Reviews of The Phineas Swann
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Pamlsky, pelíšky a masáže: Hotely, kde vás uvítají i se psem,
August 4, 2013
Treats, beds and massages: the hotel where you will be welcomed with a dog)
Article by Barbora Lukasova
The Phineas Swann was recently reviewed by In Magazin, Hospodarske noviny, an
online Czech magaine. See the full original Czech article here.
"This romantic family hotel in the middle of Vermont countryside promises first-class care not only for you but also for your four-legged companions . Although they are visited by many bulldogs, dogs of any breed and weight are welcome here.
Pleasant is the fact that you do not pay any non-refundable deposit in advance for your dog, as is often the case.
That the hotel loves dogs is quite possibly the result of deeply rooted pejskaøské Czech tradition - the owner Darren Drevik is a descendant of Czech immigrants who moved to the U.S. in the 1880's.
Article by By Tamara Hinson, for CNN
"Guests and their dogs can choose from the Green Mountain Suite, the Bulldog Suite, the Terrier Suite or the Honeymoon Suite.
They can even treat their dogs to the Deluxe Dog Spa package, which includes use of a luxury dog bed, bag of deluxe doggie treats and use of the hotel's dog-walking service."
Vermont Vacation Guide Summer/Fall 2013
Going to the Dogs: ...over 46 million households own a dog. We pamper them, bring them wherever we roam, and surprise them with something new often, whether stylish accessories, gourmet treats or escape to points unknown... If you really want to spoil your furry friend, check into Phineas Swann Bed & Breakfast Inn & Cottages in Montgomery Center, renowned as New England's most romantic pet-friendly inn with luxurious dog bed and complimentary rawhide upon arrival (www.phineasswann.com).
Bark Magazine, Spring 2013
Northern Vermont: The Phineas Swann B&B is in the heart of Vermont's Jay Peak Region, a place so rich in natural offerings that it's been designated a geotourism area. It's also close to the Canadian border, which can mean fresh snow well into spring. The inn, a renovated farmhouse and carriage house, provides packages catering to dog-accompanied guests; the "Spa and Ski" combo tops the list. Best of all, your pooch can sleep guilt-free on the bed. (phineasswann.com)
Lanier’s Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and Guesthouses International
Congratulations to Phineas Swann B&B Inn in Montgomery Center, VT who was recently chosen as offering the “Most Pet Friendly” out of 8,500 B&B’s around the world! Our readers have spoken and the Phineas Swan B&B Inn has unanimously received the greatest number of votes in this category by their loyal B&B guests and regular visitors to LanierBB.com.
Located in lovely Montgomery Center, VT the Phineas Swann serves their guests with extraordinary comfort and unparalleled attention to detail. Warm, welcoming and full of character, the Phineas Swann offers travelers an ideal base for a relaxing and memorable bed and breakfast retreat.
New England Ski Journal
"As it happens, the Phineas Swann is both an inn and a bed & breakfast. They treat the Phineas Swann as a hybrid of a country inn and a bed & breakfast, providing a “guest-centric” approach.
The catchphrase on the inn’s website is, “New England’s Most Romantic Pet-Friendly Inn.” Along with the inn/B&B philosophy, the inn stands out for its catering to couples looking for a romantic getaway, and for people traveling with their dogs (Phineas, the mascot on the sign, is a bulldog).
The Phineas Swann can host about 22 people at capacity, which has made it popular for smaller wedding parties, including gay marriages, which are legal in Vermont. It’s a cozy place for a wedding or a romantic vacation."
Read the full article at New England Ski Journal.com.
2010 Best of New England Readers' Choice Awards - Best B&B
New York Newsday
"Now that the hectic holiday season is over, it's time to book a getaway for the new year. If you received a new puppy for Christmas, or if you already own a dog, you needn't leave him behind. A number of inns and hotels - even high-end lodgings - welcome tail-wagging members of the family. Like you, your dog deserves creature comforts. Look for dog-centric services, large guest rooms and spacious grounds to walk and play.
Here are some year-round destinations within a six-hour drive of New York that cater to four-legged guests and their two-legged companions.
The Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn
FOR THE HUMANS: This romantic Victorian B&B is a restored farmhouse on Trout River. Named after a cherished bulldog, the inn is decorated with antiques and dog-motif furnishings. Features include an outdoor hot tub, library, music room with baby grand piano, river sitting area, gardens with a gazebo and a fireplace room with stained-glass windows. Suites have one to two bedrooms - some units have full kitchens, Jacuzzi and fireplaces. Includes full gourmet breakfast, plus coffee and pastries all day.
