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Belted Galloway Beef Cheeseburger – Spring Brook Farm Vermont

 

 

Looks like an ordinary cheeseburger, right!?!? This Belted Galloway Beef Cheeseburger was one of the best burger we’ve ever had at Spring Brook Farm, Reading, Vermont. Two guests who joined Kay and I were unanimously agreed!  Well-marbled with just enough fat content, rich mouthfeel, strong beef flavor, but not gamey, and a near-grill aroma combined with a weighty in-hand presence created a multi-layered sensory experience for the eyes, nose and mouth. Join us as we tour their extraordinary dairy farm where they produce award winning cheese.

An interesting read – 16 Things You Should Know about Belted Galloway Cows!

Where is your next adventure taking you? See Our Inspiring Day Trips & Unique Itineraries in the surrounding area of our Bed and Breakfast!

 

 

 

 


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Drive-In Movie Theaters in Vermont and Nearby

Nothing offers up more built-in social distancing, more nostalgia or just a pure slice of Americana than the once pervasive drive-in movie theater that’s gaining a resurgence in today’s social distancing climate as America begins opening up again.

There are hundreds of theaters nationwide, more precisely there are perhaps only 305 theaters in the United States with a total of 549 screens, according to the United Drive-in Theater Owner Association.

CNN and The Washington Post have written about this resurgence, and even Food & Wine reports that “Restaurants Are Turning Their Parking Lots into Drive-In Movie Theaters… It’s the perfect socially-distanced outing.”

A Brief History of the Drive-In Movie Theater

In 1933 that Richard Hollingshead opened the first theater Camden, New Jersey. A year passed when Shankweiler built a second in Orefields, Pennsylvania (and, it’s still open today), but it wasn’t until the 1950s that the idea really resonated with rural America.  By 1958, the number of drive-ins peaked at 4,063.

Six Drive-In Movie Theaters Nearby Pond Mountain Inn 

Glen Drive-In Theatre: (since 1958) Queensbury, New York, 518.792.0023

Malta Drive-In Theatre: (since1949) Malta, New York, 518.587.6077

Hathaway’s Twin Drive-In Theater: (since 1948) North Hoosick, New York, 318.374.8346

Bethel Drive-In: Bethel, Vermont, 802.728.3740

Sunset Drive-In: (since 1948) Colchester, Vermont, 802.862.1800

Fairlee Drive-in Theatre: (since 1950) Fairlee, Vermont, 802.333.9192

The Fairlee Drive-In is only 1 of 2 drive-ins in the United States that also runs a motel on the same premises. All 12 motel rooms have a view of the drive-in with a large picture window and a speaker allowing motel guests to watch the movies from their rooms. 

Take a look at the full List of Drive-In Movie Theaters in the United States

https://www.familyvacationcritic.com/drive-in-movie-theaters-for-families/art/

Photo Courtesy of familyvacationcritic.com

 

 

 

 


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The Fascinating First Protestant Church in Vermont

The Old First Church • Photo Credit: Carol M. Highsmith

The Old First Church • Gathered in 1762 • First Protestant Church in Vermont

Our Fascination with New England Churches; from the perspective of architectural simplicity that’s on display at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in our tiny village of Wells, Vermont; to the grand New England simplicity seen inside The Old First Church in Bennington to the more majestic simplicity of the Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts.

Overview & Perspective

These remarkable small-town, white buildings and church structures were largely erected by local builders without the benefit of architects. Their designs and inspiration largely came from traditional designs and pattern books, which may have contributed the essence of plainness so common in early church construction. Revered for their beauty, simplicity and elegance – early churches of New England hold a special place in our hearts as we’re all drawn to these remarkable New England towns and villages to experience this unique sense of place that broadly defines our New England character.

More About The Old First Church

The Old First Church was “gathered” on December 3, 1762, the first Protestant congregation in the New Hampshire Grants. The organizers were “Separatists,” influenced by the Great Awakening, from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, and were proprietors of the new town of Bennington.

The present church, built in 1805 and dedicated January 1, 1806. As a result, the Vermont Legislature, in 1935, designated the church as “Vermont’s Colonial Shrine”.

Robert Frost’s remains are buried in the cemetery adjacent to the church. Although he was not a member of the church, he read his poem, The Black Cottage, at the rededication in 1937. Robert Frost and the house where he lived in Shaftsbury is located just north of Bennington, see the Robert Frost Stone House Museum.

Lavius Fillmore, cousin of the nation’s thirtieth president, and the church architect, built three more churches including the Congregational Church of Middlebury that’s considered Fillmore’s masterpiece, was completed in 1809. See Pond Mountain Inn’s Fort Ticonderoga / Middlebury Day Trip Itinerary for more things to do in the area.

Most of the abbreviated content taken directly The Old First Church website.

