What’s So Great About B&Bs?!

What is a vacation at a bed and breakfast like? Why would I want to stay at one? What makes B&Bs so special?

Rent The Inn: Family Reunion, Business Retreat, Arts & Crafts, Elopement…

It’s not too soon to be planning a “Rent the Inn” event for this fall for a family reunion or a reunion of that group of great friends you never get to see. Or maybe this is the perfect time to sneak away for a small wedding with only your most intimate friends and family.  You don’t need to wonder what you’d do with an entire Vermont inn to yourself?  We’ve got it all figured out for you!

This “Rent the Inn” special is available every Spring (April 15 through June 30) and late Fall (November 1 through December 15). There is no minimum night stay required.

Here are a few ways of making the most of our Rent the Inn offer:

  1. Weddings (the small and informal kind)

    We’re only half-joking when we say that if your idea of a wedding includes either hiking boots or flip-flops, then we are the wedding venue for you!  Really, our grounds are spacious and rambling, and our inn is super welcoming and comfortable — just the right spot for a simple and intimate ceremony.  We can help simplify further by putting you in touch with any services you may need, like caterers, wedding cakes, photographers and wedding officiators. Of course, we’re LGBTQ-friendly.  (We take this for granted, but realize that maybe we should state it for clarity.)  Overall, we find things to be pretty stress-free around here and we’d love to share Vermont’s relaxed nature with you on your wedding day!

  2. Small Business Retreat

    Planning a casual Board of Trustees meeting or a small business retreat? Golden Stage Inn’s first floor has ample space and natural light for meetings and discussions of about 10 to 15 people. Free Wi-fi on site; modern amenities in all rooms. A two-course, homemade breakfast is included in your rate–we’ll take care of the details so you can focus on your agenda. We are also happy to make dinner reservations at a nearby restaurant for your party.

  3. Arts and Crafts Workshop

    For instructors of the arts or for crafting circles with a desire to delve deeply into their work and expand their skills. Rent our bed and breakfast for a truly unique group workshop experience. A rural Vermont setting, surrounded by lush gardens, will cut out all distractions and thoughts of “day-to-day life.” Our sitting room has ample space for classes to take place; extra space and tables available in our dining rooms. Or, try a plein-air painting group in our front yard or one of the many scenic landscapes in our area. If you and a group of crafty friends would simply like to get away for a few days of quiet knitting, we can recommend art & antique galleries and local arts classes to round out your trip. (Plus, Six Loose Ladies yarn & fabric store is walking distance from our Inn!)

  4. Family Reunion

    Last, but certainly not least, gather your family together for a reunion. Maybe there’s a special occasion in your life–an anniversary, a birth, a graduation… Even Vermonters can make the most of this offer with a stay-cation, or by renting rooms at our bed and breakfast for out-of-state family members. And, of course, we won’t limit this to just family! Get a group of friends together for a spring road trip or mini college or high school reunion. Fridge space is available for storing food and drinks. We are a BYOB Inn, but we do have wine glasses and bottle openers available for your use. Enjoy our in-ground pool, one of the many hikes in the area, or shopping and dining in the quaint nearby towns.

No matter what your gathering’s purpose is, you’ll leave Golden Stage Inn feeling relaxed and renewed…and looking forward to the next visit!

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!

Christmas Eve Smorgasbord 2014

Each year, Golden Stage Inn decks the halls for Christmas Eve festivities.  Innkeeper Julie celebrates her Swedish heritage with her family, and all are invited to participate in the feast.  Appetizers and beverages start the evening off.  Traditional Swedish dishes are served in a buffet-style dinner, followed by an array of desserts.  It is truly an evening of light and laughter!  Guests are invited to participate for $25 per person.  Dinner is served around 7, but arrive earlier for appetizers and mingling!  For more information, please read 2013’s blog post about the Christmas Eve Swedish Smorgasbord at Golden Stage Inn.  Here are a few photos from last year’s Smorgasbord:

Swedish Smorgasboard with decor at the Golden Stage Inn

Swedish decorations and tablecloth.

Delicious almond cake and apple cake

Santa Lucia offers Swedish desserts of apple cake and almond cake.  “God Jul,” as the napkin says, is pronounced “Good Yule” and means Merry Christmas!

Golden Wedding Anniversary Special

Celebrating your 50th anniversary?  We’d like to treat you to one night at the Golden Stage Inn for just $50 – valid any time during the month of your 50th anniversary.  After all these years, you both deserve a relaxing getaway to the countryside.  Recently, we had two instances of two couples celebrating their 50th anniversary at Golden Stage Inn at the same time!

