Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Dramatic Mountain Views


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The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn


Today is the winter solstice, and the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, when the two largest worlds in our solar system appear closest together in the sky, the closest since 1623. Look toward the southwest just after sunset is the best time to see them—they set below the horizon shortly after.

The night sky at Pond Mountain Inn is magnificent for star gazing! The clarity and the absence of any artificial light we can see quite a bit—especially tonight!

Photo is NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (December 8, 2020)


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Christmas Tree Hunting in Vermont

This year finding “the perfect Christmas tree” was a little daunting. We searched alone in the “Christmas Tree Forest” at Dutton Farm in Manchester, Vermont for 30 minutes until it became apparent that we needed some professional help—back in the forest ten minutes later, now with a young Christmas tree professional, we continued our search unsuccessfully for more than an hour until dusk retired us for the day.

This way to the Christmas trees at Dutton Farm in Manchester, Vermont…

Kay’s found her spot in the forest…

Given our lack of success the day before, we’re back at it the following day, this time Kay had researched a Christmas tree farm in Castleton. A forty-minute drive through stunning countryside and over endless dirt roads, we were met again with disappointment. Even fewer trees and already four weeks since they had been cut. A brief visit had us back in the car then we discovered this very cool historic Vermont marker…

We finally found a beautiful Christmas Tree, a little smaller this year, but still perfect… On the way home we found this handsome Barred Owl only too happy to pose for us as cars whizzed by us on a somewhat busy road…

After a day of Christmas Tree Hunting we decided to have an early dinner at The Barn Restaurant, Pawlet, Vermont…


We had a lovely few days hunting outdoors for “the perfect Christmas tree.” We are both blessed and fortunate to live in Robert Frost’s Vermont.

Another great experience at Pond Mountain Inn!


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Crudités with Remoulade Sauce Recipe

Crudités with Remoulade Sauce

Our Choice for Vegetables

  • Bunch of Radishes
  • Organic Baby Carrots
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Yellow Pepper
  • Burpless Cucumbers, quartered lengthwise
  • Celery

For the Remoulade Sauce

  • 1/4 cup plain Ice House Farm Goat milk yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Kewpie mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoons Crosse & Blackwell capers, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a small bowl, combine yogurt, mayonnaise, capers, lemon juice, mustard, and parsley. Stir well to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Drain the vegetables well and serve alongside the sauce.

Another Delicious Recipe from Pond Mountain Inn

 

 

 


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Stunning Vermont October Foliage

Hello Everyone From Pond Mountain Inn!

Uncertain times need stimulating ideas. This summer and early fall, our guests have worked al fresco, others practiced outdoor yoga, one couple cooked 100% Vermont organic meals, another foraged for wild edibles, one forty-year-old guest designed her entire wellness program and helped us with ours! Three did our Adventure Wellness, and one dined on the fish they caught, and most everyone hiked over fifteen different trails. One couple is planning to work from home for six weeks at Pond Mountain Inn! The point is; everyone approached their time away from home much differently and were rewarded for thinking creatively.

The foliage is arriving 8-12 days early this year. Normally, peak foliage is around October 15 We’ll likely see the best fall colors late next week.

See the most amazing photographs in our October Newsletter, titled, Gorgeous Vermont Foliage: https://conta.cc/30usDeV

All our very best,

Kay & Glenn


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Fall Means Pumpkin Picking in Vermont See the Locations Near Pond Mountain Inn

Fall pumpkins are simply enchanting – bright orange irregularly shaped pumpkins scattered about the fields, and the excitement of children hunting for the perfect shape and size only to realize it’s too large to carry! We have great pumpkin patches with some less than an hour away from Pond Mountain Inn!

Equinox Valley Nursery and Garden Center – 1158 Main Street, Manchester Center

Hathaway Farm & Corn Maze – 741 Prospect Hill Road, Rutland

Winslow Farms – 506 US Route 7, Pittsford

See Experiences & Discoveries in our surrounding area!


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Champlain Orchards Shoreham Vermont Are Family Owned And Ecologically Managed

Champlain Orchards in Shoreham is Vermont’s premier orchard. They are one of the oldest continuously operating family owned, ecologically managed orchards that is well worth the drive, just an hour from Pond Mountain Inn. Their method of growing fruit follows a strict and inspected eco-sensitive, minimally-treated and natural method as possible.

Kay and I continually seek out Farm To Table delicious food to prepare for our guests and this is one of our favorite places. We normally spend over an hour roaming about the orchards picking over a bushel of apples. This is truly Vermont’s premier orchard and we treated our guests to this wonderful experience. Afterward, we taste five varieties of hard cider – my favorite was Honeycrisp single varietal cider!

You can pick your own apples with over 110 varieties to choose from. Also, in season right now are fall raspberries, Asian pears, and European plums.

See our Inspiring Day Trips & Unique Itineraries for other exciting places to experience in our surrounding area.


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Hiking The Oldest And Famous Long Trail In Vermont

The Long Trail is arguably the most famous hiking trail in Vermont stretching 272 miles with another 166 miles of side trails. Built by the Green Mountain Club between 1910 and 1930, the Long Trail is the oldest hiking trail in the United States and was the inspiration for the Appalachian Trail both of which come together for 100 miles in the southern part of the state. We have a list of nearby favorites some as close as a few miles from Pond Mountain Inn. See our favorite hike just minutes from the inn!

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Green Mountain Railroad Offers Fall Foliage Train Rides In Beautiful Vermont

All Board on the Green Mountain Flyer … Combining leaf peeping with a two hour Vermont train ride from Chester to Ludlow in vintage windows-open passenger cars is a unique way of seeing the fall colors come alive as you wind through the Green Mountains. Afterward, have lunch and visit all the interesting antique shops that Chester offers.

Get all the details for the awesome train ride Here

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Raising Monarch Butterflies at Pond Mountain Inn Vermont

 

Two of our guests, both retired teachers, urged us to create a milkweed habitat for Monarchs. Patti recently sent us a butterfly enclosure so that we could raise Monarchs. Kay sprang into action and collected nine caterpillars, and we’ve released our first today!

Here’s what happens… The Monarch butterfly life cycle has four stages and four generations – the stages are egg, larvae, pupa and adult butterfly; the four generations refer to four generations of butterflies passing through these four stages within a year.
The first three generations live from two to six weeks – the fourth generation eggs are laid in the month of September or October and live more than eight to nine months. This fourth generation butterfly also has a specialty; it migrates to the warmer regions of California or Mexico!

Find out How To Raise Monarch Butterflies At Home

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Perseid Meteor Shower and Pond Mountain Inn Collaborate for a Spectacular Show

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Conditions at Pond Mountain Inn should be near perfect with a dark sky free from light pollution; however the extended weather forecast may not cooperate, still though, we may get lucky!

The 2020 Perseid meteor shower will peak on August 11, 12 and 13. On this night, the moon will be 47% full thus creating good conditions for watching the meteor shower. It is expected that between 80–100 meteors per hour will be visible.

The best time to view the Perseids, or most other meteor showers is when the sky is the darkest. Most astronomers suggest that depending on the Moon’s phase, the best time to view meteor showers is right before dawn.

The Perseids can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere. Look between the radiant, which will be in the north-east part of the sky and the zenith (the point in sky directly above you).

Good luck to all that stay up late!

Thanks to Jack Fusco for his wonderful photograph.