Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Dramatic Mountain Views


1 Comment

Christmas Tree Recycling – Give It To The Goats

christmas-tree-disposal

Kay and I were visiting our neighbor down the road at Mountain Ledge Farm – they have both Nubian and Alpine goats running around in their pasture and raises them for their milk. Six beautiful babies were born less than a month ago and they are beyond adorable!!

Courtney brought up a question that surprised both Kay and I; she asked, “What are you planning to do with your Christmas tree after the season?” “Well”, I replied, “we haven’t given it much thought, but it’s likely going to find its way into the woods or the landfill.” Courtney had a better idea…. Now everyone knows that goats eat just about everything, but did you know they eat Christmas trees?

Two great things came of this, a special treat for the goats and we have the opportunity to recycle our Christmas tree in a natural and very environmental method to keep these trees out of the landfill.

Learn more about Pond Mountain Inn

 

 


Leave a comment

The Elf Express – A Classic Vermont Christmas Train Ride

In the midst of a Vermont snow squall, we enjoyed the forth annual Elf Express on a vintage train last year. They took us on a delightful one-hour excursion through the Green Mountains complete with hot coco, cookies with song and dance by the “Elves” of Burr and Burton Academy. The train ride took us from Manchester to Arlington – an approximate twenty mile round trip journey we spent in a 1940s era train car.

The Elf Express will depart Miles Depot Station on December 21st and 22nd at 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30 and *4:00 (the 4:00 PM ride is only on Saturday.)

Add more fun to your day with our Dorset / Manchester • Day Trip Itinerary


Leave a comment

A Vermont Valentine’s Day Package

Valentines Day PhotoA Vermont Valentine’s Day Package at Pond Mountain Inn… Enjoy a four night getaway and pay for three! Arrive Thursday at your leisure and spend the next four days enjoying the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Candlelit breakfasts are served in our beautiful well-appointed sun-drenched dining room with stunning views of Northeast Mountain. We use only the finest seasonal and locally sourced foods. Our extraordinary breakfasts feature a Viennese & French Roast blend as our signature coffee, fresh orange or grapefruit juice, fresh fruit and berries with hearty entrees.

Afterward head to the slopes or enjoy all the local attractions found in quaint near-by towns. Return to the property much later and enjoy some delightful appetizers in front of a roaring fire in the Main House. We can prepare you an extraordinary four-course dinner, or enjoy the many great restaurants in the area. Take a look at our dining recommendations. We hope to see you on Valentine’s day!


2 Comments

A Somewhat Typical Day at Pond Mountain Inn

Pig Sign

Kay and I picked up Karen on the way to her friend’s house where we gathered our dinner vegetables – beautiful green beans, a few varieties squash and some unbelievable kale. Shortly afterwards, we stopped by Brown Boar Farm and grabbed five pounds of pork – bacon, tenderloin and ham steak. Their pigs run around the 106 acre farm dating back to the 1770s; then to a very small farm where we buy our eggs (see my last blog from a few days ago). We completed our outing with a moderate purchase of fruits and vegetables from the local farm stand just over the border in New York. In the midst of all this we made another stop that I cannot discuss, but what I can say is that any business person would be quite impressed (details may follow).

We’re back at Pond Mountain Inn now – Kay is using the kale to make soup for the week, an early start to the fall and winter seasons. Dinner preparations are not terribly far behind – pork tenderloin on the grill, morning harvested vegetables, generously buttered mashed sweet potatoes with a hint of salt and pepper… and for an appetizer, fresh mahogany clams from the north shore with two very proper Hendrick’s gin and tonics in-hand as we sit comfortably in Missy’s Adirondack chairs over-looking Northeast Mountain – I hope there’s a slight chill in the air tonight.

 


2 Comments

Pond Mountain Inn’s Most Favorite Guest

Vermont Pictures_Fall 2014 166

This is our second year in business and we’re off to a great start – we had a remarkable first year with bookings of 158 nights and we were further blessed with an incredible diversity of guests from as far away as Argentina, California, Texas and Mississippi. Our most favorite guest was a little chipmunk that lived in the large stone wall just behind the main house. Lori, the previous owner, mentioned that she fed him and got his attention by banging two nuts together and leaving the nuts behind for him to eat.

