Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Dramatic Mountain Views


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America’s First Christmas Tree


Vermont’s Calvin Coolidge was the first president to extend a White House Christmas celebration to the American people. During the Coolidge’s first Christmas in 1923, he began the tradition of the National Community Christmas Tree. And, of course, the first Christmas tree came from Vermont as a gift from Middlebury College—a 48-foot Balsam Fir from the heart of the Green Mountains.

At 5:05PM on Christmas Eve, President Coolidge illuminated 3,000 light bulbs on the first National Community Christmas Tree symbolizing the spirit of Christmas and that the celebration of Christmas had begun.

Today, the White House Sends More Than 1 Million Annual Holiday Cards.  President Calvin Coolidge sent out the first official White House Christmas greeting to the nation in 1927, penning a card on White House stationary that was reproduced in newspapers around the country.

“Silent Cal” received his nickname from his stoic and serious demeanor. However, in 1926, after receiving so many heartfelt gifts and Christmas cards from the American people, President Coolidge was so emotionally affected that he gave a gift of a gold coin to all the White House officials and staff members.

The Calvin Coolidge Homestead is less than one hour from Pond Mountain Inn. One of the most scenic drives through the Green Mountains of Vermont that takes you through historic villages, mountains, valleys and along white-water rivers—you’ll pass by farms and meadowlands. Take a look at our Day Trip Itineraries to discover your next adventure!

The abbreviated content above was taken from Mary Evans Seeley’s book, “Season’s Greetings from the White House” (one of our most treasured books, and a Christmas gift from my sister) and the Calvin Coolidge Homestead website.  

 

 

 


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The Romance of the Vermont Road Trip On The Woodstock Qttaquechee River

Driving Woodstock’s Ottauquechee River… take a spontaneous trip to the Green Mountains of Vermont. Exactly like nothing else…. When it comes to travel, prominent landmarks aren’t always the impetus for a trip. For some, the destination is determined by the property – thankfully we have both!

See the Pond Mountain Inn Day Trip Itinerary • Woodstock / Quechee, Vermont


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How Far Would You Travel For a Great Cheeseburger

Answer…. 43 miles! I’m always up for a ride to Honeypie – a wonderful “classic hamburger joint” in Jamaica, Vermont just past the entrance to Stratton Mountain. The ride is half the fun, whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall, a ride through the Mettowee Valley then up through the Green Mountains is a ride than never disappoints!

Inside this nostalgic nicely renovated 1960s era gas station we are greeted by incredibly polite, hip, young people eager to get us started…. This is great fast food; quality ingredients, locally sourced, sustainable and they grind their own burger meat daily – you can actually taste the difference! The French fries are hand-cut, fresh with a clean delicate taste. The chocolate milkshake I had was like no other; incredibly flavorful, thick and delicious – the next time we visit I will ask what makes their milkshakes so outstanding.

We have taken friends and guests to this wonderful dining experience – always order the double-cheese burger and shake! It’s the best cheeseburger and milkshake I’ve had in a long time, but next time we’ll order their homemade sausages and lobster roll!

More exciting and fun places to visit see Our Inspiring Day Trips & Unique Itineraries


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The Elf Express – A Classic Vermont Christmas Train Ride

In the midst of a Vermont snow squall, we enjoyed the forth annual Elf Express on a vintage train last year. They took us on a delightful one-hour excursion through the Green Mountains complete with hot coco, cookies with song and dance by the “Elves” of Burr and Burton Academy. The train ride took us from Manchester to Arlington – an approximate twenty mile round trip journey we spent in a 1940s era train car.

The Elf Express will depart Miles Depot Station on December 21st and 22nd at 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30 and *4:00 (the 4:00 PM ride is only on Saturday.)

Add more fun to your day with our Dorset / Manchester • Day Trip Itinerary