Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Dramatic Mountain Views


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Elegantly Fishing Lake St Catherine Vermont

Adventure Wellness • Experience the Unfamiliar

Some of the finest trout lakes and rivers are here in Vermont – so what, right! It’s difficult to understand the joy of sitting precariously on some wooden boat plank, struggling to convince a huge nightcrawler of the benefits of the hook in my other hand, then sending both into the lake at whatever depth that assures an unsuccessful day… So far, this is my portrayal of fishing.

I really don’t know how to fish, and I don’t want to spend the time learning—but I want to going fishing with someone that takes care of it all. Problem solved! We’ve taken the drudgery out of recreational lake fishing and made it into a relaxing, meditative wellness practice capable of delivering peace and tranquility to those determined to go somewhere beautiful and experience the health benefits of spending time outside and the exhilaration of reeling in big fish!

We’re catching Brown Trout (in the photo), Rainbow Trout, Bass, Perch, Northern Pike or any of the other 90-plus species of fish that are abundant throughout the state…. And it’s exciting!

Read more about what we’ve done to create the most amazing day fishing!

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Star Gazing at Pond Mountain Inn Wells Vermont

Intrigued by the clarity of the night sky and the absence of any artificial light we joined the Dorset 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 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. And, the annual Perseid Meteor Shower two weekends ago was disappointing again this year with large amounts of cloud cover. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for next year…

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!

Photo Courtesy of Duncan Miller at Pixabay.com


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Welcome to JH Forge Custom Knife Maker • Pawlet, Vermont

When’s the last time you shucked an oyster? Me, likely never… I cannot help being mindful of the force and dexterity required to open an oyster without sustaining a deep hand laceration requiring multiple surgeries and weeks in a cast. So, no oyster shucking for me! That said, I just had to have this oyster shucker – why, look at it… it’s a work of art, and the prospect of having bushels of oysters and cherrystone clams this summer may have contributed to my decision.
Now, the technical side… this 8″ oyster shucking knife has been thoughtfully developed and indestructibly built to confidently pry-open the most stubborn oyster. The wide thick curved blade with a sturdy pointed tip will ensure mangled-free oyster meat. The five-inch handle is made from black walnut, and we also have a matching black walnut handle bread knife that we also couldn’t live without!
Jim Hurlburt, the owner, not only creates custom knives, but a variety of other tools. Jim is incredibly interesting and has a full machine shop on Route 30 in Pawlet, and a few years ago Jim built a 1930s era 30’ Chris-Craft Mahogany Runabout. I hope we get an invite this summer!
Last – in the photo above the oyster knife in resting on a giant clam shell. I actually ate the raw clam meat from this shell at an outdoor seafood market on the site where Magellan was killed in 1521 – Mactan, Philippines.

 


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American Cup Short Track Speedskating • Lake Placid, New York

Photo by Melissa Majchrzak

Friday, February 14 – Sunday, February 16, 2020 │ Lake Placid Olympic Center
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International Short Track Speedskating is back in Lake Placid for the first time in many years! Short track speed skating is a form of competitive ice speed skating. In competitions, multiple skaters (groups typically between four and six) skate on an oval ice track. The American Cup will consist of 500m, 1000m, 2000m, and 3000m distances with men and women competing. The drive time to Lake Placid is about two hours. Join Us – We’re Definitely  Going!!
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The Night Sky at Pond Mountain Inn is Magnificent for Star Gazing

The Night Sky is magnificent for Star Gazing. It’s amazing what can be seen from the property! You won’t see the Pillars of Creation above, but read about what we get to see most nights! And… the left “pillar” is approximately four light years tall!!

Find out more about Star Gazing at Pond Mountain Inn. 


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Wildlife in Wells Vermont – Porcupines

The Porcupine is mostly active at night and nocturnal. It spends most of its time finding food, and resting in trees. They have a natural craving for salt and will gnaw on the dropped antlers of deer to obtain minerals. When they are born their quills are very soft for just an hour. It is believed that a porcupine can throw its quills when confronted, but that is not true, the quills release when coming in contact with another an animal.

We watched this little guy in the photo stroll from the bottom of the property up the mountain behind us… porcupines are very “house” destructive. Quick story.. we heard one gnawing under our house one night at 12:30AM!

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Our Winter Guests Took Advantage Of The Treasures Vermont Has To Offer

Our Winter guests took advantage of the treasures Vermont has to offer! They spent ten fulfilling days skiing, hiking, painting the landscape, dining in Dorset and Manchester and relaxing around our roaring fireplace. Dorset is just 25 minutes north and Manchester 30 minutes south of the inn. There are many things to do at Pond Mountain Inn Bed and Breakfast in the Winter months, whether you looking for adventure or a quiet place to relax, we can accommodate you with incredible cuisine and hospitality that will make your stay with us unforgettable!.

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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 instead of bottled water? 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, often considered 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 a guest at Pond Mountain Inn consider bringing a five gallon refillable water jug and taking some of this precious resource back home!


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Extraordinary Hummingbird Rescue In Vermont

While enjoying a delightful summer evening with one of our guests, we watched the Hummingbirds playing and feeding when one whizzed by and slammed directly into the picture window behind us! We instinctively leapt from our Adirondack chairs only to find this poor bird on the ground with no visible signs of life. John, one of our frequent guests, and a wonderful photographer picked up our tiny new friend and held it in his hand. John was eager to get his camera, but he had the bird, so I grabbed my phone and began taking pictures.

As I continued photographing, our friendly little bird gradually regained his composure, righted himself and kept us company for fifteen minutes. He was clearly enjoying himself and was in no hurry to leave, but it was time to delicately return him to the feeder. He stepped from John’s hand and perched himself comfortably and within a few moments he was quickly tormented by his buddies – they are very territorial and seek control of the feeder. He grabbed a quick drink and returned home….

This goes on from dawn to dusk and is always fascinating to watch. We look forward to their return to Pond Mountain Inn every May!


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This is how we do Spring Break in Vermont at Pond Mountain Inn

Winter hadn’t quite given up… two days after the vernal equinox we received a traditional spring snow – dumping over fourteen inches at Pond Mountain Inn.  While looking forward to warmer weather and removing the last vestiges of winter – this is how we do things in Vermont!

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