Pond Mountain Inn

An Inspiring Vermont Bed and Breakfast with Stunning Mountain Views

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Escargot Scrambled Eggs for Two

We bring this traditional French bistro dish to the breakfast table from sidewalk cafés on The Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Our large premium escargots are sautéed in artisanal butter with finely diced Champlain Valley Mushrooms, lots of Vermont organic garlic, fresh seasonal herbs, parsley, then presented in a delicately shredded potato nest surrounded by our velvety French-style scrambled eggs.

A Brief History

We’ve been eating snails for millennia—first in Spain, about 10,000 years earlier than France. And, recent studies have found evidence that consuming by humans began about 30,000 years ago near Benidorm, Spain. This legendary French dish is most popular in Paris, and, of course, Burgundy, and more recently, the Bordeaux-style escargot where snails are prepared in a white wine broth is a non-traditional alternative.

“The popularity of escargots is attributed to the then French Minister for Foreign Affairs, Talleyrand, who, in 1814, was organizing a reception for the Russian Tsar who was in Paris. He wanted to impress him and serve him something he’d never eaten before. His chef was Antonin Carême, a Burgundian, and escargots was in its beginnings a Burgundian dish.”  National Escargot Day: everything you need to know about the French delicacy, Matilda Marseillaise.

Chef Kay has transformed this time-honored hors d’oeuvres into a gourmet breakfast dish at Pond Mountain Inn. Kay sought inspiration from L’Escargot Montorgueil, which is considered the best in Paris, and Benoit Restaurant and Wine Bar in New York, which we feel serves the best classic French escargot in the city.

Join us for National Escargot Day—celebrated every year on May 24th that honors this delicious French hors d’oeuvres.

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Manhattan Italiano Cocktail Recipe

Manhattan Italiano


1 1/2 oz Redemption Rye Whiskey

1/2 oz Averna Amaro

1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth

1/2 oz Campari

2 Dashes Angostura

Preparation: Combine ingredients over big ice cube in Old Fashioned glass. Stir. Garnish with 2 cherries.

Thanks to Chilled Magazine for the photo & recipe.

Another Recipe from Pond  Mountain Inn

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Les Trois Petit Cochons

The Three Little Pigs…

That’s Our Pig…

And, That’s His Mom…

That’s French for “three little pigs”. We just picked them up last week—our pig is the one with spots. They’re just about a month old, and they couldn’t be happier. Their lineage is impressive—Large Black, Tamworth and Gloucestershire Old Spots (GOS). While each breed has a distinct flavor profile, the Gloucestershire Old Spots is a historic pig breed known for its distinctive white coat with black spots, and is a British Royal Family favorite for their tables, and our table too. Last year’s pig is absolutely delicious—our guests recently said, “This is the best bacon we’ve ever had!” Our breakfast menu may be one of the best in New England!

In the summer months at Pond Mountain Inn, our legendary gourmet farm-to-table breakfasts are served al fresco at the Main House terrace under the rough-sawn timber frame pergola surrounded by perennial gardens, early sheep pastures and lush undisturbed distant mountain views. “It’s just magical here, and one of the prettiest outside dining spots in Vermont!”


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Queijadas De Leite Recipe

Quintessential Portuguese Milk Tarts

Portuguese Milk Tarts is one of Kay’s favorite desserts. It’s a sweet traditional Portuguese dessert that’s made with only a few simple ingredients… eggs, milk, butter, flower and sugar. They bake into creamy little tarts that simply melt in you mouth.

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Mix 1 cup of flour with 2 cups of sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk in 4 beaten eggs, then add ½ cup of melted butter.
  4. Continue to whisk, and add 3¾ cups of whole milk.
  5. Pour mixture into greased muffin tin, filled to ¾ full.
  6. Bake on center rack for 30 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. Remove tarts from tin while still hot.
  8. Serve same day at room temperature (or a little warm).
  9. Don’t forget the Raspberries!

Perfect for a nice family holiday gathering! Another delicious holiday dessert recipe from Pond Mountain Inn.

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Maple Open House Weekend

Gathering Sap from Sugar Trees…

The maple syrup process is absolutely spellbinding—and, if you’ve never seen “the syrup” being made, now’s your chance! 

