Golden Stage Inn
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Our Okemo Valley Vermont B&B. Originally built in 1788 as a stagecoach stop, retains its historic country charm while providing modern amenities for today’s travelers. The idyllic grounds of our Vermont B&B, minutes to nearby Ludlow, include five acres of lush lawn, sprawling gardens, and a babbling brook with a bridge leading into the woods of a Vermont State Forest. Visit the sheep, tour honeybee hives, or be entertained by the free-range hens as they parade the grounds.
Food is an essential part of the Golden Stage Inn experience, always prepared with as many locally grown ingredients as the season provides. Every morning we prepare a hearty, multi-course breakfast. Offerings range from fresh fruit to baked muffins or breads, from homemade granola to yogurt drizzled with our bees’ honey. Whether buttermilk blueberry pancakes or Mexican frittatas, a hot entrée is a part of every morning. And, of course, there’s Singleton’s Locally-Smoked Bacon. So good!
Breakfast is only the beginning of the culinary delights at Golden Stage Inn. Enjoy limitless trips to our Bottomless Cookie Jar (where sometimes the cookies are still warm). Indulge in our signature Saturday Night Chocolate Cake. As the weather chills, savor some homemade soups and breads or simply relax with a mug of spiced hot apple cider. As for dinner, whether minding the budget or seeking an elegant night out, you can dine at any one of a wonderful array of restaurants within just a few miles of the inn. Choose from fare featuring locally-raised ingredients, specialties such as Italian or fine steaks, or traditional pub selections. We’ll be glad to make your reservation for you.
Check out our Vermont bed and breakfast packages page to learn about Craft Weekends, Family Reunions, Discount Vacation Packages, and other fun vacation ideas. We enjoy hosting painting workshops, fiber arts retreats, and honey harvest weekends. Rent the whole inn for your Family Reunion. Or a Girls’ Weekend Away. (Who says just Girls can get away for a weekend? Bring on the Guys’ Weekend Away too!)
We hope to welcome you to Golden Stage Inn soon!
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Michael and Julie-Lynn Wood for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
We offer both the comforts of home and the pampering of a fine hotel.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Our fantastic breakfasts and warm hospitality receive the highest reviews. The rural setting of the inn is very appealing, especially since it is easily accessible by major roads.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Skiing and hiking are the biggest hits, but we get many visitors passionate about cycling, local foods and great dining, explorig scenery and the arts.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
“There is an energy from the moment you walk in the door: welcoming and comfortable.”
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Winter guests are surprised to learn of the fantastic hiking and swimming. Summer guests are surprised to learn there's award winning skiing just four miles away. The area is often perceived as seasonal, but the Okemo Valley and Southern VT are truly year-round destinations.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Go snowshoeing, ice skating and dog sledding in the winter. Visit the local spa, eat at our favorite foodies' restaurants, and enjoy theater and local music year-round. Catch the free concert summer series, pack a picnic and go on a hike in the summer.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Six Loose Ladies, the great fiber arts shop, and Singletons General Store, fantastic sandwiches, smoked meats and local products. Proctor-Piper State Forest is directly next to the Inn for outdoor enthusiasts.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Mr Darcy's: just three miles from the inn with great food and great service. For locavores or fine dining enthusiasts, the Restaurant Verterra or Lucy's Tavern in Weathersfield are musts.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce has a great events calendar and is a reliable resource for the area: http://www.yourplaceinvermont.com/
How many rooms does your inn have?
Eight: six standard rooms plus two family suites. Two of our standard rooms are located on the first floor.
Do you accept pets?
No, we do not accept pets. We do recommend Cavendish Canine Camp and Willow Farm of Springfield for furry traveling companions.
Things To Do
There is always something to do in the Okemo Valley, no matter the season you’re here. Scroll down for lots of ideas on where to go, what to do, and where to dine. We’ve tried separating a few ideas by season, but keep on reading because most of what’s here can be enjoyed all the year round. Feel free to contact us at the inn for further details and assistance. Helping you plan your trip is part of what we love to do. We look forward to seeing you in our Vermont B&B.
