Meet the Beagles

This is going to be a little bit of a sad post, so if you’re looking for an upbeat few moments of diversion, you might want to click elsewhere. It’s been a bittersweet week for us here at the Phineas Swann. We lost our Beagle, Magnolia, one of the best beagles in Vermont. Sadly, her kidneys gave out on her after 12 years of romping and playing. We’re glad she’s no longer...
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Top 10 Things To Do in Vermont Besides Ski!

It’s still October, but it’s time to start planning your ski vacation at the Phineas. Our most popular weekends fill up early, so don’t wait. Book your room today.   Lots of guests stay with us in the winter to ski or ride. But occasionally the powder just isn’t stellar. And some aren’t winter sports enthusiasts at all. A surprising number of our guests visit and...
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Hospitality in an Air-B-n-Nothing World

Our busy Indigenous Peoples Day/Columbus Day holiday weekend has come and gone. We were lucky enough to host 17 amazing couples over the long weekend. Montgomery was busy, and we had plenty of hot coffee, strawberry waffles, blackberry french toast, bacon and sausage on the tables. But in the midst of it all, there was a little sadness and self-reflection on our part. Those of you who’ve...
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Some Breakfast Cred for the Phineas

We always love getting raves about our Vermont breakfast recipes from our guests. Whether it’s blackberry-stuffed French Toast, strawberry waffles, spinach frittata, our Dutch-baby apple pancakes, crepes or other morning delicacies, we always smile when guests return from a day of skiing and tell us “your breakfast was so wonderful and filling, we never had to stop for lunch! Now...
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Lessons About Value During Our Vacation

Yes, innkeepers get to go on vacation, too. Lynne and I traveled a couple of years ago to one of our children’s wedding out in Salt Lake City. Rather than fly, we made it a two-week cross-country escapade, with stops in three national parks and other sightseeing spots, including Toronto, the Henry Ford Museum, the world’s largest truck stop, the Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone,...
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