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The Best Lobster Rolls In Vermont

A beautiful Sunday afternoon was the perfect excuse to deliver ourselves from quarantine. We stumbled upon a nameless lobster shack with only a tiny nondescript lobster street-sign below Mountain Man Sterling Silver—still though, it caught our attention!

We met Joe—a gifted lobster roll practitioner that spent a decade or two perfecting his trade in York, Maine. We had a choice; either the Traditional Maine Lobster Roll for $14.50 or the Big Daddy for $21.00—we both went with the Big Daddy. The Cornmeal Dusted Kaiser Roll was generously buttered to perfection, and Joe’s generosity didn’t end there… it was difficult to contain all the lobster meat within the confines of the roll. Joe’s Lobster Rolls were magnificent and are found on Route 11E in Chester, Vermont.

We’ve just added Joe to our Short List of Lobster Roll Favorites…

The Oyster Bar • Grand Central Station • New York City | Anthony’s Seafood • Middletown, Rhode Island (Newport) | Vermont Mountain Man • Chester, Vermont.

Read More In Our Pond Mountain Inn May Newsletter: https://conta.cc/2YDXZ2z

 

 

 

 


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Hen in the Wood Restaurant Review Burlington Vermont

Kay and I took a day-trip with friends from Rhode Island and at their insistence we had dinner at the Hen in the Wood Restaurant.  My pork chop was exceptional, but the others, they all had the trout, which may have been the best I’ve ever had! The food and service all exceptional! The best part was watching our food being prepared from the bar… a coveted spot observing the kitchen dynamics unfold!

Experience Burlington, Vermont and the Hen in the Wood Restaurant – Check out our Vergennes / Shelburne / Burlington • Day Trip: Itinerary

 


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Take A Tour Of The King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga

Our guests hit the Revolutionary War trifecta last week; Benningtonm, Saratoga and Fort Ticonderoga! However, “Fort Ticonderoga was clearly the highlight of their vacation. From the Reenactments, to the King’s Garden, The Fort and the views over Lake Champlain are simply indescribable.”  Less than one hour from Pound Mountain Inn this is one incredible experience!

Take a Tour of The King’s Garden! See our Fort Ticonderoga and Middlebury • Day Trip: Itinerary

 

Thank you Perri, Joe and Christian for the beautiful King’s Garden photo.

 


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The Treasures You Find Along The Way With A Pond Mountain Inn Day Trip

It’s amazing what you stumble upon along the way! Seldom that one finds vintage gas pumps like these appearing somewhat operational… Heading into Bennington on Route 7A.

Its incredible when taking a day trip in Vermont the treasures you find along the way! See Our Inspiring Day Trips & Unique Itineraries that start at Pond Mountain Inn bed and breakfast.

 


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Consider a Day Trip to Burlington Vermont

Your destination is Church Street the unofficial center of Burlington. And,it’s a spectacular drive with noteworthy sights along the way! Burlington is a great walking town with interesting shops and great restaurants.

See our Day Trip Itinerary for Vergennes, Shelburne and Burlington.


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The Mettawee River Known For Fly Fishing Rapids and Kayaking

Just down the road from Pond Mountain Inn is a tributary of Lake Champlain, the Mettawee River… the water is the most amazing color green that the camera barely captures.  The river begins in the Green Mountains near Wells, Vermont and flows for sixteen miles into eastern New York and passes the town of Granville, NY. It is known for great fly fishing, rapids and kayaking.

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Tour President Calvin Coolidge Historic Homestead Plymouth Notch Vermont

Calvin Coolidge was born 1872 across the street from the homestead in a house attached to his fathers general store at Plymouth Notch, Plymouth, VT. The homestead was purchased four years later by Calvin’s father Colonel John Coolidge in which he repaired and added a few additions to this one and a half story farmhouse connected to the barn and was a typical New England style set up with the big house, little house, back house and barn. President Coolidge would live in this house until he went away to college 1887 -1895.

On August 3, 1923 Calvin Coolidge was inaugurated the 30th President of the United States. In the following years he would return to the homestead for vacations. He would reside in Northampton until his sudden death at the age of 60 in 1933. The homestead was willed to his only surviving son, John and at his mothers suggestion he donated the house complete with furnishings to the State of Vermont, who in turn opened it to the public. The appearance today is almost the same as the night of the inauguration. President Coolidge, his wife Grace and their two sons, Calvin Jr and John rest at the Notch Cemetery with four generations of his family.

The tour for this State Historic Site is open daily from May to October 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m… and it’s great to wander around this 19th century village even in the winter! Only a little over an hour from Pond Mountain Inn.

Let Us Plan Your Next Adventure! Our day trip unique itineraries take all the guesswork out of planning each day, and offer you extraordinary discoveries!