50th Wedding Anniversary

In October, we said ‘Congratulations’ to John and Donna (above), and Theodore and Judy (below).

Golden 50th Anniversary!

The couples above spontaneously celebrated their anniversaries on the same weekend without having known each other in advance!  Back in September, two sisters celebrated their 50th wedding anniversaries on the same weekend as well.  They kindly provided these photos for a flashback.

50th wedding anniversary

Congratulations to Rose and Bert (above) and Judy and Bob (below)!

50th wedding anniversary

Your Golden Wedding Anniversary getaway special includes our signature 2-course breakfast, coffee and tea, and access to the bottomless cookie jar.  Innkeepers Michael and Julie have great recommendations for restaurants and day trips in the area.  Let them know what you’re looking for, and they’ll point you in the direction that best suits your idea of a perfect 50th anniversary spent in Southern Vermont.

To make your reservation, call Golden Stage Inn at (802) 226-7744.  You can also book online.

Coupons Announced for our B&B Holiday Special!

This year we’re reintroducing the “I Hate Malls” B&B holiday special, for all those out there who dread the holiday shopping list.  As before, we’ll provide the gift certificate for a delicious wood-fired pizza and all the wrapping supplies you could need.  But new this year are exclusive coupons available only to Golden Stage Inn guests!  Some of our favorite shops, restaurants and wellness services have partnered with us to get you discounts on your holiday shopping in Vermont.  Moseying from place to place in Ludlow, Cavendish, Proctorsville and Chester is anything but hectic and stressful.  These wonderful discounts, along with the low room rates of our B&B holiday special, will only make it easier to check all those items off that pesky shopping list without breaking the bank.  Check out these VIP offers below, and ask the Innkeepers for your copy of the coupons.

Blue Sky Trading Company

It’s hard to leave this store once you enter!  Eclectic gifts, VT foods, jewelry, pottery, glass, candles…

Goodman’s American Pie

Irresistible wood-fired pizza in downtown Ludlow.  You’ll receive a gift certificate for a pie of your choice through our B&B holiday special.  Get your pie to go and enjoy by the fireside at the Inn’s sitting room.  (It will go great with your BYOB cocktail and our complimentary hot cider and cookies!)

Six Loose Ladies

Fiber arts store just down the street, offering classes, a gallery and yarns.

Sama Yoga

A fantastic new studio in Chester offering Vinyasa Flow, Power Yoga, and Primary Series.  These classes will certainly lower your blood pressure during the holiday stress!

Northern Ski Works

Ski shop and rentals, located in Ludlow and Killington.  Re-stock on gear for the 2014-2015 ski season, or rent during your ski vacation to Okemo or Killington mountains.


(Named after the Roman goddess of health, longevity and wine!)  This wine, beer & cheese shop is situated in the lovely town of Chester, VT. Great variety of products, local options, and knowledgeable service.


Misty Valley Books

Small, independent bookstore with every genre, plus Vermont-themed books and Vermont authors!

Green Mountain Sugar House

An authentic Vermont experience at a sugar house – learn how maple syrup is made.  Aside from maple syrup, the sugar house also offers cheeses, smoked meats, gift baskets, creamed honey and breakfast packages.

Salon 2000

This calm and relaxing spa offers beauty and personal care.  It has a great location by a quaint train station in Chester.

Castle Hill Resort Fitness Center

Enjoy the pool and an extensive variety of workout equipment.  A personal fitness trainer is on staff, and classes are offered some days of the week.  Just a minute down the road from our Inn.

MacLaomainn’s Scottish Pub

Great atmosphere, food & drink!  Stop in for lunch, dinner, or a beer.  Try the Scottish traditional dishes, such as Bangers & Mash, Neeps & Tatties, and Haggis.

Mr. Darcy’s Bar and Grill

Delicious pub fare just a few minutes down the road from our B&B…parmesan truffle fries, burgers, pasta, salads, seafood, various entrees.


We hope you’ll check out these independent Vermont businesses, regardless of whether you are participating in our B&B holiday special. Each one has something unique to offer and is committed to customer service and maintaining the unique character of Vermont downtowns.  The owners are often found at the store, making for a more personal experience than you’d have at a chain store or a mall.  Small, owner-run businesses are truly a characteristic of Southern Vermont, and we hope you’ll someday discover in person what makes the towns of Ludlow, Chester and Cavendish so special!

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