Special Orders Don’t Upset Us

Most people think of special orders as “can you hold the red peppers on my omelette,” but for many of our guest these special food needs take on added importance. We’ve hosted many guests with Celiacs Disease. For them, gluten can be life-threatening. Other children who’ve stayed with us have had nut allergies. Oftentimes people allergic to dogs think they can’t...
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Loss of Friends and Neighbors: The Black Lantern Inn

Last week we mentioned the loss of the English Rose Inn. Just a month after it vanished, Montgomery, Vermont lost another historic inn, The Black Lantern Inn. The closing of the Black Lantern was significantly less dramatic than the fire that razed the English Rose, but its departure from the local restaurant and inn scene is just as notable. The Lantern was founded as an inn in 1803. The...
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Loss of Friends and Neighbors: The English Rose Inn

We’re still coming to grips a month later with the loss of two old friends: a wonderful nearby inn, and one of its owners. Just a month ago, The English Rose Inn was destroyed by fire, and one of its two owners, Gary Bouchard-Pike, lost his life in the blaze. It still hurts us every time we drive up to Jay Peak Resort and pass by the blackened remnants of what was a wonderful old inn that...
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Top 10 Bed and Breakfast Questions

We all have questions we’re afraid to ask. If you’ve never stayed at a bed and breakfast before, you’ve probably got several. During the past year, we’ve been asking our guests over breakfast, “What’s the one question you had before coming to the Phineas Swann, but were afraid to ask?” A lot of bed and breakfast questions came up repeatedly. So operating on the assumption that there’s no such...
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Seeing Stars

We’re happy to report we are now a four-star accommodation in the eyes of Expedia. The online travel agency reviewed the Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn this week, and upgraded us from 3½ to 4 stars, taking into account improvements Lynne and I have made to the Phineas Swann during the past two years, and several of the new services we’ve added. Hotels.com also upgraded us from...
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