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.

Guns, Gourmets and Getaways

What’s happening this spring at Golden Stage Inn Bed & Breakfast….

delicious farm to table dinner with golden stage inn1. Foodies Getaway

Back by popular demand, our Foodies Getaway is a huge hit for anyone – locavores, snackers, fine diners, and vacationers.  The Foodies Getaway Package includes a two nights’ stay at the Inn, a $50 gift certificate to a local farm-to-table restaurant, and a foodie’s lunch bag overflowing with Vermont snacks and treats. Can you say…Yum?!

2. Road Trip!

We’re really excited about our brand new Road Trip Package for 2014.  We’ve put together a Golden Stage Inn Road Trip Bag overflowing with fun treats for your spring break vacation.  Just a few of the surprises inside include: a mix CD of road trip hits, tons of coupons and discounts to local stores and restaurants, yummy snacks and VT bumper stickers.  In addition, you can participate in contests to win a gas card and a free night’s stay at the Inn!  Book now or call the Inn at (802) 226-7744 for more information.

3. Homemade Indian Cuisine

We’re partnering with VT cooks to create something new.  Local foods are not just featured in breakfast any more, but also in two special dinner events in June.  Our first event on June 7th is an evening of Homemade Indian Cuisine.  Lini Mazumdar of Londonderry, VT has twice won the Taste of Vermont Amateur Chef Competition.  She caters, teaches cooking classes, helps her family run Anajli Farm, and has her own business, Lotus Moon Medicinals.  Enjoy a BYOB cocktail hour with Indian snacks at 6 pm, followed by a healthy and delicious meal complete with ricevegetable currybutter chickenraita, and daal.  Pop your head into Golden Stage Inn’s open kitchen to meet Lini in person!

philly-cheese-steak-crostini-nick-matush4. Vermont Farm-to-Table Dinner

The Vermont Farm to Table Dinner will be cooked by Nick Matush of Springfield, VT on June 21st.  Nick is passionate about using local, humane and organic ingredients in his meals.  Not only will your meal be delicious and fresh – it will be gorgeous to look at!  Join us for hors d’oeuvres at 6pm with BYOB cocktail hour.  Sit down to a three course meal followed by dessert.  You won’t be disappointed!  Pair your meal with a stay at the Golden Stage Inn, or with any of our springtime packages.

5. Girls & Guns Weekend

Have an adventure in Vermont – learn how to shoot pistols, rifles, shotguns and a bow & arrow!  Of course, safety training is a must, too.  “Women on the Range” takes place at the Ludlow Community Center in Ludlow, VT and is put on by the Black River Valley Rod & Gun Club.  This is just a 10 minute drive from our bed and breakfast, so we’ve put together a package that includes one admission to this weekend long course.  The course starts on May 30th and runs through June 1st.  Make your reservation online or call the Inn at 802 226 7744.

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.

 

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