Golden Stage Inn

399 Depot Street, Proctorsville, Vermont 05153
Innkeeper(s): Michael and Julie-Lynn Wood

Your Vermont Writer’s Retreat: When and How You Want It 30 Sep 2019, 1:33 pm

A writer’s retreat is that luxury, that beautiful idea where you imagine yourself in some sweet secluded area, nature all around you, and endless time to write, free of your daily distractions. You picture yourself poring over pages and pages of work, a breeze ruffling your papers slightly from the open window. That moment is waiting for you whenever you want it, right here at Golden Stage Inn and Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts.

You can join a class that is already being offered or rally your Writing Group and make a group writing retreat. Either way, our Vermont country inn is a great starting point.

About The Inn

Golden Stage Inn is a Historic Vermont Inn in Ludlow, Vermont. The Vermont farmhouse was built in 1788 as a stagecoach stop. It has now expanded to include eight different rooms/suites — eight different lodging options for your own writer’s retreat. By staying at a certified Green Inn, you’ll be able to enjoy your stay even more, knowing the environment is also happy with your choice!

About The School

fletcher farm art school painter vermontFletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts is set on a beautiful pastoral property, nestled into the Okemo Valley in southeastern Vermont. With Robert Frost as an original board member, this place has a history with art, writing, and phenomenal talent. They have recently added writing classes to their substantial list of art courses, trainings, and experiences. Imagine adding an extra dose of creativity to your Vermont stay by taking a writing class, dabbling in jewelry making, or learning a bit of metal work. I’d say this is just what Robert Frost had in mind.

About The Lodging Special

In order to support the local community and your artistic potential, we offer a 20% discount off your stay (of 2 nights or more) at Golden Stage Inn when you register for a class with Fletcher Farm. We hope you’ll consider taking the leap and creating this magic moment for yourself. Be it writing, art, or simply a connection to nature that you seek, we have it right here waiting for you in Vermont.

Planning Your Writer’s Retreat

white house with black roof and black shutters surrounded by green lawn and spring blossoming lilacs and treesIf the writer’s retreat of your dreams is for you to get some quiet alone time, we can offer that. But if you’d like to gather a bunch of friends or maybe your writing club, we can arrange a whole house rental too.  (The Fletcher Farm discount for a whole house rental has limited applicability.  Inquire directly for more information.) Be sure to give us a call to review availability and to check the schedule for Fletcher Farm School for Arts and Crafts prior to booking.

Vermont Honey Festival 2019, a great success! 23 Sep 2019, 5:27 pm

It’s not that we meant to host a food festival or farmers market or craft fair — but after attending other Vermont festivals, we decided that honey deserved a showcase event too! So, here we are, two neighbors / beekeeping pals / small business owners, and now we’re co-hosts of Vermont’s only Honey Festival. The Vermont Golden Honey Festival is held every year, on the Second Saturday of September, at Golden Stage Inn Bed and Breakfast in Proctorsville, Vermont, just a couple miles south of Okemo Mountain in Ludlow VT and just a couple miles north of Chester VT. 

We welcome approximately 30 vendors, each offering products, so many of which highlight honey or beeswax or the honeybee itself.  Honey chicken wings?  We’ve got it!  Honey gin? Honey mead? Yep, we’ve got that too.  Raw Vermont honey – straight from the hive? Ohhhh, yessss, we have SO much of that!  Soaps, note cards, chap sticks, plants for your pollinator garden, hot sauce, baked goods, water color paintings, barbecue sauce, jellies and jams, crafts and ornaments, confections, pottery, and of course Honey Apple Cheddar pizza fresh from the wood fired pizza truck of Goodman’s American Pie.

This year we were happy to host two beekeeping education and advocacy groups: Windham County Beekeepers Association and Vermont Beekeepers Association.  These groups consist of members who are willing to be mentors and members who want to learn about the fascinating world of honeybees and beekeeping. 

