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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.

 

 

 

 


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Drive-In Movie Theaters in Vermont and Nearby

Nothing offers up more built-in social distancing, more nostalgia or just a pure slice of Americana than the once pervasive drive-in movie theater that’s gaining a resurgence in today’s social distancing climate as America begins opening up again.

There are hundreds of theaters nationwide, more precisely there are perhaps only 305 theaters in the United States with a total of 549 screens, according to the United Drive-in Theater Owner Association.

CNN and The Washington Post have written about this resurgence, and even Food & Wine reports that “Restaurants Are Turning Their Parking Lots into Drive-In Movie Theaters… It’s the perfect socially-distanced outing.”

A Brief History of the Drive-In Movie Theater

In 1933 that Richard Hollingshead opened the first theater Camden, New Jersey. A year passed when Shankweiler built a second in Orefields, Pennsylvania (and, it’s still open today), but it wasn’t until the 1950s that the idea really resonated with rural America.  By 1958, the number of drive-ins peaked at 4,063.

Six Drive-In Movie Theaters Nearby Pond Mountain Inn 

Glen Drive-In Theatre: (since 1958) Queensbury, New York, 518.792.0023

Malta Drive-In Theatre: (since1949) Malta, New York, 518.587.6077

Hathaway’s Twin Drive-In Theater: (since 1948) North Hoosick, New York, 318.374.8346

Bethel Drive-In: Bethel, Vermont, 802.728.3740

Sunset Drive-In: (since 1948) Colchester, Vermont, 802.862.1800

Fairlee Drive-in Theatre: (since 1950) Fairlee, Vermont, 802.333.9192

The Fairlee Drive-In is only 1 of 2 drive-ins in the United States that also runs a motel on the same premises. All 12 motel rooms have a view of the drive-in with a large picture window and a speaker allowing motel guests to watch the movies from their rooms. 

Take a look at the full List of Drive-In Movie Theaters in the United States

https://www.familyvacationcritic.com/drive-in-movie-theaters-for-families/art/

Photo Courtesy of familyvacationcritic.com

 

 

 

 


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The Fascinating First Protestant Church in Vermont

The Old First Church • Photo Credit: Carol M. Highsmith

The Old First Church • Gathered in 1762 • First Protestant Church in Vermont

Our Fascination with New England Churches; from the perspective of architectural simplicity that’s on display at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in our tiny village of Wells, Vermont; to the grand New England simplicity seen inside The Old First Church in Bennington to the more majestic simplicity of the Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts.

Overview & Perspective

These remarkable small-town, white buildings and church structures were largely erected by local builders without the benefit of architects. Their designs and inspiration largely came from traditional designs and pattern books, which may have contributed the essence of plainness so common in early church construction. Revered for their beauty, simplicity and elegance – early churches of New England hold a special place in our hearts as we’re all drawn to these remarkable New England towns and villages to experience this unique sense of place that broadly defines our New England character.

More About The Old First Church

The Old First Church was “gathered” on December 3, 1762, the first Protestant congregation in the New Hampshire Grants. The organizers were “Separatists,” influenced by the Great Awakening, from Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, and were proprietors of the new town of Bennington.

The present church, built in 1805 and dedicated January 1, 1806. As a result, the Vermont Legislature, in 1935, designated the church as “Vermont’s Colonial Shrine”.

Robert Frost’s remains are buried in the cemetery adjacent to the church. Although he was not a member of the church, he read his poem, The Black Cottage, at the rededication in 1937. Robert Frost and the house where he lived in Shaftsbury is located just north of Bennington, see the Robert Frost Stone House Museum.

Lavius Fillmore, cousin of the nation’s thirtieth president, and the church architect, built three more churches including the Congregational Church of Middlebury that’s considered Fillmore’s masterpiece, was completed in 1809. See Pond Mountain Inn’s Fort Ticonderoga / Middlebury Day Trip Itinerary for more things to do in the area.

Most of the abbreviated content taken directly The Old First Church website.

