Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Neighboring Mountain Views


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Step Back in Time with Vermont’s Enchanted Covered Bridges

Sunday drives are magical especially in Vermont whether you’re destination-oriented or just like to tour the rolling hills alongside a meandering river. Sunday was magnificent, the only thing missing was a wicker picnic basket filled with essential luxuries and a crisp-cold bottle of Sancerre. Kay and I along with our “adopted parents, Hoa & Orland, of Manchester” were determined to see a few of the southern Vermont Covered Bridges we had yet to visit. Following the Battenkill for about ten minutes a distant view of the day’s first covered bridge became clearer! No matter how many times you’ve seen a covered bridge each is met with a new sense of exhilaration. The feeling is indescribable – set back in time one can almost feel the presence of those that traveled before us likely by horse across this timbered structured.

West Arlington Bridge, Built in 1852 is arguably the most beloved and most photographed in the state.

This is the quintessential Vermont photograph that everyone should personally experience… What makes this photograph even more treasured is that it was taken in front of Norman Rockwell’s home!

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) lived in this house in Arlington, Vermont from 1943-1953.

Sunderland is where we found the Chiselville Covered Bridge, named for the fine quality chisels and edge tools manufactured nearby. The bridge spans the Roaring Branch Brook and was built in 1870.

Orland and I traversed the steep riverside bank to gain a unique perspective from below.

A brief history… Vermont is rightfully famous for its covered bridges – more than one hundred span the state (Pond Mountain Inn has a complete listing). A covered bridge was built for necessity to protect their wooden structures, extend their lifespan, and protect Vermonters and perhaps their animals from the elements. Vermont Covered Bridges are architecturally very pleasing, fun to experience and remain an important part of Vermont’s legacy.

We will soon publish the first of our Self-Guided Tours, which will include more covered bridges.


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Soups On… Try Kay’s Spinach and Chorizo Soup

The final vestiges of snow left last week with the warm onset of spring, but the unrelenting cold, dreary rainy days are back this week letting us know winter is not quite giving way – it’s now Mud Season in Vermont! Many of the dirt roads are largely impassable with mogul-like frost heaves and deep muddy ruts. A delightful time of year with many of the restaurants closed until early May. That said, Kay is undaunted, we have a fire in the fireplace, soup on the stove and a wool blanket nearby. Kay’s Spinach & Chorizo Soup is a hearty winter soup packed with nutrition, but with enough chorizo to bring out the robust flavor. It’s easy to make and incredibly delicious – try it for yourself!

 

Kay’s Spinach & Chorizo Soup Recipe

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
  • Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • chorizo sausages
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • ½ cup lentils
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • 4 cups chicken / vegetable stock
  • 1 pinch turmeric
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper

Directions

  1. Dice the onion, carrot, celery and finely chop the garlic.
  2. Wash the spinach.
  3. Peel and dice the potatoes.
  4. Thickly slice the sausage.
  5. Heat the oil and cook the onion, carrot, celery and sausage over a low heat for about 20 minutes until soft.
  6. Stir in the garlic, potatoes and lentils cook for a further 10 minutes.
  7. Add chicken / vegetable stock and let simmer for 30 minutes.
  8. Add the spinach leaves, turn off heat, cover with lid and let sit for 2-3 minutes to wilt spinach leaves. (All vegetables should be soft before adding spinach.)
  9. Season to taste

Another Delicious Pond Mountain Inn Soup Recipe.  


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Why does this Hummingbird Stand on John’s Hand – for 15 Minutes!

Sitting comfortably in our Adirondack chairs John and I were enjoying another great Vermont summer evening overlooking Northeast Mountain as the Hummingbirds continued to feed. As one whizzed by our heads it slammed directly into the picture window behind us! We instinctively leapt from our chairs only to find this poor bird on the ground with no visible signs of life. John, one of our frequent guests and a wonderful photographer picked up our tiny new friend and held it in his hand. John was eager to get his camera, but he had the bird, so I grabbed my phone and began taking pictures. As I continued photographing, our friend gradually regained his composure, righted himself and kept us company for fifteen minutes. He was clearly enjoying himself and was in no hurry to leave us, but it was time to delicately return him to the feeder. He stepped from John’s hand and perched himself comfortably and within a few moments he was quickly tormented by his buddies – they are very territorial and seek control of the feeder. He grabbed a quick drink and returned home…. This goes on from dawn to dusk and is always fascinating to watch. We look forward to their return to Pond Mountain Inn early next month!


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Incredible Mountain Views While Snowshoeing in Vermont

The serenity and peacefulness of snowshoeing is second to the natural beauty always on display in every small town in Vermont. As we walked through the woods we occasionally stopped to examine each animal footprint – we saw deer tracks, fox and where a bird of prey may have found a late afternoon snack. As we approached the top of the ridge a large open field came into view with a distant tree line and the magnificent Taconic Mountain Range further off in the distance. A spectacular day spent with nature only thirty minutes from Pond Mountain Inn.

 

 


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Why Have Disgusting Feet When You Can Have “Vermont Feet”

leg-1505033_640Feet are arguably the most revolting aspect of the human body – however, I’m specifically talking about Dry Feet. Sure, they propel us here and there and provide enormous and wide-ranging benefits, in fact, at the end the day I just like to put my feet up – but always accompanied with socks, slippers or shoes, never unadorned, and certainly with a glass of wine!

