Specials & Packages

At our Vermont Inn in the Okemo Valley, we offer several specials and packages. Check in seasonally to see what’s in store, and email us to join the “Inn Crowd,” where you’ll get special updates on exclusive offers at the last minute. Click on our specials and packages page at the top menu to see what is current!


How to Plan a Ski Trip in Vermont

Killington is already open for business and Okemo, Bromley, Magic and Stratton are busy making snow.  Skiers and snowboarders are dreaming of the snowfall soon to come.  If you are hoping to plan your ski vacation in Vermont, we have a few tips that will help make life easy.

How to Plan a Ski Trip in Vermont

1. If you have kids or are traveling with a large party, plan early.

There is a bit more flexibility for last-minute bookings for parties of two, but when traveling with a family or a party of friends, book in advance.  Golden Stage Inn and many other small bed and breakfasts offer suites.  Our double-roomed suites offer multiple bed size options, privacy between the two rooms, and a better deal than booking multiple separated rooms.

Cavendish Suite

The Cavendish suite has one room with a Queen-sized bed, and a second that can have two twin beds, or one king-sized bed.  

The Beehive Suite has a Queen-sized bed in one room.  The second contains two twin beds and a pull-out couch.

2. Choose accommodations that are close to the slopes…

…but maybe not too close.  While some people enjoy staying slope-side, many find that the quick drive between the mountain and their choice of accommodations makes for a cozy home base.  If your preferred ski mountain is Okemo, Golden Stage Inn is just 10 minutes down the road.  This is a perfect distance because we are also close to Killington, Magic and Bromley, giving you multiple options if you’d like to ski the many mountains Vermont has to offer.

3. Find an Inn or B&B that has many dining options nearby.

Ideally, you’d like those dining options to be close to the Inn.  Better yet if there are restaurants between the ski slopes and your lodging, making for a convenient apres-ski and less time on the road.  Between Okemo and Golden Stage, you’ll come across many dining options.  Restaurants in Ludlow are diverse in their offerings of food.  Some of our favorites include Stemwinder, The Downtown Grocery, Sam’s Steakhouse, and Mr. Darcy’s.  If you ski Bromley, check out Johnny Seesaw’s or the Mill Tavern on your way back.  A diversity of dining options is nice as well, so that you might sample the wide range of delicious food Southern Vermont has to offer.

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A delicious daily special at The Downtown Grocery, a fine farm-to-table dining establishment located midway between Okemo Mountain and Golden Stage Inn.

4. Choose accommodations that offer fireplaces and warm treats.

There’s like a crackling fire to warm you up on a snowy day!  Golden Stage Inn’s sitting room has a fireplace front and center.  You’ll also have unlimited access to hot tea, coffee, and cider…as well as the bottomless cookie jar, whose contents are often freshly baked!  Curl up with your hot beverage on a comfy couch by the fire and enjoy your book or puzzle.  The back sitting room and several of our guest rooms offer gas fireplaces as well: Otis’ Room, Cornelia’s Room, and the Cavendish Suite.  Another great reason to book early…you can snag the fireplace rooms!

Golden Stage Inn Sitting Room

5.  Purchase ski & stay packages to get discounted lift tickets.  See if you can swing a midweek getaway to save big time!

When considering how to plan a ski trip in Vermont, money is always a factor.  You’ll save big on your ski trip if you combine your tickets and lodging.  Skiing midweek gets you even greater discounts on lodging and ski tickets.  At Golden Stage Inn, we offer ski & stay packages that will let you save money on lift tickets at Okemo Mountain.  If you’re not booking a ski & stay package, you can still order lift tickets through Golden Stage Inn at lower prices than Okemo’s retail value!

6.  If you have non-skiiers, choose a location that offers activities and winter adventures for them as well.

Occasionally, we’ll host parties where one or two people don’t ski or snowboard.  Luckily, our bed & breakfast is right in the middle of several quaint Vermont towns that have so much to offer non-skiiers.  The innkeepers often recommend that guests visit the Vermont Country Store in Weston or take a sleigh ride at Billings Farm in Woodstock.  Visitors also love to shop for antiques in Chester, taste cheese or maple syrup at nearby local producers, and tour art galleries.  For non-skiiers who still want to get outdoors, borrow snowshoes to trek around the woods of Proctor-Piper State Forest in Golden Stage Inn’s own backyard, or go skating at Okemo’s skating rink.  There is even a place to go dog-sledding in Windsor, VT: Great River Outfitters!  Non-skiiers even love just hanging out at the inn – which offers a spacious common room not found in your typical hotel or condo.

