10 Questions For Wedding Venues That Save Money (Part II)

Did you know you can actually save money on your wedding? Seriously. When you know what you’re looking for and what questions to ask, you can save a lot of money in dreaded “add-ons” and extras. Take these questions to your wedding venue to avoid surprises on your bill. Missed the first five? Catch up here. 6. Is seating for the ceremony available? Depending on your chosen ceremony venue,...
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Wedding Reception Timeline? We Can Help

Planning a wedding reception is one of the first big challenges a wedding couple faces – and they have to handle it before they’re even officially married! In addition to the questions of food choices, décor and music, one of the big questions Lynne usually receives is “is there a set time for us to do each of the things we want to do during our wedding reception?” The answer obviously is no....
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30 Years of “Welcome Home”

The year 2016 marks a very special year for the Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn. This year is our 30th anniversary. Back in 1986, Richard and Helen Kortea had no idea they were creating institution in the Jay Peak/Montgomery area. The couple opened up several rooms in their home, which was already hosting an outdoor outfitter in the back of its carriage house. Now, some three decades later,...
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No, We’re Not For Sale

Google searches always bring up interesting results. We’re fortunate that there aren’t too many places called “Phineas Swann,” so finding us on the web is very easy. But sometimes when people search “Vermont Bed and Breakfast For Sale” they get a surprise. They find us. It’s an interesting quirk, and proof that on the internet, nothing ever dies. Old...
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Bed and Breakfast Feedback is a Gift

The late Stephen Covey, author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,”  always stressed that feedback is a gift. He bemoaned that so many companies were defensive about any criticism they received. They took it personally, and shut down or tried to make excuses to mute or refute the criticism. How many of us are like that? At the Phineas Swann, our team constantly reminds...
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