Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some common questions and answers about the Phineas Swann Inn & Spa.   Have a question of your own? Contact us and we’ll be happy to help out!

Q. Which rooms or suites are dog-friendly?

A. Our six luxury suites are dog-friendly:

Q. What types of pets can stay at your inn?

A. The Phineas Swann is a dog-friendly inn.

Q. Is there a per night fee to have my dog stay at the inn with me?

A. Not per night. The Phineas Swann charges a one-time $50 fee for allowing your dog to stay at the inn with you. If you bring more than one dog, there is a flat fee of $50 per stay for each additional dog up to three.

Q. Do dogs stay in the rooms with their owners, or do you have an on-site kennel?

A. We believe dogs are a part of our guests’ families, and as such, they stay in the rooms.  We do not have an on-site kennel. Our staff is very happy to take your dogs for walks while you’re gone for the day simply for a gratuity. You can make arrangements each day at breakfast.

Q. I’m allergic. Does that mean I can’t stay with you?

A. Not at all. We keep our Main House dog-free for guests like you. Our Red, Green and Blue Rooms, as well as The Retreat, have never had a dog in them. Even if you stay in our suites, you’d discover our deep-cleaning makes allergies no problem!

Q. What are your Room Rates?

A. Our range of room rates can be found on our Accommodations Rate Card – this information describes high and low season rates (a range of rates) and holiday periods, as well as information on check-in, cancellation, etc. For more information about our rates during specific time periods, use the Check Availability link in the navigation bar at the top of this page.

Q. How do I check availability?

A. To check availability for any of our rooms and suites, use the BOOK NOW link in the navigation bar at the top of this page, or simply give us a call at (802) 326-4306.

Q. How close are you to Jay Peak?

A. We’re just 6.5 miles (10km) from Jay Peak Resort.

Q. Do you offer discounted ski tickets/equipment rental/shuttle service?

A. Yes, yes and no. We have discount coupons that allow guests to purchase tickets at the Jay Peak Resort window at much reduced rates. You can order the coupons when you book online or over the phone, or as part of a Ski & Stay Package. . We offer equipment rental packages in cooperation with our town’s amazing ski shop, FirstTrax. We don’t provide a shuttle since the road to Jay Peak (Vermont 242) is regularly plowed and kept clear. Guests prefer to drive themselves so they can control when they get to the mountain and come back.

Q. What if I have special dietary needs?

A. We’ll always ask you this when you make your reservation but make sure to remind us. We offer variations on our amazing breakfasts for gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, lactose-intolerant and other needs.

Q. Do you have any specials or promotions?

A. You can always save money via our packages and promotions. Click the Packages & Deals link on our website and then select the right deal for the time of year you’re visiting.

Q. Do you offer Gift Certificates?

A. Yes. You can order gift certificates in any amount here.

Q. Who was Phineas Swann?

A.That’s a popular question. Phineas Swann was a founder of the town of Montgomery. His signature is on the document requesting a town charter from the then-governor of Vermont in 1780. Fun fact: He signed his name with one “n.” It was recorded both ways (spelling wasn’t a big deal in the 18thcentury). The B&B was named in honor of him when it was created in 1986.

Q. Do we have to share a bathroom?

A. This is one of the biggest myths of inns and bed and breakfasts that’s hard to break. Every guest at the Phineas Swann has their own private bathroom, all but one en suite.

Q. When is Check-In/Check-Out?

A. You can check into your room any time after 3 pm. Unlike other hotels and resorts in the area, your room will be ready at 3. No waiting until 8 or 9 at night for your room to be ready!  Check-Out is anytime before 11 am. Early check-in or late check-out is sometimes available for a slight charge – ask us about it when booking.

Q. Do you have an outdoor hot tub?

A. Yes! We actually have two! We have the only year-round hot tubs in the Jay Peak area.

Q. Do you have parking?

A. We offer free parking to all guests and on-street parking is also available.

Q. Do all your rooms have stairs?

A. Most of our rooms and suites are accessed by stairways. If you need a stair-free room, we recommend either our Birch or Bulldog Suites.

Q. Do you have air conditioning?

A. Not only is the inn air conditioned (most Vermont inns are not), every room has its own thermostat to control the temperature in your specific room!

Q. Do you have high-speed internet and TV in the room?

A. Yes and yes.

Q. Can I use your kitchen or laundry?

A. Insurance regulations prevent guests from coming into our kitchen/laundry area. Our Carriage House Suites have mini-fridges and microwaves, and our River House Suites have full kitchens!

If you need laundry service, there is a laundromat 10 miles away in the town of Enosburgh Falls.

Q. Do I need to pack a hairdryer, iron, or ironing board?

A. Nope, nope, and nope. We have all three in your room.

Q. Are children welcome?

A. Well-behaved children are always welcome here! Given the steep staircase, we do ask that children younger than six not stay in our Green, Red, or Blue rooms in the Main House, or in The Retreat.

Q. Do you serve breakfast to the public?

A. No. We reserve our gourmet breakfast to those who choose to stay with us at the Phineas Swann. It’s one of the best perks of staying here!

Q.How far are you from Burlington? Montreal? Boston? New York?

A. 1 hour. 90 minutes. 4 hours. 6 hours. Trust us. It’s worth the trip.

Q.Do you host weddings and other events?

A. Yes, the Phineas Swann is a very popular wedding destination, and can host weddings up to 125 guests.