Dog-Sledding

7.  Finally, plan ahead for lunch.

Buying food on the mountain can be EXPENSIVE, and ski mountains might not offer the kind of lunch you’re interested in.  Stop at a grocery store on your drive up to Vermont and stock up on lunch supplies.  Ask the Inn or B&B you’re staying at if you’ll have access to a fridge and kitchen accessories for creating and storing your lunch.  (Golden Stage Inn offers both).  And remember that at Golden Stage Inn there will be warm homemade soup awaiting you back at the Inn (starting after Christmas!)

 

We hope these insider tips help guide you in how to plan a ski trip in Vermont.  More questions?  Feel free to call the Innkeepers at (802) 226-7744.

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!

A Chorus Line at Weston Playhouse

One singular sensation!

If you’ve seen the musical, you’ll be singing the song!  You can see this production with Golden Stage Inn’s Summer Theater Package.  Tickets are reduced when you book a 2-night stay with Golden Stage Inn over the summer season, saving you as much as $60 per couple for a night at the theater!

Summer Theater B&B Package

The Weston Playhouse’s production of A Chorus Line is a treat not to be missed.  The cast is comprised of equity actors.  The costumes for the finale of ‘One’ are a hit.  The songs were flawless.  Whether you are a long-time fan of A Chorus Line or simply enjoy theater, this production is sure to please.  Afterwards, you may even want to be a star…

I hadn’t been to the Weston Playhouse for at least ten years, and was excited to get back.  The town itself is quaint and makes a fun day trip, but we were just there for the evening so we headed straight to the theater.  There is a restaurant below the theater that looks out onto the river.  We weren’t dining, but were able to enjoy a glass of wine before the show.  Just be sure to finish your beverage before the show starts – no food or drink in the theater itself!  The restaurant is called Cafe at the Falls; view their menu here.

We enjoyed our wine in a sitting room, and soon the lights flickered and the curtains were rising.  My grandmother was like a little girl; she loves A Chorus Line and knows the movie by heart.  Since Weston Playhouse is so intimate, it was an amazing experience for her to get to see the show up close – I think we were in the third row!

For those of you who haven’t seen A Chorus Line, here’s the set up (no spoilers –  I promise.)  A dozen or so dancers are auditioning for eight parts in a big show, and the pressure is on.  In the opening song, each one sings “Please God, I need this job!”  The story shows that working in the performance arts is no easy feat.  The musical takes the form of an audition, one where the dancers and actors are asked to tell the choreographer about their real self.  This opens a door to some real emotion, some great songs, and a very unique performance.  A Chorus Line shows that the performing arts may treat actors, singers and dancers as head shots – but there’s more behind the photo.

The applause was thunderous as the credits rolled.  The songs played over and over again in my head for the following week.  We didn’t have time, but usually after each show, there is a Cabaret act at the small stage downstairs to which you may buy tickets.

I’d say the only reason not to see A Chorus Line at the Weston Playhouse is if you absolutely hate musicals.  Otherwise, get yourself over to Weston, Vermont!  Save on tickets with Golden Stage Inn’s Summer Theater Package…when you book two nights or more at our B&B during the summer, you’ll receive tickets at a steeply discounted rate.

VT Summer B&B Package

Girls and Guns Weekend!

Craving some adventure, ladies?

There’s more to the outdoors than hiking, biking, and swimming – if you’ve done it all (or even if you haven’t done any of it!) try something new with the “Women on the Range” Course taking place in Ludlow the last weekend of May.

The class starts Friday afternoon and continues through Sunday afternoon.  For $359 (plus tax), you and your travel partner will stay at the Golden Stage Inn for two nights and receive one admission to the “Women on the Range” course paid in full.  Please note this admission does not include NRA certification, which is available for an extra $25.

