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Somewhere in Vermont or Southwest of Paris...
January 2022
Hello Everyone, Happy New Year and Welcome to Winter!

It's your heart that takes you places... Come and play in our winter wonderland, wander where the WiFi is weak. We provide plenty of incentive to explore...
Enjoy Vermont’s great outdoors. At Pond Mountain Inn, our goal is to get you out to explore the Vermont outdoors. We’ll take you on personalized, guided tours to the least discovered places of Vermont for one-of-a-kind experiences while enjoying nature at its purest. We plan fascinating activities for everyone, but it’s those days when serendipity intervenes that create the most poignant and joyful memories.

All our best – Kay & Glenn

P.S. “Outdoor recreation has added years to my lifespan.” Leon Leonwood Bean (1872–1967), Founder of L.L. Bean          
Vermont Father
Wild Surroundings
Shoreham, Vermont
Lars Jacob founded Wild Surroundings as means to support, encourage, and educate individuals who are interested in an adventurous, wilderness-oriented lifestyle, and, in turn, to transform that interest into a lifelong passion for the great outdoors. It's not just about shooting—this spring, we're becoming "mushroom hunters"! And, the morel is our species of choice. Thanks Lars!
A Neighbor's Warning
Meant more as a humorous warning, but don't ignore the message... Winter dining at the Upper Ciccarellis requires a little logistical planning, unless you prefer to walk, and that’s a bit of a challenge too, as a few of our guests have experienced! Over a half mile up, we call ahead and meet at “the pole barn”, where we’re picked up by a four-wheel drive truck with chains and a plow—Uber Extreme, that's our Vermont.
Vermont Son
Indian River Campaign
West Pawlet, Vermont
William Jacob is already a highly accomplished 18th and 19th century inspired furniture maker with a delicate contemporary influence—Will’s work is nothing short of brilliant. We cannot wait to show you his design studio and workshop. Be sure to click on the photo to view his Instagram page to see the depth and breadth of his creativity.
Perspective Comes from Encountering Something Completely New...
The Clark Art Institute's Current Exhibition
Hue & Cry: French Printmaking and the Debate Over Colors. The Exhibition Ends March 6, 2022.

Brightly colored prints and posters are synonymous with Paris in the 1890s—a period known as the Belle Époque (beautiful age). Yet, at the time, color in print was an outlier phenomenon. We have plans to visit the exhibition three times!
Stratton Resort's 60th Anniversary!
Stratton Ranks #12 in the Top 20 Best East Coast Ski Resorts according to the readers of Ski Magazine—and our guests love it too! It’s the highest peak in southern Vermont, just 38 miles from PMI. The good news, is that all signs point to a more normal ski season this winter. Thanks, Stratton, for the photo!
Homemade Tater Tots—Super Easy
Sometimes we serve tater tots… but, if you’re really looking for a culinary adventure, “Say goodbye to those frozen bags of tater tots. This homemade version is so easy, freezer-friendly and way better than store-bought!”
Connecting Our Guests to New Experiences… 
The Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition • Brattleboro, Vermont
Saturday & Sunday February 19 & 20, 2022

We are very excited about attending The Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition again this year, and it's their 100th Anniversary! The competition offers spectators an opportunity to experience the Olympic sport of ski jumping up close in all its breathtaking, heart-stopping glorycomplete with distant ringing cow bells make it seem like you're in Austria for the day! This long-standing, two-day Brattleboro tradition is held on New England’s only Olympic-size, 90-meter hill. And, Friday night they're having a beautiful fireworks display! Read About Our Day Two Years Ago at the Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition—it’s a fun read!
ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship  Lake Placid Olympic Center
Friday, March 18 & Saturday, March 19, 2022

Just two hours from Pond Mountain Inn... Join us if you like the excitement and fast action of collegiate hockey, there is no place better to see it than Lake Placid, New York—the Winter Sports Capital of the World! Watch the best in the NCAA Division I Ice Hockey Schools from the Eastern College Athletic Conference compete for the ECAC championship title. We’re thinking about going both days, but definitely Saturday!
Ice Castles in Lake George • January 22 - February 27, 2022
Ice Castles is an awe-inspiring, must-see winter phenomenon that brings fairy tales to life. This winter, escape into an icy wonderland in beautiful Lake George—this is one of only five locations across the United States. Each castle is approximately an acre in size and consists of more than 25 million pounds of ice.