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Breakfast Al Fresco at Pond Mountain Inn

Will you join us for breakfast outside at Pond Mountain Inn?  At day break, organic breakfasts are served al fresco under our traditional rough-sawn timber framed pergola overlooking pastural gardens and lush undisturbed mountains… Today, we served… Farm-Fresh Poached Eggs, Avocado Rose, Ice House Farm Chèvre, our 21-Hour No-Knead Homemade Bread with Ploughgate Creamery Cultured Butter and finished with a drizzling of Dancing Ewe Farm Olive Oil… even the King Arthur Flour comes from Vermont! In-Season, we’ll locally pick the strawberries and blueberries.

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The Best Lobster Rolls In Vermont

A beautiful Sunday afternoon was the perfect excuse to deliver ourselves from quarantine. We stumbled upon a nameless lobster shack with only a tiny nondescript lobster street-sign below Mountain Man Sterling Silver—still though, it caught our attention!

We met Joe—a gifted lobster roll practitioner that spent a decade or two perfecting his trade in York, Maine. We had a choice; either the Traditional Maine Lobster Roll for $14.50 or the Big Daddy for $21.00—we both went with the Big Daddy. The Cornmeal Dusted Kaiser Roll was generously buttered to perfection, and Joe’s generosity didn’t end there… it was difficult to contain all the lobster meat within the confines of the roll. Joe’s Lobster Rolls were magnificent and are found on Route 11E in Chester, Vermont.

We’ve just added Joe to our Short List of Lobster Roll Favorites…

The Oyster Bar • Grand Central Station • New York City | Anthony’s Seafood • Middletown, Rhode Island (Newport) | Vermont Mountain Man • Chester, Vermont.

Read More In Our Pond Mountain Inn May Newsletter: https://conta.cc/2YDXZ2z

 

 

 

 


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21 Hour No-Knead Bread

21 Hour No-Knead Bread

You Will Need:

3 cups all-purpose or bread flour and just enough for dusting

1/2 teaspoon instant yeast

1 3/4 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 cups water at room temperature

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 ½ cups of water, and stir until blended, dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest 12 to 18 hours, (preferably 18 hours) at room temperature.
  2. Generously flour your work surface. The dough will have risen and will be covered in bubbles. Transfer the dough to the work surface and dust it with flour. Fold the dough in half, and then form the dough into a ball by stretching and tucking the edges of the dough underneath the ball. Liberally flour a cotton kitchen towel (do not use terrycloth). Place the dough ball on the floured towel. Cover with another floured towel. Let the dough rise foranother 2 hours.
  3. Preheat an oven to 450 degrees. Place a lidded Dutch oven or Cast Iron Pot in the oven as its heating.
  4. When dough is ready, carefully remove the pot from the oven (use your oven mitts). Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake for another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is perfectly browned. Cool on a rack before slicing.

 Recipe given to us by our Pond Mountain Inn guests, Carol & Stan Ferraro.

 

 

 


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Enjoy Farm To Table Breakfast At Pond Mountain Inn

We strive to serve Farm To Table meals at Pond Mountain Inn and Wells, Vermont has plenty to offer us. Begin a beautiful day with a delicious Morning Yogurt Parfait – yogurt, granola and fruit are layered in a parfait glass. We only use fresh Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries, organic granola and plain organic yogurt with a hint of dark maple syrup. This is delicious for breakfast, snack, even for a dessert!

If you’re still yearning for more fresh fruit, our signature fresh fruit chalice includes all the berries found in our parfait and, Jersey peaches, local cantaloupe, pineapple and a mint leaf from our garden just for color! This was today’s menu – tomorrow, we’re serving fresh buttermilk Blueberry pancakes with our own garden rhubarb & Strawberry compote, maple syrup with Brown Boar Farm bacon.


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The Incredible Natural Benefits of Hiking and Walking

Pond Mountain Overlooking St. Lake Catherine • Wells, Vermont.

Exercise – not meaningfully for over six years, so I’m beginning slowly. I’m 62, a former athlete, three knee operations under my belt along with two hernias and a third not far away, so I need to be even more careful than most. And, now with social distancing and gym closures, any formal exercise is out of the question. But, there’s good news… Vermont!

