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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…

Blue Sky Trading Company

It’s hard to leave this store once you enter!  Eclectic gifts, VT foods, jewelry, pottery, glass, candles… As a guest of our B&B, enjoy 25% off of one item.

The DaVallia: Art and Accents

Fantastic shopping for unique gifts, art and home décor.  Details of the promotion yet to come.  Below, a handmade espresso coffee mug from the store.

Espresso Coffee Cup

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.  Your coupon will get you 20% off of non-consignment items and a free gift with purchase!

Sama Yoga

A fantastic new studio in Chester offering Vinyasa Flow, Power Yoga, and Primary Series.  Try out one of their yoga classes for just $8, as opposed to the regular $12 drop-in rate.  They’ll 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.

Meditrina

(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.  “I Hate Mall-ers” will receive 10% off of all purchases.

beerWall

Misty Valley Books

Small, independent bookstore with every genre, plus Vermont-themed books and Vermont authors!  With a coupon from the Innkeepers, you’ll receive 10% off of your purchase.

Salon 2000

This calm and relaxing spa offers beauty and personal care.  It has a great location by a quaint train station in Chester.  Salon 2000 has offered $10 off a pedicure for Golden Stage Inn guests – a great way to treat yourself!

MacLaomainn’s Scottish Pub

Great atmosphere, food & drink!  Stop in for lunch, dinner, or a beer.  Those who’ve purchased the “I Hate Malls” package will receive 15% off of bill, excluding tip, tax and alcohol.

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.  With a coupon from the innkeeper, you’ll receive 10% off your meal (excluding alcohol).

appetizer

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!

A Very Scary Halloween

This Halloween was quite a fright at Golden Stage Inn!  Every October, Innkeepers Julie and Michael continue the tradition handed down by the previous owners of the inn – transform the quaint bed & breakfast into a haunted house!  Each year has a theme…2013 was the Insane Asylum, 2012 was Proctorsville Prison, 2011 was “The Guests Who Never Left.”  (Just kidding, we let our guests leave…eventually…)

And for 2014, we turned Golden Stage Inn into a Carnival…or is it Carn-EVIL?!

Check out the spooky photos and spine-tingling video!  We reward visitors for their bravery with homemade cookies, hot apple cider, and Halloween candy, of course.  This year, about 100 people came through the bed & breakfast.  So if you’re ever in Cavendish or Proctorsville for Halloween, stop by the Inn!  We’ll be sure to scare you silly.

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halloween car-evil

 

 

Halloween Group Photo

 

Happy Halloween, from all of us ghouls to you!

 

Added Flair & Hair!

Golden Stage Inn Sitting Room

We’ve renovated one of our sitting rooms!  This cozy sitting room is towards the back of inn – as you approach the solarium for breakfast, you’ll see it just past the coffee & cookie room.  There is a comfortable sofa and a rocker for reading and chatting, or a table with chairs if you prefer playing games and solving puzzles.  A gas-fired stove provides warmth, while plants liven up the space.  We hope this space offers everything you seek in a New England bed and breakfast.

Amazingly, we’ve had an unexpected triumph with one of our houseplants!  This Dr. Seuss-like oddity is called a ‘Pony-tail Tree.’  Check out these before and after pictures…

Golden Stage Inn house plant in sitting room

Before:  The plant was in a cramped pot and a shady, cool corner on the second floor.  Were those frail little wisps of pony-tail leaves even worth keeping?  Julie thought it deserved a chance…

 

After:  The Pony-Tail Tree was re-potted and given a new home in the sunnier, warmer sitting room downstairs.  This photo just goes to show what a change of location can do for you!  Addressing your own needs is something we all need to do, and when we give them attention and care, we flourish.  Maybe a relaxing break in the sunny Golden Stage sitting room is what we all need!

B&B Sitting room renovation

Holiday Shopping in Vermont

It’s time to start thinking about the dreaded chore of holiday shopping… But you can de-stress from the pressure by completing your holiday shopping in Vermont!  In our area of Ludlow, VT, you’ll find an abundance of small businesses and local food.  You can even find the most local honey possible – harvested right here in the backyard of our B&B.  Holiday shopping in Vermont is stress-less.  Why waste time, energy and money on stress-full shopping malls?  Here in Southern Vermont, countless locally-owned stores offer unique gifts and products.  You might even (gasp!) enjoy checking off your holiday shopping list!  Read on to learn about some of Golden Stage Inn’s favorite local shopping destinations in the Okemo Valley Area. Depot Street Gallery – “Home of the Silver Spoon!”  This gallery combines gorgeous art with funny trinkets.  Find local art and crafts. Angelina’s Market – a new addition to the Ludlow businesses, and a sweet spot for holiday shopping in Vermont.  We were pleased to welcome Angelina’s Market to the VT Golden Honey Festival held at our bed and breakfast this past September!

Photo from Crowley Cheese

Photo from Crowley Cheese

Wine and Cheese Depot – The owner and staff are highly knowledgable about their products and will help you find just the taste you’re looking for.  The selection of Vermont cheeses is to die for!  Speaking of Vermont cheese, you can also visit Crowley Cheese or Plymouth Artisan Cheese if your loved ones deserve better than coal in their stockings. The Book Nook – Find all your reading needs here!  It’s fantastic to have a small, independent bookstore right in the center of downtown Ludlow, VT.  Getting your holiday shopping done at locally owned bookstores helps keep quaint Vermont towns thriving! Blue Sky Trading Company is right in downtown Ludlow as well, and offers every kind of gift you could think of. Six Loose Ladies, a fiber arts store, is right down the road from our bed and breakfast!  Stop at Crow’s Corner Bakery along the way for some freshly baked bread.  Complete the circuit with a visit to Singleton’s – your classic Vermont general store.  (Golden Stage Inn sources our breakfast bacon from Singleton’s!) YouTube Preview Image Maple syrup is a classic hit if you’re doing your holiday shopping in Vermont.  Check out Green Mountain Sugar House, not far from the Inn on Vermont 100 North.   Clearly, the options are limitless…there are several more stores, galleries and cafes in the area to visit during your shopping spree.  You can find a full list at Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce’s website.  While planning your holiday shopping in Vermont, take advantage of Golden Stage Inn’s ‘I Hate Malls!’ special.  Discounted rates, gift-wrapping supplies, free wood-fired pizza…find out more on our specials page!

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!

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