Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Dramatic Mountain Views

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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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Why the American Museum of Fly Fishing Is On Our List

Opening on July 17, 2020. Even if you don’t fly fish, the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester is interesting, the interior is warm, inviting and 30-45 minutes is all you’ll need. The museum creates insightful and interesting exhibitions that will appeal to everyone—from fly fishers, to outdoor enthusiasts, and history buffs! We make it a point to visit every few years…

Add this place to your list when you experience a fun and interesting day with our Dorset / Manchester • Day Trip Itinerary

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Vermont Day Trips From Pond Mountain Inn – Dorset and Manchester

Dorset is quintessential Vermont; this vibrant and historic community is nestled in the hills of southern Vermont. Make sure to have lunch on the “Dorset Green”. Manchester is a historic New England town with charming covered bridges nearby, lush Green Mountains and idyllic scenery with plenty of “things to do”

One of the popular places in Manchester, VT is Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home ; Robert Todd Lincoln’s estate is set on 412 acres with spectacular views of the valley and Green Mountains. The gardens are a must see and make sure to spend time at the farm.

Get the complete list of the places you can visit on this day trip Here.

We have seven day trip itineraries to choose from Here

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How Do They Make Vermont Maple Syrup? Tour the Dutton Farm Sugar Shack

Vermont is known for their Maple Syrup and a Sugar House (or Sugar Shack) is where the sap from the trees are turned into pancake-topping nectar we know as maple syrup.  Nearby to Pond Mountain Inn at Manchester, Vermont, Dutton Berry Farm puts out over 3,000 taps each year to gather the start of it all, the sap. It takes 40 gallons of sap from the trees to make a gallon of syrup! The production of taping the trees is conducted in February and the sap is prepared for the spring coming into March and April.

Inside the Dutton Farm Sugar Shack we got to see how they produce Maple Syrup and the grades of Maple Syrup. We prefer the dark, but have all grades at the inn! We visited 3-4 times this year…

Visit the Dutton Berry Farm website

Vermont Maple Festivals are held in many towns across the state in April

See other exciting places to visit with our Dorset / Manchester • Day Trip Itinerary


Photo courtesy of Dutton Berry Farm

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Great Cross Country Skiing at Wild Wings in Peru Vermont

We asked a native Vermonter where’s the best place to cross country ski in the greater Manchester, Vermont area? Without hesitation he said, “Wild Wings.” Wild Wings Ski Touring Center is located in Peru, Vermont situated on 50 acres, but with access to over 1000 acres – 9 trails totaling over 25 kilometers is where we sent our weekend guests yesterday.

Patty and Dan had the perfect day – spectacular blues skies, not too cold and magnificently groomed trails made for an impeccable cross country ski day! They rented everything and the staff there couldn’t have been more helpful and hospitable. This was Dan’s maiden voyage on cross country skis – and at 67, he performed marvelously. That’s Dan in the photograph – beautiful technique!

After hearing about this perfect day at breakfast this morning; Kay and I will visit Wild Wings in the coming weeks and give cross country skiing at try! We’ll let you know… stay tuned! Pond Mountain Inn is only 45 minutes away from the Wild Wings Ski Touring Center.

See other exciting thing to do with our Peru / Weston • Day Trip: Itinerary