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Hiking Along Geyser Creek Trail In Saratoga Spa State Park

 

Another Social Distancing Activity… There are so many outdoor activities found in Saratoga!

Kay and I have spent time in Saratoga previously for the races but the highlight of this day trip was hiking along Geyser Creek Trail located in Saratoga Spa State Park – an easy walk featuring two signature springs; Island Spouter and Orenda Spring. An hour from Pond Mountain inn, Saratoga offers many interesting and fun places to experience!

Learn about our last visit to Saratoga that includes more about the Saratoga Racetrack!

Take a day trip to Saratoga! See our Saratoga Springs, New York • Day Trip: Itinerary


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Breathtaking Views Fishing and Hiking at Lake Dunmore Vermont

Hiking is a wonderful Social Distancing Activity, and like the spring blooms, Vermont is opening up again…

Lake Dunmore is a freshwater lake about an hour from Pond Mountain Inn and spans the towns of Salisbury and Leicester, Vermont. With a surface area of 985 acres, it is over 3 miles long and up to 1 mile wide. Moosalamoo National Recreation Area is part of the Green Mountain National Forest has excellent hiking trails with breathtaking views of the lake.

Fishing has been enjoyed at Lake Dunmore for many years and the lake provides cold and warm water varieties, lake trout, salmon, pike, rock bass and more. More information about  fishing Lake Dunmore Here

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The Incredible Natural Benefits of Hiking and Walking

Pond Mountain Overlooking St. Lake Catherine • Wells, Vermont.

Exercise – not meaningfully for over six years, so I’m beginning slowly. I’m 62, a former athlete, three knee operations under my belt along with two hernias and a third not far away, so I need to be even more careful than most. And, now with social distancing and gym closures, any formal exercise is out of the question. But, there’s good news… Vermont!

Of course, we all know a thirty-minute brisk walk every day is incredibly beneficial – helps maintain a healthy weight; prevents or helps manage heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and strengthens your bones and muscles. So, tell me something I don’t already know…

Hiking, especially in nature is so powerful especially for our health and well-being that leading-edge doctors are prescribing hiking in addition to traditional treatments for disease. Research this for yourselves, but evidence suggests that hiking in dense forests may provide far more benefits due to certain organic compounds that trees emit that boost mood and improve our overall mental and emotional health.

We’ve been actively hiking for the last two weeks and we found ourselves happier, more creative and calmer despite the many hardships that this coronavirus pandemic is causing. Maybe it’s that we’re getting far more oxygen to our brain, eliminating massive sensory-overload, and the mental fatigue that comes from the persistent daily demands of life. Join us in Vermont amongst the thousands of square miles of forested mountain terrain that many would call the epicenter of happiness… at Pond Mountain Inn.

Photo: the midpoint of our two-mile hike at the top of Pond Mountain overlooking St. Lake Catherine, Wells, Vermont. 

 

 

 

 


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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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Discover Nature and Wildlife At The Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences in Quechee Vermont

 

The Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences located at Quechee, Vermont is extraordinary!

The VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science ) is a nonprofit environmental education, avian rehabilitation and research organization supported by members.

We spent a half day at their incredible 47 acre campus which is open year round, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. It offers “state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, exhibit spaces, classrooms, and interpretive nature trails”, and a beautiful Forest Canopy Walk.

See what else Quechee has to offer on our Woodstock / Quechee • Day Trip: Itinerary


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See Majestic Views Hiking Haystack Mountain Near Wells Vermont

A wonderful two hour hike that was rewarded by incredibly majestic views of the Mettowee Valley and RT 30 south just minutes from Pond Mountain Inn. Sometimes referred to as the Gibraltar of America with some of the best panoramic views in Southern Vermont.

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Breathtaking Views From Mount Equinox Vermont

Mount Equinox, elevation 3,848 feet is thirty minutes south of Pond Mountain Inn. Located in Manchester, Mt. Equinox offers a great half day excursion. Stunning views can be found along the hiking trails or alongside the Skyline Drive – many of our guests have captured similar views, but few as glorious. “The summit offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Green, White, Adirondack, Berkshire and Taconic mountain ranges.” My guess is that you can see over one hundred miles in every direction!

This spectacular photograph was sent to us a few years ago, courtesy of Karen Roche at VIP Leisure Travel. She and a friend were was staying at our bed & breakfast last summer. They were looking for a half-day nature activity that captured the essence of Vermont – after seeing this picture I think they found what makes Vermont so incredibly special.

Thank you Karen for capturing quintessential Vermont for everyone to appreciate!

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Incredible Mountain Views While Snowshoeing in Vermont

The serenity and peacefulness of snowshoeing is second to the natural beauty always on display in every small town in Vermont. As we walked through the woods we occasionally stopped to examine each animal footprint – we saw deer tracks, fox and where a bird of prey may have found a late afternoon snack. As we approached the top of the ridge a large open field came into view with a distant tree line and the magnificent Taconic Mountain Range further off in the distance. A spectacular day spent with nature only thirty minutes from Pond Mountain Inn.

 

 


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Our Hike at the Lewis Deane Nature Preserve Vermont

Many of us are already talking about an early spring after the recent snowfall and warmer temperatures forecasted this week. Sacrilegious yes, given there’s likely two winter months left; however it gave pause and a thought of a hike I took last summer not far from the inn. The Lewis Deane Nature Preserve, an 85-acre forest located on St. Catherine Mountain is just over one mile north of Pond Mountain Inn. Last summer, together with two guests, we enjoyed this moderate twenty-five minute one-way hike to the top — however, there’s a slightly longer more leisurely option to the mountain’s summit. I elected the more aggressive route up the mountain, which I had no difficulty ascending; however after my third knee surgery two years ago maybe I’ll think about taking the easier path back to base next time – the descent was tough on the knees. Once we reached the top we were completely awestruck with the picture postcard mountain views. My photograph certainly suggests that this is a “must do” again this spring / summer.

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Picture Postcard View Hiking on St. Catherine Mountain

The Lewis Deane Nature Preserve, an 85-acre forest located on St. Catherine Mountain is just over one mile north of Pond Mountain Inn. Last week, together with two guests, we enjoyed this moderate twenty minute one-way hike — there’s a slightly longer more leisurely option to the mountain’s summit. I elected the more aggressive route up the mountain, which I had no difficulty ascending, however after my third knee surgery last December, I’ll take easier course back to base next time. Once we reached the top we were completely awestruck with the picture postcard view. My photograph certainly suggests that this is a “must do” when visiting.

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