Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Dramatic Mountain Views


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Christmas Tree Hunting in Vermont

This year finding “the perfect Christmas tree” was a little daunting. We searched alone in the “Christmas Tree Forest” at Dutton Farm in Manchester, Vermont for 30 minutes until it became apparent that we needed some professional help—back in the forest ten minutes later, now with a young Christmas tree professional, we continued our search unsuccessfully for more than an hour until dusk retired us for the day.

This way to the Christmas trees at Dutton Farm in Manchester, Vermont…

Kay’s found her spot in the forest…

Given our lack of success the day before, we’re back at it the following day, this time Kay had researched a Christmas tree farm in Castleton. A forty-minute drive through stunning countryside and over endless dirt roads, we were met again with disappointment. Even fewer trees and already four weeks since they had been cut. A brief visit had us back in the car then we discovered this very cool historic Vermont marker…

We finally found a beautiful Christmas Tree, a little smaller this year, but still perfect… On the way home we found this handsome Barred Owl only too happy to pose for us as cars whizzed by us on a somewhat busy road…

After a day of Christmas Tree Hunting we decided to have an early dinner at The Barn Restaurant, Pawlet, Vermont…


We had a lovely few days hunting outdoors for “the perfect Christmas tree.” We are both blessed and fortunate to live in Robert Frost’s Vermont.

Another great experience at Pond Mountain Inn!


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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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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