Seasonal Innkeeper Recommendations
Offering recommendations for summertime in Vermont is easy! Take a morning hike at Mt. Ascutney, lounge by the pool in the afternoon, and then get ready for a perfect evening. Start your night with some wonderful outdoor dining at one of our favorites — the Inn at Glimmerstone, the Inn at Weston, or the Inn at Weathersfield. Often these restaurants will have live entertainment — this could make a night unto itself. But if you’re looking for more, enjoy some fantastic summertime theatre at Weston Playhouse. Or on Fridays, check out the free concert series at Jackson Gore (less than ten minutes up the road).
Okemo Mountain Resort (4 miles, less than 10 minutes from the inn)
Award winning skiing. Very family friendly. Free Okemo Shuttle stops by the inn.
Okemo Nordic Center (5 miles, 10 minutes north of the inn)
Located at the Okemo Valley Golf Club facility on Fox Lane.
Stratton Mountain (1 hour south of the inn) or Mt. Sunapee (1 hour east of the inn)
Buy a 3-day ski ticket from Okemo and use one of the days at either Stratton or Mt. Sunapee. See our Specials page for fantastic “Ski and Stay” discounted vacation getaways.
Killington (35 minutes north of the inn)
With 140 alpine ski and snowboard trails, this is the largest destination resort in the Eastern United States.
Viking Nordic Center, Londonderry, VT (30 minutes southwest of the inn)
Snowshoe or cross-country ski on 35 km of wooded trails. Rentals available. Family-friendly.
Grafton Ponds Cross Country (25 minutes southwest of the inn)
30k groomed trails, plus 30k back country. Snow tubing too!
Visit state parks or blaze a trail out our back door into Proctor-Piper Forest.
Vermont’s only outdoor coaster. Fun for all ages!
Spring, Summer, Fall Activities
Check out our Specials Page for seasonal events at the inn.
Honeybee hive tours, honey harvest weekends, road races, candle making, pysanky egg decorating, and more.
Fishing the Black River (great spots 3 miles from inn)
Trophy fishing. Large rainbow and browns through June, and again in the fall. Lower sections fish well for bass and other warm water species.
Golfing in the Valley, There are 12 courses within a 45-minute drive from Okemo Valley.
From Okemo Valley Golf Club’s website: “Featuring bent grass greens, tees and fairways, Okemo Valley Golf Club’s par 70, 18-hole championship course is New England’s first heathland-style course.”
Okemo Adventure Zone (10 minutes from the inn)
Enjoy mini golf, the Timber Ripper mountain coaster, bungee jumping, and Okemo’s disc golf course. Although enjoyed by people of all ages, this may have special appeal for families seeking something for everyone.
So many different trailheads of varying ease, each offering a natural beauty of its own. Mt. Ascutney (30 minutes away), Healdville Trail (10 minutes away), Grafton Trails (30 minutes), Killington Trails (40 minutes), Long Trail/Appalachian Trails (15-45 minutes).Arts and Crafts Classes
Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts (2 miles from inn)
Veteran crafters and absolute beginners alike are encouraged to check this place out. From woodcarving to weaving, jewelry making to stained glass, classes are friendly and professional. Inn discounts are available to Fletcher students.
Six Loose Ladies (½ mile)
A yarn store with a sense of humor is what they call themselves. Offering classes in weaving, knitting, origami, you name it.
Chester’s Antique Trail (15 minutes from the inn)
Five antique stores within a couple of miles of one another.
Bellows Falls (less than 30 minutes from the inn)
There are a few different shops for browsing, many of them expansive and unique.
Places to Visit
Singleton’s General Store (one-half mile)
Eclectic and fun. (To our guests’ delight, we get all our bacon here.) The sign outside boasts ammunition, whiskey, maple syrup. They don’t mention their other great stuff: fair trade hippie skirts, gorgeous ski sweaters, fine quality footwear, beer and wine for your BYOB inn. It’s well worth at least a quick visit!
Buttermilk Falls (6 miles, 10 minutes)
Park on the side of the road and get out your camera and even your swimming trunks. Beautiful swimming hole with multiple cascades.
Cavendish Gorge (5 miles, 10 minutes)
A very short hike brings you to a wonderful vista.
