Letters from Vermont



Celebrating the Fourth with Fun

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

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 celebration over the weekend. Lynne & Michael designed an awesome float using the Pixar movie Up as the theme. With Darren dressed as Carl and Joey as...

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Enjoying Our Border Town

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

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 way, in the United States, Canadians are not ‘foreigners’, they are ‘Canadians’. That simple little distinction illustrates to...

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Celebrating Vermont’s Unique Taste

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

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 entertained 28 people and fed them a great meal. Farm2Table Dinners (or Farm-To-Table for you purists who don’t like my abbreviation) entail taking...

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Deep Thoughts

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

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 poised coyly on Main Street in Montgomery Center held so many secrets on its property. As an explanation for those who haven’t visited us yet,...

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Great Food in a Great Setting

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

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 cheeses, meats, vegetables, unique and distinctive wines, Vermonters love of a great meal is well-known. Montgomery, situated at the top of Vermont in the...

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Life Is A Festival

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

Life Is A Festival

“Come ye to the fair”  - Brigadoon This is such a great time of year. Summer in Vermont is a time for fairs and festivals, and it seems every weekend there’s a new exclamation point put on the week with a festival celebrating some wonderful aspect of life in Vermont. This weekend is the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. Next weekend is the Vermont Dairy Festival, just nine miles from our door in Enosburg Falls. Four days of musical performances, booths, incredibly delicious snacks and great shopping. Last month we enjoyed...

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The Best Award of All

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

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 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. BringFido.com 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...

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Behind the Scenes at HGTV New House New Life

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Letters from Vermont | 3 comments

Behind the Scenes at HGTV New House New Life

“It is as hard to see oneself as to look backwards without turning around.” - Henry David Thoreau That went well. Lynne and I were ecstatic over last night’s episode of HGTV “New House, New Life.” Granted we were overly self-critical (“I looked old,” “I looked overweight,” “Why did I say that?” “When is Darren going to let Lynne talk?”) but the real star of the show, the Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn, looked stunning, and we couldn’t have been happier....

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Phineas Swann a TV Star on HGTV, GAC

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

Phineas Swann a TV Star on HGTV, GAC

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” - Albert Einstein The Phineas Swann is being featured in an episode of HGTV’s new series “New House, New Life.” The episode will air sometime in June, but tonight we get a sneak peek as the episode airs on HGTV’s sister network, Great American Country (GAC). If you missed it, there will be two more sneak peaks: May 14 at 7:30 p.m. EDT, and May 21 at 8 p.m. When Lynne and I were first approached about a TV show documenting our search for a...

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The Joys of April Getaways

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

The Joys of April Getaways

If there is a month that’s ideal for a quick New England getaway vacation, it’s April.

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