The Seasons of Vermont

Vermont is a state ruled by seasonality; discover what each season brings near the Golden Stage Inn bed and breakfast in Southern VT. From dangerous hurricanes to the first gentle snowfall of winter, there’s often something to talk about!


Summer Concert Series (and Blueberry day!) at Jackson Gore

If you stay at Golden Stage Inn on a Friday this summer, you’ve got a chance to catch a concert at Okemo Mountain. Each Friday, Jackson Gore hosts outdoor evening concerts from 6-9 pm. Each week features a different artist. The Jackson Gore summer concert series continues through the end of August. Pack chairs and a blanket; you can bring a picnic or there is always an outdoor barbeque. See a full list of artists below.

Also this weekend at Jackson Gore is Blueberry Fest! Vermont is bursting with delicious New England berries during the summer. Okemo Mountain Blueberry Fest will be from 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday, July 26. There will of course be a pie-eating contest and loads of blueberry-themed treats to try, as well as t-shirt tye dying and kids music by Mister Chris. Go blueberry picking afterwards with a shuttle to Bellows Falls, Vermont (call call 802-228-1948 to reserve your seat as space is limited). There are also nearby berry patches in Springfield, Vermont at Goulding’s and Cherry Hill Farm.

Jackson Gore Summer Concert Series

Fridays from 6-9 pm. 

The Chris Kleeman Band (July 31)

East Coast Soul (August 7) *This weekend is also the 2015 Hops in the Hill Beer & Wine Festival! There will be more live music on Saturday and Sunday.

Satin and Steel (August 14) Ten piece R&B horn band.

The Tony Thomas Lee Band (August 21)

Adam Payne/2ADAM12 (August 28)

 

Hiking in Vermont

View from Mt MansfieldFrom short and easy loops to challenging mountain peak treks, Vermont has hiking to offer everyone. At Golden Stage Inn, we are happy to recommend hikes in the area, and have several books and resources to help you choose. Most any hiking trail you choose in Vermont will be beautiful. There are a few questions to ask yourself before you set out, however.

 

 

  • First, consider what difficulty level you are looking for, and how long you want to spend on the trail. It is helpful to know about how long it takes you to hike a mile–guidebooks won’t necessarily tell you how long it takes to hike a trail since everyone has their own pace and ability. Rather, the books will simply list the mileage.
  • Consider what you are looking for in your hike: Access to water and swimming areas? Spectacular views? Are you happy to hike the same trail in two directions, or would you rather do a loop or one-way hike? If there are varying hiking needs within your group, is there a place you can go that offers multiple trail options?
  • Prepare yourself for the day! Pack plenty of water, as well as sunscreen, bug spray, and snacks for the trail. Stock up at a store near Golden Stage Inn. There are also several great state parks nearby with picnic areas, so you can have your lunch before or after your hike. Learn more about hiking safely in Vermont here.

Once you’ve arrived at Golden Stage Inn, consult one of our many hiking books and talk to the innkeepers to choose your route. Or, plan your hike online in advance by browsing the Vermont State Parks that offer hiking in our area. Another great online resource in VT Living’s guide to trails in South Central Vermont.

Happy trails!

New Restaurant Opens at Weston Playhouse!

One of the best things about summer in Southern Vermont is the top-notch theater at Weston Playhouse. Each summer, we welcome theater enthusiasts to our bed and breakfast and offer our guests tickets at a savings of 50% (with a minimum 2 night stay, see details below).

High quality theater is not something you’ll often find in a rural getaway, and we consider ourselves lucky to be just a half an hour away from a truly fantastic venue. The Weston Playhouse’s 2015 season will be a hit…but this year there’s something extra to look forward to! The Downtown Grocery is taking over the Weston Playhouse’s restaurant. The Downtown Grocery, a fine dining restaurant in Ludlow, VT, just ten minutes away from Golden Stage Inn, sources much of its food locally, showcasing the best of Vermont’s produce, cheeses, meats and libations. The new West Town Eatery, located in the Weston Playhouse, will certainly be a “must” on your Vermont vacation check list. The same seasonal, house-made ingredients will characterize the menu at West Town Eatery. There will also be light fare and desserts available after the shows during the Cabaret (A must see!).

Dinner seatings start at 5:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and select Sundays. All reservations can be made through the Weston Box Office by calling (802) 824-5288, or, ask your innkeepers to make a reservation for you when you book your stay!

The Weston Playhouse line up for 2015 includes Pump Boys and Dinettes, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Glass Menagerie, and Guys and Dolls at their Main Stage and Junie B. Jones, The Other Place, and The Road to Where at their Other Stage.  Guests of the inn (with a minimum 2-night stay) can purchase tickets for Main Stage performances for $25 each and for Other Stage performances for $15 each … this is a savings of approximately half!!  Be sure to check out one of their shows.  You won’t be disappointed!

 

New Mountain Bike Trails at Okemo

Looking for something new to do on your summer trip to Vermont? Okemo Mountain will soon be offering lift-serviced mountain biking trails! Okemo Mountain is just a 15 minute drive away from Golden Stage Inn. Enjoy a day of exhilarating mountain biking and then cool off in our bed and breakfast’s in-ground pool…or with a cool beverage on our shady porch!

The mountain bike trails are scheduled to open for July 4th weekend. There will be three miles of trails at the Clock Tower base area. Here’s the idea: one of the mountain’s lifts, usually used for skiing, will instead take you and your bike to the top of the mountain. From there, enjoy the ride down on trails designed just for mountain biking. Okemo will offer mountain bike rentals, as well as helmets and other protective gear–so don’t worry about lugging your own equipment here (or, for that matter, even owning your own equipment!).

Prices have not yet been determined, but it looks like there will be a variety of options available. The other summer activities at Okemo Mountain will make for a full day of adventure and fun. These include: the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster, climbing wall, challenge courses, zip line tours, disc golf, the Stump Jumper Bungee Trampoline, and the AMP Energy Big Air Bag. (Make it on a Friday and enjoy the summer live music series at Jackson Gore, too!)

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!

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