Of course, we all know a thirty-minute brisk walk every day is incredibly beneficial – helps maintain a healthy weight; prevents or helps manage heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and strengthens your bones and muscles. So, tell me something I don’t already know…

Hiking, especially in nature is so powerful especially for our health and well-being that leading-edge doctors are prescribing hiking in addition to traditional treatments for disease. Research this for yourselves, but evidence suggests that hiking in dense forests may provide far more benefits due to certain organic compounds that trees emit that boost mood and improve our overall mental and emotional health.

We’ve been actively hiking for the last two weeks and we found ourselves happier, more creative and calmer despite the many hardships that this coronavirus pandemic is causing. Maybe it’s that we’re getting far more oxygen to our brain, eliminating massive sensory-overload, and the mental fatigue that comes from the persistent daily demands of life. Join us in Vermont amongst the thousands of square miles of forested mountain terrain that many would call the epicenter of happiness… at Pond Mountain Inn.

Photo: the midpoint of our two-mile hike at the top of Pond Mountain overlooking St. Lake Catherine, Wells, Vermont. 

 

 

 

 


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Pond Mountain Inn COVID-19 Protocols and Response

Updated: July 3, 2020

Pond Mountain Inn | Cross State Travel Restrictions

Travelers from counties in New York, New Jersey and New England states having fewer than 400 active cases per million are permitted to stay in Vermont without completing the Vermont Certification of Compliance.

You Are Permitted to Travel to Vermont & Pond Mountain Inn Under the Following Guidelines:

Travel to Vermont is also permitted if the travelers have self-quarantined for the last 14 days prior to traveling nonstop to Vermont, or if the travelers have self-quarantined for the last 7 days prior to traveling nonstop to Vermont and have tested negative for the virus.

A color coded map by county is available from the state of Vermont (please click on the following to link to the map and move your cursor over the county where you live to determine how to proceed) https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel

If you need help navigating the Vermont Official State Website or have questions about travel to Vermont, we would be delighted to help even if your plans do not include Pond Mountain Inn.

Pre-Arrival or Upon Arrival

Guests may be required to complete the Vermont Certification of Compliance.

 

Safety & Hygiene

The safety and wellbeing of our guests is our top priority at Pond Mountain Inn. We continue to take great pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. In response to the coronavirus, we have taken additional measures developed in consultation with the Vermont Department of Health, World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make our cleaning and hygiene protocols even more rigorous.

Our personal commitment is that we are adhering to all the best evidence-based public health advice. We continue doing everything that we can to ensure your safety and provide maximum flexibility as the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve.

 Reservations

We also want to assure you that we understand the need for flexibility in planning your travel during this time and we want you to feel confident when booking, modifying or canceling your vacation plans.

Guests that booked directly with Pond Mountain Inn for travel this year please feel free to modify or cancel your reservation without penalty up to and including the day of your visit. We want you to have as much flexibility as possible and will accommodate any changes that make you feel most comfortable.

If your booking was made with an online travel agent or other third-party travel professional, you should contact the booking provider to make amendments. That said, we are happy to help in the unlikely event that you run into difficulties.

Most sincerely,

Kay & Glenn

 

 

 

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Everyone Drinks Bottled Water – But Not At Pond Mountain Inn!

When’s the last time you drank water directly from the tap instead of bottled water? Water at Pond Mountain Inn is exceptional; independently lab tested and is delivered from a 360 foot deep artesian well. By the time it reaches your glass, our water has been filtered twice and has passed through ultraviolet disinfection technology. By the time our water reaches the cottage it has passed through an additional filter and ultraviolet light. Our water is crisp, clean and delicious!

Not all water is the same. The Svalbard Islands are located in the Arctic Ocean, halfway between Norway and the North Pole boasts some of the most expensive and finest water on the planet – 750ml at $150! Maybe it’s so expensive because they must scrape the ice from icebergs or glaciers. Then there’s water from Copenhagen, often considered the best tasting water from the tap. How about water on the International Space Station? Now, think about how and where that gets recycled – surely not so pleasing to the palate.

So, the next time you’re a guest at Pond Mountain Inn consider bringing a five gallon refillable water jug and taking some of this precious resource back home!