All-New Vermont Dining Guide Enhances Guest Experiences

Dinner at Restaurant Verterra

The next time you stay at our bed and breakfast near Ludlow, Vermont…

…you may notice a small addition to our living room.  A white binder sits by the fireside – recline in one of our comfortable chairs and open it up to discover our brand new Vermont dining guide!  With more than 20 entries from nearby restaurants, pubs and cafes, you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for.  Guests have raved about the new Golden Stage Inn Vermont Dining Guide, saying that they love the ability to know in advance that they’ll be completely satisfied with the restaurant they choose.  During your vacation, you only have so many days to enjoy the cuisine of the area, and it’s best to be able to compare your options.  Who knows, you may go out on a limb to try something new, or discover one of Vermont’s secret restaurant Vermont local food and dinnergems!  Our new Vermont dining guide showcases the Innkeepers’ favorite picks, lets you know how far each restaurant is from the Inn, and describes the atmosphere, service, hours and overall quality.  Whether you’re looking to cater to your family, impress a loved one, or sample Vermont’s best brews and produce, we’ll help you find your match.

Vermont dining guide highlights include…

The Castle is known for its truly elegant ambiance. The perfect menu and setting for a romantic evening or celebratory dinner.

The Inn at Glimmerstone creates a seasonal menu using local meat, cheese and fish, as well as produce in the summer and fall.  During warm weather, sit outside and enjoy live music!

Mr. Darcy’s is an upbeat pub atmosphere with traditional fare and creative twists set at comfortable prices.

Downtown Grocery is a laid-back space where the food is as local as the chef.  Seasonal selections change frequently, and reservations should be made far in advance.

MacLaomainn’s, a small, intimate pub with great beer and scotch selections. Menu includes traditional Scottish classics such as neeps, tatties & haggis, and bangers & mash!

The Black Rock Steakhouse in Springfield is an exciting and novel dinner experience, as your entree is served on a sizzling “volcano” stone.  Cook your meat, fish or vegetables just the way you like.

So the next time you visit Vermont,

Remember that the food you eat here is an integral part of your experience.  The farm to table movement is strong in the area, as well as unique cuisine and creative chefs.  Keep our future foodie weekends in mind.  We have foodie getaway specials for the summer, which include a VT foods picnic basket and locally-sourced breakfasts at the Golden Stage Inn.  This spring, we will feature in-house evening dining experiences with local chefs.  Stay posted to learn about our Indian Cuisine night in April, our Scottish Supper with scotch tastings in May, and our Vermont farms gourmet dinner in June.  A small Vermont dining guide for guests to peruse is just the beginning of a wealth of foodie travel sourced at the Golden Stage Inn…bon appetit everyone!

A delicious local roast at Restaurant Verterra

All photos taken at Restaurant Verterra, where local foods are the centerpiece of the foods. Above, these delectable dishes are enjoyed near Vermont artwork and a roaring fire.

Dig in!

Sophi Veltrop, The Golden Stage Inn

Your February Guide to Winter Fun in Vermont

With two feet of snow in the past week and another 1-3 inches expected today, winter fun in Vermont is going strong, and we want to be sure our inn guests have all the details on local happenings.  Looking forward through the end of February and into March, visitors to Central Vermont are staying busy with plenty of activities and events happening nearby our VT bed and breakfast.  This week, Okemo Mountain Resort’s events include a nature program on Vermont birds of prey, a nighttime ice skating party, and a sell-out comedy night.  A new exhibit featuring local artists is opening in Windsor, and a film screening of The Vermont Movie is happening right down the street during the Cavendish Historical Society’s annual meeting.

This week’s winter fun in Vermont…

February 20th  (That’s tomorrow!) 

Vermont Institute of Natural Science in QuecheeVINS, or Vermont Institute of Natural Science, is hosting a Live Raptor Encounter at The Roundhouse at Jackson Gore in Ludlow, VT.  Show up at 7 pm to see the falcons, hawks and owls that call Vermont home.  VINS is located 45 minutes away in Quechee, Vermont, and is a great place for lovers of wildlife and nature to visit if bad weather gets in the way of time spent outdoors. They are also hosting a Winter Wine & Dine on Sunday, February 23rd.  Meet at 5 pm to snowshoe through the woods, followed by a three course meal at Marshland Farm.

February 21st

Okemo Mountain Resort hosts Shakin’ Skate for a second time this winter.  This party includes a live DJ and tons of games for the family to enjoy.  From 6-9 pm at the Ice House at Jackson Gore in Ludlow VT; admission is $10 and skate rentals are $5.

February 22nd

Nuance Gallery in Windsor VT is opening their new exhibit, ‘Making Visible,’ from 4-6 pm. Featured artists include Valery Woodbury of Springfield VT, who will show her pastels, oils and watercolors, Michelle Woodbury who will display nature photography, and Nance Silliman, owner of Nuance Gallery. The Making Visible show runs alongside the Luminaries Exhibition, featuring fine arts and crafts from more than ten artists from Vermont, New Hampshire and beyond.

