Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Dramatic Mountain Views


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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: March 10, 2021

Our Commitment

Travel remains largely different—everything is different, and perhaps different is now the new state of normalcy. We begin the year cautiously optimistic with vaccine distribution improving and vaccinations on the rise, things may be better, and we hope a lot better with each passing month. 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 this past 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.

Winter Dining at Pond Mountain Inn

Out of respect for CDC regulations and the Vermont Department of Health we continue offering breakfast dining in the Main House dining room. In the winter months we only have one family on premises at a time. However, we continue to work individually with each guest to determine the ideal dining venue for their needs that include bringing breakfast to the Loft Suite. Our daily breakfast menus are as robust and creative as ever, featuring the best local and regional ingredients available.

Sanitation

As one of Vermont’s premier boutique inns, Pond Mountain Inn has always maintained the highest level of cleanliness and sanitization. Additional safety protocols include:

  • Health and temperature checks before the start of each day.
  • Extra vigilant staff hand washing practices.
  • Higher-frequency cleaning and disinfection throughout all public areas.
  • Selected cleaning agents to reduce viral transmission on surfaces.
  • Deep cleaning and disinfection of suites between visits.

We’re Ready for Your Visit!

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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 are 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.

 Most sincerely,

Kay & Glenn

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