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Last Week's Snowfall...
March 2022
Hello Everyone!

Seize The Iconic Day and Explore Our World… In New England’s Vermont of big open skies and breathtaking natural beauty, where do you start? First, slow down, clear your mind and marvel at the beautiful views. Our Snow-capped mountains will soon give way to rolling green hills and sparkling rivers. Enjoy the pleasantly languid start to each day, then let adventures still unwritten take you further…      

All our best – Kay & Glenn
How you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day—and, it’s no different for this superhero. Before saving the city from criminal clowns and ruthless gangs of outlaws, Batman always begins his day reading the morning headlines with a cup of Pond Mountain Inn Coffee
Stone Obelisk 
This stone obelisk, found by our guest near one of the forty chambers scattered around the state. There is evidence of archeao-astronomical alignment of the chambers, and perhaps this obelisk to the Sun or Moon on significant days of the year? Have a look at the chambers
George Washington
This issue includes articles about the Loyalist troops serving in New Jersey during the American Revolution, the archaeological explorations of a French & Indian War fort on the Virginia frontier, and George Washington's 1783 visit to Fort Ticonderoga, and more!
Perspective Comes from Encountering Something Completely New...
Celebrate The Cheesy Holidays!
We always visit Grafon Village Cheese Company after watching the Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition, and before heading to dinner in Manchester. Everyone bought cheese, but what I really enjoyed seeing was this blackboard! And there are three more cheesy holidays… July 30 / National Cheesecake Day • Sept. 18 / National Cheeseburger Day • Oct. 9 / Moldy Cheese Day…
Saratoga Chowder Fest ‘N Tour
Kay makes the best chowder, but we're still going to the Saratoga Chowderfest, one of Saratoga Springs' most popular and highly anticipated events returns on Saturday, March 26, 2022. The week-long "Chowder Tour" begins on Saturday, March 19 and lasts until Chowderfest the following Saturday. 
Ploughgate Butter • Bragg Farm
That’s Marisa—her dad lives here on the lake, which makes it a little easier to get her incredibly delicious cultured butter, made in the old European tradition. The flavor is sweet, slightly tangy, and unbelievably creamy—we love this one with infused coarse sea salt! It's not easy to get, and well worth the wait...
Connecting Our Guests to New Experiences… 
Middle Bridge • Woodstock, Vermont... With a Surprise!
Of the more than 125 covered bridges in Vermont; Woodstock’s Middle Bridge may be the most photographed—all our bridges are breathtaking no matter what time of the year. Only built in 1969 to replace an 1877 iron bridge, Middle Bridge still has all the charm of those built a century earlier using traditional methods right down to the use of wooden pegs. This however, is just the substory… we just completed the video below, The Perfect Vermont Fall Getaway, an exquisite 80 second photo-compilation of a three-day getaway at Pond Mountain Inn.
Quiche Lorraine and Beyond • Our Menu is Becoming More Interesting!
The question we’ve been struggling with is how do we take our menu and include beautiful breakfast photographs without it being overwhelming. If you feel like taking a brief field trip, click on our breakfast menu link below, then once you get there, click again on Quiche Lorraine and Beyond … our plan is to do the same for each menu item. Let us know if you like what we’ve done. Thanks so much!
Beaver... A Closer Look
We all know that beavers are found in Vermont along wooded streams, marshes, small lakes, and ponds. The fact that we’ve never seen one in the wild, other than their prolific engineering handiwork, is very tormenting. We hope to change that this year! Clicking on the photo will take you to an interesting five-minute beaver habitat video.

A beaver colony is usually comprised of three generations: the adult male and female, their yearlings, and the kits of the year. These colonies average a half dozen or so individuals, although as many as twelve have been recorded. Beavers are herbivores and consume bark, leaves, twigs, and roots growing near water. The most preferred food is the inner bark of deciduous trees, called the cambium layer.

Vermont's beaver population is healthy, prospering, and growing. In 1910, beaver was protected by state law and began to make a slow comeback, and were reintroduced into Vermont from New York and Maine in the 1920s and 1930s. By the 1940s and 1950s, beaver had again become well established in the state.
 97% of the content, except the photo, came from The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department website. 
2022 Maple Open House Weekends • March 19 & 20 / March 26 & 27 
Nebraska Knoll Sugar Farm • Stowe, Vermont
 The maple syrup process is absolutely spellbinding—and, if you’ve never seen “the syrup” being made, now’s your chance! 

Join us for Maple Open House Weekend—Vermont goes all out to celebrate the first crop of the season when Vermont Maple sugar makers open their doors to their sugarhouses. The entire state comes alive – our neighbor makes syrup, another friend taps 10-15 trees and boils his sap on his driveway, and still another has 15,000 trees tapped on 200 acres! In just a few weeks the sap will begin flowing by gravity, aided by vacuum through a network tubing which carries the sap downhill to the sugarhouses. The volume of sap flowing into the sugarhouses can only be compared to a raging torrent of water – the entire process is incredible to witness! It takes 40-50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup!
The Old Round Church • Richmond, Vermont
The Old Round Church was built in 1812-13 to be the town meeting hall and a place Protestant worship. This rare and well-preserved example of a sixteen-sided meeting house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1996. It is open to the public in the summer and fall seasons, but its winter beauty, captured by a local photographer, is truly spectacular! It’s definitely worth a few hours in the car while combining it with one of our Day Trips & Unique Itineraries.
Inside The Shelburne Museum's Circus Building 
The Arnold Circus Parade has nearly 4,000 figures. It was made between 1925-55 by Roy Arnold (1892-1976) who grew up in Vermont. The parade is carved on a 1-inch to 1-foot scale and forms a parade 525 feet long... on the other side of the parade hall is one of the finest collections of more than 500 circus posters dating from the 1830s to the 1960s... And, it's magnificent!

Given the unparalleled and unique experience of The Shelburne Museum—American history, art and design, we will continue highlighting something new about the museum every month until the end of the season.
Abbreviated content and photograph are courtesy of The Shelburne Museum.
Another Vermont Weekend Activity...
That's Donald & Cicc Making Homemade Sausage... and, that’s forty pounds of seasoned ground pork in the red box—the pork shoulder came from pigs our neighbor raised last season. The half-filled wine bottle on the table certainly suggests the other half is in the sausage—Don said, “We should have used the entire bottle.” Making homemade sausage is easy, delicious and the possibilities of seasonings and varieties are limitless. The short story here is this was the best Italian sausage we’ve ever had, and the sausage had very little fat! Don will be back in a few weeks, and maybe we’ll make more sausage; this time at Pond Mountain Inn. I can still hear the satisfying snap and taste the flavor of the nature casing…
The Lone Fishing Shanty • Lake St. Catherine, Vermont 

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