Pond Mountain Inn

A Vermont Bed and Breakfast Complete with Neighboring Mountain Views


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Hiking Haystack Mountain Near Wells, Vermont

A wonderful two hour hike that was rewarded by incredibly majestic
views of the Mettowee Valley and RT 30 south just minutes from Pond
Mountain Inn. Sometimes referred to as the Gibraltar of America with
some of the best panoramic views in Southern Vermont.

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This is how we do Spring Break in Vermont at Pond Mountain Inn


Winter hadn’t quite given up… two days after the vernal equinox we received a traditional spring snow – dumping over fourteen inches at Pond Mountain Inn.  While looking forward to warmer weather and removing the last vestiges of winter – this is how we do things in Vermont!


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Our Day at Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition in Brattleboro, Vermont

 

The much anticipated day arrived. Nine of us traveled from Pond Mountain Inn just over an hour though picturesque historic Vermont towns to witness competitors as young as twelve years old launching themselves more than 300 feet at speeds up to 60 mph! Top jumpers from around the world competed on New England’s only Olympic-size 90-meter hill.

The crowds, just large enough to still be intimate, the parking, just far enough to be invigorating, the day, sunny blue skies and cold, but not too cold made the day perfect for both competitors and spectators alike. Warmly dressed and well-prepared for anything a Vermont winter could throw at us, we cheered on each competitor with as much enthusiasm as any Olympic Winter Game audience – the distant ringing cow bells made it seem like we were in Austria for the day! The tournament was exciting and well organized with the only disappointment coming when the competition ended. But there was still more – before our journey home we stopped at Grafton Cheese, at the bottom of the hill, to further enrich ourselves by sampling award-winning artisanal cheeses that we all indulged in over the next several days!

Our expedition home took us back through Manchester Village where we stopped for 4:00PM cocktails only waiting an hour before dining early at Mystic Café. There’s nothing like celebrating such a wonderful day with great friends talking about how fortunate we are having this hometown Olympic experience here in Vermont. The conversation quickly turned to where our next Vermont excursion will take us. And, with all that we experienced we still returned home before 8:00PM, which, for me, made for the perfect day!

 

 

 


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Pursuing Vermont’s Historic General Stores

Heading south on Vermont Route 30 from Wells to Manchester you’ll discover five general stores – four of which are still operating! What makes them so interesting? First, it’s the simplicity and thoughtfulness of early New England architecture. Then, it’s the incredible variety of goods and services from one general store to the next that make each so fascinating – mostly locally-sourced products you’d never find anywhere else and the ice cream is simply local. But, writing a treatise about their varied product and service offerings is no substitute for discovering them yourself. I always like seeing the hoof cream not far from the deli counter… makes me curious about the extent of vertical integration here in Vermont. Below are two farther afield general store standouts and the five you’ll discover leaving Pond Mountain Inn on your way to Manchester. Pursuing Vermont’s Historic General Stores is a great way to spend a day or an afternoon!

F.H. Gillingham General Store, Woodstock; since 1886 this store is renowned throughout New England. A quintessential Vermont General Store! Step back in time when you visit this 131 year old store and find both traditional and latest products all in one place. See why they have always been the “source” for gift boxes of all shapes and sizes for any occasion throughout Woodstock and New England and don’t miss a visit to the archives of the building that has a vast collection of artifacts and documents about the Gillingham family and Woodstock’s social history. https://www.gillinghams.com/

J.J. Hapgood & Eatery, Peru; is the longest continuously running general store in the state. Over the past 150 years it has been a post office, market, hardware store and a meeting place for friends and neighbors. Well known for their creative lunches (a must have is the authentic wood-fired pizzas) and dinner is enjoyed with their fine wines or beer.  They also have exceptional dry goods and is far more polished than its general store counterparts. The interior is wonderfully decorated with exceptional local artifacts since its renovation in 2013.  A fun fact from their website: “The store—and a local cow—was famously featured in the 1987 film Baby Boom, staring Diane Keaton and Sam Shepard.” http://jjhapgood.com/

From Pond Mountain Inn Heading South on Route 30… 

The Wells Country Store, Wells; people from all over including our guests come for the baked goods! The sandwiches, homemade pizza, soup and ice cream is incredible! But what makes this place so special is Juli & Tim’s love of community. Funny story… Juli & Tim once drove to our inn to return one of our guest’s packages that had been left behind – they met our guests, joined the party and stayed for a glass of wine! https://www.facebook.com/TheWellsCountryStore/

Mach’s General Store, Pawlet; closed last year is said to become a microbrewery and eatery was originally the Franklin Hotel, built in 1808 that gave way to Mach’s Store in 1945 has a brook and waterfall running through its center, which is visible from inside. We look forward to its opening.

Sheldon Market, Pawlet; the only gas station on Route 30 between Wells and Manchester. The store is small, but don’t underestimate its contribution – the parking lot is always full for a reason.

