Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Dramatic Mountain Views


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Lemon Ricotta and Mascarpone Pancake Recipe

Lemon Ricotta and Mascarpone Pancake Recipe

We’re now making these pancakes twice a week for our guests—this is the most sought-after breakfast this year! The Ricotta and Mascarpone adds extra richness, and lemon zest heightens the subtle flavor while the Blueberry-Lemon Compote completes the dish. Here’s the recipe so that you too can enjoy these unbelievably delicious pancakes at home!

Ingredients

1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese

1/2 cup Vermont Creamery Mascarpone

1 cup sour cream

3 eggs, separated

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 cup King Arthur all-purpose flour

Pinch of salt

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

Preparation

Beat together the ricotta and mascarpone, sour cream and egg yolks. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and sugar and set aside. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry.

Heat your griddle to 350º while you finish the batter. Combine the dry flour mixture with the cheese mixture, stirring well but not beating. Add lemon juice and zest, then gently fold in beaten egg whites, they should remain somewhat distinct in the batter. Be careful not to deflate the eggs.

Butter up your griddle and pour about ¼ cup of the batter for each pancake. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Serve immediately with your favorite Vermont Maple Syrup—we prefer Dorset Reserve Maple Syrup.

Bonus Recipe: Blueberry-Lemon Compote

Combine 1 cup of fresh blueberries, water, ¼ cup of brown sugar and freshly squeezed lemon juice in a small saucepan. Cook over a medium heat for about 10 minutes. Add a second cup of fresh blueberries and cook for an additional eight minutes. Stir frequently and serve warm.

 

Another Great Recipe from Pond Mountain Inn.

 

 


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Everyone Drinks Bottled Water—But Not at Pond Mountain Inn!

When’s the last time you drank water directly from the tap?

Water at Pond Mountain Inn is exceptional; independently lab tested and is delivered from a 360 foot deep artesian well. By the time it reaches your glass, our water has been filtered twice and has passed through ultraviolet disinfection technology. By the time our water reaches the cottage it has passed through an additional filter and ultraviolet light. Our water is crisp, clean and delicious!

Not all water is the same. The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole boasts some of the most expensive and finest water on the planet – 750ml at $150! Maybe it’s so expensive because they must scrape the ice from icebergs or glaciers. Then there’s water from Copenhagen, which is considered one of the best tasting water from the tap. How about water on the International Space Station? Now, think about how and where that gets recycled – surely not so pleasing to the palate.

So, the next time you’re visiting Pond Mountain Inn consider bringing a five gallon refillable water jug and taking some this precious resource back home!

Now, find out in our August 2019 Newsletter how much water is on Planet Earth.


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Barr Hill Produces The Finest Gin and Vodka

Time for another road trip back to Caledonia Spirits, makers of Barr Hill Gin, America’s most awarded gin. Our last visit, pre-COVID, we found ourselves sitting at their sleek gray bar with hip mixologists dispensing delicious hand-crafted cocktails—we were fascinated at the hustle and bustle, the frenetic pace was mesmerizing as we settled in to experience Vermont’s cocktail revolution. We are hoping for another captivating visit to Barr Hill in the coming weeks.

Don’t Miss Bee’s Knees Week • September 24 – October 3, 2021

“The phrase “bee’s knees” was prohibition-era slang for “the best.” This classic cocktail born from the prohibition era combines gin, lemon, and honey. This cocktail is especially important to the Barr Hill family. Each year we celebrate Bee’s Knees Week, a spotlight on the importance of bees in our food and drink system, and a community of bartenders working together to save the bees.” Learn more about the immense importance of bees, the threats they face and what can be done to help.   caledoniaspirits.com

Learn More About Our Inspiring Day Trips & Unique Itineraries.


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The Champagne Salon Inspired by Dom Pérignon

Looking for something a little different that indulges your senses? We offer this suggestion… The new Dom Pérignon Salon, the only one of its kind sanctioned by the legendary champagne house with a choice of indoor or outdoor spaces. Experience all three Dom Pérignon offerings with D’Artagnan’s Ossetra Malossol Caviar. The Blantyre property and exclusive Dom Pérignon experience ia a justified extravagance! This single-destination day trip is only about two hours from Pond Mountain Inn, however why not combine this trip with a visit to The Clark Museum in Williamstown, Massachusetts? The Clark is one of the most respected museums in the world.

Check out our other Inspiring Day Trips & Unique Itineraries for more exciting places to visit!


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Our Two Latest Reviews

This Little Guy is Enjoying Lemon Cottage Cheese Soufflé Pancakes Al Fresco…

This is the first time we decided to publish any of our 225 five-star reviews. We truly have ‘the best guests’, and we’re always very thankful each and every time that our guests take the time to put their experiences into words. And, with bed and breakfast travel, there is always some level of uncertainty that the place you’ve booked accurately matches the photos and description. At Pond Mountain Inn, we provide tremendous insight into our property with an abundance of photographs, newsletters, day trip itineraries, wellness and blogs that not only portray our inn accurately, but provide valuable insight into the incredible range of experiences found here in Vermont.       

Fantastic Stay!

