeeper Julie is installing new bees into the hives.  Sadly, the old hives did not make it through the rough winter, perhaps due to lack of forage in the summer or extreme cold in the winter.  The date is not exact, but if you’re around the area in early May, check in to see when our bed & breakfast’s new bees will arrive!
  • The Honey Month in May helps raise awareness about the importance of honey bees to agriculture and the ecosystem.  Did you know that 100% of almond trees are pollinated by honey bees?!  If this species were to go extinct, there would be no more almonds…ever!  Other important crops dependent on honey bees include:
    • apples
    • coffee
    • avocados
    • limes
    • watermelons
    • sunflowers
    • clover and alfalfa (essential for dairy & farm animals!)
    • cucumbers
    • all sorts of berries
    • lemons
    • beans…
    • the list goes on!  Read about all of the crops that honey bees help pollinate here.
  • $14.6 billion sounds like a lot, huh?  If you put a price on the honey bees species value, that was the going rate in the year 2000!  Due to inflation, increased demand, and an increasing human population, it’s likely that honey bees are even more valuable today.
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You can help the honey bees too!

Start a backyard beehive, or if it’s too much work or you are allergic to bees, support your local beekeepers in their work.  Learn more about colony collapse disorder and help educate others.  Visit the Golden Stage Inn to get a live honey bee hive tour, or stop by during VT Golden Honey Festival on September 13th, 2014 for educational workshops and honeybee-related vendors.

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Honey Bees work hard to create honey out of nectar from flowers. Did you know one honey bee will create only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime? …it takes a hive! [Image courtesy the Grafton Nature Museum]

Reasons to Love Vermont in May

It’s a hidden secret that Ludlow, Proctorsville, Cavendish, and other nearby towns in Southern Vermont are great places to spend a bit of springtime.

Vermont Snowdrops, Ludlow VTThat could mean a road trip, a getaway, or a family vacation during spring break.  New England is known for its muddy spring season, which can sometimes be cold… But Southern Vermont is beating mud season with improved roads and cars.  The forsythia, crocuses and daffodils are blooming as robins search the ground for worms.  Fresh spring breezes and blue skies remind us summer is just around the corner.  Behind the occasional dirt and rain, there are tons of reasons to love Vermont in the spring….especially if you are a guest of Golden Stage Inn!

  1. Honey Bee Installation at Golden Stage Inn B&B

  2. See The Spitfire Grill at Northern Stage

  3. Build a Living Willow Structure at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts

  4. Billings Farm & Museums Opens May 1st

  5. “Get the most from your garden” talk with Evening Song Farm

  6. May 24th is Opening Day at President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site

  7. Girls and Guns Weekend at Golden Stage Inn!

 

  • honeybee hive swarm july 2013Honey Bee Installation: the date is not exact, but if you’re interested in seeing honey bees introduced to their new homes, contact the innkeepers for more info!  The honey bees will arrive around the second week of May.  Once the flowers start to open up, you’ll be able to tour the hives (or watch a hive tour from indoors!).  We can’t wait for this year’s honey harvest and another season of backyard beekeeping adventures.
  • The Spitfire Grill is a new musical at Northern Stage, and will be running through May 4th.  Based on a movie and book, the Spitfire Grill tells the uplifting story of small town camaraderie through song and drama.  The musical won the Richard Rogers Award.  Check out the preview below!
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  • Living Willow Structure Class will be taught by Bonnie Gale, who appeared on Martha Stewart in 2010 for the Cultivating Life Show.  The class goes from 9-4 on May 24th and 25th at the Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts.  Students will practice making a joint structure on a living fence.  Then, they will make an individual living willow arch to take home!
  • Billings Farm & Museum opens up again in May!  Watch sheep-shearing and herding with Border Collies on May 3 & 4.  Celebrate VT dairy on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24th and 25th.  You’ll sample delicious Vermont cheeses, learn to make ice cream, churn butter, and meet local cheese makers.  Billings Farm is located in Woodstock and is about a half hour drive from our Bed and Breakfast in Ludlow, VT.
  • Gardening Talk with Evening Song Farm will be useful and interesting.  Held at Cavendish Fletcher Community Library, within walking distance of Golden Stage Inn B&B.  Evening Song Farm is a successful CSA operation located near Rutland VT.
  • Explore President Calvin Coolidge Historic Site, opening on Memorial Day weekend!  The Killington Stage Race will be fun to watch, and you can see the new exhibit “The Coolidges, Plymouth, and the Civil War.”
  • And last but not least, experience Girls & Guns Weekend at Golden Stage Inn!  You’ll get two night’s lodging for two people (including delicious breakfasts and treats of course).  Plus, we’ll provide one fully paid for admission the the Women on the Range course, hosted by Black River Valley Rod and Gun Club.  Learn to shoot rifles, shotguns, pistols and bows and arrows with other women.  All adventure-seekers, outdoors enthusiasts, and wannabe hunters will love this unique Vermont Inn special.  See our Girls & Guns Specials Page for further info!
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Girls and Guns Weekend!

Craving some adventure, ladies?

There’s more to the outdoors than hiking, biking, and swimming – if you’ve done it all (or even if you haven’t done any of it!) try something new with the “Women on the Range” Course taking place in Ludlow the last weekend of May.

The class starts Friday afternoon and continues through Sunday afternoon.  For $359 (plus tax), you and your travel partner will stay at the Golden Stage Inn for two nights and receive one admission to the “Women on the Range” course paid in full.  Please note this admission does not include NRA certification, which is available for an extra $25.

Golden Stage Inn Girls and Guns Weekend will appeal to almost any woman…

…whether you want to shoot a pistol, a rifle, a shotgun, or even a bow & arrow!  Here’s a few shots (haha) of some of our favorite sharp-shooters:

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Katniss Everdeen uses her bow & arrow to shoot game (or maybe a Hunger Game opponent!)

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Lara Croft of the video game and movie Tomb Raider uses two pistols during her archaeological action adventures.

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Perhaps the best known sharpshooting woman in history, Annie Oakley was said to have shot the ash off of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s cigarette.  Plus, she donated her entire fortune to charity!

The “Women on the Range” Course is modeled after and inspired by BOW, or ‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman.’ This non-profit agency is run through the University of Washington and offers 3-day events in outdoor training for women in everything from fishing and hunting to nature photography and canoeing.  There are events in almost every state across the nation as well as abroad. If you’re interested in more events like this in Vermont, check out the Vermont Outdoors Women page at the VOGA website.  There is a great calendar of events with upcoming outdoorsy adventures for everyone from novices to experts.  As always, we hope to welcome you at the Golden Stage Inn during your travels to Vermont!  Reserve your spot for our Girls and Guns weekend by calling the Innkeepers at 802 226 7744.

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