Popular comedian Bob Marley appears at Okemo Mountain Resort for the mountain’s 12th annual Comedy Night.  Marley has appeared on The David Letterman Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and Comedy Central – he was also in the film The Boondock Saints!  Doors at 7, show at 8, with a cash bar for 21+.  You can book tickets in advance, as this show has sold out in the past.

February 23rd

As mentioned above, the Winter Wine & Dine presented by Vermont Institute of Natural Science is occurring from 5-9 pm.  In addition, the Cavendish Historical Society’s Annual Meeting will be screening “Freedom and Unity – The Vermont Movie Part One” at 6 pm at the Cavendish Elementary School.  If you can’t make it but are interested in the film, explore the Vermont Movie’s website or watch the trailer here.

Vermont has more to offer in March…

March will continue the winter fun in Vermont with Mardi Gras celebrations on the first of the month.  The following weekend offers a day of free ski & snowboard lessons at Bromley Mountain in Peru, VT, as well as the ‘Taste of Winter’ Market in Springfield for all the travelling foodies and farm-ies out there.  And the weekend after that brings the Sugar Daze concert series to Okemo with Matisyahu and other star musicians.  If those stellar acts don’t get your sweet tooth thinking about Vermont Maple Sugar Weekend on March 23rd, maybe our maple-themed breakfast offerings for that weekend will!  Don’t miss out on winter fun in Vermont this year, and keep an eye out for our upcoming March event calendar for the Southern and Central regions.

Maple Sugaring Open House Weekend March 2014

President’s Day Weekend in Vermont with Golden Stage Inn

If you’re spending your Valentines & President’s Day weekend in Vermont, you’ve got a fun-filled winter break waiting for you!

Southern Vermont is chock full of events to make your President’s Day weekend stay perfect, no matter your preferences.  Are you an art lover?  Travel to the quaint town of Weston to see the Vermont & Beyond Fine Arts Exhibit Gallery Opening.  Even if you don’t make the trip, you can get a taste for Vermont art since one of the featured artists’ works are on display at Golden Stage Inn this winter!  Itching to get outdoors and play in the fresh foot of snowy powder VT just received?  Head on over to Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center for some skiing, tubing, and snowshoeing.  Music lovers can attend the Rusty Belle concert on Saturday the 15th at Gethsemane Church, just a couple minutes’ walk away from your comfortable bed at the inn.  Food lovers and locavores can visit Plymouth Artisan Cheese for their open shop weekend at the Calvin Coolidge Historic Site, 10-4 on Saturday and Sunday.  And if you love getting out on the town with your loved one or family, check out the Chester Ice Festival.  Learn more details about these grand events below…

Vermont and Beyond Fine Arts Exhibit

The Weston Playhouse will showcase local talent with the President’s Day Weekend Vermont & Beyond Fine Arts exhibit on the 15th and 16th of February.  Visit the show 11 am – 5 pm either day; with free admission, refreshments provided, and music by local band Potluck, you can’t go wrong. All artwork is for sale. Featured artists include…

Chester Winter Carnival

Voted one of the Top Ten Winter Events in Vermont, the Chester Winter Carnival is not to be missed if you happen to spend President’s Day weekend in VT!  Saturday is jam-packed with events from 11 am to 8 pm.  Get active with cross country ski trail runs, sled races, and disc golf.  The competitions continue with Snow Sculpture judging and a Scavenger Hunt with cash prizes.  Sit back and relax with Siberian Husky dogsled rides, then warm up by a bonfire.  Saturday night brings an ice skating party with DJ and a fire sculpture by chainsaw artist Barre Pinske.  Sunday events go from 9 am to 1 pm, with snowmobiling, a broom hockey tournament and an old-fashioned ice cutting demo.

Rusty Belle Concert

Featured as part of the stage-rocking Raise the Roof Concert Series, Rusty Belle will perform at the intimate venue of Gethsemane Episcopal Church at 7:00 pm on Saturday, February 15th.  Though it may be a bit cold, the church is walking distance from the Golden Stage Inn; if you drive you’ll be there in less than a minute.  Rusty Belle will sing and play their hearts out for you, and warm your bones right down to your soul.  The brother-sister-friend trio calls their genre roots-rock-junk-folk, and the result is a luscious treat for the ears. Give their tunes a listen to see if this show is for you!

End your President’s Day Weekend in Vermont with a bang on February 16th with Okemo’s Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Show…you might just see me holding a flare in the procession of ski and snowboard instructors as we snake down the slopes!  Hope to see you then and enjoy your vacation with the Golden Stage Inn.

Sophi Veltrop, Marketing Assistant

Wheel of Fortune Bed and Breakfast Episode

Wheel of Fortune to feature VT B&B Prize this evening!

About three years ago, the Wheel of Fortune Bed and Breakfast Week offered prize stays at five premier B&Bs across the world.  This week on Wheel of Fortune, it’s Romance Week – and bed and breakfast packages are back in the spotlight!  Tune in today (Tuesday, February 11th) at 7:30 pm to see to see one lucky contestant solve a puzzle to win a five-night getaway to Rabbit Hill Inn in Northeastern Vermont.  Though our family-owned Golden Stage Inn in Southern Vermont will not be a prize on the show, we do have a surprisingly personal connection to the B&B featured as the Wheel of Fortune prize!