The experience is built entirely by hand using hundreds of thousands of icicles, grown, sculpted, and hand-placed by professional ice artists. The castles include breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, caverns, slides, and fountains. The one-of-a-kind, award-winning winter attraction takes a team of 20-40 ice artisans approximately 8-weeks to construct, and is only open as long as Mother Nature permits… Don't worry if you can't make it, we'll take tons of pictures!
LADURÉE MADISON • LADURÉE SOHO • LADURÉE HUDSON YARD
Three Locations for our New York Guests
We had these over the Christmas holiday. Like a stroll down the Champs-Élysées…The Ladurée European Macaron is the best macaron experience on earth. It’s not only delicious, but they’re works-of-art. These alluring, dainty Parisian delicacies are well worth a king’s ransom—the Brocart Gift Box of 24 Macarons will set you back $84. The seasonal Dark Chocolate-Coated Labrador Tea and the Lemon Macaron are among our favorites… Now, the recipe looks intriguing, and a lot of work… I’d opt to simply buy them on-line! However, here’s the recipe for the truly adventurous: The Recipe
Condé Nast Traveler Announces its Readers’ Choice Awards...
…for The Best Ski Resorts in the U.S. and Canada. Mount Snow Resort in Vermont ranked #22 and Whiteface, Lake Placid ranked #21. Deer Valley in Park City, Utah ranked #1, which, coincidentally, is where we spent the Christmas holidays. Although, we did not stay at the St. Regis Deer Valley, we had a wonderful lunch there. We did ride the exclusive funicular that transports skiers to the top of the slopes… the St. Regis is truly a magnificent property! We love our local favorites, and we’re perfectly situated to ski Stratton • Bromley • Killington • Pico • Okemo.  
More Ice Fishing at Pond Mountain Inn This Winter!
Have you ever wanted to go ice fishing but don’t know where to start? Or, you have no interest in ice fishing whatsoever, but love the idea of experiencing something entirely new and exciting outdoors, then let our friends Carrie & Kevin be your guide to successful ice fishing. We went ice fishing twice last year and caught 25 fish—perch, largemouth bass, northern pike, and a big brown trout.

Carrie and Kevin, do it all… They setup and prepare everything; all you have to do is show up, catch big fish and enjoy the incredible Vermont outdoors while eagles soar above waiting to steal an unattended fish laying on the ice! That’s something to see! What’s better than spending a picturesque day on the lake fishing for trophy fish or for dinner that evening back at Pond Mountain Inn. The best tasting fish we’ve ever had! If you want a laugh, go to our Pond Mountain Inn Facebook Page, scroll down a few pictures, and watch Kay reel in a Big Brown Trout, make sure you turn up the volume!
Our Precious Christmas Ornament • Pond Mountain Inn 
Words are inadequate to describe our first impression when we opened multiple boxes to find this special Christmas ornament inside. So precious, that we wanted to share this with everyone so that our friends, family and guests can also create a very special Christmas memory. The artist, Robert Kolcum, is from Geauga County, Ohio and can be reached at bkolcum@icloud.com or 440.286.7682. 
Click on the photo to meet Bob.
“Friends Don’t Let Friends Go Sledding Alone.”  
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Details of the First Photograph
Piette’s House at Montfoucault • Camille Pissarro • 1874 • The Clark Art Institute
During the winter of 1874, Pissarro visited his friend and fellow artist, Ludovic Piette, at his farmhouse in the village of Montfoucault, southwest of Paris. 

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