Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Dramatic Mountain Views


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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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Dashing Through the Snow

 

Another outdoor winter experience… let two Friesian Horses take you on an unbelievable horse-drawn sleigh ride through some of the most beautiful fields of snow on private trails in Vermont. This picturesque farm is the perfect setting to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience in Vermont’s winter wonderland. See all of Pond Mountain Inn’s Inspiring Day Trips & Unique Itineraries.

Friesians of Majesty 

 


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Breakfast Sushi… at Pond Mountain Inn

Our guests loved Kay’s new breakfast delicacy… Wild Alaska Smoked Salmon filled with a light and fluffy spinach and red onion scrambled egg… See our breakfast menu, one of the finest in New England! Pond Mountain Inn Breakfast Menu.

 


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Vermont Sausage Makers

 

We found out why handmade sausage making is an art that few can master. Surprisingly, we learned quickly, great family fun, and yes, this is the pork that we raised in 2022—incorporating innovative ingredients, championing sustainable farming and gained a following for our exceptionally fresh, and not to mention delicious, breakfast dishes. Good sausage is all about balance. Balance of salt and savory, balance of meat and fat, balance of spices and herbs—and red wine! We’ll be sharing the 20 lbs. of sausage we made for our guests—it’s delicious! Whether visiting for wellness, adventure or a culinary-focused retreat, Pond Mountain Inn offers a full immersion into the Vermont experience. Our breakfast menu is largely sourced from locally grown and foraged ingredients, and may be the nicest outdoor breakfast dining in Vermont!

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A Breed Apart—The Stonewood Farm Turkey

Stonewood Farm • Orwell, Vermont

The most delicious turkeys come from Stonewood Farm, that’s why we buy our Thanksgiving turkey here every year. And, the owners are absolutely fabulous! Stonewood Farm raises over 34,000 turkeys annually on over eight hundred acres. Kay posed for this photo while we were serenaded by no fewer than 8,000 turkeys – absolutely hilarious! We’ve been to our fair share of Vermont farms over the last six years and with only one other exception this was cleanest farm we’ve ever visited!

Before moving to Vermont our turkeys always came from Jaindl Farms located in Pennsylvania—these are the turkeys that grace the Thanksgiving Holiday table at the White House. Of course, they’re delicious, but we love our Stonewood Farm turkeys, and may be the best in New England!

We’re always doing something interesting at Pond Mountain Inn!  

https://stonewoodfarm.com/

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Cooking with Gourmet Duck Fat

We use duck fat in a few of our breakfast dishes. Duck fat has long been a staple in French cooking and in the professional kitchen. And, Duck fat is considered a healthy cooking medium with many benefits. With a smooth delicate, subtle flavor, and a high smoke point, it’s perfect for high-heat cooking—duck fat just makes everything taste better, from poultry to potatoes, meat to fresh vegetables. This gourmet duck fat cooking oil spray is the only duck fat spray available in the world—it’s all natural with no added preservatives or artificial ingredients, GMO & gluten-free.

Take a look at our extraordinary breakfast menu: https://www.pondmountaininn.com/breakfast-menu

Cornhusker Kitchen’s Gourmet Duck Fat Spray

We always have something interesting going on at Pond Mountain Inn!

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Seared New Bedford Day Boat Scallop Recipe

 

 

Our Pond Mountain Inn guests from New Bedford generously brought us 1½ pounds of incredibly fresh scallops. New Bedford is arguably the scallop capital of the world where not only the best scallops originate, but is also home to some of the best seafood, and has been for centuries.

Seared Scallops… From the Beginning

Scallops are one of the easiest and fastest gourmet meal you can make at home—just under ten minutes. Here’s a quick refresher—somethings you probably already know.

Step One: Selection

Begin by selecting “dry scallops”, white in color with a pure flavor, compared to “wet scallops”, which are slightly beige in color and tend to be less fresh. The difference is that dry scallops have never been treated with chemical additives or any type of solutions whereas wet scallops have. Dry or Day Boat scallops are harvested within 24 hours (by law) during their peak season from late fall through the winter, ensuring the freshest catch during these months.

Step Two: Preparation & Cooking

Pat dry scallops with paper towel and season with coarse sea salt and finely ground black pepper.

Select your best cast-iron skillet, heat skillet until very hot, introduce some high-quality olive oil or butter and place scallops comfortably distanced in the skillet—don’t crowd the pan! Note, to get that beautifully golden-brown crust requires high heat.

Cook the scallops undisturbed for 2 minutes, then flip scallops and cook for another 2 minutes. Both sides of the scallops should be seared golden-brown and the insides should be opaque all the way through. However, if your scallops are biscuit-sized, you’ll need an additional minute or more on both sides. Add a few tablespoons of butter shortly after the first side finishes to achieve that classic seared scallop flavor profile.

Serve immediately, and make sure to transfer them to another dish for serving, otherwise they will continue cooking—do not overcook the scallops otherwise they will become tough and chewy.

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Autumn at Pond Mountain Inn

Fall may be the best time of the year at Pond Mountain Inn. Warm days, crisp nights, colorful foliage— all giftwrapped in a perfect package…. watching the leaves transition from bright reds into yellows and oranges – nature’s palette unfolds before your very eyes. “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. Walking the pumpkin patches and rambling through apple orchards while inhaling that crisp clean Vermont mountain air is why we all wait for autumn.


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Off-Menu Breakfasts

Authentic Chorizo and Eggs

Delicately Fried Farm-Fresh Egg

Hearty Vegetarian Hash Breakfast Skillet with Poached Egg

Our menu changes subtly with seasonal produce and availability of interesting local ingredients. We are committed to serving classic breakfast cuisine with the finest quality ingredients, along with a similar focus on impeccable guest service. In addition to one of the finest breakfast menus in New England, we also strive to create new and exciting breakfast dishes for our guests.  

Just to give you an idea of our “off menu” breakfast dishes, here are three favorites… Authentic Chorizo and Eggs with crispy diced potatoes topped with a perfectly poached egg and choice of hot sauce. And, for those wishing for a lighter breakfast, we serve a delicately fried farm-fresh egg over Dakin Farm bacon and organic pea shoots. Last, we serve a Hearty Vegetarian Hash Breakfast Skillet with Poached Egg, which is made with as many local vegetables and ingredients as we can find.

 

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