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Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

We discovered this Pet Friendly Inn nestled in upsate Vermont and were more than surprised by how wonderful our stay was. Our first floor suite was spacious and we had everything provided that we needed (including tasty snacks left on the kitchen counter and wine in the fridge). Jay and John were amazingly gracious hosts and their attention to detail made the stay memorable. But let's not forget the delicious gourmet breakfasts! Our dogs Bailey and Baxter gave it two paws up!!

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

From the minute inn-keeper Jay greeted us on the back steps and welcomed us in for fresh-baked cookies and something cold to drink until we finished licking our lips of the last morsels of co-inn-keep, John's amazing blueberry pancakes and apple waffles, our stay was one of pomp and pampering. Jay and John have thought of everything a traveler could possibly want or need while out on the road and then some. Wi-fi, in-house complimentary computer use, free long distance telephoning in our rooms to ANYWHERE in the world (yep, that one really caught me off guard), hottub under a leafy canopy, complimentary juices, soft drinks, tea, hot cocoa, coffee, cookies AND candy, oh yes, and an honor-system beer and wine bar that was the ideal greeting to the end of a day of biking. Jay maintains a loaner dvd library that contains everything from slashers to stand up comedy. And John prepared us delicious dinner offerings as well as mouth-watering breakfasts that set us off in style for the next day's ride through the fall colors of northeast Vermont. With or without a bicycle, a stop at Phineas Swann is worth a trip to northern Vermont just to enjoy a visit with Jay and John. Thank you both for a lovely stay. Ruby and Jeff, Seattle, WA

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Ruby L
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

The answer is ...it can't! What a delightful B&B with every amenity you can possibly think of. From the initial call for information and booking until our departure (with a mug full of goodies in hand) we were well taken care of during our two day stay. Jay and John along with their staff have come up with the perfect balance for running a B&B. They each compliment the other so nicely and have thought of every comfort of home. We found the decor so enjoyable and the quality of their bed linens was superb. Everything is so clean, well thought out and there was never a need not met. I especially enjoyed the amazing book that John put together on anything and everything you would ever want to know about Montgomery Vermont. His attention to detail and knowledge is amazing. I wouldn't hesitate to take any of their recommendations. We even asked at the last minute to 'tour' the other rooms for future bookings (though our suite was divine), Barb graciously stopped what she was doing and showed us around the entire inn and it provided some great ideas for future trips with friends and family. I'm here to say; it doesn't get any better than this!!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

This is a first class dog friendly bed and breakfast. There is everythig from treats, bowls , a cushhy bed and even the dog's own towels in case they care to play in the river. The rooms are stuffed with antiques and John and Jay have thought of everything for people comfort. No need for toiletries everything from plush robes to shaving kit , toothpaste and brushes and a jacuzzi tub. Breakfasts are individually cooked and include fruit , juice , muffins, etc. the gardens are beautiful and the rooms on the river provide a great view. The hosts and staff are very accomidating. All in all a great place.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Attended my friends' wedding weekend hosted by the Phineas Swann staff. Stayed in the beautiful Red Room, enjoyed a couple amazing home-cooked breakfasts, thoroughly enjoyed chatting with the staff and admiring all the antiques and knick-knacks! And the event itself was beautifully done. As I understand it, the Swann staff took care of most of the arrangements so my friends had very little to stress over. The ceremony took place at a church just a few doors down, and then we all paraded back down Main St for the reception. We had a delicious meal, and the cake was perfect! It felt like a vacation for all of us! Definitely plan to return sometime and hopefully for longer!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

Got to spend one night at the Phineas Swann last night, and wish I could have spent a week. Jay & John were the most gracious of hosts, and the establishment they run sets a standard for service and hospitality that I don't think any other establishment of any kind can match - B&B, hotel, restaurant -- anything!

First, the location. Just eight miles from Jay Peak's expanded ski resort, in the lovely town of Montgomery at the mountain's base, Montgomery Center is just a wonderful place to walk down the sidewalks and enjoy a restaurant or cool evening. Had a great dinner and a drink down the street at Bernie's, a 90-second walk.

Then the house. Just amazing. Beautifully decorated and yet homey, you have the choice of one of the three rooms in the main house -- the Red, Blue or Green Room, or one of the four Carriage House suites, or perhaps one of the two River House suites. I had originally booked the Green Room, but John & Jay were nice enough to upgrade me to the Green Mountain Suite in the Carriage House.

One of my fellow guests who were back for an anniversary explained it best why people come back: "We come because they think of everything, and there's nothing we lack for." No need to call down for a forgotten razor or toothbrush. They were in the room. If you're a pet owner you and your dog can stay in the Carriage House or River Suites -- and they provide everything from a water bowl to special towels to wash their feet to special dog treats. Each room has everything you need -- TV, sodas, snacks, a Kerug coffee maker. Even the minibar beer & wine was top-quality and reasonably priced!

I had to make a phone call and guess what: No charge! No long distance fees! I could have even called Europe or Worldwide for free! (Wish I'd known someone in Europe to call!)

Breakfast was a yummy french toast with fresh berries and my fave: bacon. The staff was genuinely friendly and smiling, and you couldn't help but leave the place in the morning happy.

I highly recommend this B&B! It's not the cheapest, nor should it be. Its level of service justifies a price twice what's charged, and next time I'll make sure to bring my wife for a longer, romantic getaway.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

My family (four people and one dog) enjoyed a fabulous night in a carriage house suite. When we checked in, there was a homemade dog biscuit waiting for us WITH OUR DOG'S NAME ON IT! 'Nuff said. The owners and staff of Phineas Swann truly go above and beyond in making their guests feel at home. The tables are stocked with tea and fresh brownies, the cupboards with DVDs, and the shelves with the most impressive collection of dog figurines known to man. Our suite was beautiful, and the beds were luxuriously comfortable. We can't wait to come back!

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Additional Information about Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn

Address: 195 Main St, Montgomery Center, VT 05471-7105
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Location: United States > Vermont > Montgomery Center
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Montgomery Center
Price Range: $182 - $404 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn 4*
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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