Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Dramatic Mountain Views


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The Silver Fork Restaurant Continues to Wow Our Guests!

I was recently asked, what makes Silver Fork special? It’s undoubtedly, one of the most important restaurants in the area. The effortless and relaxed, but flawlessly charming style of service is a perfect fit for the setting. Their new Manchester location, inside the old Mark Skinner Library in the heart of Manchester Village is absolutely stunning—mid-century décor with comfortable space that’s aglow in natural light. Beyond expansive windows, the upstairs bar pictured above has a long dining bar that offers intimate dining possibilities.

Silver Fork is a fine-dining restaurant with extraordinary attention to detail. Through the sharply focused culinary lens of award-winning Chef Mark French lies his remarkable ability to coax out the intrinsic natural flavors of local and seasonal ingredients. Mark’s dishes draw on global influences that blend beautifully with this quintessential New England town of Manchester.

The menu enriches the senses, our favorite first-course dishes—beef tartare, duck eggroll, and lump crab salad are absolutely delicious! The wiener schnitzel is outstanding—our server told us that a couple from Austria said it was “just as good as home.” And, we agree! The rack of lamb, Maryland crab cakes and slow roasted brisket are among our favorites, and our guests too.

Owner, Melody French and Sommelier, Olivia Stoehr have crafted a well-balanced wine list with recent upscale wine selections that complement the always popular regular wine list. Melody and Olivia have adroitly focused on matching tastes and flavors on the menu that share the chef’s palate making wine selection far easier and less intimidating.

Kay joins me in thanking both Melody and Olivia for the special attention shown to all our Pond Mountain Inn guests.


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Ice Fishing on Lake St. Catherine Vermont

Pond Mountain Inn Offers Ice Fishing Trips 

Have you ever wanted to go ice fishing but don’t know where to start? Or, you have no interest in ice fishing whatsoever, but love the idea of experiencing something entirely new and exciting outdoors, then let our friends Carrie & Kevin be your guide to successful ice fishing. We went ice fishing twice last week and caught 25 fish—perch, largemouth bass, northern pike, and a big brown trout.

Carrie and Kevin, do it all…  They setup and prepare everything; all you have to do is show up, catch big fish and enjoy the incredible Vermont outdoors while eagles soar above waiting to steal an unattended fish laying on the ice! That’s something to see! What’s better than spending a picturesque day on the lake fishing for trophy fish or for dinner that evening back at Pond Mountain Inn. The best tasting fish we’ve ever had!

What if it’s too cold? No problem. They provide an insulated ice shanty equipped with a portable heater that keeps the interior nice and toasty. Hungry out on the ice? They’ve got that covered too… last week they prepared venison steaks and burgers, their homemade kielbasa and ham steak from one of the pigs they raised. And, there’s all kind and snacks and drinks too.

Carrie and Kevin supply all the gear for ice fishing. All you need is to be dressed for the weather—hats, gloves, thermal socks, under layers, winter boots, and sunglasses for the reflection off the ice and snow.

We purchased a Vermont fishing license for the entire year—you can get a one-day pass, but we had so much that we’re planning to be out on the ice for the rest of the season.

There’s more good news… Saturday, January 30, 2021 is Vermont’s next free ice fishing day; a day when anyone, resident or nonresident, may go fishing in Vermont without a fishing license.

Ice Fishing Day on Lake St. Catherine Cost: $100 / person.

Join us out on the ice for the best outdoor experience you’ll have this winter!

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More Vermont Outdoor Winter Activities to Experience

Our goal is to visit every covered bridge in Vermont and the Vermont Covered Bridge Society is a wonderful resource with spectacular photographs! Click here to see one of our Enchanted Covered Bridge Day Tours.

Equally as interesting is The 251 Club of Vermont. If you’re seeking an authentic Vermont experience, you are invited to join over 6,000 members of the 251 Club in exploring the state while visiting its 251 towns and cities. Travel at your own pace, in a season or in a lifetime, by car, on foot, or whatever conveyance suits your style. There are no rules, no records to keep, no requirements. The expectation is that you will be inventive and adventurous in following the road less traveled to Vermont’s little-known corners, as well as its more popular destinations. And, where best to begin… at Pond Mountain Inn

Photo courtesy of The National Parks Experience

 


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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 Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn


Today is the winter solstice, and the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, when the two largest worlds in our solar system appear closest together in the sky, the closest since 1623. Look toward the southwest just after sunset is the best time to see them—they set below the horizon shortly after.

