Experiences & Discoveries – Don't Just Read the Story Become the Story!
Travel is the most valuable education and we do travel differently. We offer a curated collection of day-trips and itineraries that Vermont visitors may never experience. Authentic experiences evoking lasting memories; from cultural & historical enrichment to life-changing experience even for the most adventurous globe-trotting traveler!
New York • Boston • Montreal • Less Than Four Hours Away!
Wells, Vermont & Places Nearby
Wells Country Store: 802.645.0332. Established in 1832 this country store offers some of the area’s finest baked goods. Julie’s muffins, doughnuts and pound cake are legendary – great pizza and sandwiches too! The ice cream parlor is a must visit!
Larson Farm: 802.645.1957. Fresh Raw Jersey Milk, 100% Grass-fed Beef and Eggs. (Turn left at the Wells Country Store, also a Route 30 south shortcut)
Second Nature Herb Farm & Horticultural Services: 802.645.9346. Certified horticulturist, specializing in medicinal and culinary herbs, they grow hundreds of common and hard to find herbs and much more.
Brown Boar Farm: 802.645.2461. Family owned and operated offers pasture and forest raised, organically fed Heritage breed pork.
Laughing Child Farm: 802.325.2054. Specializes in growing organic sweet potatoes Owned and operated by Brooke and Tim Hughes-Muse and their four giggling girls.
Slate Valley Museum: Granville, NY. 518.642.1417. Celebrates the history and culture of the quarrying community that was established along the New York/Vermont border in the 1800s. Surprisingly, this is quite interesting and a guest favorite, really!
Hicks Orchard: Middle Granville, NY. 518.642.1788. New York’s oldest U-Pick Orchard – pick cherries and blueberries in the summer and harvest apples in the fall! Watch them make delicious hot cider donuts and apple cider and definitely try their award-winning hard ciders!
Heading north from the village of Wells…
Wellsmere Farm: 802.325.0934. All the produce is grown on farm and sold fresh at the farm stand including homemade breads, pies, and other baked goods.
Otto's Cones Point General Store: 802.287.9925. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Ice Cream | Mini Golf | Live Music | Catering. A great family experience!
Lake St. Catherine State Park: 802.287.9158. This five mile long 852 acre lake has all the charm of a private lake with crisp clean water is a great family day-retreat.
Lake St. Catherine Country Club: 802.287.9341. Open to the public, this 18 hole golf course has a nice restaurant & tavern or dine outside on the deck overlooking the fairways.
Lewis Deane Nature Preserve: Wells / Poultney, VT.
An 85-acre forest located on St. Catherine Mountain offers two moderate hiking trails with breath-taking views on Lake St. Catherine just minutes north of the inn.
Farmers’ Markets (Summer/Fall Schedule)
Our farmers have incredible local fruits and vegetables… Here's some great places to start if you plan to cook during your visit.
Sunday: Dorset Farmers' Market: Dorset, VT. 10-2:00 PM on the green at H.N. Williams General Store, Route 30. (20 minutes from the inn)
Monday: Granville Farmers' Market, Granville, NY. 2-5:00 PM located at National Church Residences, 88 Quaker Street. (10 minutes from the inn)
Wednesday: Downtown Rutland’s Depot Park: Rutland, VT.
3–6:00 PM. Saturday: 9-2:00PM (45 minutes from the inn)
Thursday: Manchester Farmers' Market: Manchester, VT:
3-6 PM located at Adams Park on Main Street. (30 minutes from the inn)
Thursday: Lakes Region Farmers’ Market: Poultney,VT.
9–2PM. Main Street. (15 minutes from the inn)
Dutton Farm Stand: Manchester, VT. 802.362.3083. Open all year, this extraordinary farm stand has it all – fresh fruits, vegetables, home-made baked goods, cheeses and jams. Grab an ice cream cone before you leave.
Day Trips & Unique Itineraries
We’re excited to share our newest adventures – One Day Trip Itineraries! Our unique itineraries take all the guesswork out of planning each day, and offer you extraordinary discoveries!
Other Interesting Experiences
Fishing: there are fishing opportunities everywhere – ponds, lakes and streams. Fly-fishing is nearby on the Battenkill or Mettawee Rivers. And the best part, Manchester is home to the world headquarters of the renowned Orvis with teaching ponds and the American Museum of Fly-Fishing.
Mountain View Ranch: Danby, VT. 802.293.5837. Trail ride through the spectacular southern Vermont countryside or take horseback riding lessons. Winter horse drawn sleigh rides is a wonderful experience. Ask for John Sisters, owner, and tell him you’re staying with us.
Merck Forest and Farmland Center: Rupert, VT. 802.394.7836. Composed of 3,162 acres and includes a 3,100 acre managed forest, certified-organic sugaring operation, a 62-acre farm and great hiking. Enjoy a wonderful half-day experience for both children and adults.
Pond Hill Ranch Pro Rodeo Company: Castleton, VT. 802.468.2449 / 802.468.0578. A pure slice of Americana that’s enormously entertaining! Our guests love it and we go every year! Weekly rodeos every Saturday evening at 8pm.
Lake Bomoseen / Woodard Marine: Castleton VT. 802.265.3690. Spend the relaxing day out on the lake – rent a pontoon, fishing or speed boat for a half or full day from Woodard Marine – they make it so easy!
Bromley Mountain: Peru, VT. 802.824.5522 (summer). Incredible adventure with 23 rides and attractions including a half mile long zip line, Vermont’s longest water slide and a 18-hole miniature golf course. (50 minutes from the inn)
Stratton Mountain: Stratton, VT. 802.297.4000. Gondola rides in the summer. The Stratton Gondola will take you to the top of southern Vermont highest peak for breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.
Fort Anne Antiques Mall: Whitehall, NY. 518.499.2915. This is a 10,000 Sq. Ft. Multi Dealer Shop that many of our guests have enjoyed – 22 miles west and it takes about 30 minutes.
Skiing Distances from Pond Mountain Inn
Bromley Mountain Ski Resort • 48 Minutes / 29 Miles
Stratton Mountain • 1 Hour / 38 Miles
Okemo Mountain Resort • 1 Hour / 40 Miles
Pico Mountain • 1 Hour / 42 Miles
Killington Resort • 1.1 Hours / 48 Miles
Cross Country Skiing Southern Vermont
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home • 35 Minutes / 25 Miles
Wild Wing's Ski Touring Center • 50 Minutes / 34 Miles