The Dorset Union Store, Dorset; celebrated its 200th anniversary last year, the owners succeed with staying true to its authentic character and is exceptional in every way! Purveyors of Necessities and Frivolities since 1816 they offer a Deli with made-to-order sandwiches, soups and more. A Bakery with breakfast treats such as freshly baked muffins, scones, croissants, and donuts. Their wine room offers a wide selection of wine, champagne, a selection of local, domestic and imported beer. Their Dinner to Go menu offers entrees such as grilled chicken, fresh salmon or veggie lasagna, with sides and salads. If your looking to take home some Vermont treasures then you must visit their grocery store and don’t leave without picking up what Vermont is known for, Vermont maple syrup and maple candies. https://www.dorsetunionstore.com/

H.N. Williams General Store, Dorset; is the quintessential Vermont country store dating back to 1840 is where we always buy our Vermont Darn Tough socks! A simple and unassuming appearance gives way to a rich product offering from animal feed to hunting and fishing supplies! They have it all including a great deli! https://www.hnwilliams.com/

A cursory glimpse at our local Vermont’s general stores is more about harkening back to a time when life was far simpler. Join us in Vermont for one of the many things that make this place so special. We have a complete listing of all Vermont Country and General Stores.

 

 

 

 


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What’s the Real Difference Between Duck and Chicken Eggs?

When was the last time you had a fresh duck egg omelette? Pond Mountain Inn now offers duck eggs for breakfast, which are now available locally as a delightful alternative. Over the last few weeks many of our guests have enjoyed our new offering!

Some of us are fortunate to have experienced the rich, clean flavor of farm-fresh chicken eggs a few days after appearing in the nest and duck eggs are no different. The flavor and nutritional value of a fresh egg is far superior to that of a supermarket egg, which may be over a month old by the time it reaches your kitchen.

What’s the real difference between duck and chicken eggs?

Let’s begin with taste – the flavor is tastier and a bit different, but only slightly – fresh eggs are fresh eggs with the majority of the flavor coming from its freshness. I find the duck egg yolk creamer when having a hard-boiled egg.

Size… duck eggs are considerably larger and the shell is far tougher than a chicken shell, which may allow for a longer shelf-life. Eggs can be stored on the countertop for a month and another month in the fridge – still, fresh is best!

Nutrition… a duck egg will provide about 20% more Kcal of energy than an equal size chicken egg. Carbohydrate content is about identical and the mineral content is also similar with duck eggs containing slightly higher amounts of potassium, copper, phosphorus, manganese, selenium, zinc,  calcium, iron, and sodium.

Vitamin content is quite similar too… Vitamins A, B6, B12, D, E, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folate, and retinol are present in both.

The biggest differences are the monounsaturated fat is about 50% more in duck eggs and the cholesterol content is more than twice than its chicken counterpart.

We dry and feed the egg shells for our neighbor’s chickens to help naturally supplement their calcium requirements. Our duck eggs are from Mountain Ledge Farm, Wells, Vermont.

We love duck eggs when we can get them… from omelettes, to fried or scrambled; they’re all great. Our recommendation is come visit us – have us prepare your our duck eggs just the way you like them!

 

 

 

 


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Pond Mountain Inn Bed and Breakfast Now Offers “Date Night” – A Truly Unique Dining Experience

Date Night BlogPond Mountain Inn Bed and Breakfast is rapidly becoming a highly acclaimed boutique country inn and is the preferred choice in Vermont lodging for weekend retreats – year-round destination focusing on holidays, hosting elegant dinner parties and seasonal attractions. This year, we’re offering Date Night; a four-course farm-to-table candlelit dinner prepared with fresh organic seasonal fruits, vegetables, seafood, meats and poultry served al fresco. Pair these exquisite ingredients with incredible mountain views for a truly unique dining experience.

Your evening begins on the great lawn in comfortable traditional Adirondack chairs while you enjoy delicious summer hors d’oeuvres, smoked salmon and local hand-crafted cheeses. The conversation grows as the daylight wanes, and around 7:30 p.m. dinner is served. One of the specialty meals you can find on the menu is an organic red leaf lettuce salad with homemade sherry vinaigrette followed by large pan-seared sea scallops Provencal, Milanese risotto, sautéed broccoli florets with garlic, fresh summer corn with cream and chive butter. Dish following mouth-watering dish is complete with a decadent chocolate molten cake dessert with freshly whipped cream and garden raspberries.

*Pond Mountain Inn is a “BYOB” – we do not have a liquor license. In addition to your appetite please bring your own wine, beer and spirits – we’ll supply the rest; proper wine glasses, chilled beer glasses, ice, mixers and garnishes! There is no corkage fee or other fees associated with providing you with your favorite fine wine, beer, or small batch spirit. If you wish, please drop off your red or white wine a day earlier so that we can chill the red at 56° and white at 42°. The correct temperature can still be achieved between the hors d’oeuvres course and the main course if distance or convenience is an issue.

Date Night is available between July 30 through October 15, 2015.

Make your reservation at least five days in advance so that we can personalize your menu.

Dinner options range in price from: $75.00 – $150.00 per person.

1955 Sawmill Hill Road, Wells, Vermont 05775

Telephone: 802.325.2829


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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.