Letters from Vermont



Turning a Greener Leaf

Posted by on Jul 11, 2020 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

Turning a Greener Leaf

Those who’ve stayed with us in the past know we’ve tried keep our footprint as small as possible. We live in the most beautiful and scenic part of Vermont, so we don’t want anything to detract from that. We recycle bottles. We try and source everything locally. When we arrived just over seven years ago, we quickly converted all our lighting to LED to conserve electricity. Guests can enjoy water bubblers instead of plastic water bottles. And we recycle where we can, including collecting all the cans and bottles we give out...

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1,000 Words

Posted by on Mar 7, 2020 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

1,000 Words

A picture is worth a thousand words. And during Lynne’s and my seven-plus years here as owners of the Phineas Swann, we’ve been lucky to have thousands of guests send us hundreds of photographs documenting how much they love their stay. We encourage all our guests to let us know how we’ve done, whether it’s a compliment or suggestion over breakfast, via an email or phone call after your stay, or via an online review at Google, TripAdvisor, Facebook, or any of the other travel-related sites. So here’s a small...

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Fire Safety Means a Good Night’s Sleep

Posted by on Feb 14, 2020 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

Fire Safety Means a Good Night’s Sleep

Forgive us if at some point this gets a little wonky. One of the critical things you’re looking for when you pick a place to stay at the Top of Vermont near Jay Peak is where you’re going to find a good night’s sleep. We’ve all stayed at that friend’s apartment where the mattress on the floor just doesn’t cut it. We’ve all stayed on that folding bed where the metal bar digs into your back all night. We’ve all stayed at that hotel where the loud music from three rooms down or the kids running up...

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Rules To Live By On A Holiday Ski Weekend

Posted by on Feb 12, 2020 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

Rules To Live By On A Holiday Ski Weekend

Lines at Jay aren’t as long as these at Whistler – which is why Jay is such a great secret. One of our favorite people to follow on Facebook is “Skiology Matt,” who runs the “Northwest Skiology Group” Facebook page. If you haven’t “liked” his page, stop right now, go do it, and then come back. We’ll wait. Matt does a great job tracking weather, predicting which resorts will get fresh pow (Yea! Jay has been getting puked on regularly this year), which resorts will be on the wrong side...

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Inns Equal Romance

Posted by on Feb 7, 2020 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

Inns Equal Romance

There’s something uniquely romantic about a stay at a Vermont inn. The chance for a couple to get away from the stresses and distractions of their daily lives, to escape to the solitude and beauty of the mountains is unique. Putting your feet up in your own private suite with a fireplace burning and snow falling outside the window is just the perfect setting for two people to reconnect. We treasure the romantics that come to visit us year round. We do everything we can to make that experience even more special, whether it’s adding...

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Meet the Beagles

Posted by on Jan 11, 2020 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

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 in a permanent state of discomfort, but obviously, she’s missed. Magnolia was the last of our three beagles. For Lynne and I, Magnolia’s...

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Top 10 Things To Do in Vermont Besides Ski!

Posted by on Oct 21, 2019 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

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 never strap an Atomic or Burton to their feet. Yet they still have a great time, exploring some of the more offbeat or nontraditional activities the top...

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Hospitality in an Air-B-n-Nothing World

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in Letters from Vermont | 3 comments

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 stayed at our historic bed and breakfast know Lynne and I take hospitality very seriously. If you’re a guest in our home, there’s very...

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Some Breakfast Cred for the Phineas

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

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 we’re excited that our recipes are getting some recognition outside our scenic dining room. A new cookbook, Ski Town Brunch, will feature not just...

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Lessons About Value During Our Vacation

Posted by on Aug 27, 2019 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

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, Devil’s Tower, Mount Rushmore, the Badlands and Chicago. We also got to spend every night at a different bed and breakfast or hotel, and...

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