I selected this B&B based on both the location (we wanted somewhere near a town), access to nice places to eat, and TA reviews. We agree that the inn deserves 4 stars.
Location. Middlebury is a lovely town with some great shops an places to eat. There is even a small cinema if one is inclined to go to the movies. The inn is maybe a 5 minute walk from town, which is one of the things we liked about it.
Hiking. This area is ideal for hiking. The TAM (trails around Middlebury) are bountiful and there is also the national park nearby
Cleanliness. The rooms are spotlessly clean
Food. Breakfast was delicious and each day we were there (we stayed 3 nights) there was a different hot breakfast offered. Dinner was absolutely delicious, though we were only able to eat the one night as the other 2 nights Jessica's was closed. The wine offerings were also very good.
The only reason this was not given 5 stars is because the staff, though professional, were very impersonal. The owner Michelle was very warm and welcoming, but after breakfast we did not see her anymore. Also the bar tended to be empty in the evenings. Perhaps on nights when the restaurant is open this is less so.
I have to say we stayed at the Rabbit Hill Inn a couple of years ago, and even though it is unfair to compare, the warm and personal attention we received there (without being overbearing) is hard to achieve.
The Swift Inn however is an excellent choice for this area of Vermont and if I could give it 4 1/2 stars, I would.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This historic 20-room former governor's mansion is Middlebury's only classic full service Vermont Country Inn and offers the essence of New England warmth. Surrounded with 4 acres of lawns and gardens, inside, candlelit dinners await you. Large, comfortable rooms offer modern amenities in period decor, some with whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Enjoy complimentary 24 hour coffee service, cookies, sauna, steam shower, comfortable wine bar and Middlebury's only accommodation where a full breakfast is included. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swift House Hotel Middlebury