When we first started planning this event, it was a goal to benefit the small independent business owner (check!), bring community together (check!), and raise money for a local non-profit (check!).  This year we selected Windsor County Youth Services. They operate two residential programs here in Proctorsville and Ludlow and provide safe space for teens to grow and learn. We’re grateful for the services they offer and we’re glad to offer them our modest donation. 

Jess’s business (with her husband Craig) is Goodman’s American Pie in Ludlow, Vermont and Julie’s business (with her husband Michael) is Golden Stage Inn Bed and Breakfast in Proctorsville. Whether you’re looking for a fantastic bed and breakfast or some of the best wood fired pizza ever, you ought to stop by our businesses and give us a try.  

If nothing else, put the second Saturday of September on your calendar and come visit the Vermont Golden Honey Festival next time around!  We’ll BEE there!!

 

Small Town Vermont: Proctorsville 5 Aug 2019, 8:55 am

small town vermontVermont is all about that small-town charm. For one thing, we don’t really have anything but small towns. With our largest city at only 42,000 residents and our home of Proctorsville at just 454, I think it’s safe to say we get that “small town” badge. What makes a small town in Vermont shine? Here’s a list of our favorite events, activities, and oddities in Proctorsville and around the area. 

Weekly Local Concerts on the Green

The Cavendish Summer Concerts are a great gathering place for community members, visitors to the area, and anyone looking to have a special summer evening. Every Wednesday different local musicians perform at the Proctorsville Green from 6-8pm. Bring a blanket to spread out on the grass, a picnic dinner to enjoy, and just soak in the beauty of a natural landscape and some old-time fun.

Singleton’s General Store

general store vermontGeneral stores always take you on a blast to the past with their wide board floors, homemade goods, variety of products, and friendly local faces. Singleton’s is anything but a thing of the past here in Proctorsville, it’s a staple. Grab a deli sandwich, a new sweater, a bottle of wine, and have a chat with the folks behind the counter.

Vermont Golden Honey Festival

This one is close to our heart and of course, very close to our home. On the second Saturday in September, we welcome everyone far and wide to enjoy this festival that is part farmer’s market, part craft fair, part beekeeper convention, and 100% small town fun. The best part about any local event is finding joy from the beautiful things our neighbors create and adore. Seeing so many passionate people in one place is the greatest type of heartwarming fun in my book, plus all the local honey doesn’t hurt! Check out more info here. 

Ludlow Farmer’s Market

ludlow farmers marketThe Ludlow Farmers Market takes place every Friday from 4pm-7pm, Memorial Day-Columbus Day, on the front lawn of the Okemo Mountain School. The 2019 market features over 30 vendors and it’s not just produce. You’ll find stunning flowers, homemade birdseed, freshly baked bread, wood-fired pizza, local lambs and animals to meet, Vermont maple syrup, and tons and tons more. A fun little bonus: Local musicians are sure to be gathered around strumming their guitars and adding to the environment of a locally made, small town evening.

Murdock’s on the Green

This area is bursting with great local restaurants, so why did we pick this one to put on the list? It’s all about that outdoor seating! Murdock’s is located in the heart of the village and offers farm-to-table freshness. Their goal is to make everyone who comes through their doors, no matter their home address, feel like a “local”.  Take a peek at more restaurant recommendations here.

Vermont Inn to Inn Walking Tour

This is another favorite tradition that we are honored to be a part of. The Inn to Inn Walking Tour could only happen in a place like Vermont because as the name suggests, you literally walk inn to inn discovering a new bed and breakfast each day! We have a blast welcoming new guests, treating them to a cozy night sleep, and sending them off again in the morning after a homemade breakfast. When will we see you?

What did we miss?

There are too many things about this sweet small town special to list them all, so tell us your favorites! What keeps you coming back every year and what have you discovered around the area? Welcoming people to this region and sharing the things we love most is always such a treat. Be sure to talk to us about what you’re hoping to find and we’ll be ready with a list of local tips!