Golden Stage Inn Girls and Guns Weekend will appeal to almost any woman…

…whether you want to shoot a pistol, a rifle, a shotgun, or even a bow & arrow!  Here’s a few shots (haha) of some of our favorite sharp-shooters:

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Katniss Everdeen uses her bow & arrow to shoot game (or maybe a Hunger Game opponent!)

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Lara Croft of the video game and movie Tomb Raider uses two pistols during her archaeological action adventures.

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Perhaps the best known sharpshooting woman in history, Annie Oakley was said to have shot the ash off of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s cigarette.  Plus, she donated her entire fortune to charity!

The “Women on the Range” Course is modeled after and inspired by BOW, or ‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman.’ This non-profit agency is run through the University of Washington and offers 3-day events in outdoor training for women in everything from fishing and hunting to nature photography and canoeing.  There are events in almost every state across the nation as well as abroad. If you’re interested in more events like this in Vermont, check out the Vermont Outdoors Women page at the VOGA website.  There is a great calendar of events with upcoming outdoorsy adventures for everyone from novices to experts.  As always, we hope to welcome you at the Golden Stage Inn during your travels to Vermont!  Reserve your spot for our Girls and Guns weekend by calling the Innkeepers at 802 226 7744.

Guns, Gourmets and Getaways

What’s happening this spring at Golden Stage Inn Bed & Breakfast….

delicious farm to table dinner with golden stage inn1. Foodies Getaway

Back by popular demand, our Foodies Getaway is a huge hit for anyone – locavores, snackers, fine diners, and vacationers.  The Foodies Getaway Package includes a two nights’ stay at the Inn, a $50 gift certificate to a local farm-to-table restaurant, and a foodie’s lunch bag overflowing with Vermont snacks and treats. Can you say…Yum?!

2. Road Trip!

We’re really excited about our brand new Road Trip Package for 2014.  We’ve put together a Golden Stage Inn Road Trip Bag overflowing with fun treats for your spring break vacation.  Just a few of the surprises inside include: a mix CD of road trip hits, tons of coupons and discounts to local stores and restaurants, yummy snacks and VT bumper stickers.  In addition, you can participate in contests to win a gas card and a free night’s stay at the Inn!  Book now or call the Inn at (802) 226-7744 for more information.

3. Homemade Indian Cuisine

We’re partnering with VT cooks to create something new.  Local foods are not just featured in breakfast any more, but also in two special dinner events in June.  Our first event on June 7th is an evening of Homemade Indian Cuisine.  Lini Mazumdar of Londonderry, VT has twice won the Taste of Vermont Amateur Chef Competition.  She caters, teaches cooking classes, helps her family run Anajli Farm, and has her own business, Lotus Moon Medicinals.  Enjoy a BYOB cocktail hour with Indian snacks at 6 pm, followed by a healthy and delicious meal complete with ricevegetable currybutter chickenraita, and daal.  Pop your head into Golden Stage Inn’s open kitchen to meet Lini in person!

philly-cheese-steak-crostini-nick-matush4. Vermont Farm-to-Table Dinner

The Vermont Farm to Table Dinner will be cooked by Nick Matush of Springfield, VT on June 21st.  Nick is passionate about using local, humane and organic ingredients in his meals.  Not only will your meal be delicious and fresh – it will be gorgeous to look at!  Join us for hors d’oeuvres at 6pm with BYOB cocktail hour.  Sit down to a three course meal followed by dessert.  You won’t be disappointed!  Pair your meal with a stay at the Golden Stage Inn, or with any of our springtime packages.

5. Girls & Guns Weekend

Have an adventure in Vermont – learn how to shoot pistols, rifles, shotguns and a bow & arrow!  Of course, safety training is a must, too.  “Women on the Range” takes place at the Ludlow Community Center in Ludlow, VT and is put on by the Black River Valley Rod & Gun Club.  This is just a 10 minute drive from our bed and breakfast, so we’ve put together a package that includes one admission to this weekend long course.  The course starts on May 30th and runs through June 1st.  Make your reservation online or call the Inn at 802 226 7744.

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