Letters from Vermont



Some Breakfast Cred for the Phineas

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

Some Breakfast Cred for the Phineas

We always love getting raves about our Vermont breakfast recipes from our guests. Whether it’s blackberry-stuffed French Toast, strawberry waffles, spinach frittata, our Dutch-baby apple pancakes, crepes or other morning delicacies, we always smile when guests return from a day of skiing and tell us “your breakfast was so wonderful and filling, we never had to stop for lunch! Now we’re excited that our recipes are getting some recognition outside our scenic dining room. A new cookbook, Ski Town Brunch, will feature not just...

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Lessons About Value During Our Vacation

Posted by on Aug 27, 2019 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

Lessons About Value During Our Vacation

Yes, innkeepers get to go on vacation, too. Lynne and I traveled a couple of years ago to one of our children’s wedding out in Salt Lake City. Rather than fly, we made it a two-week cross-country escapade, with stops in three national parks and other sightseeing spots, including Toronto, the Henry Ford Museum, the world’s largest truck stop, the Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone, Devil’s Tower, Mount Rushmore, the Badlands and Chicago. We also got to spend every night at a different bed and breakfast or hotel, and...

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Top 5 Top of Vermont Fall Foliage Spots

Posted by on Aug 23, 2019 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

Top 5 Top of Vermont Fall Foliage Spots

The most vivid Vermont Fall Foliage colors are always found at the top of Vermont, where the mixture of oranges, reds, yellows and golds can overwhelm the eye. If you have your heart set on Vermont leaf peeping, you need to be here. Traditionally, the last two weeks of September and the first 10-12 days of October are when peak foliage arrives here in the Montgomery/Jay Peak area. If you’re planning a visit, Montgomery offers a great base of operations, since you can quickly drive from the area’s highest peaks (Jay, Belvedere...

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5 Reasons Why March is the Best Month To Ski

Posted by on Mar 11, 2019 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

5 Reasons Why March is the Best Month To Ski

It’s March, so you’re thinking about golf and gardening, right? WRONG! March is the best month to ski, and here are five reasons why: No. 1: It’s All About That Base Mountains like Jay Peak start snowmaking early in November to make sure they have a deep base to carry them through the spring season. This year, northern Vermont got the added boost of two feet of additional natural powder — the most snowfall the state has ever seen in November. The benefit to skiers? Deep packs. Stowe Mountain Resort had its deepest November...

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Sometimes Discounts Are Expensive

Posted by on Feb 10, 2019 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

Sometimes Discounts Are Expensive

Yet another reason to buy discounted tickets from us rather than other online sites or from Jay Peak Resort itself:  For the second time in 2019 Jay Peak was closed yesterday. In January it closed due to extreme wind chills. Yesterday it closed due to high winds.  If you’d bought a ticket from some online sites, you were out of luck. If you bought one from the resort itself, the best you could hope for was a “snowcheck” voucher for a future day between now and the end of April.  In both situations, we had guests who...

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Today is Book Direct Day!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

Today is Book Direct Day!

Happy Book Direct Day! I hear all of you saying, “what the flip is Book Direct Day?” It’s a response to a growing challenge travelers are facing: A large number of websites and internet players are forcing travelers to pay higher prices, by tricking them think they’re booking directly from an inn or hotel. By way of illustration, check out what you see when you Google “Phineas Swann.” Google’s “Book a Room” button makes you think you’ll go to our website. But it won’t. It takes...

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6 Mountains in 6 Days

Posted by on Jan 30, 2019 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

6 Mountains in 6 Days

We love Jay Peak. Always have. Always will. It’s a great mountain, with great glades, trails and groomers. We sometimes quibble about their operational decisions, but we can’t do anything but recommend it to our guests as a great place to ski and ride.  But sometimes, you want to know what else is out there. And it’s a surprise to many of our guests that so many great ski resorts are so close to the Phineas Swann. We’ve had several guests who’ve spent close to a week here and made a circuit of the many different ski mountains all less...

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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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