Back in their dating days, Julie and Michael Wood took a vacation to Northern Vermont, living spontaneously and figuring they would find accommodations at the last minute.  This was before they knew how challenging ‘last minute accommodations’  in Vermont  on a foliage weekend would prove to be.  After being sent away from so many inns, hotels and B&Bs in the Northeast Kingdom, they finally came across  Rabbit Hill Inn.  Although this inn was similar to the rest in its lack of open rooms, this was the only similarity.  The innkeepers welcomed in these wary travelers, sat them in front of a fireplace, while they called the local businesses, finding a room for Mike and Julie.   Thus started Mike and Julie’s keen interest in both Rabbit Hill Inn specifically and bed and breakfasts in general.  Every year since that event for the next 15 years, Mike and Julie visited Rabbit Hill Inn at least once per year, including one particularly special occasion … their own wedding.

Their first memorable experience at Rabbit Hill planted the seed of a dream to someday own and run a bed and breakfast themselves.  Today, you’ll find Mike and Julie offering the same welcoming comfort to travelers far and near – even those that do not end up staying at the Golden Stage Inn.  Perhaps in the future the Inn will become a Wheel of Fortune Bed and Breakfast prize, and maybe you’ll be the winner!

Vermont Bed and Breakfast

Partnering with the game show to create Wheel of Fortune bed and breakfast prizes is VIBBA, or Vermont Inns and Bed & Breakfast Association.  This organization is a fantastic resource for those looking to travel to Vermont and escape to the countryside.  Search for lodging based on location, use the maps to plan a sight-seeing route, or discover VT’s best kept secrets and events.  The innkeepers at Golden Stage are so happy to see one of their favorite Vermont B&Bs make an appearance on national TV.  Vermonters can tune in tonight on channel 5 or channel 31.  Missed the show? Check out this old teaser from an earlier Wheel of Fortune Bed and Breakfast edition!

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Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Lebanon, NH

I continue to be astounded by the way the world comes to our neck of the woods in Vermont and New Hampshire.  The mountains surrounding our bed and breakfast in Cavendish are known for their impressive hiking, biking and skiing, but they are also constantly celebrated through art.  I realized this last night, as the tour of the Banff Mountain Film Festival passed through Southwestern New Hampshire.  Though it was a bit of a hike to get to Lebanon, NH from the Ludlow and Okemo area, it was completely worthwhile to experience the moutain film of a lifetime.  Well, really, it was many films of a life-time, and they were only a microscopic snapshot of the entire collection shown at the original Banff Film Festival back in October of 2013.  Though the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Whites of New Hampshire are small in size compared to the Himalayas, the tapuis of South America, and the cliffs of Morocco, this was the perfect setting in which to watch mountain-themed films.  The culture of our area is shaped by the mountains just as the mountains and hills have been shaped by time.  Though every range and peak has its own character, people who love the mountains have a deep passion in common.  It was that passion that every theater-goer that night shared as we watched with eyes wide at the dramatic scenes before us.

Below are brief accounts and review of a sampling of mountain films showed in the Lebanon Opera House this past Friday.  Check out the United States Tour to see if the film festival is coming your way in the future…it may just stoke your passion to gain elevation!

  • The first half of the evening’s feature film was Ready to Fly, a documentary profiling the fight to end discrimination against women in the Olympics.  Lindsey Van, a woman ski jumper who can jump farther than most men, led the fight by suing the International Olympic Committee.  If you’ve been following the Olympic Games News for the Sochi Winter Games of 2014, you’ll already know the ending to the story (it’s a happy one with victory for ladies!) but this film is absolutely stunning and will make you think about equality in sports today.
  • A short film called Cascada showed impressive imagery and cinematography.  Kayakers journey to Mexico to tackle waterfalls, but reflect upon their experience with people and wilderness in the process.  The shots are absolutely gorgeous!

  • My favorite piece was The Burn, simply because it did not try to impress…because it did not have to.  The entire mountain film was simply two skiers pounding powder in the back country that had burned down in a wildfire the day before a snowstorm.  Not only was the landscape desolately captivating, but the trees were still glowing with embers from the fire before. Sparks flew off from under the skiers when their skis sank through the powder and hit still-burning wood, red embers reflecting off of ice and snow.

  • Two 20-minute films were shown in the second half.  One, Keeper of the Mountains, told the story of an old woman named Elizabeth Hawley, who has kept records her entire life of the ascents of Mount Everest.  She knows every traverse, camp, and crevasse, but has never and will never climb the mountain herself.  Another impressive lady was profiled in Spice Girl, the story of perhaps the best female trad (traditional) climber of her age.  Her name is Hazel Finlay, and she was the first girl to trad climb an E9 (that’s a very hard thing to do!).  As you watch her make ascents, your palms sweating, she speaks about the experience, saying “It’s a bit scary.”  Amazing.  The first half shows her conquering rock walls with her dad, and the second half chronicles her adventure to Morocco to climb a 12-pitch wall that took from before dawn to far after dark.

Visit Vermont not just for the mountains, but also for the amazing creative work they inspire and celebrate from across the world!

 

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