30 Years of “Welcome Home”Posted by Darren Drevik on Mar 15, 2016 in Letters from Vermont | 2 comments 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, sightseers, leaf-peepers, and just those who needed to get away to the beautiful mountains at the top of Vermont.
It’s a tremendous legacy. Hospitality is a high calling, and welcoming people and creating memories for tens of thousands is an amazing accomplishment for all five sets of innkeepers. Lynne and I feel fortunate to follow in the footsteps of so many great people, who worked so hard to make the Phineas Swann everything that it is today.First the Korteas, who had the original idea. Then Francis & Maureen Kane, who came just a few years later and carried the torch of this wonderful idea. During the 1990s and first half of the 2000’s, Glenn and Michael raised the Phineas Swann to new heights, and their touch is still visible to guests who return to us after 20 years and still see many of the same wonderful decorations and designs that wonderful couple created. John Perkins and Jay Kerch added modern comforts like gazebos, a hot tub and additional suites that made guests feel even more welcome.
In just three years Lynne and Darren Drevik have worked very hard to continue this incredible pace of growth and improvement. Whether it’s upgrading bathrooms, putting hardwood floors in most of the suites, remodeling, or planning for either bigger enhancements, we constantly feel the pressure to continue the high standards that the Phineas Swann has held for the past 30 years.
We want this entire year to be a celebration of the history of this great institution. That’s why we’re announcing Phineas Swann Homecoming 2016. This year-long celebration will be a chance for all of our past guests to come back and visit the Phineas Swann. Even if you haven’t been here in decades, we want to see you. We want to hear your stories and memories. We want to know what made the Phineas Swann so special to you. Did you visit at a special time in your life? Was there someone you came with who’s no longer with us? Did you come with your children, who are now old enough to have children of their own? Did you visit the Phineas Swann with a puppy who’s now a full-grown four-legged friend?
visit the special web page we’ve set up where guests can share their memories of this B&B’s first three decades.We want to hear your stories. Phineas Swann Homecoming 2016 is a chance to share memories. We certainly hope that you make the effort to come back to Vermont and visit the Phineas Swann again. But if you can’t, please take the time to
Come back to the Phineas Swann this year for Phineas Swann Homecoming 2016. We’d love to see you again, or if you came before 2013, meet you. We love this house and know you do too. And what better way to become friends that talk account a shared love.