Spring

As the first flowers appear and birds begin to sing, wildlife and wonder are abundant in Vermont. Break out your bicycles and hiking boots and taste the fresh spring air at the Golden Stage Inn Bed and Breakfast. Spring in Vermont brings popular events that include Maple Sugar Weekend, Open Craft Studio Tours, and Memorial Day cycling.


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

Shayla the Sheep gets Sheared each Shpring! (2012-5-13)

“Shayla the Sheep gets Sheared in Shpring.”  So silly how much I love to say this!  But here we are in Spring 2012 and I’m given the opportunity to say it again.  “Shayla the sheep got sheared this Shpring!”  (Last year, it was even better because she got sheared on a Shaturday!)

It is only our second year at our Bed & Breakfast in southern Vermont, but we are already feeling the rhythm of some spring rituals.  The sheep is sheared .The koi pond is cleaned (four fish, two frogs, and one salamander are happy about this!).  The leaves are raked and the gardens are being tended to.  Even the pool cover has been removed.  (Not quite ready for swimming though!)  It is a beautiful time of year to embrace our new home in Proctorsville, VT.

Spring is here…time for a Vermont Hike!

No better time for a Vermont hike…

This weather is incredible! Spring warmth has arrived but the bugs have not.  Here are two hikes we took this weekend that we loved…

 

Our own Backyard….

From the inn, we walked down Depot Street and up hill Pratt Hill.  Pratt Hill Rd takes a sharp right deep into (and still heading up!) the Proctor Piper State Forest.  If there’s a path here, we didn’t find it.  Our team of pre-teen trailblazers forged a new path as we debated if lichen is a plant or a mushroom, identified deer scat in the leaves, and photographed stunningly green moss on downed trees.  Our goal was to find our way back to the inn via the woods.  When we emerged on Route 103, we realized we had overshot our mark by 1/4 mile.  Not so bad if you ask me!  We backtracked slightly, found our bridge to cross the creek and were greeted by welcoming bahhs from Shayla the sheep.  The overall hike was probably 1.5 miles and other than the incredibly steep entrance into the woods (on a dirt road), I would rate it as relatively easy.

 

Eleanor Ellis Springweather Nature Area

(Just a 15 minute drive from the inn)

Ironically, we learned of this hike from a guest (who grew up in the area).  She and her boyfriend hiked these trails on Saturday and saw two bald eagles!  We didn’t even see a Robin or a Chickadee, but this might have something to do with the fact that we were rambunctiously traveling with a dog and a gaggle of kids.  Nonetheless, what a great place to hike.  Located on the Connecticut River Birding Trail in North Springfield, Vermont, these self-guiding trails are clearly marked and offer phenomenal diversity of forest, meadows, pond and flood plain.  The literature offered by the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society details the types of trees, birds and other wildlife you may see on your hike.  We spent about two hours here and covered most of the trail system.  Pack a picnic lunch, borrow our binoculars, and be sure to make this an item on your Must Do list when taking a Vermont hike.

 

 

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