Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Neighboring Mountain Views


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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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Star Gazing at Pond Mountain Inn Without a Telescope

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 August 12 should be exciting this 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!

A Volcano of Fire Under The Milky Way • Photo Courtesy of Diego Rizzo

 


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Everyone Drinks Bottled Water – But Not At Pond Mountain Inn!

Everyone drinks bottled water – but not at Pond Mountain Inn! When’s the last time you drank water directly from the tap?

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 at Pond Mountain Inn

A few years back while enjoying a delightful summer evening with one of our guests watching the Hummingbirds playing and feeding behind us 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 friend 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 us, 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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George Kalinsky Legendary Sport Photographer in Vermont

The Southern Vermont Arts Center

Presents

Faces of Champions • George Kalinsky Legendary Sport Photographer

Opening Reception Saturday, June 30 from 4-6PM • The Show Continues Through July 22, 2018

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George Kalinsky is a photographer. He has been the official photographer for Madison Square Garden since 1966 and also serves as the official photographer at Radio City Music Hall. In November 2010 the National Arts Club awarded him their Medal of Honor for Photography.

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I was fortunate to have met and spend a few minutes with George Kalinsky when the show was only partially finished. I asked George if he wouldn’t mind standing in front of his photo of Joe Namath and quickly captured George with Joe (first photo below) only to realize the humor when George asked to see my telephone. “Not bad”, he said, referring to the quality of the photo. With that I got one more with him in front of a collage of his photographs you’ll see further below.  My photos of George Kalinsky’s work are not even remotely close to the color and detail of the museum quality photographs that are on display at The Southern Vermont Arts Center. Hope to see you there!

 

I watched the New York Rangers win the 1994 Stanley Cup from my hotel suite at the Shangri-La Hotel in Cebu, Philippines – it was 7:00AM local time!

This delightful collage of photographs are from your friends at Pond Mountain Inn.

 

 

 


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There Is Only One “Mint Julep Cup”! Enjoy the Kentucky Derby!

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.