Letters from Vermont



10 Tips For Planning Your Vermont Ski Vacation

Posted by on Oct 8, 2018 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

10 Tips For Planning Your Vermont Ski Vacation

The fall leaves are still clinging to the trees, but it’s not to early to plan your Vermont ski vacation. Here’s 10 Tips to help you plan the perfect Jay Peak ski getaway for you and your family: Plan Early. Key holiday weekends such as the week between Christmas and New Years, Presidents Day and MLK Day weekends fill up early. If you haven’t booked your lodging by early November, you may miss out on the room or suite you want. If you have very small children, stay on the mountain. If your children are age 6 or younger, you...

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Another 21st Century-19th Century Mashup

Posted by on Sep 11, 2018 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

Another 21st Century-19th Century Mashup

This has been the month for guests to comment that “you guys are more than what you seem.” The other more-than-meets-the-eye revelation comes from guests who think that 1880s Victorian means you have to stay at Grandma’s house, a stale-smelling old house with quilted comforters, itchy sheets, tiny rooms and no amenities. We may be 18th Century, but we’re filled with plenty of 21st Century comforts and conveniences. A few examples: Mini-split air conditioners in every room. You get to control the coolness in your own...

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Time Machine: An Old Brochure

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

Time Machine: An Old Brochure

Our good friend Lynn Locher showed up over the weekend with a gift: An old brochure from the Phineas Swann she’s had since 1992. It was kind of her to give it to us, and it certainly adds to our trove of history regarding this house and the people who’ve made it what it is today. At first, it doesn’t appear that much as changed in the 30 years since this quaint brochure was made. But when you open it up, you see that some things are different, and a few things from the early 1990s went away, and have now made a triumphant...

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What’s the Advantage of Booking Directly?

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

What’s the Advantage of Booking Directly?

We occasionally have guests who discover us after booking their stay on online travel sites such as Booking.com, Expedia, or some of the thousands of other such sites. We’re always glad when new friends discover us, and decide to make a stay at the Phineas Swann a tradition. But we’re always amazed when they arrive under the mistaken impression that they’ve somehow saved money by booking on such sites. We always have a moral debate about whether we should let them know the ugly truth that the opposite is probably true, or...

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Safety Should Not Be A Luxury

Posted by on Apr 6, 2018 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

Safety Should Not Be A Luxury

These are the type of stories that make us angry: When a family dies because of unlicensed, unregulated and therefore unsafe short-term rentals. From last week’s Des Moines Register: “The Iowa family found dead in their vacation condominium suffocated after inhaling toxic gases, Mexican authorities said in a news release Saturday. Prosecutors for Quintana Roo state said pathologists determined that the members of the Sharp family of Creston, Iowa, had probably been dead for 36 to 48 hours before their discovery Friday. They had...

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So Many Ways To Relax!

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

So Many Ways To Relax!

When you make the trip to visit the Phineas Swann, you’re looking to relax. And with so many Vermont spa packages offered, we’ll make sure you have ample opportunity to chill during your stay. We’ve worked to create multiple options for you to enjoy during your stay. And we’ve partnered with several of the top spas in northern Vermont and Quebec to give you exciting, unique options.   Choice 1: Relax Here At The Phineas Arrange for a personal massage in our Main House study, or if you’re staying in a River House...

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Top 10 Reasons To Ski Jay Peak

Posted by on Jan 20, 2018 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

Top 10 Reasons To Ski Jay Peak

We’ve skied a lot of difference places, from Snowbird to Snowshoe, from Whistler to Killington. We’ve even slummed at some far-off Southern climes like Boone and Winterplace. But there’s something about Jay Peak that made us want to set up camp at its base, and makes us always happy when we strap on our skis and head up the hill. Here’s our list of Top 10 Reasons To Ski Jay Peak, presented in no particular order. Trees. If you like glade skiing, you’ll do no better than the glades here at Jay Peak. Whether...

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Recommitment in Marriage and All Things

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Letters from Vermont, Weddings | 0 comments

Recommitment in Marriage and All Things

Last weekend it was my joy to officiate for a Marriage Recommitment ceremony here at the Phineas Swann between two wonderful friends. Marriage vow renewals are one of the many wonderful events we get to host here at the Phineas, and this one was wonderful because both of the couple’s children were able to make it all the way from Spain and Florida to witness it. I thought I’d just share the opening comments I wrote. I hope it speaks to you a little bit in the same way it spoke to those present: “Dearly beloved, we are joined...

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Hiking Northern Vermont

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

Hiking Northern Vermont

Earlier this week we mentioned all the cyclists who’ve been our guest this summer here at the Phineas Swann. Today we want to give a tip of the hat to those intrepid hikers who manage to hoof it to our door when hiking northern Vermont! It’s been a very busy year for hikers on the Long Trail, the 273-mile trail that stretches from Vermont’s boundary line with Massachusetts all the way to the Canadian border. The Long Trail actually predates the Appalachian Trail by a decade, and was one of the models for that 2,100-mile-plus...

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Cycling in Northern Vermont

Posted by on Aug 27, 2017 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

Cycling in Northern Vermont

What a great summer it’s been for cyclists here at the top of Vermont! Our rainy spring and June finally petered out, and we’ve been blessed with beautiful sunny days and high temperatures much more seasonable than normal (Don’t forget: Up here, when the highs break the low-80s, we start talking about “heat waves”!) Here at the Phineas, we’ve been hosting every type of cyclist imaginable. Within a period of less than two days, we’ve hosted: A long-distance touring cyclist from northern California, making his way across country on his...

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