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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

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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Swedish Smorgasbord Festivities

Seasons’ greetings and a happy new year to all from the Golden Stage Inn!

 

Our Christmas Eve of 2013 was as packed with merriment as the Inn’s dining rooms were packed with people for our traditional Swedish Smorgasbord.  Guests, family and friends all came together to celebrate the night with good food and good company.  Julie-Lynn’s  parents are each half Swedish, so it has become a family tradition to celebrate this joyful time of year with a Christmas Eve Swedish Smorgasbord featuring all varieties of Swedish food, drink and decor.  The Anderson-Wood family members spent the day preparing a multi-course meal – including appetizers, main dishes, and sweets for dessert.  Their efforts certainly paid off!  Supper attendees were welcomed into the living room glowing with a crackling fire and sparkling Christmas tree.  Conversations filled the rooms while we helped ourselves to hot drinks and appetizers.  Guests brought their own beverages as well; a sure hit was the mulled wine, which the Swedes call Glogg (pronounced ‘glug’).  The decor went far past traditional New England Christmastime to include Swedish-printed tablecloths and painted horses. Paper napkins wished us “God Jul,” or “Good Yule” in Swedish, and a few Santa Lucia dolls holding Advent wreaths adorned the tables along with the miniature Christmas trees. Nana Rosemary Anderson, who took the pictures below, was even wearing her favorite blue Swedish sweater for the occasion.

Delicious almond cake and apple cake

At a little past seven, the main dishes came to the table piping hot and we served ourselves buffet style.  Everyone left with stomachs stuffed after enjoying homemade Swedish meatballs, pickled herring (or sil), beet salad, and potatoes and peppers in cream. A few American favorites such as macaroni ‘n’ cheese and baked ham made an appearance as well, and were a hit with the teenagers that were present! My personal favorite Swedish Smorgasbord dish was the red cabbage, which is simmered with apples and molasses. Papa Bert Anderson is a staunch advocate of sil and was encouraging everyone to add it to their plate, and several were brave enough to rise to the challenge. My father and a one of my brothers loved it – but reviews from other diners indicated this northern snack may be more of an acquired taste.  When the desserts came around, however, every single mouth was watering in anticipation! There was almond kaka  and apple kaka (cake), perfect for dipping in an after dinner coffee. Spice cookies and dark chocolate covered clementines finished off the array of sweets.  My family headed out once our plates had been cleared and our bellies were ready to undertake the walk back to the car.  We were invited to participate in the event not only because I recently began working for Michael and Julie, but also because we are new to the Okemo Valley area and slowly getting to know the area and its community.  The hospitality and friendship that the Golden Stage Inn family continually extends our way has been perhaps the warmest welcome we’ve received so far – and we aren’t even the guests!  Check out some photos of us and the other dinner guests enjoying this seasonal family-style Swedish Smorgasbord meal at the Golden Stage Inn’s Facebook profile.

 

Until next time; God Jul to all and may your 2014 begin with warmth and joy!

 

Swedish Smorgasboard with decor at the Golden Stage Inn

Featured Artist: Robert Sydorowich

We are blessed this winter to be displaying several watercolors and oils by talented Vermont impressionist Robert Sydorowich. His landscapes depict Andover, VT, where he has resided for over 40 years, as well as surrounding towns such as Weathersfield, Windsor, Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Wallingford, Plymouth, Weston, Quechee, Waitsfield, and Salem. In his own words, his creations strive to be “simple, focused, capturing the truth of the moment.” His work is featured in galleries across the state, in New York City, and even in London, as well as his own gallery in Andover. While his gallery, a converted 1000-square-foot barn, is in hibernation for the snowy months to come, a few of his paintings have found a temporary home in the Golden Stage’s living room and dining room, and the Inn’s walls are practically shivering with delight to be so beautifully adorned!

These gorgeous landscapes that our guests can now enjoy from the comfort of the indoors are reminiscent of the scenic country roads wandering to and from the Inn. Cows graze peacefully, ice-covered creeks wind between evergreen trees, snow-covered hills shelter silos and barns, and shadowy mountains undulate before lavender winter skies. Even the rusty, smoky colors of Stick Season become idyllic when interpreted by Robert Sydorowich’s paintbrush. [Stick Season, for those who may be hearing the term for the first time, is that period after the fall colors but before the winter snow, when deciduous trees are bare to the bones. Though this may sound bleak at first glance, many rejoice in November’s comforts: cider-pressing, root-crop and winter squash harvests, wool sweaters, pre-Christmas shopping, and the first wood-stove fires of the year!]

 

At this Bed & Breakfast, we do our best to support and advocate the abundance of local artistic talent available year-round. Robert Sydorowich will especially appeal to those of you who take an interest in art that reflects the natural world while giving you a full sense of what it means to call Vermont home. You can see two of the pieces featured at the Golden Stage Inn at Robert Sydorowich’s website, entitled Winter Reflections and Nancy Brook. The remaining paintings housed here cannot be viewed online, but there are several images on his website that depict scenes you’d be certain to see during a winter stay in the Okemo Valley region! These include maple syrup taps; a covered bridge; views of Okemo; and – most importantly – a cozy stove warming a sleepy cat and a pot of tea.

If you live in the area, we encourage you to seek out Robert Sydorowich’s fantastic impressionism in person, whether at a gallery near you or at our own first-floor-turned-art-gallery. This past fall, Sydorowich was featured in the Vermont Open Studio Weekend in conjunction with 130 other artisans and craftspeople. Hopefully he will be a part of the Spring 2014 Open Studio Tour as well, since it will be the Vermont Craft Council’s 20th year putting on this incredible promotion for VT crafts and art!

 

Okemo Valley Shuttle connects our Vermont Bed and Breakfast with Ludlow Restaurants (2013-01-23)

Okemo Mountain Resort has long offered a free daytime shuttle service, transporting skiers to and from the mountain and valley lodging for fantastic Vermont skiing.  However, come evening time, Valley travelers have had little option other than driving their own cars when heading into Ludlow nightlife.  Not only was this inconvenient for many, but with high drunk driving rates, it was also unsafe.  The Okemo Valley  Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Ludlow Police Department helped initiate a service to correct this deficit in our Vermont Ski Resort community.  As members of the Chamber of Commerce and as a directly-paying Vermont lodging property, we are proud to introduce the Okemo Valley Shuttle as a complimentary service to our guests.

The Okemo Valley Shuttle will drive an hourly loop through the valley, picking up and dropping off passengers at Ludlow hotels, condos, bars and restaurants along the way.  The route begins at Jackson Gore on the north and travels through Ludlow, ending at The Pointe Hotel, continuing onto Golden Stage Inn Bed and Breakfast and Glimmerstone Mansion on a “on demand” basis.

Shuttle Service in Okemo Valley is complimentary to our Vermont Bed and Breakfast guests

The 24 passenger vehicle is available to travelers on winter Fridays, Saturdays, and holiday periods from 6pm through 2am, through the e­­­nd of March 2013.  A second vehicle, a 15 passenger van, is used for fare-taxi service in Ludlow and its surrounding communities. For taxi service, call (802) 438-8089.

The buses are owned and operated by The Good Bus, a local business offering taxi service and private charters for all occasions including weddings, bachelor or bachelorette parties, brewery tours, corporate outings and family reunions. Tesha Buss, owner of The Good Bus, says The Good Bus  “is excited to fill the transportation need for the Okemo Valley and contribute to the safety and vitality of our night life.”  For more information on The Good Bus and its services, you can call (802) 776-8333.

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