Summer

Spend a summer in Vermont for a trip you won’t forget. Gorgeous hiking, swimming and cycling can be enjoyed in the wilderness and mountains surrounding Golden Stage Inn. Art lovers and foodies will find more events and activities here than can fit into a single vacation! And Vermont is full of family-friendly fun, starting with visiting the animals and splashing in the pool at our quaint bed and breakfast.


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!)

B2VT Bike Ride 2015

Calling all cyclists for the B2VT Bike Ride of 2015!  On June 13th, 2015, start pedaling in Massachusetts and end at Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, VT.  Register here to ride this year.  Stay with us for one night on June 13th, 2015 and get your second night free, using promo code: b2vtride2015

Formerly known as the Brewery to Brewery Ride (or B2B), now the B2VT Ride has a slightly different course, with new starting and ending points that were established last year.  You’ll get on your bike between 5 am and 8 am, roughly.  Ride over 130 miles of scenic hills to end in celebration at Okemo Mountain.  The B2VT website touts the B2VT Ride as “one of the most challenging single-day rides in New England…for cyclists who are physically and mentally tough.”

This is an exciting ride, and we want to celebrate your hard work and determination.  When you stay with us on June 13th, 2015, your second night of lodging will be on us if you participated in or watched the B2VT bike ride!  After the exhaustion of the ride, spend time in comfort pampering yourself at our inn…you deserve it!  To redeem this offer when you book with us online, use promo code b2vtride2015.  If you’re reserving by phone, simply mention the promotion to get your free night’s stay.

Here are a few of the resources on the B2VT Ride website for cyclists who plan to participate in 2015….

Ride Day Timeline (from 2014; the 2015 version will go live on May 15, 2015.)

Comprehensive Athlete Guide from 2014 (the 2015 version will be posted on May 15.)

New for 2015: Short Course Loop (full details should be posted by late January.)

Registration for 2015 (just opened recently!)

b2vt ride 2015

Image courtesy b2vtride.com

GSI’s Six Ways to Beat the Heat

Golden Stage Inn’s guide to staying cool on your summer vacation!

1. Get yourself to Vermont!

Hop on in the car and hit the road – because unless you’re in Maine or Canada, no place is cooler than Vermont in the summer.  South Central Vermont has it all – mountains, lakes, waterfalls, historic towns, gardens…

 

A drive on Vermont's scenic country roads.

What’s at the end of the rainbow? Vermont!

2. Lounge in Golden Stage Inn’s garden-flanked pool.

Sometimes guests don’t realize we have a pool until we tell them!  That’s because it’s tucked away in the backyard, surrounded by flowers and a fence.  You’ll have privacy to lounge about the poolside and splash in the water.  Once you’ve cooled off, take a stroll around the gardens and relax in one of the outdoor sitting areas or in the shade of the front porch.

Outdoor swimming pool Inn amenities

3. Sip on an icy glass of our signature ginger-honey lemonade.

Commonly known as switchel, ginger-honey lemonade is a classic Vermont summer drink.  Farmers make cold switchel in the summer to cool down while working in the fields.  Always made from local honey, switchel can even help with summer allergies.  After you’ve finished your drink, you can take a honeybee hive tour to see where the honey came from – the B&B’s own front lawn!

Switchel is made from lemons, local honey, and ginger.

4. Take a stroll in the shade.

Golden Stage Inn is adjacent to the Proctor-Piper State Forest.  In fact, we’re so close the woods are just a short stroll across the lawn!  You’ll walk into the shady forest, cross a babbling brook on a footbridge, and explore the peaceful calm of nature away from the glare and heat of the sun.  Perhaps you’ll see some woodland creatures – especially if you go for a walk closer to dawn or dusk.

5. Hang out in the B&B’s air-conditioned sitting rooms.

Golden Stage Inn is a fully air-conditioned bed and breakfast, so if you need to just get out of the sun, our sitting rooms are the place to be!  Read a book, play a game or solve a puzzle.

Sitting Room in VT Bed and Breakfast

6. Explore a swimming hole.

Our bed & breakfast is not far from several great places to swim in a natural setting.  There are several great swimming places within a short drive from Golden Stage Inn.  In Cavendish, visit the Cavendish Gorge and play in the rocks and falls (see the photo below!).  The Black River meanders through Ludlow.  Buttermilk Falls is also located in Ludlow, and boasts a small waterfall with a large swimming hole at the bottom.  Brockway Mills is a spectacular spot in Springfield, VT.  Jamaica State Park is so much fun: a short hike to a swimming hole dotted with huge rocks to play on.  Like to jump off of things?  Dorset Quarry, with massive cliffs, is the place for you.

For a complete list of Vermont swimming holes, visit Swimmingholes.org

Photos below courtesy of www.swimmingholes.org/vt.html

Photo 1: Cavendish Gorge (Cavendish, VT)    Photo 2: Dorset Quarry (Dorset, VT)    Photo 3: Brockway Mills (Springfield, VT)

Cavendish Gorge, VT

Dorset Quarry Swimming Hole VT

 

Brockway Mills VT

 

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