Food & Drink

Dining in Vermont is a unique and delicious experience. The farming roots of the state are apparent in today’s cuisine, as several restaurants are making a concerted effort to reconnect dining with the land. Even if you don’t consider yourself a “Farm to Table Foodie,” your tummy will be smiling when you choose the restaurant that suits you with Golden Stage Inn’s guide to dining in Vermont!

Vermont is also the top state in the nation for breweries per capita, and award-winning distilleries and wineries are popping up across the Green Mountain State. Be sure to grab some VT maple syrup while you’re here, we always have a supply at our bed and breakfast.


Vermont Maple Sugar Weekend

Lucky for those with a sweet tooth and love for all things maple, Golden Stage Inn is one of the few bed and breakfasts in VT offering a special for Vermont Maple Sugar Open House Weekend.

Our Gone Sugarin’ Weekend will be filled with maple-bedecked breakfasts and afternoon treats as the smell of this delicate sugar made from the power of photosynthesis wafts through the kitchen doors to the rest of the inn. Mention the special when you make a reservation at our bed and breakfast for the weekend of March 22nd and 23rd and receive a complimentary bottle of local maple syrup from the innkeepers upon your arrival. If your mouth is already watering, try one of these recipes from Vermont Maple Sugar Maker’s Association.

Fun facts:

  • Vermont produces more than 40% of the nation’s maple syrup.
  • It takes 40 gallons of sap to create just a single gallon of maple syrup!
  • Hannah Teter, Olympic gold medal winner, credited VT maple syrup as her key to success.
  • A grove of maple trees is called a ‘Sugarbush’  and are tapped in January and February.
  • The Golden Stage Inn’s ‘Gone Sugarin’ Special is featured in BnB Finder’s blog.

 

Interested in touring local sugar shacks that produce Vermont maple syrup?

Let us know and we’ll connect you with several great maple syrup producers within driving distance of the inn. You’ll be astonished with how much hard work – on the part of both the people and the maple trees! – goes into a single ounce of syrup, or a single piece of maple candy. I recently came across a unique Vermont product that uses exclusively Vermont-produced maple sugar, and is mainly sold in Vermont and a few surrounding states… Yolo (a made up word standing for ‘you only live once’) produces popcorn snacks, including those lightly popped with maple syrup. Yummy! Restaurants in the area are hopping on board with the maple theme as well and including delicious syrup in various supper recipes. We’d be happy to recommend a maple-themed dinner reservation for you. There are also several maple-themed libations produced in Vermont, including Boyden Valley Winery’s Maple Reserve and Maple Creme Liqueur, Vermont Gold Ultra Premium Vodka, and several beers from Vermont breweries including Rock Art, Lawson’s Finest Liquids and Long Trail Brewery.

Processing maple syrup is still a career that many in Vermont depend upon for their livelihood. Maple products are a source of pride for Vermont residents, and provide an edible connection to an integral part of Vermont’s history and economic development.

Watch the video below to learn about how processing Vermont maple sugar is both a career and a lifestyle, as well as a family tradition and Vermont emblem.

This March, sugarin’ season sure will be sweet!

-Sophi Veltrop, The Golden Stage Inn

March Events in Ludlow, Chester, Springfield and Londonderry

Happy Mardi Gras, everyone! In the spirit of having fun while you can, we want to connect guests staying at our bed and breakfast with Southern Vermont events in nearby towns including Ludlow, Chester, Springfield and Londonderry! Mardi Gras was celebrated in our own town of Proctorsville VT with a celebratory party at the Crow’s Cafe Bakery pictured below.

Mardi Gras Party at Crows Bakery Cafe in Proctorsville Vermont

Events for this weekend, March 8th-9th

On March 8th, demo all types of skis and snowboards at Jackson Gore base of Okemo Mountain Resort, just a 7-minute drive away from Golden Stage Inn bed and breakfast. Get your energy up with some delicious maple syrup at the Vermont Country Store’s ‘Sugar on Snow’ tastings during every weekend in March! Yummmm. Two of their locations are not far from our bed and breakfast; one is in Rockingham and the other in Weston. If your sweet tooth is satisfied, keep in mind that our bed and breakfast has a new special for maple lovers during the weekend of March 22nd-23rd, which is Vermont’s Annual Open House Weekend for sugarers across the state. March 8th is also Okemo’s Light the Night Rail Jam with tons of prizes. If you’re looking for fun with the family, ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ is playing in Ludlow Town Hall at 7pm as part of the town’s free film festival.

On Sunday, March 9th, you can learn to ski or snowboard for free at Bromley! They have a new Terrain-Based Learning slope…from the perspective of a snowboard instructor, it sounds like a great way to learn and I might even check it out myself just to see how it works. For foodies or those who want to do some shopping on their way back south, the Taste of Winter Market is happening in Springfield at the plaza from 2-4 pm. There’s no produce like Vermont produce.

Next weekend’s events, March 13th-17th

On March 13th, The Downtown Grocery, a new farm to table restaurant in Ludlow Vermont, is hosting a benefit event. Each ticket is $75, a steep price but a good cause for constructing a bike path through Ludlow to make our town more sustainable and accessible. The menu includes a five-course meal paired with beer, wine and cocktails. March 14th brings another merry evening of food and drink with Fullerton Inn offering a wine tasting paired with dinner. Looking for music to enjoy? Okemo’s Sugar Daze concert series continues March 14th and 15th with Kip Winger at the Sitting Bull  on Friday and Matisyahu at Jackson Gore Base on Saturday. Local band Gypsy Reel will be opening; they are a fantastic blend of Celtic tunes, French Canadian folk and New England roots music…I would go just to see them! They are also playing at the Sitting Bull at 2:30 on Sunday, and at Killarney’s St. Patrick’s Apres Ski Party on Monday the 17th…St. Patty’s Day!

If you visit Vermont in March, we hope to see you soon at Golden Stage Inn Bed & Breakfast in Proctorsville VT!

-Sophi Veltrop, Golden Stage Inn

 

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

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.

blueberry picking
Berry eating contest Winners!

Blueberry Picking in Vermont (2012-08-08)

Blueberry Picking in Vermont

Written by Sadie Wood

Last week, we went blueberry picking in Vermont. Our destination was Goulden Ridge Farm in Weathersfield, VT, just 30 minutes away from the inn. I went with Mom and some friends. The six of us arrived around 5pm and were greeted by a welcoming board with prices and bags and gallon jugs to hold the berries. The grounds were beautiful, signature Vermont hills in the background and a pond and a little brook marking the private property. There were so many berries on the bushes; you could see the clumps of bright blue from where we were standing, at the welcoming board. The sign asked anyone able-bodied enough to pick from any section but the closest section of berries, because those were marked off for seniors or handicapped people. We went to the section with what looked like the biggest and most abundant bushes to start. All of the bushes were enclosed in netting suspended to make a tent around sections of bushes. There were signs showing areas where the “Best Picking” was. The six of us had a berry eating contest on how many berries we could fit in our mouth. There was a tie at 60! We picked for almost two hours in that section until moving on to the slightly smaller bushes in the other. There we picked for about another half an hour until counting up the price of the berries and paying where we came in. When we got home, Mom and I weighed the berries we had picked and got 17 pounds! It was a great experience and we had so much fun. I would definitely recommend blueberry picking in Vermont for a fun time and delicious berries!

Editor’s (mother’s) comments:  I’ve done a lot of berry picking in my day, and I’ve never seen such bountiful bushes, nor such a scenic berry spot.  This is well-worth putting on the annual traditions calendar!   …and for what it’s worth, I came in second place with almost 50 berries!

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