Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Dramatic Mountain Views


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Star Gazing at Pond Mountain Inn Wells Vermont

Intrigued by the clarity of the night sky and the absence of any artificial light we joined the Dorset Astronomy Club. Our first question, like many others, is “what can I see through a $200 telescope?” The short answer – a lot!

Star Gazing at Pond Mountain Inn Without a Telescope

Let’s begin by mentioning what can be seen without a telescope – quite a bit! The International Space Station (ISS) passed by twice last week while having dinner outside with friends. And, with an untrained eye, having ISS Detector app on my telephone is the best way to distinguish the space station from roaming satellites. After only a few sightings, the two are easily distinguishable – the space station has a much larger and brighter footprint. Satellites are quite common – we saw three in fifteen minutes the previous Sunday night!

The broad swath of milky light stretching across the night sky is, of course, the Milky Way Galaxy that never disappoints. The Big Dipper sits directly above our home in the summer, which is somehow very comforting. And, the annual Perseid Meteor Shower two weekends ago was disappointing again this year with large amounts of cloud cover. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for next year…

We see shooting stars about 30% of the time – last summer we saw an incredible meteor streaking across the night’s sky that lasted just a split second – absolutely magnificent!

Planets are easily visible to the naked eye, especially the notable three – Jupiter, Saturn and Mars, but are virtually featureless. The meteor strikes on the moon are nicely apparent with a pair of department store binoculars.

And, there is so much more to see….

A $200 Telescope Certainly Improves Things – A Lot!

The Moon’s craters come alive with a telescope and it’s easily the most impressive object in the sky given its proximity to earth. There are now eight planets, with the absence of Pluto. Jupiter, Saturn and Mars are the “big three” in the sky revealing nice surface characteristics that we hope to share with you in the future!

Kay and I certainly look forward to learning so much more about the night sky and will share photographs of what we see and experience from Vermont… Stay tuned! And, it may be even better in the winter!

Photo Courtesy of Duncan Miller at Pixabay.com


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Hen in the Wood Restaurant Review Burlington Vermont

Kay and I took a day-trip with friends from Rhode Island and at their insistence we had dinner at the Hen in the Wood Restaurant.  My pork chop was exceptional, but the others, they all had the trout, which may have been the best I’ve ever had! The food and service all exceptional! The best part was watching our food being prepared from the bar… a coveted spot observing the kitchen dynamics unfold!

Experience Burlington, Vermont and the Hen in the Wood Restaurant – Check out our Vergennes / Shelburne / Burlington • Day Trip: Itinerary

 


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Take A Tour Of The King’s Garden at Fort Ticonderoga

Our guests hit the Revolutionary War trifecta last week; Benningtonm, Saratoga and Fort Ticonderoga! However, “Fort Ticonderoga was clearly the highlight of their vacation. From the Reenactments, to the King’s Garden, The Fort and the views over Lake Champlain are simply indescribable.”  Less than one hour from Pound Mountain Inn this is one incredible experience!

Take a Tour of The King’s Garden! See our Fort Ticonderoga and Middlebury • Day Trip: Itinerary

 

Thank you Perri, Joe and Christian for the beautiful King’s Garden photo.

 


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Enjoy Farm To Table Breakfast At Pond Mountain Inn

We strive to serve Farm To Table meals at Pond Mountain Inn and Wells, Vermont has plenty to offer us. Begin a beautiful day with a delicious Morning Yogurt Parfait – yogurt, granola and fruit are layered in a parfait glass. We only use fresh Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries, organic granola and plain organic yogurt with a hint of dark maple syrup. This is delicious for breakfast, snack, even for a dessert!

If you’re still yearning for more fresh fruit, our signature fresh fruit chalice includes all the berries found in our parfait and, Jersey peaches, local cantaloupe, pineapple and a mint leaf from our garden just for color! This was today’s menu – tomorrow, we’re serving fresh buttermilk Blueberry pancakes with our own garden rhubarb & Strawberry compote, maple syrup with Brown Boar Farm bacon.


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The Incredible Natural Benefits of Hiking and Walking

Pond Mountain Overlooking St. Lake Catherine • Wells, Vermont.

Exercise – not meaningfully for over six years, so I’m beginning slowly. I’m 62, a former athlete, three knee operations under my belt along with two hernias and a third not far away, so I need to be even more careful than most. And, now with social distancing and gym closures, any formal exercise is out of the question. But, there’s good news… Vermont!

Of course, we all know a thirty-minute brisk walk every day is incredibly beneficial – helps maintain a healthy weight; prevents or helps manage heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and strengthens your bones and muscles. So, tell me something I don’t already know…

Hiking, especially in nature is so powerful especially for our health and well-being that leading-edge doctors are prescribing hiking in addition to traditional treatments for disease. Research this for yourselves, but evidence suggests that hiking in dense forests may provide far more benefits due to certain organic compounds that trees emit that boost mood and improve our overall mental and emotional health.

