Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Dramatic Mountain Views


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Who was Augustus Saint-Gaudens?

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt felt that United States coins are symbols of our Nation’s pride and America’s spirit. By 1905, America had become the most powerful nation in the world, and Roosevelt wanted our coinage to represent America’s pre-eminent position. Roosevelt shared his vision with Saint-Gaudens who eagerly joined his quest to design the finest coinage in the world. Saint-Gaudens was terminally ill with cancer, yet he began his last artistic quest to re-design America’s coinage, beginning with the obverse of the $10 Eagle and $20 both sides of the $20 double eagle.  Saint-Gaudens promised Roosevelt, that the coin would be made a “living thing.”

The Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle $20 gold coin is widely thought to be the most beautiful coin in the world. Featuring a full figure Lady Liberty striding forward with an olive branch and a torch in the other hand. On the reverse side is an eagle flying in front of the sun to complement the obverse side. The motto In God We Trust is along the edge of the sun at the bottom.

Please visit the Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park in Cornish, New Hampshire. The home, gardens, and studios of Augustus Saint-Gaudens are beautifully preserved. One of America’s foremost sculptors, this was his summer residence from 1885 to 1897, his permanent home from 1900 until his death in 1907, and the center of the Cornish Art Colony. And, less than 90-minutes from Pond Mountain Inn.

Much of the abbreviated content was taken from the Saint-Gaudens National Historical Site.

 

 


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Lake George Dining at The Sagamore Resort

​Look no further… this is our absolute favorite summertime place to have cocktails and dinner, and we always arrive precisely at 5:00 pm to get the best table on the veranda—the views of Lake George and the Adirondacks are beyond spectacular!

This early al fresco dinner on the deck at The Sagamore is always spectacular and was continually repeated last year! A nice breeze off the water made for a very comfortable outdoor dining experience. Make sure to ask for Calvin, our server was gracious, elegant and charmingly funny.

Many of our guests have enjoyed the same extraordinary dining experience at the Sagamore! And, I almost forgot; the lobster ravioli was probably the best I’ve ever had… This landmark hotel & resort with a prestigious history that dates back to the 1880s is secluded on a private 70-acre island just over an hour from Pond Mountain Inn. Along with an inspiring setting in the heart of the Adirondacks, the award-winning dining is alone worth the drive!

See our Lake George, New York Day Trip Itinerary!

 


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Greyhound Cocktail

Brief Background

Kay just discovered this cocktail—it’s a delightful warm-summer-day drink that may even rival the ubiquitous Gin & Tonic! The Greyhound origins date back to about 1930, but took off in popularity fifteen years later. It wasn’t until 1945 when Harper’s Magazine officially named the cocktail  “greyhound” given its popularity at Greyhound bus terminals…

Ingredients

Makes Two Cocktails

Two Florida Pink or Ruby Red Grapefruits. Natalie’s Gourmet Grapefruit Juice is an excellent substitute.

One Fresh Whole Lime

Vermont Barr Hill Gin—the raw honey infused gin makes the perfectly balanced cocktail.

Add Maple syrup or simple syrup if too tart.

Steps

Robustly squeeze grapefruit halves using a larger vintage glass citrus juicer and pour juice through strainer into Pyrex measuring cup.

Delicately squeeze each lime half using same juicer, then pour through strainer into the same measuring cup.

Generously fill two Old Fashioned glasses with ice.

Fill glasses with ⅓ Barr Hill Gin and ⅔ freshly squeezed grapefruit and lime juice.

Garnish with lime wheel, wedge or decorative grapefruit peel.

Now, comfortably slide back in your Adirondack chairs and enjoy this amazing 1930s vintage cocktail.

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Breakfast Al Fresco In The Vermont Outdoors At Pond Mountain Inn

In the summer months, 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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Pond Mountain Inn Celebrates World Water Day

“Today is World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.” (UNESCO)

Fresh water is the lifeblood of our planet, and protecting freshwater ecosystems in Vermont and around the world is critical. Forty states predict water shortages within ten years… 

World Water Day is celebrated on 22nd of March. Everything on Earth requires water to sustain itself.  The U.S. Is Only Decades Away from Widespread Water Shortages. And, we’re doing our part at Pond Mountain Inn by simply utilizing less water.

If you have a few extra minutes and you’re curious about, how little of the planet Earth is made of water, please see our 2019 August Newsletter—it’s near the bottom of the page.

See Pond Mountain Inn’s Sustainability Page: Conserving Water

 

 


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The Shelburne Museum • Inside the Circus Building

Our favorite place to visit in Vermont is the Shelburne Museum, and it’s less than two hours from Pond Mountain Inn. The Shelburne Museum 2022 season begins on May 15. We frequently write about the Shelburne Museum—just spend ten minutes on their website and see why it’s our favorite place in Vermont!!

