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Winter Fun In Vermont – Go Ice Fishing

The cold isn’t keeping us indoors! We’re joining Lucus, our ice fishing angler friend in the photo, for a day on the ice . We’re also taking an Introduction to Ice Fishing Course Wednesday, February 12 on Lake Bomoseen. And, if that’s not enough, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department offers a free Ice Fishing Day Festival on Saturday, January 25 – a day when anyone, resident or nonresident, may go fishing in Vermont without a fishing license – we’re doing that too. You must join us – it’s going to be wild!

 


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Merck Forest Event – Owl Presentation and Hike February 2020

Merck Forest Event – Owl Presentation and Hike. The evening begins with a presentation about the owls found in our region and then the group will hike out to find some of these magnificent raptors. Saturday, February 22 @ 4:00 – 6:00 pm ($5.00) Learn more Here

Merck Forest Farmland Center is a non profit educational organization located at Rupert, Vermont, only 30 minutes from Pond Mountain Inn. Their mission is to inspire and teach others about  natural and working lands sustainability.

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Include a visit to Merck Forest on your Dorset/Manchester Day Trip!


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There’s Something Special About This Beaver Pond and Lodge – Look Closely

During our recent trip to Waitsfield for yak meat we discovered this beaver lodge standing nearly seven feet tall! But, that’s not the entire story… the most interesting part of our discovery was the shallow beaver-engineered pond – just look at the lower left corner of the photo. This large family of beavers constructed an entire ecosystem to live and raise their pups! We’re always stumbling upon something fascinating here in Vermont!


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Exciting Sport of Ice Sailing In Vermont

Only a few times each year have we seen these ice sailors out on the lakes, and some years not at all. It’s exhilarating to watch them sail across the ice in their iceboats at speeds that can exceed 60 mph. Organized ice yachting is popular in North America, and as close as Lake Champlain.

In the 1850s, ice yacht clubs were popular on the Hudson River in Newburg, New Hamburg, Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park, New York. The founder of the Hudson Ice Yacht Club recorded a speed of over 100 mph in 1869. They also raced against trains that began running along the Hudson River!

The only activity on the lakes right now are ice fishermen and skaters – some with hockey sticks, but not me… not yet!

Learn more about this exciting sport through this video by the The World Sailing Show

 


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The Chocolate Barn Shaftsbury Vermont Why Their Confections Are Over The Top Delicious

“Eat Ice Cream for Daily Happiness” says The Chocolate Barn! Not only is their hand dipped Ice Cream delicious but their confections from fudge to truffles are over the top. Click Here to find out why their ice cream is better than all others – there’s a reason! They are about an hour down the road from Pond Mountain Inn and sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!

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Tour President Calvin Coolidge Historic Homestead Plymouth Notch Vermont

Calvin Coolidge was born 1872 across the street from the homestead in a house attached to his fathers general store at Plymouth Notch, Plymouth, VT. The homestead was purchased four years later by Calvin’s father Colonel John Coolidge in which he repaired and added a few additions to this one and a half story farmhouse connected to the barn and was a typical New England style set up with the big house, little house, back house and barn. President Coolidge would live in this house until he went away to college 1887 -1895.

On August 3, 1923 Calvin Coolidge was inaugurated the 30th President of the United States. In the following years he would return to the homestead for vacations. He would reside in Northampton until his sudden death at the age of 60 in 1933. The homestead was willed to his only surviving son, John and at his mothers suggestion he donated the house complete with furnishings to the State of Vermont, who in turn opened it to the public. The appearance today is almost the same as the night of the inauguration. President Coolidge, his wife Grace and their two sons, Calvin Jr and John rest at the Notch Cemetery with four generations of his family.

The tour for this State Historic Site is open daily from May to October 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m… and it’s great to wander around this 19th century village even in the winter! Only a little over an hour from Pond Mountain Inn.

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Include Vermont Roadside Historic Markers To Your Day Trip From Pond Mountain Inn

Unveiled in 1947 the Vermont Roadside Historic Site Marker program has proven an effective way to commemorate “things of significance” in Vermont. Over 250 cast-aluminum green markers, crested with the distinctive gold state seal, are placed throughout Vermont to commemorate diverse topics, including the birthplaces and homes of United States presidents and legislators, Red Sox players, and founders of world-famous organizations like Cadillac, Lincoln, Rotary International, and Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as homes of famous authors and artists the likes of Rudyard Kipling, Pearl S. Buck, Robert Frost, and Norman Rockwell.

Spot these along the way on your journey with  Inspiring Day Trips & Unique Itineraries from Pond Mountain Inn!