On April 6, 2012, Ignat Solzhenitsyn will be performing an evening of Beethoven, Schubert, and Prokofiev on the piano as a fundraiser to rebuild Greven Field in Cavendish, VT. The field was absolutely demolished in August 2011 when Hurricane Irene flooded the area. Greven’s “Green Monster” (pictured above) was knocked down, chain link fences were lifted and mangled, bleachers and baseball gear literally floated downstream. (See some pictures below this post.)
The concert is on Friday April 6 at 7pm at the Green Mountain Union High School in Chester. Tickets are $25 each or $20 for students. Stay at Golden Stage Inn on Friday, present your ticket stub upon ‘check-out’ and we’ll deduct your ticket price from your room rate.
One year ago today, Michael and I woke up on the living room floor of our spacious but barren, circa 1890 Victorian house in suburban Bridgewater, Massachusetts. We dragged our mattress and pillows down the snow-drifted walkway and driveway, loaded them into the trailer with some straggling last minute things, and said our final farewell to our home of eleven years. The weight of the emptiness in the house was a strong counterbalance to the anticipation that lay ahead.
By 11am, we were in the kitchen of Golden Stage Inn, meeting with the health inspector, getting our final Board of Health approvals.
By 3pm, we were signing documents at the bank.
By 5pm, we were innkeepers. And we had a rather full house of guests awaiting cookies and coffee, dinner suggestions and wine glasses …and a full breakfast the next morning!!
Has it been a year already? Has it been only a year?! Time does funny things. Regardless, it has been an incredible 365-day journey
for our family. The schools and the community are great. And we have hosted some of the most wonderful people at the inn. It’s funny, really — we are supposed to be offering hospitality and kindness to our guests, but we find we are receiving such gifts just as often. We feel indebted to so many people for such a wonderful year. To our community, to our guests, and to our employees, we send a giant THANK YOU. One year ago, we bought a big, beautiful house. But it is all of you who have filled this building with energy and warmth, turning this house into the inn of our dreams.
We’re fully booked tonight, on our one-year anniversary, but we hope to welcome you at our inn soon.
Dread holiday shopping? Hate the mall? We’ve come up a solution that’s sure to please even the most-anti-shoppers out there. (Trust us, we’re qualified for this!)
Find great gifts at local, independently owned shops during the day, unwind by the fire with an evening cocktail and a wood-fired pizza, and get those presents wrapped and ready for stashing away til the holiday. We provide you with the pizza and the wrapping supplies. All you need to do is bring your holiday shopping list and make a reservation! Book any night Nov 4 through December 15 and enjoy the rate of $129 (plus tax). A savings of over $60! Add a second night for just $99 (plus tax)!
Here’s the plan:
Step 1: Make your inn reservation with the “I hate malls!” special rate of $129 (plus tax) for any time between November 4 and December 15. (Keep reading to see why you should add a second night at just $99!)
Step 2: Read our suggested travel routes and pick which non-mall shopping excursion best matches your tastes and the needs of your shopping list. Then head out to browse the unique, independently owned shops, never once enduring a mall’s stark fluorescent lighting, Muzak, or emaciated mannequins. You’ll find original artwork and children’s toys, jewelry and pure maple syrup, funky clothing and kitchen gadgets. When you need a snack to keep you fueled, you’re sure to find a great café just around the corner, not a chain restaurant.
Step 3: Return to the inn to relax by the fire while you enjoy a light dinner of Goodman’s American Pie wood-fired pizza. Grab your favorite cocktail and we’ll supply you with all the wrapping paper, scissors, and tape you’ll need, so that you can disguise all your gifts before bringing them home. Add some homemade cookies for dessert and a great night’s sleep, then awake to have all your (non) efforts rewarded with our classic two-course breakfast.
Barely sounds like shopping, right? Let’s take it one step further. Make it a 2-night stay for just an additional $99. This allows you to come up the night before, maybe stopping at a restaurant along the way. Your travel time and your restaurant time is when you create your shopping list. Maybe you can even do a little online shopping by the fire before bed. (We have complimentary wi-fi throughout the whole house.) And then you’ll wake at the inn, ready for “Step 1” above, after enjoying our full 2-course breakfast — the best ammunition for a day of not-mall shopping!
Who needs to wait for Black Friday? Make your reservation now and and relax about the shopping thing. It’s going to be good this year!