Can you believe it’s November! OMG. Next month is Christmas!!! Wasn’t it just summer?
Anyway, I was talking to my friend, Sue, the other day and we both agree we need a girl’s weekend away again. We have gone away around the holiday for the past few years and I love the tradition. We both have small families and we pick a place that has a holiday event and off we go. It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit and buy some gifts.
So, I was looking around to see where we could go. We had such a good time at our friend’s Inn, The Golden Stage Inn, last March that I looked into it for the holidays.
Well, they are having a “I hate Malls” special from November 3 to December 15th. What the heck is that? Here it is right from their web-site
I hate malls!
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, then unwind by the fire with an evening cocktail and a complimentary wood-fired pizza… AND get those presents wrapped and ready for the holiday! We provide you with a gift certificate for a Goodman’s American Pie pizza and the wrapping supplies you’ll need. All you need to do is make a shopping list and a reservation!
Book any double occupancy room for any night Nov 4 through December 15 and enjoy the rate of $129 (plus tax). (Yes, any room — this is a great way to check out our newly renovated guest rooms with cozy fireplaces and gorgeous bathrooms!) A savings of up to $80 per night.
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.
Step 2: Request a list of our favorite places to shop, complete with many discounts exclusively offered to our guests. 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 rather than an all too familiar chain restaurant.
Step 3: Redeem your gift certificate for Goodman’s American Pie and bring a wood-fired pizza back to Golden Stage Inn’s cozy sitting room. Grab your favorite cocktail and settle in by the fire. 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? That’s the whole point!
Book for two nights and you can come up the night before, maybe stopping at a restaurant along the way. This will give you time to create your list and maybe get a little online shopping done while you sip on hot cider, tea or coffee 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!
Well, I hate malls so this sounded perfect for Sue and I! How much more fun is it to hit local and unique stores other than Old Navy, Sears or Macy’s? Plus, how fun does it sound to have a pizza and cocktails and wrap your gifts in front of the fire? Pretty darn good to me.
We both really want to go but we have to look at some dates and wait to see how some things pan out first. We were just talking about the first weekend of December to potentially go.
In Plymouth, Vt (24 minutes from the Inn) there is the Coolidge Holiday Open House going on on December 6th from 10-4.
Coolidge Holiday Open House 2014
Step back in time and enjoy the traditions of the season in one of Vermont’s most scenic villages. Visit the Coolidge Birthplace, decorated as it would have been in the late 19th century. Winter exhibits at the Museum & Education Center, Aldrich House, Plymouth Cheese Factory, and 1924 Summer White House office. Baking demonstration and book signing by Gesine Bullock-Prado. Sleigh rides, old-time music, craft demonstrations, lunch at the Wilder House Restaurant, special cancellation at the historic Plymouth post office, and children’s holiday activities.
Holiday shopping and Sleigh Rides? How fun a weekend is that?
If you and a friend or a groups of friends are looking for a great Inn, shopping and holiday fun to get you in the spirit check out http://www.goldenstageinn.com. You will not be sorry!