Unlocking Art: Fletcher Farm Craft School 18 Jun 2019, 11:49 am

fletcher farm art school painter vermontCalling all artists, crafters, and those who love to learn! The Fletcher Farm Craft School is one of our favorite non-profits in the area due to their dedication to curating talent and beauty. Don’t worry if you’ve never had much luck with a paintbrush, their class list is filled with creative options like jewelry making, metalwork, ceramics, and tons more. Can you imagine a better souvenir than a new skill and something you made yourself?

Picture This: You’re standing on a long and winding dirt road that leads to a small Vermont barn. You hear the leaves rusting slowly and a few birds are chirping. Around you are a few others, each standing at their easel, brush in one hand and paints in the other. You’re all painting the gorgeous landscape you see before you, preparing to take home a bit of Vermont. It doesn’t matter who has the better cow or who got the color of the barn just right; it’s a special moment, one that you’re going to love no matter how your painting turns out.

welding and metalwork fletcher farmBetter Yet, Picture This: Everyone is dressed with sturdy gloves and eye protection. Metal sculptures all around the room fill you with excitement as you wait and wonder what you might get to create. Glowing sparks leap around in front of you and it feels impossible that you might actually turn those hard pieces of metal into something beautiful and unique, but you do. Later, you tuck it carefully into your suitcase, knowing every time you see it on your desk you’ll remember how strong and powerful you felt while making it.

Or How About This: You’ve always admired the quilts your grandmother had, some hanging on her walls, some draped over her bed. It felt like a lost art, like an unspoken language you’d never be able to understand. But instead, here you are, scraps of colorful fabric beginning to take shape in front of you. It’s not going to be perfect, the lines aren’t exactly as you would have hoped, but it’s a quilt and if you can do it once, why can’t you do it again?

kids and family at fletcher farm art schoolAbout the School

Fletcher Farm offers one-day classes or a full week of instruction if you’re hoping to dive a little deeper. All of their instructors are working local artists who have so much talent to share. They have been operating for 70 years and are celebrating the big milestone this year.

A Special Discount

We are big fans of Fletcher Farm Craft School as we mentioned before, so we’ve decided to offer something a bit special for those who decide to take a class with them. If you want to add some creativity to your vacation, we are offering a 20% discount on your stay with us once you book a class with them. Can’t get any better than that, right? You can see more about that special here.

Hop On Over! 20 Feb 2019, 10:06 am

So you’ve come to Vermont to hit some of the best slopes in New England, but you’re tired and your legs are beat from days of fantastic ski conditions. Don’t worry! Golden Stage Inn has curated a list of some fantastic breweries, all within an hour to the inn, to visit on those days you need to take it easy.

Fan favorites to visit while in Vermont are Harpoon Brewery in Windsor (26mi) and Long Trail Brewing Company, in Bridgewater Corners (32mi).

Both offer a full restaurant with pub style menus in super cozy and very Vermont atmospheres. In the summer, both offer outdoor seating and lawn games.

Long Trail Brewing Company offers a rustic VT atmosphere. Take a walk up to the viewing deck to get a birds eye view of the brewery itself or stay cozied up inside and be sure to try their Flyin Ryan IPA and their cheddar soup.

Visit Harpoon for a meal near the fire place or hop on their full tour of the brewing process. Make sure to try their Vermonter sandwich and the Winter Warmer Spiced Ale.

Newer brewery River Roost Brewing in White River Junction (36mi) opened in 2016 and offers bottles, cans, and growlers you can pick up in their retail location Thursday-Sunday 12pm-6pm.

Trout River Brewing in Springfield (14mi) is noted to be one of the early players in the Vermont craft beer movement. Offer fun fan favorites like Rainbow Red Ale, Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Hoppin’ Mad Trout Ale, and Knight Slayer Imperial Stout. They’re great for a night out as they offer trivia, live music, and Bend-n-Brew, Vinyasa flow yoga with a beer tasting – how fun.

Check out this great Beer map from Stratton Magazine! They have a great section on places to eat, breweries to visit, and sights to see!

