Celebrating the Fourth with Fun

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4 not with a parade of guns, tanks and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.”   - Erma Bombeck We had a great time during Montgomery’s annual Fourth of July...
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Enjoying Our Border Town

“I read in a newspaper that I was to be received with all the honors customarily rendered to a foreign ruler. I am grateful for the honors; but something within me rebelled at that word ‘foreign’. I say this because when I have been in Canada, I have never heard a Canadian refer to an American as a ‘foreigner’. He is just an ‘American’. And, in the same...
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Celebrating Vermont’s Unique Taste

 “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”  - Masanobu Fukuoka It’s taken a day or two to recover from our first Farm2Table Dinner here at the Phineas, but after all the dishes were washed and the tables were broken down and taken out of the Gardens, Lynne and I got to sit back and enjoy the fact that we’d...
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Deep Thoughts

“Some things scratch the surface, while others strike at your soul.” - Gianna Perada Been having some deep thoughts lately, but not in the way you may think. During the past two weeks, no less than three people have toured the Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn and made the same comment: “I didn’t realize there was so much here.” Each marveled that a Victorian home...
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Great Food in a Great Setting

“Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” - Michael Pollan One of the great things about living in Vermont is the wealth of natural, organic and fresh food products we can access. It’s no accident the New England Culinary Institute is here. It’s not random that Vermont is the epicenter of chefs and great cooking. With fresh...
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