FOR THE DOGS: Dog beds, food and water bowls, special towels and treats are provided. So are dog-sitting and walking. The "Deluxe Dog Spa" package offers two nights in a suite, plus pet massage, grooming and other perks ($699.99). Come summer, dogs may swim in the river.
WHAT'S NEARBY: Pubs, antique shops, craft artisans and restaurants with live music on the weekends are within walking distance. Jay Peak has 60 trails, plus the state's only aerial tram for panoramic mountain views. From spring to fall, canoe on Lake Memphremagog. The vast American folk art collection at the Shelburne Museum reopens in May.
Romantic Country Magazine
5 Most Romantic Winter Getaways: "Dreaming of a heavenly escape? You will find it here. Nestled in the Green Mountains near Jay Peak and just north of Stowe's famed ski slopes, this fine country inn offers hospitality for winter sports enthusiasts and those...who love the falling snow and brisk cold days. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride. Go dogsledding or indulge yourself and your pets in a day of spa treatments. Celebrate a special occasion with a four-course candlelit dinner prepared to your liking by your own private chef and a private reservation in the outdoor hot tub. Lavish hot breakfasts cooked to order are served in the inn's glass-enclosed porch... The pet-friendly hospitality will make everyone feel warm and welcome."
The Burlington Free Press
"The Vermont Hospitality Council, the tourism division of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, has announced the winners of the five Vermont Hospitality Awards. The recipients of these awards will be honored at the Vermont Chamber Hospitality Gala from 5:30 to 10 pm, September 16 . This year's recipients are:
New York Magazine
"Wake up to a belt-loosening breakfast of omelets stuffed with Vermont Cheddar cheese, maple-sugar-battered bacon, and strawberry-preserve crêpes—a recipe John picked up in the South of France. Not charmed by the ghost that allegedly tickles feet in the Red Room? Stay in the Blue Room—it boasts a window seat with perfect views of the mountain and a private bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub." (Full article here)
Montreal's La Presse
We were warmly welcomed at the Phineas Swann B&B Inn by the owners, Jay and John. This is no ordinary couple: one was formerly an interior designer, the other a financial analyst, before leaving it all behind to run this Bed and Breakfast, classed by Boston Magazine as "among the most romantic in New England". The incredible number of curios and antiques which furnish the inn are a "must-see", and many of the items are available for sale. Anyone would appreciate the quality and comfort of the plush accommodations at this B&B, named after one of the first settlers of the town of Montgomery. (Translated from the French)
For the all important “bed” of their B&B, the new owners of the Phineas Swann took a cue from their environs, where the snowfall routinely reaches record-setting heights. The inn’s impossibly deep beds – memory foam stacked with feather beds staked with mattresses – are each covered in a drift of a dozen pillows. Small wonder some couples don’t emerge, still in their pajamas, until early afternoon. When (or if) they do, their hosts are ready with plenty of activity suggestions, evening sleigh rides, candlelit tapas dinners, antiquing expeditions. If you’d rather just soak in the hot tub or snuggle before the fireplace, well, that's fine too.
The Best "Man's Best Friends-For-Loan": The West Highland White Terriers at the Phineas Swann
Phineas Swann (Editors' Choice 2008)
Montgomery Center, VT. This B&B is part of a "pet-friendly" lodging network. Two resident dogs escort guests and best friends to rooms offering phone, cable TV, and Internet access. Suites have fireplaces and Jacuzzis.
Frommer’s Girlfriend Getaways - 50 Great Escapes
(Publication lists one location for each state as “the perfect long weekend quick trip no matter where you live.”)
When you're not admiring waterfalls and covered bridges, do some shopping: Mountain Fiber Folk Cooperative sells hand-knit shawls; Godfrey's Sugarhouse produces maple syrup (802/326-4775); and Degre's holds antiques auctions on Sundays (degreauction.com).
Insider's Guide - Off the Beaten Path Vermont
A Guide to Unique Places
Breakfasts at the Phineas Swann Bed & Breakfast are not just a meal, they're an event, with home-baked breads and jams made from the berries grown in the backyard. The whole place is welcoming (to both you and your pet) with well-decorated rooms and classical music in the background at afternoon tea. The owners are long on a sense of humor and short on pretensions, although their inn ranks right up with the best. Rates start at $99 in the main inn, while suites in the carriage house overlooking the river, with whirlpool baths and fireplaces, are as high as $295. Rates include a full gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea. The inn is right on Main Street, Montgomery Center 05471 (802) 326-4306 www.phineasswann.com