If you’re looking for a day of skiing combined with a brewery visit, check out Killington Beer Company (26mi). Hit the slopes and then head down the mountain to the beer company’s pub and game room. Offering 11 beers on tap, open mic nights, trivia every Thursday, live music, and tours of the brewing process every Saturday at 2pm.

Most of exciting of all, soon you’ll be able to walk from Golden Stage Inn to a brand-new brewing company! Outer Limits Brewing is coming to Proctorsville this March, more on that to come!

If you can’t decide which one to visit, you’re in luck. The Vermont Brewers Festival is taking place March 23rd, at Killington. Originally taking place in Burlington, VT the brewers association has added a second date to the festival, bringing it to Killington. Enjoy over 100 exclusive beers created in collaboration by Vermont brewers, and enjoy 30 brews made exclusively for the festival itself. Enjoy this outdoor winter themed festival at the base Killington and sit by the fire pits with the brewers who host this event while enjoying exclusive brews.

Then, when you’re done touring the breweries of Vermont, head on back to Golden Stage where you can cozy up by the fire, play a board game or attempt a puzzle, with a cheese plate and your new brews!

 

The Vermont Inn to Inn Walking Tour 4 Feb 2019, 10:04 am

It’s no longer below freezing!

Today’s weather has been beautiful, and it has all of us dreaming of the warmer days of summer and the Vermont Inn to Inn Walking Tour.

What is the Vermont Inn to Inn Walking Tour, you ask?

The Vermont Inn to Inn Walking Tour is a unique, four-night experience where each night is spent at a different Vermont inn and each day is spent walking along some of Vermont’s most beautiful back roads. The tour takes place between the beautiful months of May and October. While on the walking tour you can expect to walk an average of 10 miles a day. At the end of the four days, you’ll have walked a 40+ mile circle through quaint Vermont towns, back to the inn you started your tour at.

At each inn you will have your own private guestroom and bathroom. You will receive dinner every night, and a country breakfast every morning. In addition to that, each inn sends you off with trail snacks for the days walk and makes sure there will be refreshments for when you’ve completed that days walk and arrived at the next inn, they know you’ll be hungry!

dinner plate with three blueberry pancakes with a pat of butter on top and syrup being poured onto the stack

Each day while you’re out walking, the innkeepers will ensure your luggage will arrive at your next inn in time for your arrival.

Inn Victoria in Chester, Vermont is a romantic bed & breakfast built in 1851 but offering all of today’s modern conveniences. Located on the beautiful village green nearby several local shops that are a must to stop into. Bookstores, boutiques, a scoop shop, and local artisan shops, the green is a great spot to explore while you’re at Inn Victoria.

Golden Stage Inn, located in Proctorsville, Vermont, is an eight room bed and breakfast, offering the comforts of home while you’re away. Lounge by the pool after your walk, visit the inns animals (bees, sheep, Nellie the dog, and chickens, oh my!) or take a walk to Singleton’s General Store, a true Vermont general store.

The Pettigrew Inn, in Ludlow, Vermont, is within walking distance to downtown Ludlow where there are many fantastic restaurants and shops to explore. The Pettigrew Inn has a rich history of hospitality and each luxurious room reflects the inns history.

Colonial House Inn and Motel is located in the beautiful town of Weston, Vermont. The inn offers lodging away from the hustle and bustle and makes sure there are always fresh treats baking, like home made bread. Explore Weston by stopping into the Vermont Country Store, the Weston Village Store, or the Village Green Gallery.

Each of the four inns are located in small Vermont towns and offer distinct charm and wonderful hospitality. Each town provides a unique experience, whether it be a rural setting or village, there are always shops and country stores to explore.

The Vermont Inn to Inn Walking Tour is a wonderful way to see the real Vermont. Four nights with dinner and lodging, followed by breakfast every morning and a self-guided scenic walk every day. Meet other walking tour guests while on the tour, explore quaint Vermont towns, enjoy daily scenic walks, see Vermont the best way possible.  

