Located just 11 miles / 19 kilometers from the U.S.-Canadian border, a stay at the Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast can truly be an international vacation.
For U.S. residents, bringing along your passport gives you entree to the many shops, restaurants and sites in Quebec just across the border — and with Montreal just 90 minutes away, a day trip to “La Métropole du Québec” is easy.
For Canadian guests, traveling to and from the Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn near Jay Peak is easy, with several small checkpoints available along the border to keep you from waiting in too long a queue.
Here’s some information to help you enjoy a great cross-border vacation regardless of nationality:
For our Canadian guests
- Personal exemptions for goods bought in the U.S. depend on the length of your stay. If you stay less than 24 hours, no personal exemptions apply. If you stay over 24 hours, you can claim a C$200 exemption on goods purchased.
- After 48 hours, you can claim a C$800 exemption including alcohol purchases. If you wish to purchase wine or beer from the Phineas Swann and have it packaged and added to your bill at checkout, please feel free to let us know.
- Canadian citizens age 15 and under require proof of citizenship (such as a birth certificate or original Canadian citizenship card).
- Be aware if you have a criminal record, you may be denied entry into the United States.
Directions and Checkpoints:
From Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal & Western QC: Take Autoroute 10 East out of Montreal. Take exit 78 toward Bromont. Take QC-215 S and QC 139S through Sutton to the Abercorn/Richford Crossing. Once through, follow VT139 which becomes VT105 S. After 6.4 km turn left onto VT-118. The Phineas is 11 km on your right.
From Quebec City & Eastern QC: Take Autoroute 20 Ouest. Take exit 143 toward QC-211 S. Take QC-139 S through Sutton to the Abercorn/Richford Crossing. Once through, follow VT139 which becomes VT105 S. After 6.4 km turn left onto VT-118. The Phineas is 11 km on your right.
For our U.S. guests
- Canadian border guards are charged to look for missing children, so don’t be disturbed if they ask you additional questions about yours. If you’re traveling with other people’s children, make sure you have a letter from them giving you permission to take them into Canada.
- You can bring in two 750ml bottles of wine or one standard bottle of liquor or approximately 24 cans of beer without paying a tariff.
- You can bring in up to 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars for personal use without paying a tariff.
- When you reach the border checkpoint, help out by passing your passports to the driver side of the vehicle. Remove sunglasses and turn off radio and cellphones.
- You can bring your dog into Canada, but you must have a certificate showing they’ve received a rabies vaccine within the past three years.
- Be aware if you have a criminal record, you may be denied entry into the Canada.