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!.
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!
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!
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!
If you’re sensitive to foul smells you should avoid reading any further. Durian has the most pungent, putrid smell so repulsive it’s almost indescribable – the antithesis of describing a fine wine… a thorny tropical fruit with a sickeningly rich creamy texture. Skunky, with rotting onion overtones may be difficult to overcome. Hints of large-city sewage, early-stage decomposition with an overly ripe bacteria-rich cheese finish all rolled into this Asian delicacy. It’s delicious – and I love it! The smell is pleasingly sweet, the “stinker” the better!
Durian is forbidden on public transportation and banned in hotels. Twenty years ago we saw where a hotel had a posted sign prohibiting durian in any of the hotel rooms. We’re still looking for the photo! This stinky fruit isn’t cheap – $55.26/lb., but that’s peeled, segmented and ready to eat! It’s so rich that even a single segment wouldn’t be consumed at one time. Don’t worry, we won’t be serving durian any time soon at Pond Mountain Inn!
Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Food Eater Extraordinaire and American Culinary Expert, eats all kinds of bizarre food except durian! Watch this YouTube video as Andrew attempts to eat the King of Fruits. It’s hilarious! Durian is found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
Fifteen years ago Kay and I were invited to a Kentucky Derby Party – the host served each mint julep in metal cups I had never seen before. As my cup full of bourbon and ice began to sweat I began to notice the intricacy of the beading around the lip and the base that made this cup so interesting. I approached the host to learn more about these special cups and found that they were truly special.
The handmade Presidential Sterling Silver Mint Julep Cup in my hand was the most common determined by the initials “LBJ” on the underside. All, except a few, of the mint juleps severed that day were in one of these “cups”. I learned that this sterling silver mint julep cup was an inspired design from cups made in Kentucky in the early 1800s. Beginning with Harry Truman the bottom of each mint julep cup is an engraved American Eagle and the initials of the President of the United States at the time it was made – I had to have one!
After a few days I quickly learned the mint julep cup I had to have is sold by Wakefield–Scearce Galleries of Shelbyville, Kentucky and was part of the Mark J. Scearce Collection that includes three other variations. Another more crucial discovery was that these cups aren’t cheap – today they sell for $850! Later that week I decided to hunt on ebay for my cup – and to my good fortune, and on my very first ebay purchase I landed two “JFK” cups!
Enjoy your Kentucky Derby Party and I hope your good fortune is accompanied with a lovely mint julep served in one of these cups.
We had a thirty year cedar shake roof that was at the very beginning stages of failing. We had discussed replacing the roof and reached out to those closest to the community to get some recommendations. Unfortunately, few were to be had. With little to go on we headed to the internet to educate ourselves and found an abundance of exceptional information on all aspects of roofing and roofing repair.
Substandard companies go out of business for obvious reasons then reappear with a new name and a clean slate, only to continue their modus opparandi on the unsuspecting. This was one of our primary guiding principles when interviewing potential candidates. We cannot be certain that we didn’t meet such a person/company, but given long and engaging discussions it’s amazing what can be learned. And, we had three such on-site conversations with the person we selected. Brad, and his team were far younger than what I had in mind, but his honesty, experience level for someone of his age was quite impressive, impeccable references and he purchased “the business” from the person he worked for nearly four years was what ultimately sealed the deal – not to mention he’s a devoted family man and generous to those in need.
Were we just fortunate to have an excellent outcome or did we approach our roofing project methodically – perhaps a little of the first and a lot of the second. Once we narrowed the field to three it then became more about chemistry, communication, repeated and thorough explanation of the process, finalizing material options, and completing a detailed checklist easily found on the internet – we combined several into a single list that best fit our Vermont needs. One needn’t write a treatise, however here’s what we learned….
Our New Roof Checklist
- References, Reference, References: get a list of the last three and not only discuss the job itself, but discuss the selection process and how they handled any post-installation communication.
- How Long Has the Roofing Contractor Been in Business? Longevity is a good indicator of quality and service.
- Proof of Insurance…
- Manufacturer Qualifications… the manufacturers of some roofing materials require special training and/or certification before they allow a contractor to install their products.
- Manufacturer’s Specification Sheets… ask the contractor if he supplies copies of the manufacturer’s specification sheets.
- Get a Copy of the Manufacturer’s Warranty… ask the contractor to provide a copy of the manufacturer’s warranty for the roofing materials.
- Contractor’s Warranty… does the roofing contractor offer an additional warranty?
- Scope of Work… what is the contractor’s scope of work? Can the company offer you a variety of roofing options?
- Will Subcontractors Perform Some of the Work? Some roofing companies handle the entire project, but other companies depend on subs to perform specific jobs. They require reference checking as well.
- Maintenance Program… Find out if the roofing company offers a preventative maintenance program.
- Worker Knowledge…how does the roofing company train its workers?
- Inspecting for Quality… how does the contractor ensure quality workmanship? It’s helpful to examine the entire process and continue to ask questions. I did every day!
- Industry Memberships and Affiliations… find out what trade associations the roofing contractor belongs.
- Is this Contractor a Safety Liability? Ask the contractor to see a copy of their safety records.
- Is the Roof Edge Metal Code-Compliant? If you’re installing a new roof system, you’re likely installing new roof edge metal too. Since the perimeters (edges) of the roof are most vulnerable to wind damage, it’s important the metal system you choose is ES-1 certified.
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