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Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   195 Main Street, Montgomery Center, VT 05471   |  
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Middle Village
1 review
“Don't miss it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2008

This is one of the most beautiful places, we've ever stayed. My mom, dad and I came up to celebrate our birthdays( all within a week of eachother). When you arrive you enter into one of the most inviting, warm and beautifully decorated inns. We were greeted by Jay (one of the Owners) who had the patience of a saint , was charming and funny as well as fantastic taste in decor ( my dad kept calling for directions cause he'd get lost in closet) who waited up for us to get there. Our room that we stayed in was fantastic and had all the luxuries of bieng home down to slippers by the door and a mit to clean mud off your doggy's paws after a walk, but the view of the creek and nature from our back deck was incredible. Our breakfast in the morning was also amazing , Karen our fabulous chef made the best and crispiest bacon I have ever tasted and each morning there was something amazing on the menu like Banana pecan pancakes or frenchtoast with fresh black berries , rasberries and jam in between. Most bed and breakfasts you get a dry donut or some cornflakes if you're lucky. Emmy the hotel manager was also amazing making sure to see if we had everything we needed at all times. The best part of all was that this beautiful place is very pet friendly . Our pets were in heaven and Karen and Emmy made sure to peek in on them to see if they were ok. Now that's amazing! Don't miss out on the Phineas Swann , we will definitly make coming here a family tradition : )

  • Liked — The amazing views of nature, our wonderful accomodations, breakfast and the staff. basically everything!!!
  • Disliked — What's not to like!
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Cleveland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2008

We booked our stay online, initially based on the fact that our labradoodle "Bo" was also welcome. This dog friendly bed and breakfast offered a beautiful welcoming atmosphere with an outstanding breakfast nestled in a lovely northern Vermont village. One of the owners "Jay" welcomed us in person, giving us a tour of the Inn, pointing out the many amenities, which included homemade cookies & brownies, soft drinks, and many varieties of coffees and teas, as well as hot chocolate. There were "dog towels" and a dog bed waiting for our pet, as well as feeding bowls. Everything was clean as a whistle. Emmy and Jenn who assist with serving the breakfast and keeping everything clean added to the "welcome to our home" atmosphere. We felt as though we really connected with everyone at the Inn and highly recommend the Phineas Swann to anyone who is traveling in the area...whether or not you take your pooch with you! We will definitely return there to stay.

Stayed October 2008
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Asheville, North Carolina
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2008

I had the pleasure to visit northern vermont to view the autumn foliage. Beautiful country. On a referral from a friend I booked a room at Phineas-Swann. It is a very pretty home. Quite comfortable. Fresh coffee or tea at all times. Snacks. Internet access. Phone. We lacked nothing. Jay, our host, was most welcoming. He made us feel "at home". He is very pleasant. He showed us around, then left the house to us. And yet, he or John(our other host) are always available if needed. We celebrated a birthday this particular weekend and Jay and John went out of their way to make it special, with flowers and connecting us with a local baker(the same person who prepares their very special in house dinners). This was absolutely the best chocolate cake that I have ever tasted. The property is just as beautiful as the house. The weather was great and we spent many an hour sitting on the deck or down by the river. There are nice Adirondack chairs on the river to sit in and just listen to the water roll by. And although we didn't take advantage of it, wood is available to build a fire right there on the river. Morning brings a delicious breakfast prepared by John. Emmy and Jenny are eager to serve and ensure that their guests are content, and can suggest many of the sights and activities in the area. Phineas-Swann is tastefully operated. I will return. Oh, and don't forget to take a walk to Bernies for a dinner that will surprise you.

