Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Dramatic Mountain Views


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Breakfast Al Fresco In The Vermont Outdoors At Pond Mountain Inn

In the summer months, our legendary gourmet farm-to-table breakfasts are served al fresco at the Main House terrace under the rough-sawn timber frame pergola surrounded by perennial gardens, early sheep pastures and lush undisturbed distant mountain views, “It’s just magical here, and one of the prettiest outside dining spots in Vermont!”

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Beautiful Spot for a Relaxing Getaway

We are always delighted and thankful when guests leave reviews, and occasionally we’ll post them here on our blog…

We wanted a place that was close to our home in case our children needed us while we were away. The pictures and write up just spoke to us! But don’t let that fool you; those don’t do the place justice! A beautiful, open floor plan apartment with plenty of room for us to spread out. The views were beautiful out of the large picture windows. The kitchen was well-equipped. The morning breakfast was top notch, and rivaled any star chef we have eaten from! But better than all of that was Glenn and Kay as hosts. They are truly made for this lifestyle! They love people and it shows in the quality and pride they take throughout their home and your experience. We came as guests, but left as friends! We would highly recommend for your next getaway! (Also Found on Vrbo)

Please take a look at our website: Pond Mountain Inn—our newsletters are a wonderful ten-minute lunch experience, but wait until you see our menu!

Thank you for reading our blog!

 

 


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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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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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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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