 

 

Happy Birthday, Okemo! 14 Jan 2019, 9:28 am

Wednesday, January 30th is Okemo’s 63rd birthday! Okemo has come a long way since operations first began in 1956. When Okemo first opened, the mountain only had two Poma surface lifts. If you’ve skied Okemo before, you might remember the Poma that was on the bunny hill at the Clock Tower Base Lodge up until a few years ago. The Poma pulls skiers up the slopes, the skiers remaining on the ground all the while. The lower Poma cost 20 cents to ride and the upper Poma cost 60 cents. It wasn’t until 1965 that Okemo got its first chair lift, the Sachem Double. Imagine how luxurious a day on the slopes must have felt being able to sit while transported up the mountain after riding the Poma for 9 years! Today, Okemo has 20 lifts, 121 trails, and 667 skiable acres.

Though Okemo has been bought and sold several times, it has always kept its name of Native American origin meaning “all come home.” The meaning of the name is extremely fitting as many skiers from all over really do consider Okemo to be a mountain they consider “home.” There’s a great lineage, or almost a right of passage, that comes with skiing Okemo. People who ski Okemo often remark on the fact that they grew up skiing the mountain with their parents, and now they’re taking their own children out on the slopes.

To celebrate its great history, Okemo has a lot of great events planned for the month of January. Events include a laser light show and a fireworks spectacular on the 19th, a night of family skating to a live DJ on the 20th, two all-day promotional events for safety week; PHAT (Protect Head At All Times) day and the Helmet Head Contest. Then, of course, on the 30th is Okemo’s birthday celebration complete with birthday cake, served in the base lodge. Make sure you’re at the Clock Tower at 1:00 pm to sing “Happy Birthday” to Okemo!

In addition to the events mentioned prior, there is an awesome program happening in the last week of January (1/28-2/1). The Women’s Alpine Adventures is a program is designed exclusively for women looking to boost their confidence on the slopes, learn new skills, and make new friends along the way. It’s five days of personal coaching, meals served daily, and an Après ski party and a banquet to celebrate!

The Women’s Alpine Adventures sounds like a great program to either venture out on your own and try solo or make a girls trip out of it. I may be bias, but Golden Stage is a great location for a girls trip. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen the variety groups that come to stay with us, but everyone always seems to have fun. Whether it’s for the Inn to Inn Walking Tour, the Inndulgence Tour, or just a weekend away, our eight luxurious rooms, homemade breakfast, cozy living room outfitted with games, books, and puzzles galore, and never-ending supply of sweet treats makes it the perfect place to spend with your favorite group of gals.

So whether you’re making a solo trip to improve your skiing, coming up to hit the slopes with your loved ones, or just taking a weekend away, make sure to check out the great events Okemo Mountain has to offer and make sure to wish the mountain “Happy Birthday!”

Don’t Let the Weather Get You Down 31 Dec 2018, 9:31 am

With the rainy weather we’ve been having in southern Vermont, we’ve noticed more people looking for things to do in town verses skiing on the mountain. As a result, we’ve thought up some ideas of what to do if you find that the weather for skiing is less than ideal.

If you’re content with staying in, have a game day! I recently attended a game night and was introduced to a ton of new games.

If you’re in the mood for strategy try out Codenames. It’s like a wordy version of Battleship that requires four to eight players which make up two teams that compete against one another. Twenty-five cards each displaying a single word are laid out in a five by five grid and each team is assigned a certain number of words they must guess are theirs. This is where the Battleship similarities of the game come in; each team has a spymaster which has access to a small card, indicating which words belong to each teams (think the grid of Battleship), each spymaster must find one word that connects the words their team must guess. For example, in one round there were two cards that displayed the words “octopus” and “kid” the spymaster for that round said “animal, two” meaning both cards the team had to guess were animal related, and there were two of them.