Join us for Maple Open House Weekend—Vermont goes all out to celebrate the first crop of the season when Vermont Maple sugar makers open their doors to their sugarhouses. The entire state comes alive – our neighbor makes syrup, another friend taps 10-15 trees and boils his sap in his driveway, and still another has 15,000 trees tapped on 200 acres! In just a few weeks the sap will begin flowing by gravity, aided by vacuum through a network tubing which carries the sap downhill to the sugarhouses. The volume of sap flowing into the sugarhouses can only be compared to a raging torrent of water – the entire process is incredible to witness! It takes 40-50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup!

For more information please call Pond Mountain Inn for details… 802.325.2829.


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Advice from the Big Kid

Advice from the Big Kid  Babe Ruth, November 29, 1924

Opening Day for the 2023 season will be March 30, with all 30 teams scheduled to play. Barring postponement, it will be the first time since 1968 that every MLB team opens on the same day.

This is only one of my favorite paintings by Graig Kreindler. It’s not only an extraordinary painting, but it just feels good especially during this holiday season. His award-winning sports work has appeared in juried shows and museums nationwide.

When discussing this painting, Graig says, “It’s hard to think of anybody other Norman Rockwell when looking at an image like the one this painting was based on. In that regard, I think one needn’t look any further than the subject matter: a ballplayer interacting with kids. It’s a motif that’s often a winning combination, and something that Rockwell utilized often in his work.”

Graig’s dramatic realism and exquisitely lifelike portraits will fascinate audiences for a lifetime! Additionally, Graig’s historic narratives that accompany each piece are as detailed and impressive as the paintings themselves. We’re both privileged and delighted to share his work with you this holiday season.

Title: “Advice from the Big Kid” | Subject: Babe Ruth, November 29, 1924 | Medium: Oil on linen | Size: 38″ x 28″

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The Clark Museum is “Free”

The Clark Art Institute • Williamstown, Massachusetts

Good news from The Clark Museum… admission is free through March 31, 2023. If you have never been, it’s an absolutely must visit—we visit 2-3 times each year, it’s truly magnificent! (Less than 90 minutes from Pond Mountain Inn)

The Clark has over forty Renoir paintings, sculptures and drawings in its collection. The painting is Venice, The Doge’s Palace, 1881. When Renoir first visited Venice in 1881, he was drawn to one of its most famous sights: the façade of the Doge’s Palace across from the island of San Giorgio Maggiore.

A Little More About The Clark Art Institute…

The Clark has an extensive art collection opened to the public in 1955, the Clark has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. We visit the museum almost every season.


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Birdseye Diner • Castleton, Vermont

The Birdseye Diner is a 1940’s Silk City Dining Car manufactured in Patterson, New Jersey. Just had to get in the New Jersey reference… Jersey is everywhere in Vermont – it’s hilarious! There are a few other interesting spots in Castleton… see our Poultney & Castleton, Vermont page below. We’re always doing something interesting at Pond Mountain Inn!



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Get Back to Nature and Enjoy the Fresh Air!

Staying fit, strong and active during the winter can be a challenge, especially for energetic outdoor enthusiasts. Not to worry; fortunately, the cold weather also opens up countless options for winter-specific activities, including skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. The health benefits of snowshoeing are making it an increasingly popular winter sport that just makes for a healthier and happier winter!

Get your health time outdoors in the fresh air and away from people. Snowshoeing is a wonderful aerobic activity that improves your cardiovascular and muscle fitness, and you can burn from 420-1000 calories per hour. It’s a great low-impact winter activity! And, you can snowshoe here at Pond Mountain Inn.


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A Day in Lake Placid

We spent the day at the 2023 Winter World University Games—11-Day International Competition in Lake Placid… a beautiful winter village within the Adirondack State Park. The Lake Placid Olympic Museum exhibits and artifacts were fascinating. Here’s a brief compilation of our day… Just over two hours from Pond Mountain Inn.

Lake Placid Olympic Center

Tribute to the 1980 Miracle on Ice

Switzerland Speedskater Practicing

Czech Republic vs. Norway (Norway won 8-6)

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