Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn
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Historical Traveler Reviews Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn Montgomery Center
Best Breakfast Ever!
My husband and I had wonderful weekend at the Phineas Swann. We were welcomed immediately and felt very much at home. The room was lovely and luxurious, and the breakfasts were fabulous! While we enjoyed meeting the other guests, it was also easy to feel private, as though we were the only ones there. The area, near Jay Peak, was beautiful. We'd definetely go back!
Phineas for the Foliage season
Just returned from 4 fabulous days in northern Vermont and a lovely stay at this B&B. This was our first experience with a B&B and also our honeymoon so we opted for the River Annex room which afforded us some seclusion. Sitting right on the Trout River we fell asleep each night listening to the sound of the running water. Morning greeted us with fantastic five star breakfasts and we were pleasantly surprised to find that our temporary home was central to all the activities we had chosen (Jay's Peak, Stowe, Canada). B&B owners made us feel welcome and definitely went out of their way to assist us in planning activities. We drove by several B&B's while in Vermont and commented to each other that we felt lucky that we had picked the Phineas Swann as it certainly had the most "curb appeal".
Wonderful B&B: Comfortably elegant, genuinely warm hospitality
What a wonderful stay. The B&B is an incredible combination of high end amenities.. plasma TVs, Frette linen, etc. with old world antiques, then add generous spirit and embracing hospitality with the charm of northern Vermont, the availability of leisure activities, especially great skiing in the Winter and Autumn leaves, and you have an unbeatable experience.
Most everything listed in the prior reviews seem on target, so I won't repeat them. But in this review I will try and impress on any Vermont traveller that this is a destination stop... go out of your way to include a few nights here.
Henri Van Ryn
The Phineas Swann B & B experience
This Bed and Breakfast is a comfortable place to stay.
We stayed for three nights and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The innkeepers John and Jay have taken great care to see that their guests are content and happy and well fed. Their attention to the smallest details is one of the things that makes this inn a cut above. John and Jay enjoy what they do and it shows.
The food was fabulous and we felt pampered and cared for.
The grounds are well kept and inviting and their dogs are a joy.
We'll go back again for a visit and look forward to it. Our visIt surpassed our expectations!
Elizabeth and Colleen
Merrickville, Ontario, Canada
I stayed at the Phineas Swann most recently in July 2006 and previously in October and November 2005.
The owners, Jay and John, have completely renovated the interior of the house to the point that it is bordering on 'elegant' both in regard to the physical structure as well as the furnishings many of which are antiques.
I stayed in one of the carriage house suites during each stay with extremely comfortable bedding and numerous amenities.
The living room in the main house is very comfortable with a fire place and overstuffed furniture while the music room features a 'player piano' baby grand.
The den offers a large plasma TV and a great selection of DVDs.
The expanded dinning room/breakfast sun room adds immeasurably to the B&B experience.
The sumptuous breakfast is as close to 'gourmet' as a B&B can get and is more than satisfying.
The deck extends along the rear of the main house where it leads to a very pleasant screened-in gazebo with comfortable furniture ideally suited for visiting and relaxation.
Although I did not utilize it a hot tub is also attached to the deck.
Jay and John are wonderful hosts and are more than happy to make you feel at home in a relaxing, friendly setting.
I highly recommend Fabulous Phineas.
Great B&B in Montgomery Center
My fiancee and I stayed here last winter for a trip to Jay Peak and truly enjoyed our visit. We had stayed with the previous owners in years past, who were fantastic, so our expectations were high. The new owners were friendly and approachable and did a nice job remodeling.
The red room was very comfortable, especially the bed, which was like heaven. I had a little trouble with the headphones for the tv late at night but it wasn't a big deal (dead batteries I think). Breakfast was very good and we enjoyed chatting with the other guests around the breakfast table. The ice machine in the hallway is a little noisy, but not really noticeable and overshadowed by the otherwise cozy surroundings. There was a sheet of ice on the front walkway which we needed to be careful of when leaving the B&B.
We definitely liked having the discount vouchers for Jay Peak and it wasn't a hassle using them.
This review sounds kind of generic, but The Phineas Swann is an excellent choice in Montgomery Center. I just wrote a nasty one about the Inn next door so I'm out of things to say other than stay at the Phineas Swann if you are planning a romantic trip or ski trip for two to the area.
A Nice B&B in Northern VT
Just got back from a 7-day ski vacation to the Jay Peak area in Northern Vermont. My wife and I spent the week at Phineas Swann B&B and enjoyed our time there thoroughly. We reserved a room (about 3 months ahead) with a queen bed but because a large group was there, we were moved to a larger room (small suite) in the converted barn that had a fireplace, TV (w/VCR combo and cable channels), small refrig., couch, fan, and tub jacuzzi. Everything was clean and well cared for, but missing was tissue, a needed commodity during the winter. The shoveling of the snow on the walkway to the parking lot and the barn could have been done better too.
Afternoon tea in the wood stove-heated den was a delightful addition after a day of skiing. The included coffee cake and/or to-die-for brownies were a nice touch.
Michael, Glenn's partner, died suddenly last Dec. '04 but Glenn has carried on, apparently, without a hitch. Vitrually everything was done to please the guests and the breakfasts were varied, tasty, and filling.
There is talk that the B&B is up for sale and you should check with the owner to see if it has changed hands.
Fabulous stay and a gastronomic treat!!
We had the most wonderful two nights at Phineas Swann B & B in Montgomery, Vermont.The accomodations were clean, neat, lots of antiques; breakfast was an incredible gourmet adventure complete with candels. Lovely back veranda with garden to just sit and relax.The owners, Michael and Glenn were very helpful in sending us to interesting places in the area ie.. antiquing, sightseeing, cute towns.Tea time daily with amazing treats.We went the last week of Sept. and the Fall colors were gorgeous. Not a lot of people, quiet at night. We loved it!
When we drove up to the Inn, we knew we were in for a wonderful stay!! Michael and Glen greeted us at the door and made us feel welcome immediately. The Inn is so beautiful and so cozy; it truely felt like home.
Afternoon tea awaited us each day with fresh baked goodies from their kitchen. The breakfasts each morning were beyond belief! The blackberry pancakes, homemade sausage and fruits were presented so beautifully and they tasted even better!!
Michael and Glen are such gracious hosts that we felt like friends staying with them rather than just guests at a B&B. We have had many trips to VT and this stay was by far our best. We plan to come back again and again.
Coming back home on the plane my husband and I commented on how the stay was like a dream. Everything was so perfect.
Major Kudos to Michael and Glen. We highly recommend their Inn to anyone who appreciates true decadence and pampering!! These guys are the best.
The owners of this B & B, Michael and Glen, made us feel very welcomed. The home was very clean, bright, and decorative. Upon arrival, Michael gave us a tour of the home and grounds (beautiful) and suggested we help ourselves to a variety of teas and fresh-baked desserts in the sitting room. As the weather was warm, he offered to upgrade us to an air conditioned room with additional luxuries at no additional charge. I'm certain this is not always done but the important thing here is that it was obvious that they aim to please their guests. Sitting on the back porch, it was peaceful and the beauty of the yard, with it's flowers, fresh vegetable garden, bird houses, etc. was just breathtaking. Our breakfast, prepared by Glen, was delicious. We had breakfast by candle light and fresh flowers adourned the table and some flowers even found their way to our breakfast plates. Before eating my breakfast I had to take a picture of my breakfast plate as it was also decorated so eloquently. It was a peaceful, relaxing, and enjoyable stay at Phineas Swann and highly recommend it. Michael and Glen aim to please their guests and go the extra mile to make your stay there an enjoyable one.
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