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


Voluntourism in Vermont…

…with Golden Stage Inn and Black River Action Team!

Looking for a way to travel while doing good?  Spend a pampered weekend at Golden Stage Inn bed & breakfast while volunteering for a great cause.  Our September ‘voluntourism’ inn special is a deal you won’t want to miss.

The Black River Action Team (BRAT) protects and restores the iconic Black River of Southern Vermont – and you can be a part of their work.  On September 6th, 2014, join Black River Action Team’s River Sweep to clear trash and pollution from this gorgeous Vermont ecosystem.  The Black River gives Vermonters and visitors a place to swim, canoe, kayak and fish.  A day of volunteering with BRAT is also a day of appreciating nature.  Volunteers contribute to keeping VT beautiful!

VT Volunteer Tourism

Now here’s the fun part…

In exchange for your time at the Annual River Sweep on September 6th, BRAT will reward you with a free lunch, water bottle and t-shirt.  But Golden Stage Inn also wants to thank you for opting to volunteer during your summer vacation!  We’ve created a B&B package deal for all volunteering guests.  The bed & breakfast will supply you with a lunch bag of home-baked cookies, a signature Golden Stage Inn tote bag, and a 25% discount on lodging!  Plus, GSI innkeepers will donate $10 to BRAT for every voluntourism package booked.  Now thats a feel-good deal you can’t beat!  Stay at our inn this September to get in your pre-season leaf-peeping, your late-summer swimming, and your volunteer vacation.  We’ll see you then!

GSI’s Six Ways to Beat the Heat

Golden Stage Inn’s guide to staying cool on your summer vacation!

1. Get yourself to Vermont!

Hop on in the car and hit the road – because unless you’re in Maine or Canada, no place is cooler than Vermont in the summer.  South Central Vermont has it all – mountains, lakes, waterfalls, historic towns, gardens…

 

A drive on Vermont's scenic country roads.

What’s at the end of the rainbow? Vermont!

2. Lounge in Golden Stage Inn’s garden-flanked pool.

Sometimes guests don’t realize we have a pool until we tell them!  That’s because it’s tucked away in the backyard, surrounded by flowers and a fence.  You’ll have privacy to lounge about the poolside and splash in the water.  Once you’ve cooled off, take a stroll around the gardens and relax in one of the outdoor sitting areas or in the shade of the front porch.

Outdoor swimming pool Inn amenities

3. Sip on an icy glass of our signature ginger-honey lemonade.

Commonly known as switchel, ginger-honey lemonade is a classic Vermont summer drink.  Farmers make cold switchel in the summer to cool down while working in the fields.  Always made from local honey, switchel can even help with summer allergies.  After you’ve finished your drink, you can take a honeybee hive tour to see where the honey came from – the B&B’s own front lawn!

Switchel is made from lemons, local honey, and ginger.

4. Take a stroll in the shade.

Golden Stage Inn is adjacent to the Proctor-Piper State Forest.  In fact, we’re so close the woods are just a short stroll across the lawn!  You’ll walk into the shady forest, cross a babbling brook on a footbridge, and explore the peaceful calm of nature away from the glare and heat of the sun.  Perhaps you’ll see some woodland creatures – especially if you go for a walk closer to dawn or dusk.

5. Hang out in the B&B’s air-conditioned sitting rooms.

Golden Stage Inn is a fully air-conditioned bed and breakfast, so if you need to just get out of the sun, our sitting rooms are the place to be!  Read a book, play a game or solve a puzzle.

Sitting Room in VT Bed and Breakfast

6. Explore a swimming hole.

Our bed & breakfast is not far from several great places to swim in a natural setting.  There are several great swimming places within a short drive from Golden Stage Inn.  In Cavendish, visit the Cavendish Gorge and play in the rocks and falls (see the photo below!).  The Black River meanders through Ludlow.  Buttermilk Falls is also located in Ludlow, and boasts a small waterfall with a large swimming hole at the bottom.  Brockway Mills is a spectacular spot in Springfield, VT.  Jamaica State Park is so much fun: a short hike to a swimming hole dotted with huge rocks to play on.  Like to jump off of things?  Dorset Quarry, with massive cliffs, is the place for you.