There are catches to the game though. If you guess a word that’s not your team mates, you lose the rest of your turn, and if you guess a word that belongs to the opposing team, then they are automatically given that word. The biggest catch of the game is that there is an “assassin card” and if you accidentally guess that card, the game ends. The team that guesses all their words first, wins. It’s a great game that gets every member of the team talking and strategizing and can be played with all ages.

Another great game is Spontuneous! The Game Where Lyrics Come to Life and the tagline for the game is “Sing it or shout it! Talent not required.” This game requires four to ten players, which can be played in teams, and tests your musical knowledge. Spontuneous is all about those moments where one word pops into your head and triggers an entire song. Each player makes a list of “trigger words” and, on their turn, takes the fifteen second timer and says “the trigger word is____” and whichever player can sing five words of a song containing the given trigger word gets to roll the dice and advance. For example, if the trigger word is “mountain” whoever bursts out with “ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no mountain low enough…” wins that round. There’s a catch, though, if no one can think of a song that you’ve given a trigger word for, then you have to sing it! Along the board game there also spontaneous challenges that requires picking cards that instruct you to do silly challenges, tell you to advance on the board, or cause you to lose a turn. Even those that didn’t want to sing or play the game initially, found themselves fully immersed in the game within minutes.

The last game I was introduced to was Spoons. It may be surprising, but I had never played! If you’re in the same boat, read on because I’ll explain it. Spoons is a card game and can have as many players as you want and is a simple and cheap game as all it requires are cards and spoons. The number of spoons required for the game is one less than the number of players. It’s like a musical chairs card game, because whoever ends up without a spoon is out. Each player has four cards and the objective is to get four of the same, so four queens or four twos, and you pass the cards you don’t want along to the other player. As soon as one player gets four of the same cards, they grab a spoon, and even if the other players don’t have four of the same cards, they still take a spoon. It’s a game that starts off slow and really speeds up.

Codenames and Spontuneous can be found at Target, on Amazon, or maybe at your local hobby store, and “Spoons” can be found in your silverware and junk drawer.

Golden Stage Inn also has a shelf of games and puzzles in the living room including Apples to Apples, Clue, Life, Taboo, Balderdash, and many more. Imagine cozying up in front of the fire or on the plush couch for a day in of games.

If you’re feeling a bit stir crazy take to the town! Check out Singleton’s General Store in Proctorsville, Vermont. It’s a true Vermont general store with a fitting slogan of “Whiskey, Guns, and Ammo.” Inside they have in-house smoked meats (which are to die for) high quality clothing and shoes, trinkets to commemorate your time in VT, and basic groceries.

If you feel like traveling a bit further, head to Ludlow and peak inside Blue Sky Trading Company or the Depot Street Gallery. Both are fantastic shops featuring products by artists, near and far. Blue Sky has a great selection of jewelry, bags, and glassware, while the Depot Street Gallery, also known as The Home of the Silver Spoon, has rings and ornaments made from silver spoons, larger paintings, and handmade soaps and bath bombs. Both are great for an afternoon out of the house.

Don’t let bad weather stand in your way, there’s so much to do in beautiful southern Vermont!

Ski Season at Golden Stage 26 Nov 2018, 9:24 am

We are not even at the end of November and the snow won’t quit, good news for you skiers! Vermont is, not only, home to beautiful winter weather, but plenty of ski mountains!

Closest to Golden Stage Inn is Okemo Mountain and Jackson Gore Resort in Ludlow, VT. You might have read about Vail’s recent purchase of Okemo and their inclusion of Okemo in their Epic Pass in one of our recent blog posts. Okemo is a great stop for families. It has a great variety of trails for beginners, intermediate, and expert level skiers and even lessons for those (of all ages) that haven’t hit the slopes before. It’s also stocked with plenty of restaurants for après ski, and events the whole family can enjoy like a ride on the snow cat, or a torchlight parade across the mountain. There is always something exciting going on at Okemo and it’s just ten minutes from the inn.

