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!

Ludlow Farmers’ Market

strawberriesAt Golden Stage Inn, we incorporate wholesome, local ingredients into our breakfasts. Vermont is a mecca for local food. Buying from farmers’ markets is an adventure in and of itself! You can meet the people who grew and produced your food…and the vegetables, fruit, meat and dairy products are all extra fresh.


rhubarb and garlic scapes


The Ludlow Farmer’s market is a vibrant scene, and is a great deal of fun to just explore and wander around. It takes place on the front lawn of the Okemo Mountain School every Friday from 4-7 pm through October 9.





Market Vendors for 2015 are:

Abracadabra Coffee
Alpine Glo Farm LLC
Cabinfish Fiber Art
Cedar Hollow Farm
Coleman Brook Tavern at Okemo Mountain Resort
Crows Bakery and Opera House Cafe
Deep Meadow Farm
Earth Sky Time
Evening Song Farm
Fernleigh Cellars
Fox Glove Farms
Frame It in Skis
Gloria’s Pantrynasturtium salad
Goodman’s American Pie Wood Fired Pizza
Heleba Potato Farm
Irene Berry Massage Therapy & Berry Bee Farm
Knot Woodworking
Leaning Ladder Farm, LLC
The Lemonistas
Macora Farm
Mad River Distillers
Micah’s Dad Creations
Maple + More
Plew Farm
Rocky Meadow Farm
Smith Maple Crest Farm
Smokeshire Hill Top Farm
SNO Company
Springmore Farm
Susan Leader Pottery
Taking Root
Tisa Van Dine
Vermont Cannoli
The Vermont Croissant
Vermont Fresh Pasta
Wallingford Locker
Woodcock Farm Cheese Company
Wooly Bear Soaps and Sundries
Yoder Farm

Okemo’s Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival

Did you know that Vermont has the most breweries per capita of any state in the USA?! Beer-lovers are flocking to Vermont to try both innovative and classic brews; but Vermont is also a leader in local and craft cider production, and has a growing presence of wineries and vineyards…

Okemo’s Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival

If you’re itching to get a taste of the wide array of Vermont beer, the Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival is two weekends away (and just a 15 minute drive from Golden Stage Inn)! It takes place from Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9 at the Jackson Gore Courtyard.

The Hops in the Hills festival, filled with great drinks and food, craft vendors, live music, and outdoor fun, is certainly a highlight of any summer vacation in Vermont. If you haven’t yet been to Okemo’s Adventure Zone, it will also be open all weekend during its normal hours.

Friday evening, 5 to 9 pm: Enjoy live music from East Coast Soul, starting at six. New this year is a four-course beer pairing dinner featuring local beer and local ingredients from Vermont farms. The dinner starts at 6:30 pm; check out the full menu here.

Saturday, noon to 8 pm: Local restaurants will compete for the title of “Okemo Valley Chicken Wing Champion”. Five dollars gets you five wings and one vote. Live music by Big Fez and the Surfmatics from 1-4 pm, and by Gang of Theives from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.

Sunday afternoon, 11 am to 5 pm: Live music by Seeking Homer from noon to 3 pm, and by CK3 from 3:30 to 5 pm.

Food & beverage details:

  • Food Vendors: The Common Kitchen Co., Outback Pizza, Squeels on Wheels, Good to Go!, Farmers & Foragers and Better Buzz Mobile Expresso Bar.
  • Breweries: Samuel Adams, Switchback Brewing Co., Otter Creek Brewing Co., The Shed Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Magic Hat Brewing Co., Roaring Brook Brewing, Hermit Thrush Brewery, Mystic Brewery, Finch’s Beer Co., Lagunitas Brewing Co., Havoc Mead, Groennfell Meadery, Davidson Brothers, Harpoon Brewery, Long Trail Brewing Co., Northshire Brewery, Victory Brewing, Foolproof Brewing Co., Rogue Ales & Spirits, Stone Brewing Co., von Trapp Brewery, Shipyard Brewing Co., and Sea Dog Brewing Co.
  • Cideries: Citizen’s Cider, Woodchuck Hard Cider, Urban Farm Fermantory, and Downeast Cider House.
  • Wineries: Clifford Bay (New Zealand), Chalone (CA), Lincourt (CA), Cooper Hill (OR), Valckenburg (Germany), De Bortoli (France), Fresh Tracks (VT), Eppa (NY), Nieto Senetiner (Argentina), Nobillo (New Zealand)
  • Purchase Hops in the Hills glasses and tickets in advance.

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!


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