One of the more memorable things that happened last year was this drawing. What makes the drawing most impressive is that it was drawn by one of our guest’s ten-year daughter. The backstory is that Erin had received $20.00 from her grandfather to spend on vacation as she wished and decided to purchase one of our Pond Mountain Inn mugs, which was nearly the same price. I suggested a barter of sorts where I would give Erin one of our mugs in exchange for a drawing of our property – she immediately agreed then deliberated and chose to draw the Main House and Loft Apartment. A day or two later I had a beautiful drawing of our property and Erin had one of our mugs. The day after her family left we had the drawing framed and placed in the Loft. Another treasured memory….
Antiques are ubiquitous in New England – Chester & Bennington, Vermont are among two of the top ten antiques towns in New England, says New England Today Travel. Both are about an hour from Pond Mountain Inn! Additionally, The Vermont Antique Mall in Quechee Gorge and the Drury House in Weston, Vermont are perennial favorites. Details of each are on our website – Things to Do.
One of our favorite pastimes is antiquing, which is how the inn is filled with so many interesting things; a less sophisticated way of saying Objets d’art. One of our recent finds was this Nantucket Lightship Basket Purse – vintage yes, antique no. I fell in love with Nantucket Baskets on the island in the mid-1980s and vowed one day to own one, but not necessarily a purse! These baskets are steeped in New England history, which is, perhaps, why I found them so fascinating. These baskets date back to the early 1800s – it is widely thought the finest examples were made between 1870–1890.
Driving the back roads of Vermont is the best way of stumbling upon interesting things – we always find ourselves heading somewhere only to stop a few times along the way. This happened recently where I had to have a Vintage Maple Sap Bucket that dated back to the 1950s. Of course, it had to be accompanied by a 1930s cast iron tap… silly, perhaps, but just great fun!
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A series of serendipitous events led us to what is now known as Pond Mountain Inn. We searched for years – maybe as much as eight for the “right property”. We spent a majority of our time searching in Connecticut, much farther north from where I was raised. Our journey still took us farther north following the “Route 7 Corridor” out of Connecticut, bypassing Massachusetts into Vermont. We wanted a New England Antique Reproduction, and finding one in Connecticut that met our criteria was virtually impossible – financially. Undaunted, we began exploring Vermont more enthusiastically, but with one problem, my wife Kay was absolutely never going to live there – never! Kay was a “good sport” and always humored me on each real estate foray into Vermont.
Wells, Vermont is where we found this interesting traditional 1800s antique reproduction eyebrow cape, and the fact that the current owners were running as a bed and breakfast was a little interesting. Shortening the story, we visited the property twice over a six month period before directly contacting the owners to suggest that the only way we could make a decision about the property and its location was to spend the weekend as their guests – they agreed. The week leading up to our visit was interesting – remember; Kay was never going to live in Vermont. She delivered every excuse from weather conditions that weekend to “what are we going to do in Vermont” to one day should be sufficient to make a decision – a valiant and unrelenting attempt to subvert the weekend, but we still went. The Saturday we arrived was an absolutely magnificent July day – the owners could not have been happier with how the property was being presented – it was perfect! We spent the entire day with them on the property and dined outside that evening. Kay and I didn’t really discuss our thoughts until the next morning when we awakened to a glorious view of the adjacent of the mountain when Kay said, “we have to buy this place!” It was the “wow factor” that did it for us. We closed three months later.
We wanted to return to New England and find a traditional antique reproduction home and property with expansive views. Our inn rises from a country dirt-road nestled against lush Pond Mountain with dramatic neighboring views of Northeast Mountain – beyond the great lawn the property border to the north has visible remnants of a long-standing farmers stonewall that leads to our neighbor’s beautiful pond, expansive meadows and a distant antique farm house.
The Main House is a traditional antique reproduction eyebrow cape that has a magnificent living room with Rumford fireplace, exposed hand-hewn beams and paneled walls with fine antiques and original oil paintings. The dining room is enchanting that accommodates ten, but is better with eight, is lit with a beautiful formal crystal chandelier.
Our neighbors give us their Araucana or Ameraucana fresh bluish green eggs when available or we simply visit the local farm three miles from the property and pickup fresh milk, eggs and grass fed beef – just farther is where we buy our pure Vermont Maple Syrup. Still farther, we have available an abundance of organic meats, organic fruits & vegetables, artisan bread & cheeses. The experience is indescribable with unique offerings from each small town we visit. I half expect to see Norman Rockwell standing next to me with an exquisite basket of produce suitable for his next canvas.