Inside the Circus Building • Shelburne Museum

Look closely… The Kirk Bros. Circus is a masterpiece of American folk art. This 3,500-piece maliciously hand carved circus was originally conceived as a toy for the maker’s four children stretching over 40 years to complete (1910-1956). The entire three-ring circus is complete with a mesh and canvas tent and electric lights. The photo only captures a portion of the entire circus—you’ll be spellbound when you see this fanciful diorama for the first time!

The Circus Building where the Kirk Bros. Circus is displayed is a guest favorite, and ours too! The horseshoe shaped building was designed to showcase the hand-carved miniature Arnold Circus Parade stretching nearly 518 feet—it’s an endless parade that captures the imagination. The collection also includes 500 circus posters from the 1830s -1960s and antique wooden carousel horses from the same period. They even have a working vintage carousel in front of the building! Simply Magnificent!

Here’s The Shelburne Museum Website

See Our Vergennes / Shelburne / Burlington Day Trip Itinerary

Photo courtesy of Shelburne Museum

 


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Beautiful Spot for a Relaxing Getaway

We are always delighted and thankful when guests leave reviews, and occasionally we’ll post them here on our blog…

We wanted a place that was close to our home in case our children needed us while we were away. The pictures and write up just spoke to us! But don’t let that fool you; those don’t do the place justice! A beautiful, open floor plan apartment with plenty of room for us to spread out. The views were beautiful out of the large picture windows. The kitchen was well-equipped. The morning breakfast was top notch, and rivaled any star chef we have eaten from! But better than all of that was Glenn and Kay as hosts. They are truly made for this lifestyle! They love people and it shows in the quality and pride they take throughout their home and your experience. We came as guests, but left as friends! We would highly recommend for your next getaway! (Also Found on Vrbo)

Please take a look at our website: Pond Mountain Inn—our newsletters are a wonderful ten-minute lunch experience, but wait until you see our menu!

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Our Breakfast Açaí Bowl Recipe

Our farm-to-table breakfasts are beautifully presented and incredibly delicious—we’re getting such rave reviews with our new healthy breakfast choice that we’ve decided to include this on our menu.

Açaí Brief Overview

Açaí berries (pronounced, ah-sigh-EE) are a deep dark purple berry harvested from Açaí Palm Trees found in rainforests of South America. Açaí berries have a short shelf life, and therefore we purchase the berries as a frozen fruit purée. The Açaí berry, unlike most fruit, which is high in sugar and low in fat is just the opposite— somewhat higher in fat, low in sugar and one of the richest sources of plant antioxidants with three times the amount of antioxidants found in blueberries.

Our Açaí Bowl Recipe

Our Açaí Breakfast Bowl includes—Açaí purée, organic Larson Farm A2 milk / plain yogurt or non-dairy unsweetened almond milk, mixed seasonal berries, banana, peanut or almond butter and our organic homemade granola. It’s simple and easy to make… most of all, be creative—it’s just fun!

Here’s Some Additional Recipe Guidance

  1. Unsweetened Açaí Purée—we prefer widely available Sambazon.
  2. Fresh or Frozen Mixed Berries—we only use fresh fruit, but frozen is perfectly acceptable.
  3. Substitute Mango (champaign mangoes if you can find them) for Banana.
  4. Garnish or Toppings: Granola / Seeds / Nuts / Fresh Sliced Fruit.

There are so many interesting recipes out there and we love discovering new ones all the time—this is our recipe guidance, which works best for us. Thank you for reading our Pond Mountain Inn blog!

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The Champagne Salon Inspired by Dom Pérignon

Looking for something a little different that indulges your senses? We offer this suggestion… The new Dom Pérignon Salon, the only one of its kind sanctioned by the legendary champagne house with a choice of indoor or outdoor spaces. Experience all three Dom Pérignon offerings with D’Artagnan’s Ossetra Malossol Caviar. The Blantyre property and exclusive Dom Pérignon experience ia a justified extravagance! This single-destination day trip is only about two hours from Pond Mountain Inn, however why not combine this trip with a visit to The Clark Museum in Williamstown, Massachusetts? The Clark is one of the most respected museums in the world.

Check out our other Inspiring Day Trips & Unique Itineraries for more exciting places to visit!


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In Search of Lord of the Rings… “The Enduring Power of Donuts.”

What’s more American than Donuts? Maybe pizza or maybe neither. No one really knows the origins of donuts, the deep-fried antithesis of wellness; wellness that we spent hours discussing on our wellness page. There is one certainty, really good donuts are elusive, but not here in Vermont or at the King Bakery Donut Cart in Cambridge, New York. These donuts are worth getting up early for, and after a 45-minute drive you’ll understand why!

We also love the donuts at the Wells County Store, in the center of our tiny village, the Dorset Union Store on the Dorset Green makes exceptional donuts, and then there’s Mrs. Murphy’s Donuts in Manchester—donuts like we grew up with in the 1950s and 1960s.   

We’re always finding interesting things to do at Pond Mountain Inn!