Crowley Cheese (6 miles, 10 minutes)
View how the cheese is made while enjoying some samples. Buy some cheese as travel gifts for friends back home.
Green Mountain Sugar House
Vermont maple products, cheeses, unique souvenirs and gifts, and penny candy too!
Camp Plymouth State Park
Canoes, kayaks, swimming, easy hiking, picnic area, snack bar. Small entrance fee. Perfect for families with children.
Calvin Coolidge Historic Site
This could last a full day, or just take an hour. An entire village preserved, many buildings open to the public. Guided tours available. Museum, country store, cafe.
Village of Weston (25 minutes)
Home of the renowned Weston Theatre, and the original Vermont Country Store. Galleries, cafes, classic river mill, old country stores. Well worth a day trip. Better yet, tie in your visit with a show at the theatre. You will not be disappointed.
Wellwood Orchards, Springfield, VT
Pick Your Own. Petting Zoo. Shop. Great for Families!
Quintessential Vermont village. Galleries and shops. A great little whole foods cafe. High tea (by reservation) at Inn Victoria. Some neat littel restaurants.
Pastoral and beautiful, Woodstock has an active town center with shops and restaurants. Home of Billings Farm, museum and working farm great for kids and adults. While you’re up there, stop by Quechee Gorge for a great view and a chilly swim!
Breweries & Wineries
Harpoon Brewery, Windsor, Vt (35 minutes from inn)
Long Trail Brewing Company, Bridgewater Corners, Vermont (30 minutes from inn)
Contact the inn for brewery tour weekends! A bus brings you from the inn to multiple breweries and out for dinner. Pick your own date for groups of ten or more or join us on an already scheduled adventure. (Currrenly booking for Oct 20, 2012.)
We are a proud member of the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce. You are invited to call or visit them for more ideas or information: 802-228-5830, 57 Pond Street, Clocktower in Ludlow VT,
Address of The Golden Stage Inn:
399 Depot St, Proctorsville, VT 05153
Note: Proctorsville is a village in the town of Cavendish. Although for maps and highway signs, you may rely on either term, for your GPS please use Proctorsville (05153).
From Points South: Take I-91 North to Vermont Exit 6, then VT Rte. 103 North through Chester (103N makes a Right turn in Chester, don¹t miss it!). Proctorsville is approximately 8 miles from Chester. When you climb through the Proctorsville Gulf there is an additional climbing lane. At the end of the climbing lane is a sign that says “VT Apple Pie” and another for “Six Loose Ladies.” Shortly after these signs, 103 bears left, but you should bear right onto Depot Street. Golden Stage Inn is immediately on your right.
From Points East: Take I-89 to New Hampshire Exit 9, then NH Rte. 103 West to VT Rte. 131 West into Proctorsville. Pass the elementary school on your right, then turn left onto Depot Street. We are the last house on the left, about a half-mile up.
From Points West: Take I-87 North to Exit 23, follow I-787 North to Troy, NY, to NY Rte. 7 East to VT Rte. 9 East into Bennington, VT, then VT Rte. 7 North to Exit 4. Then VT Rte. 11 East to Londonderry, VT. From here you can EITHER; take VT Rte. 100 North 16 mi. to Ludlow, turn right and follow 103 South approximately 3 miles, cross over the RR tracks, go 1/2 mile & turn left onto Depot St., Inn driveway is 50 feet on the right; OR in Londonderry, VT you may continue on VT Rte. 11 East into Chester, VT, turn left onto VT Rte. 103 North. From here follow directions from Chester to the Inn as described in “From Points South”.
From Points North: Take VT Rte. 100 South to Ludlow. Pick up VT Rte. 103 South for 3 miles, cross over the RR tracks, go 1/4 mile & turn left onto Depot St. The Inn driveway is 50 feet on the right.
The Golden Stage Inn is an easy drive from several major airports such as Manchester, NH; Hartford, CT; & Albany, NY. Connections from Boston’s Logan International Airport to Rutland, VT (30 mins. drive) are available through Cape Air 1-800-352-0714 www.flycapeair.com .
Amtrak offers service to Rutland, VT (30 mins. drive) aboard the Ethan Allen Express. For more info call Amtrak at 1-800-USA-RAIL.