Stayed September 2008
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Minneapolis
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2008

We absolutely enjoyed our stay at Phineas Swann! Jay and John made us feel welcome from the moment of our arrival. The inn was immaculate and filled with the comforts of home. They did not leave out any details, ex. fresh coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fresh baked goods 24/7, a HUGE assortments of movies, incredibly soft bedding, wine and beer, and delicious breakfasts! On top of it all, they put together a large, very well-organized guide book to the inn and surrounding area. It was far better than any book I've seen at either a B&B or large hotel. The area is quite secluded and quiet, but you certainly won't be without wonderful area restaurants and local attractions. Karen and Jenny were so welcoming, friendly, and wonderful as well. AND, we even managed to take one of the Westies, Bo Bo, on a day hike with us on the Long Trail. (We loved Emma just as much, though!)
All in all, we would HIGHLY recommend Phineas Swann.

  • Liked — Friendly Staff and owners/beautiful inn
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Winchester, Massachusetts
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2008

Last year, we were looking for a dog-friendly inn in Vermont and found Phineas Swann. We had such a great time that we returned this year. The inn is in a charming town and is a wonderful place to unwind. The staff is very accommodating and sincere. Emmy, kept us well fed and even took our dog for a walk one afternoon so we could venture along the Wine Route in Canada! There are lots of hiking trails of varying degrees, streams and a number of covered bridges. The inn has a huge video library which came in handy on a rainy day. They have snacks out around the clock and the breakfasts are fantastic. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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New Brunswick
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2008

I have relied on Trip Advisor extensively when booking accomodations , and have not been steered wrong yet. My stay at Phineas Swann B&B was no exception. I'd have to say this is the best B&B experience I've had to date. I stayed in the main house, in the Blue Room, which was very comfortable. My husband & I were the only guests that night, and thus were able to take a look at the other rooms, all of which appeared equally as inviting.
We found the hosts to be very helpful, but not overbearing, and in fact, felt like we had the house to ourselves. Being dog lovers,the 2 resident Westies were a bonus !
The house decor was fantastic ; lots to look at, and very well done!
It was wonderful to have access to tea, coffee and snack food at all times, and more importantly, to feel comfortable availing ourselves of this service.
The breakfast was great...and plentiful! You would be set for a full day of skiing afterwards!
Definitely rates 5/5 !

  • Liked — atmosphere/ attention to detail
  • Disliked — a bit out of the way if not skiing
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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New York City
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2008

We loved our visit at Phineas Swann. Jay and John are friendly and the place is beautiful. John cooks a fantastic breakfast. His pancakes are to die for, the bacon is crisp and the fruit selection goes above and beyond the usual fruit bowl at b&bs. The fruit is individually cut so that you can just pick the fruit you like and take as much of it as you want. The housekeeping staff was very friendly and even offered to watch our 7 month old baby when so that I could eat breakfast. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Vermont. The beds were so comfy I asked Jay for his "formula" and recreated the bed at home. I loved it!!! We're going back next year! And the year after that... Now if I could only recreate Jay's garden in my NYC apartment.

  • Liked — Food, Beds
  • Disliked — Having to Leave
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 195 Main Street, Montgomery Center, VT 05471
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Location: United States > Vermont > Montgomery Center
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Montgomery Center
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to pampered luxury at our romantic not just pet-friendly, but PET CENTRIC inn. Our all-season retreat, located only 7 miles from Jay Peak Ski and Golf Resort, offers unparalleled comfort and personal service. Rooms and suites feature four-poster beds, fine antiques, luxurious linens, fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, individual climate controls with Air Conditioning (a rarity for northern Vermont), televisions with HD Cable with movie channels and DVD players in all rooms, Free local and long distance calling , and Free WiFi internet plus a guest computer in our lounge. Extensive public areas and gardens open to all guests. Unlimited all day coffee, tea, soda, hot chocolate and apple cider, snacks and treats. TV room with large screen plasma TV. Located directly on the Trout River. Outdoor Hot Tub. Dinner served with advance reservations. Hiking, Biking (home of Bike VT bicycling tours for our area), Canoeing and Guide Services in the area. Rated number one in the state on TripAdvisor overall, and rated the most pet friendly inn in New England on TripAdvisor. Incredible personalized service from on site owners who are available to help you 24 hours a day. LGBT friendly. ... more   less 
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