Vermont continues to be one of the safest places in the country. If you're still working from home, experience working from home at Pond Mountain Inn. Working al fresco in Vermont is one of our greatest pleasures... we've been doing this for a few years!
Summer continues for another three or more weeks, and it's been wonderful for our guests. They have been able to experience so much, still feel safe and properly distanced. We thank all our guests for having the confidence in us to deliver great summer vacations!
Autumn may be the best time of the year at Pond Mountain Inn. Warm days, crisp nights, colorful foliage and harvest 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.
And, for guests staying with us this weekend, you may consider attending the 100th Anniversary of the Garden Club of Manchester, and their Garden Tour of 10 glorious gardens in Dorset and Manchester.
All our very best,
Kay & Glenn
Lake St. Catherine, Vermont
All of our guests this summer have swam, fished, hiked, paddleboarded or just enjoyed Lake St. Catherine. Lucky visitors may catch a glimpse of a white-tailed deer or even an occasional moose. In fact, today we're headed to the lake to catch up on our summer reading.
Freedley Tunnel Quarry
East Dorset, Vermont
After more than two hours on different mountain trails we knew we were close to the cave entrance when we were greeted with a blast of cold air more than 100 yards away. The scale of this cavernous abandoned marble mine is impressive, but wait until you go inside... below.
Mountain Adventure Park
Our guests loved The Alpine Slide and the 24' Climbing Wall. Other guests cooled down in the 456' long Big Splash Water slide. And, there's more than ten other great activities for all age groups. This was the first time any of our guests visited Bromley—and they’ll be back!
Perspective Comes from Encountering Something Completely New...
The Poland Covered Bridge • Cambridge, Vermont
The covered bridges of Vermont are not only ubiquitous, but are emblematic of the Green Mountain State. We have more than 100 covered bridges—each unique in their beauty, historic utility and architecture. Enjoy Caleb's beautiful covered bridge photo or take your own pictures and create memories that will last a lifetime. This photo vignette of three and the featured photo at the top are courtesy of Middlebury's Caleb Kenna. Thank you so very much for sharing your photos with us!
At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, The New York Times launched a new series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Caleb Kennashares a collection of drone photographs from Vermont.
Everyone that visits Middlebury loves Middlebury! This is arguably one of the best urban waterfalls in the country, it’s in the heart of the town, and my favorite photo of the falls. Middlebury is complete with one of New England’s most beautiful colleges, great restaurants, art galleries and all-around cool stuff. Take the daring pedestrian-bridge over Otter Creek to gain a better view of the falls!
Jim Westphalen, Charlotte Barn 2 - 24" x 44" - Archival Pigment Print
There are a number of reasons that we always visit the Edgewater Galleries—they're just great galleries! This archival pigment print was particularly striking in its depiction of classic rural Vermont. We loved it and thought it deserved a spot in our newsletter... Hope you enjoy it as much! See Jim's Website
Lake George Steamboat Cruises • Lake George, New York
Three of our recent guests last month enjoyed Lake George and the one-hour Minne Ha Ha steamboat cruise so much that we decided to see what all the fuss was all about—of course, it was great! So much that we cannot wait to take one of the longer cruises in late September, early October. Magnificent views of the Adirondack Mountains and stately homes on the water makes for an unforgettable experience.
Our Guests Spending Time at Our Neighbor's Property...
The kids spent an hour learning and interacting with our neighbor’s chickens, pigs and Black Angus. Dr. and Mrs. Ciccarelli love spending time sharing their love of farming and raising animals. Thanks, Cicc for taking the time with our guests!
President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site • Plymouth, Vermont
President Coolidge • Henry Ford • Russell Firestone • Thomas Edison
President Coolidge signing a Coolidge sap bucket that was presented to Henry Ford at the Summer White House in Plymouth Notch, Vermont (1924).
Today, the village and Calvin's home appears almost exactly as it did on the night of the inauguration. The historic district, which is at the center of the village of Plymouth Notch, contains a number of buildings associated with Coolidge and the 19th-century rural Vermont setting that he knew and loved. We visit at least once each year...
Jim Hurlbert, the owner, not only creates custom knives, but he built this 1930s era 30’ Chris-Craft Mahogany Runabout—I hope we can join Jim before end of summer! Last year, Jim made us an 8" oyster shucking knife with a five-inch black walnut handle and matching black walnut handle bread knife that we also couldn’t live without! We get utility from both, but both are works of art. Join us on your next visit...
You can’t miss Jim’s shop—it’s south on Route 30 in Pawlet just before Dorset.
Now, inside the abandoned mine, the Freedley Quarry geology and vertical mine shaft is unforgettable! Marble operations began in 1808 and quickly became the largest quarrying operation in Dorset. Today, the tunnel opening creates a cavern about 170 by 450 feet in area, with a height of 30 feet. The quarry terminated operations in 1909. The easier hiking trail to the quarry is an only one mile… from the other side. We came back with a small bright-white marble souvenir that now resides on my desk.
Vermont Country Stores, Covered Bridges and the Autumn Foliage are a few of the many things that makes Vermont mythical… click on the photo above to learn more about what makes this country store so special. You'll also enjoy reading our blog below. Photo Courtesy of Middlebury Magazine.
We’ll Show You Vermont’s Spectacular Autumn Foliage & Scenic Byways
Recognized as the "Third Best New England Lake", Lake Willoughby is a glacier lake resembling a Norwegian fjord that measures five miles long with a maximum depth of 328 ft.
In 1915, Robert Frost mentioned the lake in a poem, "A Servant to Servants”, and on July 22, 1961, Frost was named poet laureate of Vermont.
With Vermont forests covering three-quarters of our state, and the highest percentage of vibrant maple trees in the country, Vermont explodes with colors once the leaves start to turn.
Fascinated with Abhijit Patil’s work above, Abhijit has generously let us show his work in our newsletter and on our website. Wait until you see Abhijit’s Vermont autumn photographs in our September newsletter!