The night sky at Pond Mountain Inn is magnificent for star gazing! The clarity and the absence of any artificial light we can see quite a bit—especially tonight!

Photo is NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (December 8, 2020)


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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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Crudités with Remoulade Sauce Recipe

Crudités with Remoulade Sauce

Our Choice for Vegetables

  • Bunch of Radishes
  • Organic Baby Carrots
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Yellow Pepper
  • Burpless Cucumbers, quartered lengthwise
  • Celery

For the Remoulade Sauce

  • 1/4 cup plain Ice House Farm Goat milk yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Kewpie mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoons Crosse & Blackwell capers, rinsed and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a small bowl, combine yogurt, mayonnaise, capers, lemon juice, mustard, and parsley. Stir well to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Drain the vegetables well and serve alongside the sauce.

Another Delicious Recipe from Pond Mountain Inn

 

 

 


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Stunning Vermont October Foliage

Hello Everyone From Pond Mountain Inn!

Uncertain times need stimulating ideas. This summer and early fall, our guests have worked al fresco, others practiced outdoor yoga, one couple cooked 100% Vermont organic meals, another foraged for wild edibles, one forty-year-old guest designed her entire wellness program and helped us with ours! Three did our Adventure Wellness, and one dined on the fish they caught, and most everyone hiked over fifteen different trails. One couple is planning to work from home for six weeks at Pond Mountain Inn! The point is; everyone approached their time away from home much differently and were rewarded for thinking creatively.

The foliage is arriving 8-12 days early this year. Normally, peak foliage is around October 15 We’ll likely see the best fall colors late next week.

See the most amazing photographs in our October Newsletter, titled, Gorgeous Vermont Foliage: https://conta.cc/30usDeV

All our very best,

Kay & Glenn


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Perseid Meteor Shower and Pond Mountain Inn Collaborate for a Spectacular Show

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Conditions at Pond Mountain Inn should be near perfect with a dark sky free from light pollution; however the extended weather forecast may not cooperate, still though, we may get lucky!

The 2020 Perseid meteor shower will peak on August 11, 12 and 13. On this night, the moon will be 47% full thus creating good conditions for watching the meteor shower. It is expected that between 80–100 meteors per hour will be visible.

The best time to view the Perseids, or most other meteor showers is when the sky is the darkest. Most astronomers suggest that depending on the Moon’s phase, the best time to view meteor showers is right before dawn.

The Perseids can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere. Look between the radiant, which will be in the north-east part of the sky and the zenith (the point in sky directly above you).

Good luck to all that stay up late!

Thanks to Jack Fusco for his wonderful photograph.


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The Best Italian Farm-to-Table Fine Dining Experience

The Absolute Best Italian Farm-to-Table Fine Dining Experience within 250 miles is found at Dancing Ewe Farm in Granville, New York! And, I’d still be hard-pressed to find something comparable in New York City, Boston or Montreal. Mario Batali take note Jody Somers is here! We dined al fresco last Saturday night under a sprawling white canopy evoking timeless style that comfortably sheltered guests and their apéritifs from the late afternoon sun. Expansive sheep pastures, cool breeze and distance rolling hills is the perfect backdrop.

The menu changes frequently, but the Tuscan culinary precision and attention to detail never waver. An exquisite perfectly timed four-course meal from one outstanding course to the next; we were served cured-meats and sheep milk cheese to fresh green pea risotto followed by a pork tenderloin that we’re still talking about—desert was fresh homemade vanilla ice cream with perfectly ripened fresh berries. These words, nor my photos cannot compare to the extraordinary experience we had Saturday night. And, the Italian wine selection is second to none!!

Stylish and sophisticated with an upstate rustic elegance Jody delivers refined traditional flavors and recipes that have us coming back in August and again with Pond Mountain Inn guests in October.