The Best Award of All

“It’s always the compliments from people you love that mean so much.”

-Maria Bamford

We received some nice accolades this past two weeks.

TripAdvisor Phineas Swann near Jay Peak Resort in Vermont
TripAdvisor presented us with our fourth consecutive Certificate of Excellence, presented for outstanding reviews given to our little Montgomery Center bed and breakfast by their members during the past 12 months. gave us its “2014 Fido’s Favorite” award for achieving a perfect 5 out of 5 ranking among the dog-owning customers who visited the Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast near Jay Peak during the past years.

And of course, HGTV and Great American Country aired a wonderful episode of “New House, New Life,” documenting how we arrived at this wonderful inn we now call our home. names Phineas Swann a Fido's Favorite as a Vermont bed and breakfast reviewsWe’re, of course, pleased. Vermont bed and breakfast reviews are always important. But the best award we received came this morning: Our latest guest checked out and told us they’d had a wonderful time, had appreciated the service, the gourmet breakfast and beautiful room they’d enjoyed during their two-night stay here. Because, really, that’s what it all comes down to, doesn’t it? How good was the experience for our most recent guest?

Everyone who comes here is a new opportunity for Lynne and I. We get a chance to meet someone new, or 20% of the time reconnect with someone who’s been here before. For our newcomers, we get to to tell them the story of why the top of Vermont is the most beautiful, serene and peaceful getaway they’ve ever experienced. We get to watch their face as they take that first bite of our apple waffles, blackberry-stuffed French toast or eggs Benedict. We get to hear their stories, and make new friends.

That’s the best reward of all. Sure, we’ll put the certificates in the window. But we’ll put the memories in our hearts.


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