Letters from Vermont



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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30 Years of “Welcome Home”

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Letters from Vermont | 2 comments

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, the Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast has hosted more than 20,000 guests, welcoming couples, families, thousands of dogs, skiers, hikers, bikers,...

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No, We’re Not For Sale

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

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 pages from years ago still linger. This particular page, from almost five years ago now, still hangs out there. And it’s a little disconcerting for...

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Bed and Breakfast Feedback is a Gift

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

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 itself that bed and breakfast feedback is a gift. We don’t shower every morning in every room.  We don’t sample every bottle of wine...

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A Modern Bed and Breakfast Isn’t Grandma’s House

Posted by on Jan 23, 2016 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

A Modern Bed and Breakfast Isn’t Grandma’s House

We had an interesting experience last week. We were speaking with a young lady who is getting married in the area, and was looking for rooms for all of her wedding guests. It’s a common situation, and we love being the base of operations for weddings even when the ceremony and reception aren’t happening at the Phineas Swann. In fact, when wedding parties take our whole inn, we even provide complimentary shuttle service to the site for guests. The bride-to-be wanted to learn more about our B&B, because according to her we had been...

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