We absolutely loved this property and the owners! The property is just as described. We stayed in the cottage. It was immaculate upon arrival. I can’t say enough good things about our hosts Glenn & Kaye. They were an absolute delight. They made us feel so welcome! And Kaye’s cooking was exceptional! She made the best breakfast for us each morning. By the time we left I felt like we were leaving friends. This was a great rental! If you love nature, like your solitude, require immaculate lodging and enjoy having a delicious breakfast each morning with two wonderful people, this is the place to be! Thank you, Glenn and Kaye! I hope our paths cross again some time! It was so nice meeting you☺️

7/13/2021 at 5:03 AM (Vrbo)

New Review for Pond Mountain Inn

“Beautiful Inn on picturesque Pond Mountain with stunning views!” We just returned from a 2.5 week stay at gorgeous Pond Mountain Inn, and had just a wonderful time! This was our seventh visit over the past six years and this visit may have been the best yet! We enjoyed exceptional service, absolutely fabulous breakfasts al fresco using all local farm-to-table ingredients, spectacular views, many very fun day-trips, and incredibly restful nights with a sky full of stars! Kay and Glenn, the Innkeepers, are a special couple who make our stays something to look forward to each year! We will be back in the fall, and again twice (or more?!) next year!! Cannot recommend Pond Mountain Inn strongly enough!!

7/13/2021 / Scott P. (Yelp)

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog, and have a great summer!


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Vermont Day Trips From Pond Mountain Inn To Saratoga Springs

 

The 2021 Season Opens Tomorrow—Thursday, July 15th! 

Historic Saratoga Springs Race Track was the first organized Thoroughbred horse racing track to open in the United States in 1863 making it the oldest horse racing track, and perhaps the oldest sporting venue in the nation.

Saratoga Springs is one of the Top Ten Summertime Place to visit in the northeast! This historical city is full of fascinating and eclectic shops that are easily enjoyed on foot. Experience the Food Tours, the Saratoga Casino, and the many cultural & historical activities.

Ask to see our top four favorite restaurants! We were here last week… we had an amazing brunch on Broadway at Max London’s and make sure to you visit Mrs. London’s Bakery next door!! Also, across the street is Darling Doughnuts… ask for Glenn and tell him Pond Mountain Inn sent you!!  

Get the complete list of the places you can visit on this day trip visit Here.

We have all seven day trip itineraries to choose from Here.


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One of the Top Ten Summer Swimming Holes in New Englnd is in Dorset Vermont

Established in 1785, The Dorset Quarry is one of the Top-Ten Summer Swimming Holes in North America – it’s known for its depth and cold water! Marble from this quarry was used to build the New York Public Library and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts along with other famous structures.

See other places to discover with our Dorset / Manchester • Day Trip Itinerary


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In Search of Lord of the Rings… “The Enduring Power of Donuts.”

What’s more American than Donuts? Maybe pizza or maybe neither. No one really knows the origins of donuts, the deep-fried antithesis of wellness; wellness that we spent hours discussing on our wellness page. There is one certainty, really good donuts are elusive, but not here in Vermont or at the King Bakery Donut Cart in Cambridge, New York. These donuts are worth getting up early for, and after a 45-minute drive you’ll understand why!

We also love the donuts at the Wells County Store, in the center of our tiny village, the Dorset Union Store on the Dorset Green makes exceptional donuts, and then there’s Mrs. Murphy’s Donuts in Manchester—donuts like we grew up with in the 1950s and 1960s.   

We’re always finding interesting things to do at Pond Mountain Inn!


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Our Guests Love Visiting Baird Farm!


Maple Tree tap that connects to a complex network of vacuum tubing…  

Our Vermont Organic Maple Syrup comes from Baird Farm… But, that’s just part of the story.

One morning this past summer, like every summer morning, we chat with our guests during breakfast and learn about their discoveries from the previous day. But this day was different, they discovered something new—Baird Farm, and met Jenna, the young owner and her husband. This winter, many of our guests visited Baird Farm, and enjoyed the spectacular drive, and the last few miles to the farm was just incredible, even with most of the leaves down.

Baird Farm sits on 560 acres and has been in the Baird family for four generations. They have over 14,000 trees tapped, with over 80 miles of tubing that connects all the trees in their sugarbush. When the weather is right, the sap flows directly from the trees into the tubing system straight to the sugarhouse where it’s boiled down into maple syrup. A maple tree will yield about 25 gallons of sap in an average season. On a good day, they collect about 2,000 gallons per hour—the volume into the sugarhouse is like rushing river! And, it takes about 50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. Standing on a platform overlooking two 9,000-gallon tanks watching sap from 14,000 trees stream into the tanks is unbelievable—nobody would believe sap could flow so rapidly!  

This was a fascinating visit—the best time to visit is during March and April. 

“You guys do the best stuff at Pond Mountain Inn”


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Stunning Beauty of Historic Crown Point


Soldiers’ Barracks, Officers’ Quarters and Lake Champlain

We hadn’t planned on visiting Crown Point on this beautiful spring-like day in Vermont; we were just out for a drive with our guests. Then, the Lake Champlain Bridge appeared in the distance—a modest, yet impressive bridge traversing Lake Champlain between Crown Point, New York and Chimney Point, Vermont that we had to cross. On the other side we discovered the Crown Point Historic Site located on stunning grounds that strategically overlook Lake Champlain—perfect for an afternoon picnic! The ruins of two standing barracks uniquely illustrate the differences between the officers and the soldiers they commanded. Equally as impressive are the remains of earthworks—earthworks are artificial changes in land level, typically made from piles of artificially placed or rocks and soil. The mounded walls encircle the fort reaching heights of fifty feet or more!

In season, visitors can explore the preserved ruins of the fort, tour the museum, the historic Crown Point Pier, the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse and the walking paths on either side of the Lake Champlain Bridge offer incredible views of Lake Champlain. The photograph was taken at the at the highest elevation of the fort.

Crown Point is just over an hour from Pond Mountain Inn. Within a very short drive from Crown Point is Fort Ticonderoga / Mount Defiance and Mount Independence on the Vermont side of the lake. This is an incredible day trip – for more, see our Fort Ticonderoga / Middlebury Day Trip Itinerary.