Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Dramatic Mountain Views


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Fly to Pond Mountain Inn Vermont on Cape Air Airline

We have discovered Cape Air! Take five minutes and find out more about this fascinating airline that carried over 500,000 passengers last year, making them one of the largest regional airlines in the United States! Flight Time From Rutland to Boston Is One Hour… Vermont Just Keeps Getting Better!

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Star Gazing at Pond Mountain Inn Without a Telescope

The night sky at Pond Mountain Inn is magnificent for star gazing! Intrigued by the clarity and the absence of any artificial light we joined a local Astronomy Club. Our first question, like many others, is “what can I see through a $200 telescope?” The short answer – a lot!

Star Gazing at Pond Mountain Inn Without a Telescope

Let’s begin by mentioning what can be seen without a telescope – quite a bit! The International Space Station (ISS) passed by us twice last week while having dinner outside with friends. And, with an untrained eye, having ISS Detector app on my telephone is the best way to distinguish the space station from roaming satellites. After only a few sightings, the two are easily distinguishable – the space station has a much larger and brighter footprint. Satellites are quite common – we saw three in fifteen minutes the previous Sunday night!

The broad swath of milky light stretching across the night sky is, of course, the Milky Way Galaxy that never disappoints. The Big Dipper sits directly above our home in the summer, which is somehow very comforting. We see shooting stars about 30% of the time – last summer we saw an incredible meteor streaking across the night’s sky that lasted just a split second – absolutely magnificent! Planets are easily visible to the naked eye, especially the notable three – Jupiter, Saturn and Mars, but are virtually featureless. The meteor strikes on the moon are nicely apparent with a pair of department store binoculars.

And, there is so much more to see….

A $200 Telescope Certainly Improves Things – A Lot!

The Moon’s craters come alive with a telescope and it’s easily the most impressive object in the sky given its proximity to earth. There are now eight planets, with the absence of Pluto. Jupiter, Saturn and Mars are the “big three” in the sky revealing nice surface characteristics that we hope to share with you in the future!

Kay and I certainly look forward to learning so much more about the night sky and will share photographs of what we see and experience from Vermont… Stay tuned! And, it may be even better in the winter!

 

 

Volcano of Fire Under The Milky Way • Photo Courtesy of Diego Rizzo

 


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Best Hiking Trails in Vermont 15 Nearby Pond Mountain Inn

You can find beautiful Hiking trails in Vermont with 10-15 nearby Pond Mountain Inn bed and breakfast. Our favorite is Haystack Mountain, just ten minutes away!

Take in the awesome views of what the locals call Three Sisters, Haystack, Middle and Bald Mountains. In 2012 the summit of Haystack was conserved by a local group, Friends of Haystack. This summit at 1,919 feet offers views of New York, Mettowee Valley and Mount Equinox, Manchester.

We have a list for you to choose from for short walking trails or a longer adventure. Just let us know….

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Lake St. Catherine Country Club Offers 18 Hole Golf Course and Dinner With A View – Open to the Public

Just 12 minutes up the road from Pond Mountain Inn, is the Lake St. Catherine Country Club in Poultney, VT. It is open to the public, delightfully inexpensive, and offers a wonderful dining alternative with incredible views!

For Golfers the Country Club has an 18 hole golf course that measures 6200 yards. The nine hole golf Course was created in 1925 and the first 4 holes of the 18 hole course (expansion of the 9 hole course in the mid 1990’s) are the original from the nine hole golf course.

Last year, I had had the pleasure of playing nine holes with our guests, which now has become an annual tradition (postponned this year); bogeyed four, parred one… shot a 51 – Pure Luck! My caddy, Scott, our three-time returning guest once caddied for President Gerald Ford!

Get More information – Lake St. Catherine Country Club

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Discover More About The Worlds Largest Marble Museum Located In Vermont

The Vermont Marble Museum, is the world’s largest marble exhibit with over 100 exhibits! A few of the highlights are; The Hall of Presidents,  On-Site Sculptor and Gallery, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Exhibit and they offer a gift shop. Add this to your Vermont Road Trip! Just under an hour drive from Pond Mountain Inn to Proctor, Vermont

The Museum was chosen for the Yankee Magazine’s Best of Vermont 2018 Editors’ Choice Awards. The museum closes the last week of October for the winter months. The gift shop is open year round.

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Thank You Notable Nuances • Photography by Susan Wilkinson


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Emerald Lake State Park Vermont Offers Camping Swimming and Picnicking

This year, three different families have visited Emerald Lake State Park located in North Dorset and just 30 minutes from Pond Mountain Inn is named for its emerald green waters. The kids loved swimming and hiking… This 992 acre park surrounds the 20 acre Emerald Lake, that offers camping, swimming and a place to relax and enjoy a picnic. Some of the more popular activities are amphibian explorations, night hikes, campfire programs and nature crafts and games.

See our Dorset / Manchester • Day Trip Itinerary for more exciting places to visit!


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Fort Ticonderoga Carillon Cruise Offers Incredible Scenic Beauty

 Fort Ticonderoga is open! Take in the stunning views upon arrival and be sure to capture the beautiful morning view of Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and Mount Defiance. Explore the largest 18th-century artillery collection in North America that line the outer walls of the fort.
Board Fort Ticonderoga’s very own Carillon Cruise Boat docked on Lake Champlain, down by the King’s Garden. The 90 minute cruise will offer incredible scenic beauty and a unique historic perspective that you’ll never forget. And, there is so much more!! Only and hour drive from Pond Mountain Inn!

See our Fort Ticonderoga / Middlebury • Day Trip: Itinerary for more exciting things to do in the area!

 


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We Love This Little Slice Of Vermont Life – Featured in Yankee Magazine – Poorhouse Pies In Underhill, Vermont

Last year Kay and I along with a guest drove two hours from Pond Mountain Inn to serve ourselves at this tiny pie shed, Poorhouse Pies in Underhill, Vermont! But we wanted more, after all they were featured in Yankee Magazine. We walked fifty feet hoping to meet the owners and to see where the pies were made. In the side door of a tiny yellow farmhouse we entered a correspondingly tiny commercial kitchen that was barely enough space to accommodate the owners. Paula and Jamie told us that on holiday weekends they make about 120 pies and always sell out. The three of us bought 6-7 pies and had a pie tasting a few days later! We loved this little slice of Vermont life!

Sightseeing or just wanting to visit exciting places in our surrounding area, check out our Inspiring Day Trips & Unique Itineraries

 

 

 


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Why the American Museum of Fly Fishing Is On Our List

Opening on July 17, 2020. Even if you don’t fly fish, the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester is interesting, the interior is warm, inviting and 30-45 minutes is all you’ll need. The museum creates insightful and interesting exhibitions that will appeal to everyone—from fly fishers, to outdoor enthusiasts, and history buffs! We make it a point to visit every few years…

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Belted Galloway Beef Cheeseburger – Spring Brook Farm Vermont

 

 

Looks like an ordinary cheeseburger, right!?!? This Belted Galloway Beef Cheeseburger was one of the best burger we’ve ever had at Spring Brook Farm, Reading, Vermont. Two guests who joined Kay and I were unanimously agreed!  Well-marbled with just enough fat content, rich mouthfeel, strong beef flavor, but not gamey, and a near-grill aroma combined with a weighty in-hand presence created a multi-layered sensory experience for the eyes, nose and mouth. Join us as we tour their extraordinary dairy farm where they produce award winning cheese.

An interesting read – 16 Things You Should Know about Belted Galloway Cows!

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