Join us in May… Kay and I love all the local farmers’ markets, especially the two in Dorset and Rutland. The Farmers’ Market in Rutland is outstanding and we regularly visit with our guests, which have become a nice source of vegetables, meats, eggs, cheeses, flowers, fresh breads, cookies and pies—the hot prepared foods are outstanding! The Rutland Farmers’ Market is the largest locally, and the oldest in Vermont that include over 60 vendors. Open May thru October and just 45 minutes from Pond Mountain Inn!
Summer isn’t far away… Stop at Nan-Z’s Hot Dog Stand and experience the best hot dogs in town… She should be openinning soon! We can’t wait!!
The owners Alessandra (Ale) and Stefano (Steu) of Agricola Farm in Panton, Vermont were hosting an Italian culinary group from Boston when Kay and I arrived with friends. On our travels for Farm To Table ingredients, Kay and I were curious about this farm that specializes in raising and preparing gourmet meats. We found out they are also particularly known for pork and prepare a nine-course dinner about once a month to showcase their products and share their Italian traditions. They also raise Icelandic sheep and heritage chickens, for both eggs and meat and just started raising ducks and geese.
Together with our friends we purchased a five pound Muscovy duck and two lamb shoulder roasts! About an hour’s drive from Pond Mountain Inn!
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Woodstock, Vermont is one of our favorite destinations. The Norman Williams Public Library on the Woodstock green was established 1883 is on our list places to visit. It is a beautiful pink sandstone building with stunning architecture and rich history. They promote the love of reading, lifelong learning and serves as a gathering place for all ages. This is a must see especially after a $5M restoration!
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Just a 30 minute drive from Pond Mountain Inn, this General Store sign in Benson, Vermont just makes us laugh each time we drive past… so we finally stopped to snap a quick photo. Not quite a Norman Rockwell painting nor is on any country store A-list, but it exemplifies Vermont life and the village culture that not only exists today, but still thrives in many of the 251 towns and villages.
Our favorite place to visit in Vermont is the Shelburne Museum, and it’s less than two hours from Pond Mountain Inn. The Shelburne Museum 2022 season begins on May 15. We frequently write about the Shelburne Museum—just spend ten minutes on their website and see why it’s our favorite place in Vermont!!
Inside the Circus Building • Shelburne Museum
Look closely… The Kirk Bros. Circus is a masterpiece of American folk art. This 3,500-piece maliciously hand carved circus was originally conceived as a toy for the maker’s four children stretching over 40 years to complete (1910-1956). The entire three-ring circus is complete with a mesh and canvas tent and electric lights. The photo only captures a portion of the entire circus—you’ll be spellbound when you see this fanciful diorama for the first time!
The Circus Building where the Kirk Bros. Circus is displayed is a guest favorite, and ours too! The horseshoe shaped building was designed to showcase the hand-carved miniature Arnold Circus Parade stretching nearly 518 feet—it’s an endless parade that captures the imagination. The collection also includes 500 circus posters from the 1830s -1960s and antique wooden carousel horses from the same period. They even have a working vintage carousel in front of the building! Simply Magnificent!
Photo courtesy of Shelburne Museum
Time for another road trip back to Caledonia Spirits, makers of Barr Hill Gin, America’s most awarded gin. Our last visit, pre-COVID, we found ourselves sitting at their sleek gray bar with hip mixologists dispensing delicious hand-crafted cocktails—we were fascinated at the hustle and bustle, the frenetic pace was mesmerizing as we settled in to experience Vermont’s cocktail revolution. We are hoping for another captivating visit to Barr Hill in the coming weeks.
Don’t Miss Bee’s Knees Week • September 24 – October 3, 2021
“The phrase “bee’s knees” was prohibition-era slang for “the best.” This classic cocktail born from the prohibition era combines gin, lemon, and honey. This cocktail is especially important to the Barr Hill family. Each year we celebrate Bee’s Knees Week, a spotlight on the importance of bees in our food and drink system, and a community of bartenders working together to save the bees.” Learn more about the immense importance of bees, the threats they face and what can be done to help. caledoniaspirits.com
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Looking for something a little different that indulges your senses? We offer this suggestion… The new Dom Pérignon Salon, the only one of its kind sanctioned by the legendary champagne house with a choice of indoor or outdoor spaces. Experience all three Dom Pérignon offerings with D’Artagnan’s Ossetra Malossol Caviar. The Blantyre property and exclusive Dom Pérignon experience ia a justified extravagance! This single-destination day trip is only about two hours from Pond Mountain Inn, however why not combine this trip with a visit to The Clark Museum in Williamstown, Massachusetts? The Clark is one of the most respected museums in the world.
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Established in 1785, The Dorset Quarry is one of the Top-Ten Summer Swimming Holes in North America – it’s known for its depth and cold water! Marble from this quarry was used to build the New York Public Library and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts along with other famous structures.
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