Everyone knows the skin on our feet is naturally dry – there are no oil glands, so all those tiny sweat glands try and keep our feet moisturized, but to no avail for most of us and a lot more of us in the winter months. There is nothing worse than discovering that you have itchy dry feet as you’re trying to fall asleep. The only solution is to leap from bed, highly annoyed and head for the bathroom for a foot consultation with any brand of your wife’s moisturize that can be quickly located in the dark. Inevitably, you have a 50/50 chance of returning to bed in a mental state suitable for sleep.

The foot’s visual repugnance is underscored by the pain and discomfort that dry feet bring. There is nothing more excruciating than the deep crack in the heel – however, the heel fissure is not the denouement in this story – relief is the final act! Combating itchiness, redness, cracks, rough, flaky peeling skin is easily addressed! There are no oils or magic potions, just a good common-sense approach that proves quite effective. Just follow these four simple steps, and the next steps you’ll take will be with your very own “Vermont Feet”!

Vermont Feet Product List

(1) Sanding Sponge, (2) Lemongrass Soap, (3) Bag Balm and, (4) Darn Tough Wool Socks.  All products listed  are made in Vermont with the exception of the sanding sponge.

Product Descriptions and Advice   

  1. Sanding Sponge: Visit your local hardware store and pick up a small fine grade sanding sponge. You’ll need this to remove all the unpleasantness on your feet. Pay special attention you your heels!
  2. Dorset Daughters Lemongrass Bar Soap with ground apricot seeds for supplemental exfoliation is a must. You will enjoy the delicate aroma, all the delightful ingredients and essential oils this product offers!
  3. Bag Balm is a “miraculous potion” originally developed by a Wells River, Vermont pharmacist for chafed and cracked cow udders. This excellent for chapped lips too! See their website for the legend.
  4. Darn Tough Vermont Wool Socks are guaranteed for life and are the most incredibly comfortable durable socks imaginable. The merino wool make the socks feel enchantingly inviting, but just wait until you spend the entire day with your new friend – the comfort is truly remarkable, cool in the summer and warm in the winter! And, merino wool is naturally antimicrobial.

Vermont Feet – The Process

Step One: Using your new sanding sponge, robustly buff the entire foot until you begin to see a dry-skin dust cloud forming just above the foot line. Do not buff aggressively, but do buff vigorously until the heel-skin is smooth to the touch. If you have deep heel fissures, adjust your buffing demeanor so that you’re not causing more pain than you’re trying to prevent. Frequency, once every 10-14 days.

Step Two: Now, soap up by bringing each foot to a full lather then thoroughly rinse. Please spend the requisite time thoroughly washing your feet by spending sufficient time between each toe. Should you discover something unusual in webs of your toes or on the soles of your feet it’s likely athlete’s foot – this is a contagious fungal infection that should be addressed at this time! Make sure to dry your feet completely before moving to the next step – make sure to dry between each toe. Frequency, twice daily, morning and night.

Step Three: Take each foot and apply Bag Balm to the more stubborn areas by firmly massaging each problem area with the dexterity of a career masseur or massage therapist. Your spouse can be particularly helpful here. However, it is quite practical to keep an air-sickness bag within reach. Frequency, twice daily, morning and night.

Step Four: Put on your new Darn Tough wool socks and take your new Vermont Feet out for a spin! Your feet will never have felt better!!

After 10-14 days or once your feet have reached the desired comfort level you can reduce treatment and still maintain the desired balance of moisture content by adjusting frequency and product usage. Good Luck!

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Photo Courtesy of mohammadaasim Pixabay.com

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Great Cross Country Skiing in Peru, Vermont!

dan-x-country-skiingWe asked a native Vermonter where’s the best place to cross country ski in the greater Manchester, Vermont area? Without hesitation he said, “Wild Wings.” Wild Wings Ski Touring Center is located in Peru, Vermont situated on 50 acres, but with access to over 1000 acres – 9 trails totaling over 25 kilometers is where we sent our weekend guests yesterday.

Patty and Dan had the perfect day – spectacular blues skies, not too cold and magnificently groomed trails made for an impeccable cross country ski day! They rented everything and the staff there couldn’t have been more helpful and hospitable. This was Dan’s maiden voyage on cross country skis – and at 67, he performed marvelously. That’s Dan in the photograph – beautiful technique!

After hearing about this perfect day at breakfast this morning; Kay and I will visit Wild Wings in the coming weeks and give cross country skiing at try! We’ll let you know… stay tuned! Pond Mountain Inn is only 45 minutes away from the Wild Wings Ski Touring Center.


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How Far Would You Travel For a Great Cheeseburger?

honey-pie-lunchAnswer…. 43 miles! I’m always up for a ride to Honeypie – a wonderful “classic hamburger joint” in Jamaica, Vermont just past the entrance to Stratton Mountain. The ride is half the fun, whether it’s winter, spring, summer or fall, a ride through the Mettowee Valley then up through the Green Mountains is a ride than never disappoints!

Inside this nostalgic nicely renovated 1960s era gas station we are greeted by incredibly polite, hip, young people eager to get us started…. This is great fast food; quality ingredients, locally sourced, sustainable and they grind their own burger meat daily – you can actually taste the difference! The French fries are hand-cut, fresh with a clean delicate taste. The chocolate milkshake I had was like no other; incredibly flavorful, thick and delicious – the next time we visit I will ask what makes their milkshakes so outstanding.

We have taken friends and guests to this wonderful dining experience – always order the double-cheese burger and shake! It’s the best cheeseburger and milkshake I’ve ever had, but next time we’ll order their homemade sausages and lobster roll! http://www.eatathoneypie.com