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A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Dramatic Mountain Views


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Ice Fishing on Lake St. Catherine Vermont

Pond Mountain Inn Offers Ice Fishing Trips 

Have you ever wanted to go ice fishing but don’t know where to start? Or, you have no interest in ice fishing whatsoever, but love the idea of experiencing something entirely new and exciting outdoors, then let our friends Carrie & Kevin be your guide to successful ice fishing. We went ice fishing twice last week and caught 25 fish—perch, largemouth bass, northern pike, and a big brown trout.

Carrie and Kevin, do it all…  They setup and prepare everything; all you have to do is show up, catch big fish and enjoy the incredible Vermont outdoors while eagles soar above waiting to steal an unattended fish laying on the ice! That’s something to see! What’s better than spending a picturesque day on the lake fishing for trophy fish or for dinner that evening back at Pond Mountain Inn. The best tasting fish we’ve ever had!

What if it’s too cold? No problem. They provide an insulated ice shanty equipped with a portable heater that keeps the interior nice and toasty. Hungry out on the ice? They’ve got that covered too… last week they prepared venison steaks and burgers, their homemade kielbasa and ham steak from one of the pigs they raised. And, there’s all kind and snacks and drinks too.

Carrie and Kevin supply all the gear for ice fishing. All you need is to be dressed for the weather—hats, gloves, thermal socks, under layers, winter boots, and sunglasses for the reflection off the ice and snow.

We purchased a Vermont fishing license for the entire year—you can get a one-day pass, but we had so much that we’re planning to be out on the ice for the rest of the season.

There’s more good news… Saturday, January 30, 2021 is Vermont’s next free ice fishing day; a day when anyone, resident or nonresident, may go fishing in Vermont without a fishing license.

Ice Fishing Day on Lake St. Catherine Cost: $100 / person.

Join us out on the ice for the best outdoor experience you’ll have this winter!

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Quadrantid Meteor Shower Tonight

Period of Activity: Tonight, through January 10th, 2021

The Quadrantids have the potential to be the strongest meteor shower of the year, however the bright waning moon and a Winter Weather Advisory in affect, it’s quite likely that we won’t see much this year, but the weather forecast is changing, so keep your fingers crossed. The meteor shower is best viewed in the Northern Hemisphere because its radiant point is so far north on the sky’s dome.

On the bright side, pun intended, the Lyrid Meteor Shower is not far off, April 16-30, 2021. The Lyrids are a medium strength meteor shower that has the potential of producing brilliant fireballs, and is also best seen from the northern hemisphere.

Star Gazing is especially good at Pond Mountain Inn with a big ski overhead and the absence of artificial light. Hope to see you in April!

The image, Quadrantid Meteors though Orion, is courtesy of Petr Horálek

 

 

 


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The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn


Today is the winter solstice, and the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, when the two largest worlds in our solar system appear closest together in the sky, the closest since 1623. Look toward the southwest just after sunset is the best time to see them—they set below the horizon shortly after.

The night sky at Pond Mountain Inn is magnificent for star gazing! The clarity and the absence of any artificial light we can see quite a bit—especially tonight!

Photo is NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (December 8, 2020)


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Christmas Tree Hunting in Vermont

This year finding “the perfect Christmas tree” was a little daunting. We searched alone in the “Christmas Tree Forest” at Dutton Farm in Manchester, Vermont for 30 minutes until it became apparent that we needed some professional help—back in the forest ten minutes later, now with a young Christmas tree professional, we continued our search unsuccessfully for more than an hour until dusk retired us for the day.

This way to the Christmas trees at Dutton Farm in Manchester, Vermont…

Kay’s found her spot in the forest…

Given our lack of success the day before, we’re back at it the following day, this time Kay had researched a Christmas tree farm in Castleton. A forty-minute drive through stunning countryside and over endless dirt roads, we were met again with disappointment. Even fewer trees and already four weeks since they had been cut. A brief visit had us back in the car then we discovered this very cool historic Vermont marker…

We finally found a beautiful Christmas Tree, a little smaller this year, but still perfect… On the way home we found this handsome Barred Owl only too happy to pose for us as cars whizzed by us on a somewhat busy road…

After a day of Christmas Tree Hunting we decided to have an early dinner at The Barn Restaurant, Pawlet, Vermont…


We had a lovely few days hunting outdoors for “the perfect Christmas tree.” We are both blessed and fortunate to live in Robert Frost’s Vermont.

Another great experience at Pond Mountain Inn!


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Stunning Vermont October Foliage

Hello Everyone From Pond Mountain Inn!

Uncertain times need stimulating ideas. This summer and early fall, our guests have worked al fresco, others practiced outdoor yoga, one couple cooked 100% Vermont organic meals, another foraged for wild edibles, one forty-year-old guest designed her entire wellness program and helped us with ours! Three did our Adventure Wellness, and one dined on the fish they caught, and most everyone hiked over fifteen different trails. One couple is planning to work from home for six weeks at Pond Mountain Inn! The point is; everyone approached their time away from home much differently and were rewarded for thinking creatively.

The foliage is arriving 8-12 days early this year. Normally, peak foliage is around October 15 We’ll likely see the best fall colors late next week.

See the most amazing photographs in our October Newsletter, titled, Gorgeous Vermont Foliage: https://conta.cc/30usDeV

All our very best,

Kay & Glenn


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Raising Monarch Butterflies at Pond Mountain Inn Vermont

 

Two of our guests, both retired teachers, urged us to create a milkweed habitat for Monarchs. Patti recently sent us a butterfly enclosure so that we could raise Monarchs. Kay sprang into action and collected nine caterpillars, and we’ve released our first today!

Here’s what happens… The Monarch butterfly life cycle has four stages and four generations – the stages are egg, larvae, pupa and adult butterfly; the four generations refer to four generations of butterflies passing through these four stages within a year.
The first three generations live from two to six weeks – the fourth generation eggs are laid in the month of September or October and live more than eight to nine months. This fourth generation butterfly also has a specialty; it migrates to the warmer regions of California or Mexico!

Find out How To Raise Monarch Butterflies At Home

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Perseid Meteor Shower and Pond Mountain Inn Collaborate for a Spectacular Show

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Conditions at Pond Mountain Inn should be near perfect with a dark sky free from light pollution; however the extended weather forecast may not cooperate, still though, we may get lucky!

The 2020 Perseid meteor shower will peak on August 11, 12 and 13. On this night, the moon will be 47% full thus creating good conditions for watching the meteor shower. It is expected that between 80–100 meteors per hour will be visible.

The best time to view the Perseids, or most other meteor showers is when the sky is the darkest. Most astronomers suggest that depending on the Moon’s phase, the best time to view meteor showers is right before dawn.

The Perseids can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere. Look between the radiant, which will be in the north-east part of the sky and the zenith (the point in sky directly above you).

Good luck to all that stay up late!

Thanks to Jack Fusco for his wonderful photograph.


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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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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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