One day last summer my wife Kay spotted the chipmunk on the wall – I went running for the bag of nuts Lori left behind. Exactly as she did, I started banging those nuts together and immediately got his attention. I started walking along the wall still knocking the nuts together as our chipmunk watched intently until I reached the wall’s midpoint. When I stopped he began approaching me from about thirty feet away running in and out of each large stone then stopped five feet away and would not come closer. I left the two nuts behind and he quickly collected an easy meal. This daily routine went on for about three weeks until his bravery reached the point where he felt comfortable to collect his breakfast directly from my extended hand – I think we both celebrated that day! This continued for another three weeks, maybe longer, when I had to leave the inn for a few days. When I returned I didn’t see my friend and my calls that week went unanswered. Now that the snow is gone and the spring in Vermont is alive with activity I hope our little friend will find his way back home…

 

Learn more about Pond Mountain Inn


4 Comments

Pond Mountain Inn a Bed and Breakfast Wells Vermont

Pond Mountain Inn is a Bed and Breakfast surrounded with breathtaking Mountain Views and shimmering lakes, located in Wells, Vermont. You will be treated as our personal guests, as you experience the quiet comforts of our quintessential New England property and enjoy the many wonderful attractions this area offers. At Pond Mountain Inn, you’ll discover the true meaning of “Welcome home!”

A series of serendipitous events led us to what is now known as Pond Mountain Inn. We searched for years – maybe as much as eight for the “right property”. We spent a majority of our time searching in Connecticut, much farther north from where I was raised. Our journey still took us farther north following the “Route 7 Corridor” out of Connecticut, bypassing Massachusetts into Vermont. We wanted a New England Antique Reproduction, and finding one in Connecticut that met our criteria was virtually impossible – financially. Undaunted, we began exploring Vermont more enthusiastically, but with one problem, my wife Kay was absolutely never going to live there – never! Kay was a “good sport” and always humored me on each real estate foray into Vermont.

Wells, Vermont is where we found this interesting traditional 1800s antique  reproduction eyebrow cape, and the fact that the current owners were running as a bed and breakfast was a little interesting. Shortening the story, we visited the property twice over a six month period before directly contacting the owners to suggest that the only way we could make a decision about the property and its location was to spend the weekend as their guests – they agreed. The week leading up to our visit was interesting – remember; Kay was never going to live in Vermont. She delivered every excuse from weather conditions that weekend to “what are we going to do in Vermont” to one day should be sufficient to make a decision – a valiant and unrelenting attempt to subvert the weekend, but we still went. The Saturday we arrived was an absolutely magnificent July day – the owners could not have been happier with how the property was being presented – it was perfect! We spent the entire day with them on the property and dined outside that evening. Kay and I didn’t really discuss our thoughts until the next morning when we awakened to a glorious view of the adjacent of the mountain when Kay said, “we have to buy this place!” It was the “wow factor” that did it for us. We closed three months later.

We wanted to return to New England and find a traditional antique reproduction home and property with expansive views. Our inn rises from a country dirt-road nestled against lush Pond Mountain with dramatic neighboring views of Northeast Mountain – beyond the great lawn the property border to the north has visible remnants of a long-standing farmers stonewall that leads to our neighbor’s beautiful pond, expansive meadows and a distant antique farm house.

The Main House is a traditional antique reproduction eyebrow cape that has a magnificent living room with Rumford fireplace, exposed hand-hewn beams and paneled walls with fine antiques and original oil paintings. The dining room is enchanting that accommodates ten, but is better with eight, is lit with a beautiful formal crystal chandelier.

Our neighbors give us their Araucana or Ameraucana fresh bluish green eggs when available or we simply visit the local farm three miles from the property and pickup fresh milk, eggs and grass fed beef – just farther is where we buy our pure Vermont Maple Syrup. Still farther, we have available an abundance of organic meats, organic fruits & vegetables, artisan bread & cheeses. The experience is indescribable with unique offerings from each small town we visit. I half expect to see Norman Rockwell standing next to me with an exquisite basket of produce suitable for his next canvas.