Letters from Vermont



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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What’s the Advantage of Booking Directly?

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Letters from Vermont | 0 comments

What’s the Advantage of Booking Directly?

We occasionally have guests who discover us after booking their stay on online travel sites such as Booking.com, Expedia, or some of the thousands of other such sites. We’re always glad when new friends discover us, and decide to make a stay at the Phineas Swann a tradition. But we’re always amazed when they arrive under the mistaken impression that they’ve somehow saved money by booking on such sites. We always have a moral debate about whether we should let them know the ugly truth that the opposite is probably true, or...

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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...

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