Another great mountain in the area is Magic Mountain, located in Londonderry, Vt just under thirty minutes from Golden Stage. Magic Mountain opened in the early 1960’s by Swiss-born Ski Instructor, Hans Thorner. The mountain is equipped with a miniature Swiss village at the base, a tubing park, and the Blackline Tavern with live music almost every night. Offering standard ski and snowboard lessons for all ages, Magic Mountain also offers tons of clinics to teach you how to take on jumps, uphilling, and double black diamonds. If you’re really into the athletics of the winter season, I suggest you check out the Winter Wild race that is taking place at Magic Mountain, December 22nd 2018. It’s a three mile race uphill, amassing to 1,450 vertical feet.

Another mountain you have to check out, if you haven’t already, is Killington Ski Resort in Killington, VT. About forty minutes from Golden Stage Inn, Killington is much more than just a ski mountain. If you’re looking for a metropolitan experience during your stay at Golden Stage, Killington is a great day trip. The village has several equipment and winter gear shops and tons of restaurants. Snowshoe and snowmobile tours, snowcat-drawn sleigh rides, and an all-season mountain coaster, Killington is great for skiers and non-skiers alike! Even if you’re just up for a day trip and not skiing, you can purchase a ticket for a scenic gondola ride to the top of the mountain to grab a bite to eat! Fine dining, pub style, or a café, Killington has plenty of options.

There’s a lot to do in Vermont, you just have to know where to go! In addition to knowing where to stay, of course. Golden Stage Inn is centrally located in Proctorsville, VT, ten minutes from Okemo, thirty from Magic Mountain, and forty to Killington. Each area offers their own beautiful drive and unique experience. When you’re done exploring the great ski towns of Vermont, come back to Golden Stage Inn for a warm cup of hot chocolate or hot apple cider in one of our signature, Vermont-made, handcrafted Golden Stage Inn mugs. Wake up in our casual, comfortable, eight room inn, for a delicious homemade breakfast and do it all over again!

 

I Hate Malls! 14 Nov 2018, 12:40 pm

It’s the holiday season… 

It feels that Halloween was just yesterday but, in truth, Thanksgiving is just over a week away. There is currently snow on the ground, ski season is just around the corner, and before we know it Christmas will be here.

With the holiday season comes tasty treats, colder weather, and what seems like a marathon of gift giving. If you love the holidays but hate the shopping aspect of it then check out Golden Stage Inn’s “I Hate Malls!” package. This package is designed for the holiday shopper looking to give meaningful and unique gifts, with little shopping effort on their part. Book two nights at Golden Stage Inn between December 2nd – December 22nd and receive, not only, local eats but special discounts to some of the area’s finest shops.

The “I Hate Malls!” special puts an emphasis on shopping locally for the holidays with ease. Shops currently taking part in our special span from outdoor gear outfitters, local restaurants, handmade clothing, home goods, and jewelry.  

See what these independently owned shops have to offer, find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, drop them off at the inn before going out to dinner and we’ll wrap the gifts for you! When booking, be sure to enter the promo code ihatemalls

While you’re at Golden Stage enjoy some of what the area has to offer. Okemo Mountain is hosting a nighttime hike on December 8th at 7:30pm. This snowshoe hike is guided by Naturalist Joe Karl and is followed up by a fireside pit and marshmallow roasting. The event is merely the cost of snowshoe rentals. Visit Okemo’s website to register, it looks like a blast!

 

If you’re not into outdoor exploring, join us December 1st and 2nd for the Inndulgence Tour! This two day, self-guided tour, takes place across 12 Vermont inns, 12-5pm each day. Each inn will be decorated for the holiday season, offering food unique to the inn. Some inns will have a cash bar, in addition to raffles and chances to win prizes. Visit 6 inns and be entered to win a free night at the inn of your choice! Tickets are $15, but only until November, 27th at which point they become $20. Visit the website or call 802-226-7744 for information on how to buy tickets.

There is so much happening here at Golden Stage and it’s not even ski season yet! Join us at Golden Stage Inn for a weekend full of local fun, relaxation, excellent homemade breakfasts, and hot apple cider in front of the fire.

 

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