For a complete list of Vermont swimming holes, visit Swimmingholes.org

Photos below courtesy of www.swimmingholes.org/vt.html

Photo 1: Cavendish Gorge (Cavendish, VT)    Photo 2: Dorset Quarry (Dorset, VT)    Photo 3: Brockway Mills (Springfield, VT)

Cavendish Gorge, VT

Dorset Quarry Swimming Hole VT

 

Brockway Mills VT

 

Vermonters create Dinner Specials: Indian & Farm-to-Table Cuisine!

This June, visit the Golden Stage Inn Bed and Breakfast near Ludlow, VT to enjoy two spectacular dinners specially prepared for you by Vermont cooks!  The first will be authentic, homemade Indian cuisine; the second will be a Vermont farm-to-table dinner sourced with fresh, organic ingredients from local farms and fields.  Our specials page will tell you how to book your dinner reservation along with your room or one of our spring specials and packages.  Read on to find out more…but be warned in advance that your mouth may water!

June 7th, 2014: Authentic Indian Food with Lini Mazumdar of Anjali Farm and Lotus Moon Medicinals

lini-at-vermont-farmers-market-indian-cuisineOn June 7th, prepare your taste buds for a trip to India…while spending the evening at our Vermont Inn.  Lini Mazumdar has won the Amateur Chef Competition at the Taste of Vermont’s Stratton Festival in both 2013 and 2014.  She lives and works on Anjali Farm with her husband and is passionate about sourcing organic ingredients and Vermont local foods as the season permits.  Experience her talent firsthand through the Golden Stage Inn’s special Authentic Indian Cuisine Experience.  Arrive around 6:00 pm to enjoy appetizers & beverages, and to meet Lini and watch her cook in the Golden Stage Inn’s open kitchen!  Dinner will be served around 8:00 pm, and recipes will be provided for you to take home with you.

 

 

The evening’s menu will consist of:

  • Daal (Indian stewed lentils)
  • Basmati Rice
  • Spiced vegetables
  • A meat dish
  • Raita (seasoned yogurt dip)

Here are some sample dishes from her website to give you an idea of what you might see at our first Vermont dinner evening:

  • Basmati Rice with peas and onions
  • Red Lentil Daal with carrots and cilantro
  • Braised greens and garlic-y potatoes
  • Carrot and apple Raita
  • Chicken with ginger-cumin tomato sauce
  • Aromatic mixed grain pilaf
  • Green mung bean Daal with ginger & garlic
  • Homemade Paneer with spinach or peas
  • Fresh beet-root Raita
  • Ground lamb with mint, potatoes and peas
Fresh tomatoes from Anjali Farms during Vermont Farm Trail's 2011 Dinner

Fresh tomatoes from Anjali Farms during Vermont Farm Trail’s 2011 Community Harvest Picnic

Lini Mazumdar also specializes in herbs, as she is a certified Herbalist through the Southwestern School of Botanical Medicine.  She is a certified Ayurvedic Nutrition Consultant and caters Indian food for local Vermonters.  She has created organic Vermont herbal products for sixteen years.  Since moving to Vermont, she has cooked her delicious and healthful Indian cuisine using Vermont local foods and fresh, organic ingredients.  Her passion for plants, organic practices, and medicine translates into the health-inspiring and palate-delighting dinners she creates.  Learn more about her business, Lotus Moon Medicinals.  Anjali Farm has hosted Vermont farm-to-table events and dinners, including…

  • Vermont Farm Trail’s “Community Harvest Picnic” with Chefs Amy Chamberlain, Mike Noyes and Jason Tostrup in 2011
  • Mach’s Traveling Pizza Oven Night in 2009
  • “A Chef’s Harvest” with Chef Michael Noyes in 2007
  • and The Vermont Fresh Network’s very first on-site farm dinner in 2005!

