Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Dramatic Mountain Views


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21 Hour No-Knead Bread

21 Hour No-Knead Bread

You Will Need:

3 cups all-purpose or bread flour and just enough for dusting

1/2 teaspoon instant yeast

1 3/4 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 cups water at room temperature

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 ½ cups of water, and stir until blended, dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest 12 to 18 hours, (preferably 18 hours) at room temperature.
  2. Generously flour your work surface. The dough will have risen and will be covered in bubbles. Transfer the dough to the work surface and dust it with flour. Fold the dough in half, and then form the dough into a ball by stretching and tucking the edges of the dough underneath the ball. Liberally flour a cotton kitchen towel (do not use terrycloth). Place the dough ball on the floured towel. Cover with another floured towel. Let the dough rise foranother 2 hours.
  3. Preheat an oven to 450 degrees. Place a lidded Dutch oven or Cast Iron Pot in the oven as its heating.
  4. When dough is ready, carefully remove the pot from the oven (use your oven mitts). Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake for another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is perfectly browned. Cool on a rack before slicing.

 Recipe given to us by our Pond Mountain Inn guests, Carol & Stan Ferraro.

 

 

 


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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 Update

Updated: June 1, 2021

Our Continued Commitment

Travel in Vermont is largely returning to normal—that’s the short story. If you are viccinated, you are not required to wear a mask, although many stores still require a facial covering indoors. Those that are not vaccinated are still required to wear a mask.

Safety continues to be our highest priority. Relaxation, wellness, tranquility, happiness, adventure and enhanced outdoor activities have always been our specialties, and despite the new challenges presented by Covid-19, we continue to be fully prepared to offer our guests the complete Vermont experience that they have come to love.

We’re incredibly vigilant with cleanliness, and with our new protocols firmly in place for almost one year, we are well positioned for the upcoming 2021 season. And, let’s not forget the forgotten weapon in the fight against the coronavirus—fresh air and sunlight. Even in the winter months, between guest visits, we open all the windows and replace warm stale air with fresh cold outside air that massively reduces the chances transmitting the virus.

It’s also comforting to know, and to expect that we continue cleaning the floors, as we did last summer, on our hands and knees with disinfectant and bounty towel. You’ll never see anyone carrying a mop from one suite to the next! We’re doing whatever it takes earn your trust, and we are doing everything possible to keep you and your family safe.

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!