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Discover More About The Worlds Largest Marble Museum Located In Vermont

The Vermont Marble Museum, is the world’s largest marble exhibit with over 100 exhibits! A few of the highlights are; The Hall of Presidents,  On-Site Sculptor and Gallery, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Exhibit and they offer a gift shop. Add this to your Vermont Road Trip! Just under an hour drive from Pond Mountain Inn to Proctor, Vermont

The Museum was chosen for the Yankee Magazine’s Best of Vermont 2018 Editors’ Choice Awards. The museum closes the last week of October for the winter months. The gift shop is open year round.

See more Experiences & Discoveries in our surrounding area!

 

Thank You Notable Nuances • Photography by Susan Wilkinson


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Emerald Lake State Park Vermont Offers Camping Swimming and Picnicking

This year, three different families have visited Emerald Lake State Park located in North Dorset and just 30 minutes from Pond Mountain Inn is named for its emerald green waters. The kids loved swimming and hiking… This 992 acre park surrounds the 20 acre Emerald Lake, that offers camping, swimming and a place to relax and enjoy a picnic. Some of the more popular activities are amphibian explorations, night hikes, campfire programs and nature crafts and games.

See our Dorset / Manchester • Day Trip Itinerary for more exciting places to visit!


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We Love This Little Slice Of Vermont Life – Featured in Yankee Magazine – Poorhouse Pies In Underhill, Vermont

Last year Kay and I along with a guest drove two hours from Pond Mountain Inn to serve ourselves at this tiny pie shed, Poorhouse Pies in Underhill, Vermont! But we wanted more, after all they were featured in Yankee Magazine. We walked fifty feet hoping to meet the owners and to see where the pies were made. In the side door of a tiny yellow farmhouse we entered a correspondingly tiny commercial kitchen that was barely enough space to accommodate the owners. Paula and Jamie told us that on holiday weekends they make about 120 pies and always sell out. The three of us bought 6-7 pies and had a pie tasting a few days later! We loved this little slice of Vermont life!

Sightseeing or just wanting to visit exciting places in our surrounding area, check out our Inspiring Day Trips & Unique Itineraries

 

 

 


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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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The Best Italian Farm-to-Table Fine Dining Experience

The Absolute Best Italian Farm-to-Table Fine Dining Experience within 250 miles is found at Dancing Ewe Farm in Granville, New York! And, I’d still be hard-pressed to find something comparable in New York City, Boston or Montreal. Mario Batali take note Jody Somers is here! We dined al fresco last Saturday night under a sprawling white canopy evoking timeless style that comfortably sheltered guests and their apéritifs from the late afternoon sun. Expansive sheep pastures, cool breeze and distance rolling hills is the perfect backdrop.

The menu changes frequently, but the Tuscan culinary precision and attention to detail never waver. An exquisite perfectly timed four-course meal from one outstanding course to the next; we were served cured-meats and sheep milk cheese to fresh green pea risotto followed by a pork tenderloin that we’re still talking about—desert was fresh homemade vanilla ice cream with perfectly ripened fresh berries. These words, nor my photos cannot compare to the extraordinary experience we had Saturday night. And, the Italian wine selection is second to none!!

Stylish and sophisticated with an upstate rustic elegance Jody delivers refined traditional flavors and recipes that have us coming back in August and again with Pond Mountain Inn guests in October.

 

 

 

 


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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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Hiking Along Geyser Creek Trail In Saratoga Spa State Park

 

Another Social Distancing Activity… There are so many outdoor activities found in Saratoga!

Kay and I have spent time in Saratoga previously for the races but the highlight of this day trip was hiking along Geyser Creek Trail located in Saratoga Spa State Park – an easy walk featuring two signature springs; Island Spouter and Orenda Spring. An hour from Pond Mountain inn, Saratoga offers many interesting and fun places to experience!

Learn about our last visit to Saratoga that includes more about the Saratoga Racetrack!

Take a day trip to Saratoga! See our Saratoga Springs, New York • Day Trip: Itinerary


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Breathtaking Views Fishing and Hiking at Lake Dunmore Vermont

Hiking is a wonderful Social Distancing Activity, and like the spring blooms, Vermont is opening up again…

Lake Dunmore is a freshwater lake about an hour from Pond Mountain Inn and spans the towns of Salisbury and Leicester, Vermont. With a surface area of 985 acres, it is over 3 miles long and up to 1 mile wide. Moosalamoo National Recreation Area is part of the Green Mountain National Forest has excellent hiking trails with breathtaking views of the lake.

Fishing has been enjoyed at Lake Dunmore for many years and the lake provides cold and warm water varieties, lake trout, salmon, pike, rock bass and more. More information about  fishing Lake Dunmore Here

Let Us Plan Your Next Adventure! Check out our Inspiring Day Trips & Unique Itineraries

 

 

 

 


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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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Breakfast Al Fresco at Pond Mountain Inn

Will you join us for breakfast outside at Pond Mountain Inn?  At day break, organic breakfasts are served al fresco under our traditional rough-sawn timber framed pergola overlooking pastural gardens and lush undisturbed mountains… Today, we served… Farm-Fresh Poached Eggs, Avocado Rose, Ice House Farm Chèvre, our 21-Hour No-Knead Homemade Bread with Ploughgate Creamery Cultured Butter and finished with a drizzling of Dancing Ewe Farm Olive Oil… even the King Arthur Flour comes from Vermont! In-Season, we’ll locally pick the strawberries and blueberries.

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