We’ve been actively hiking for the last two weeks and we found ourselves happier, more creative and calmer despite the many hardships that this coronavirus pandemic is causing. Maybe it’s that we’re getting far more oxygen to our brain, eliminating massive sensory-overload, and the mental fatigue that comes from the persistent daily demands of life. Join us in Vermont amongst the thousands of square miles of forested mountain terrain that many would call the epicenter of happiness… at Pond Mountain Inn.

Photo: the midpoint of our two-mile hike at the top of Pond Mountain overlooking St. Lake Catherine, Wells, Vermont. 

 

 

 

 


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Pond Mountain Inn COVID-19 Protocols and Response

Updated: July 3, 2020

Pond Mountain Inn | Cross State Travel Restrictions

Travelers from counties in New York, New Jersey and New England states having fewer than 400 active cases per million are permitted to stay in Vermont without completing the Vermont Certification of Compliance.

You Are Permitted to Travel to Vermont & Pond Mountain Inn Under the Following Guidelines:

Travel to Vermont is also permitted if the travelers have self-quarantined for the last 14 days prior to traveling nonstop to Vermont, or if the travelers have self-quarantined for the last 7 days prior to traveling nonstop to Vermont and have tested negative for the virus.

A color coded map by county is available from the state of Vermont (please click on the following to link to the map and move your cursor over the county where you live to determine how to proceed) https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel

If you need help navigating the Vermont Official State Website or have questions about travel to Vermont, we would be delighted to help even if your plans do not include Pond Mountain Inn.

Pre-Arrival or Upon Arrival

Guests may be required to complete the Vermont Certification of Compliance.

 

Safety & Hygiene

The safety and wellbeing of our guests is our top priority at Pond Mountain Inn. We continue to take great pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. In response to the coronavirus, we have taken additional measures developed in consultation with the Vermont Department of Health, World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make our cleaning and hygiene protocols even more rigorous.

Our personal commitment is that we are adhering to all the best evidence-based public health advice. We continue doing everything that we can to ensure your safety and provide maximum flexibility as the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve.

 Reservations

We also want to assure you that we understand the need for flexibility in planning your travel during this time and we want you to feel confident when booking, modifying or canceling your vacation plans.

Guests that booked directly with Pond Mountain Inn for travel this year please feel free to modify or cancel your reservation without penalty up to and including the day of your visit. We want you to have as much flexibility as possible and will accommodate any changes that make you feel most comfortable.

If your booking was made with an online travel agent or other third-party travel professional, you should contact the booking provider to make amendments. That said, we are happy to help in the unlikely event that you run into difficulties.

Most sincerely,

Kay & Glenn

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Geralt at Pixabay.com


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The Treasures You Find Along The Way With A Pond Mountain Inn Day Trip

It’s amazing what you stumble upon along the way! Seldom that one finds vintage gas pumps like these appearing somewhat operational… Heading into Bennington on Route 7A.

Its incredible when taking a day trip in Vermont the treasures you find along the way! See Our Inspiring Day Trips & Unique Itineraries that start at Pond Mountain Inn bed and breakfast.

 


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Consider a Day Trip to Burlington Vermont

Your destination is Church Street the unofficial center of Burlington. And,it’s a spectacular drive with noteworthy sights along the way! Burlington is a great walking town with interesting shops and great restaurants.

See our Day Trip Itinerary for Vergennes, Shelburne and Burlington.


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The Mettawee River Known For Fly Fishing Rapids and Kayaking

Just down the road from Pond Mountain Inn is a tributary of Lake Champlain, the Mettawee River… the water is the most amazing color green that the camera barely captures.  The river begins in the Green Mountains near Wells, Vermont and flows for sixteen miles into eastern New York and passes the town of Granville, NY. It is known for great fly fishing, rapids and kayaking.

See other Experiences & Discoveries in our surrounding area!


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Tour President Calvin Coolidge Historic Homestead Plymouth Notch Vermont

Calvin Coolidge was born 1872 across the street from the homestead in a house attached to his fathers general store at Plymouth Notch, Plymouth, VT. The homestead was purchased four years later by Calvin’s father Colonel John Coolidge in which he repaired and added a few additions to this one and a half story farmhouse connected to the barn and was a typical New England style set up with the big house, little house, back house and barn. President Coolidge would live in this house until he went away to college 1887 -1895.

On August 3, 1923 Calvin Coolidge was inaugurated the 30th President of the United States. In the following years he would return to the homestead for vacations. He would reside in Northampton until his sudden death at the age of 60 in 1933. The homestead was willed to his only surviving son, John and at his mothers suggestion he donated the house complete with furnishings to the State of Vermont, who in turn opened it to the public. The appearance today is almost the same as the night of the inauguration. President Coolidge, his wife Grace and their two sons, Calvin Jr and John rest at the Notch Cemetery with four generations of his family.

The tour for this State Historic Site is open daily from May to October 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m… and it’s great to wander around this 19th century village even in the winter! Only a little over an hour from Pond Mountain Inn.

Let Us Plan Your Next Adventure! Our day trip unique itineraries take all the guesswork out of planning each day, and offer you extraordinary discoveries!