Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Neighboring Mountain Views

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Chippy’s First Video… This is Adorable!

We love our little chipmunk, Chippy. He joins us throughout the day – mostly in the morning and conveniently at the cocktail hour. Chippy is enormously responsive – he always comes when called regardless of the distance and our guests feed him too! I decided to video him the other day…. Turn up the volume and listen. It’s my first wildlife video so be slightly patient. It’s always an adventure at Pond Mountain Inn!



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“Chippy” Says Spring is Here…

chippy_march-2017_700Prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil called for six more weeks of winter; however Pond Mountain Inn has its own prognosticator, “Chippy”. Our adorable little chipmunk arose from his winter’s nap yesterday looking a little groggy, a tad plump and a touch timid, but today he’s alert and had his morning breakfast. It looks like spring may be here!

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Why Have Disgusting Feet When You Can Have “Vermont Feet”

leg-1505033_640Feet are arguably the most revolting aspect of the human body – however, I’m specifically talking about Dry Feet. Sure, they propel us here and there and provide enormous and wide-ranging benefits, in fact, at the end the day I just like to put my feet up – but always accompanied with socks, slippers or shoes, never unadorned, and certainly with a glass of wine!

Everyone knows the skin on our feet is naturally dry – there are no oil glands, so all those tiny sweat glands try and keep our feet moisturized, but to no avail for most of us and a lot more of us in the winter months. There is nothing worse than discovering that you have itchy dry feet as you’re trying to fall asleep. The only solution is to leap from bed, highly annoyed and head for the bathroom for a foot consultation with any brand of your wife’s moisturize that can be quickly located in the dark. Inevitably, you have a 50/50 chance of returning to bed in a mental state suitable for sleep.

The foot’s visual repugnance is underscored by the pain and discomfort that dry feet bring. There is nothing more excruciating than the deep crack in the heel – however, the heel fissure is not the denouement in this story – relief is the final act! Combating itchiness, redness, cracks, rough, flaky peeling skin is easily addressed! There are no oils or magic potions, just a good common-sense approach that proves quite effective. Just follow these four simple steps, and the next steps you’ll take will be with your very own “Vermont Feet”!

Vermont Feet Product List

(1) Sanding Sponge, (2) Lemongrass Soap, (3) Bag Balm and, (4) Darn Tough Wool Socks.  All products listed  are made in Vermont with the exception of the sanding sponge.

Product Descriptions and Advice   

  1. Sanding Sponge: Visit your local hardware store and pick up a small fine grade sanding sponge. You’ll need this to remove all the unpleasantness on your feet. Pay special attention you your heels!
  2. Dorset Daughters Lemongrass Bar Soap with ground apricot seeds for supplemental exfoliation is a must. You will enjoy the delicate aroma, all the delightful ingredients and essential oils this product offers!
  3. Bag Balm is a “miraculous potion” originally developed by a Wells River, Vermont pharmacist for chafed and cracked cow udders. This excellent for chapped lips too! See their website for the legend.
  4. Darn Tough Vermont Wool Socks are guaranteed for life and are the most incredibly comfortable durable socks imaginable. The merino wool make the socks feel enchantingly inviting, but just wait until you spend the entire day with your new friend – the comfort is truly remarkable, cool in the summer and warm in the winter! And, merino wool is naturally antimicrobial.

Vermont Feet – The Process

Step One: Using your new sanding sponge, robustly buff the entire foot until you begin to see a dry-skin dust cloud forming just above the foot line. Do not buff aggressively, but do buff vigorously until the heel-skin is smooth to the touch. If you have deep heel fissures, adjust your buffing demeanor so that you’re not causing more pain than you’re trying to prevent. Frequency, once every 10-14 days.

Step Two: Now, soap up by bringing each foot to a full lather then thoroughly rinse. Please spend the requisite time thoroughly washing your feet by spending sufficient time between each toe. Should you discover something unusual in webs of your toes or on the soles of your feet it’s likely athlete’s foot – this is a contagious fungal infection that should be addressed at this time! Make sure to dry your feet completely before moving to the next step – make sure to dry between each toe. Frequency, twice daily, morning and night.

Step Three: Take each foot and apply Bag Balm to the more stubborn areas by firmly massaging each problem area with the dexterity of a career masseur or massage therapist. Your spouse can be particularly helpful here. However, it is quite practical to keep an air-sickness bag within reach. Frequency, twice daily, morning and night.

Step Four: Put on your new Darn Tough wool socks and take your new Vermont Feet out for a spin! Your feet will never have felt better!!

After 10-14 days or once your feet have reached the desired comfort level you can reduce treatment and still maintain the desired balance of moisture content by adjusting frequency and product usage. Good Luck!

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Our Hike at the Lewis Deane Nature Preserve

lewis-deane-nature-trail-2Many 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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Great Cross Country Skiing in Peru, Vermont!

dan-x-country-skiingWe asked a native Vermonter where’s the best place to cross country ski in the greater Manchester, Vermont area? Without hesitation he said, “Wild Wings.” Wild Wings Ski Touring Center is located in Peru, Vermont situated on 50 acres, but with access to over 1000 acres – 9 trails totaling over 25 kilometers is where we sent our weekend guests yesterday.

Patty and Dan had the perfect day – spectacular blues skies, not too cold and magnificently groomed trails made for an impeccable cross country ski day! They rented everything and the staff there couldn’t have been more helpful and hospitable. This was Dan’s maiden voyage on cross country skis – and at 67, he performed marvelously. That’s Dan in the photograph – beautiful technique!

After hearing about this perfect day at breakfast this morning; Kay and I will visit Wild Wings in the coming weeks and give cross country skiing at try! We’ll let you know… stay tuned! Pond Mountain Inn is only 45 minutes away from the Wild Wings Ski Touring Center.

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Raking the Roof at Pond Mountain Inn

roof-raking-pictureThere are a few good blogs discussing all the virtues of roof-raking and, of course, obligatory safety tips. Raking our roof began a few years back – I was instructed to position the ladder at the back of our home by the end of October and, with nature’s guidance, leave it there until late April. However, given the wild swings in temperature over the last few years both rain and snow fall throughout winter, which require taking in the ladder after each storm thus potentially eliminating icy buildup.

Taking safety seriously; a few of the less obvious tips are to remove icicles first, which may indicate problem areas and make certain pets are not within close proximity when these ice spears are launched. Additionally, if you’re positioning your ladder in a snow drift make sure to jump on the bottom rung a few times until you’re satisfied that a proper foundation has been established. While a gentle fall into a fluffy snow bank from fifteen feet up seems like the winter equivalent of jumping into a pile of freshly raked leaves; I can assure you with certainty the consequences are not particularly forgiving.

Dropping snow or raking snow from one elevation to the next, which in our case, the snow lands on two different rooftops before reaching the ground becomes more densely packed at each interval and far more difficult to move. By the time the snow reaches the ground I doubt whether or not a snow blower would be helpful – two years ago we employed someone to shovel a thirty foot snow bank eight feet tall away from the foundation to potentially prevent spring-melt water from penetrating our basement. Certainly a precautionary event, but definitely worth the investment – $1,000!

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Sledding at Pond Mountain Inn

kay-sleddingThe snow has abated, but the northern winds continued… Adorned in snow apparel with sleds in hand we ventured outside to take advantage of the property’s undulating terrain. Well bundled with only our faces exposed we soon realized that the 12° afternoon temperature combined with gusting winds put the wind chill somewhere just below zero. Fifteen minutes and four short downhill rides later we hurried back inside where we were reunited our new wood burning stove – 650° provided great comfort. Maybe we’ll try again tomorrow.