June 21st, 2014: Vermont Farm-to-Table Dinner with Chef Nicholas Matush

By late June, farmer’s markets in Vermont will be packed with fresh local produce.  The best way to enjoy the bounty?  Kick back for a delectable five-course meal created by one of Vermont’s very best local cooks.  Nicholas Matush creates stunning dinners using Vermont local foods including meat, dairy, vegetables and more. You may even get a taste of Mad Pickler products, grown and pickled at Nick’s homestead in Springfield, VT!

Nicholas Matush graduated from New England Culinary School’s satellite campus in the British Virgin Islands.  His passion for food extends beyond the kitchen to the farm and soil.  He strives to create meals that please not only the palate, but also the artistic and aesthetic senses.

Nicholas Matush has worked at several fine dining and farm-to-table restaurants across the country, including Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys and Joseph’s Table in Taos, New Mexico.  Internationally, he was Sous Chef at Brandywine Bay Restaurant in the British Virgin Islands.  He was honored to be Chef Davide Pugliese’s sous-chef at the James Beard House in 2010.  Recently, he has started getting back in touch with the land, creating a pickling business called The Mad Pickler.  See below to admire some of Nick’s recent homemade meals!

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Picante gazpacho with pesto crostini

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Ramps ravioli with brown butter, fiddlehead ferns, and Mad Pickler’s herbal beets

Gypsy Mussels with kalamata olives, Mad Pickler's hot peppers, tomato, garlic and grilled Orchard Hill Country Loaf

Gypsy Mussels with kalamata olives, Mad Pickler’s hot peppers, tomato, garlic and grilled Orchard Hill Country Loaf

 

BYOB cocktail hour for both events starts at 6pm.  Tickets are $50 each, and are limited in supply.  Please order in advance to assure your spot!  We hope to do more dinners like this in the future to support local agriculture and the Vermont farm-to-table movement.  Don’t forget to look into our Road Trip Package or Foodies Getaway to make the most of your spring vacation in Vermont!

Stay Green and enjoy Vermont local food with our sustainable B&B!

Did you know the Golden Stage Inn is a member of Vermont Fresh Network and Green Hotels in the Green Mountain State?

Our VT B&B is sustainable, green, environmentally-conscious and eco-friendly

Our bed and breakfast is proud of making a commitment to being sustainable, green, eco-friendly…whatever the trendy term may be for caring responsibly about our environment! This means serving Vermont local foods and using green products at the inn. Being eco-friendly is especially important in the state of Vermont, where the natural beauty and wildlife of mountains, forests and waterways is central to VT identity. As a member of Green Hotels of the Green Mountain State, we recycle and compost as much as possible, in addition to buying recycled products when we can. Julie recently noticed that every cleaning product used at the inn is eco-friendly, a development to be proud of! Every time plumbing is redone, such as with toilets and shower heads, Golden Stage Inn uses low-flow appliances to replace old plumbing, thus conserving water. All these efforts are testament to an ever-evolving and continual effort to green our bed and breakfast business. Green Hotels of the Green Mountains must show “a commitment to pollution prevention and exemplary environmental stewardship,” as the website says. We hope you can see this stewardship each time you stay at our Southeastern VT inn!

We are a member of the Vermont Fresh Network as an inn and B&B

We are also pleased to be a part of the Vermont Fresh Network, which allows us to connect with many Vermont local food producers as we prepare breakfasts and goodies for guests. Some of our farm-to-table partners include Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Jersey Girls Farm Cafe and Market, Wellwood Orchards, and Crowley Cheese. The bacon served at breakfast is smoked just down the road at Singleton’s General Store. Most importantly, we supply our own eggs, honey, and sometimes herbs from our backyard free-range hens and honeybee hives. Summer offers fresh local fruit and vegetables from farms in the Okemo Valley…and it would be blasphemous to not have an ample supply of Vermont maple syrup on hand for your morning pancakes and waffles!

For the Golden Stage Inn, sustainability is about more than Vermont local foods, green cleaning products and memberships. Sustainability is a mentality, a conversation, and a way of life. We hope you’ll see for yourself that Vermont is committed to the environment in so many ways, and that our local connections and economies can do wonders to maintaining a safe and green world for future generations.

 

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

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