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“Relaxing time in northern Vermont”

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Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn
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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 reviews
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“Relaxing time in northern Vermont”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

We chose the Phineas Swann after doing some research on the internet and visiting their website--and the fact that Darren is a fellow Tennessean!! We were not disappointed!! Lynne greeted us very warmly, gave us the grand tour and showed us to our suite. We felt like we were truly in someone's home!! The breakfasts were delicious, and the staff was very friendly. Both Lynne and Darren were very helpful in giving us ideas of places to eat and things to do. We enjoyed sitting by the river one afternoon and relaxing on the deck one day--while watching Michael get Lynne's new garden area ready for next spring's planting season. We would definitely recommend staying at the Phineas Swann if you're heading to northern Vermont. Our only regret is that we didn't take advantage of the fire pit and some s'mores!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Darren D, Owner at Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, October 29, 2013
Sue, thank you for the glowing review! We're glad the construction of our raised-bed vegetable garden provided such enjoyment. Come back next summer and enjoy some of the home-raised veggies and herbs we'll be growing for our guests!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

If you like classic B&Bs, you will love the Phineas Swann B&B Inn. The place is beautiful, and the owners, Darren and Lynne, could not have been more friendly and welcoming. We stayed in the Main Inn, which has the more traditional B&B style rooms, but there are a number of suites, some with kitchen facilities, so there is a wide range of accommodations available. All the rooms were immaculate, and the antique furnishings throughout the inn were gorgeous. Despite the preponderance of dog decor (which is quite spectacular) we did see the occasional cat figurine, which became a bit of a running joke while we were there. Breakfasts were delicious, as were the home-baked snacks that were provided. After some practice, I was able to get onto the high four-poster bed without a footstool, but most people will need one. This is a beautiful part of the country to visit at any time of the year, and Darren and Lynne are such great hosts you are guaranteed to have a good experience during your stay at the Phineas Swann B&B. (P.S. Don't forget to bring your bathing suit so you can enjoy the outdoor hot tub!)

Room Tip: The Blue Room is bright and lovely. You have to walk across a hallway to the bathroom but it's...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Darren D, Owner at Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, October 29, 2013
Lauranda, thanks for the wonderful review! We're glad you loved the Blue Room. Some guests choose the Green or Red rooms because they have on-suite baths, but it's worth noting the Blue Room has its own private bath just across the hall -- with the inn's best heated jacuzzi tub!
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Manhattan, Kansas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

Lynne, Darren, Barb and Emmy provided us with a great place to stay! The inn has so much to offer, including a very detailed guest guide with information on things to see and do. Breakfast was fantastic each morning, after a restful night in a very comfortable bed. The hot tub and cool river are great places to relax. We highly recommend this B&B!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Darren D, Owner at Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Jim, I have to say you and your wife got a full taste of Vermont during your stay. We've rarely had guests who did such a good job exploring all the things we have to offer in the area. Hope to see you again the next time you head east!
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

The Phineas Swann is located in a beautiful area of northern Vermont along Trout River in Montgomery Center. The new owners are very warm and accommodating and went out of their way to make my stay as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. I especially liked the campfire that was set and ready to be lit each evening. Although I was unable to bring my dogs on this trip, I appreciate and frequent pet friendly establishments. The owners certainly welcome pets and the inn is well-situated for dogs.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Darren D, Owner at Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
David, glad you got to enjoy our campfire pit along the banks of the Trout River! Hope you enjoyed your stay and your research, and we look forward to seeing you again!
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Lake Grove, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

What a beautiful place in one of the prettiest areas of the country. The Inn is run by a very nice couple, and run very well. I happened to hurt my back on the trip. Lynne and Darren could not have been any nicer or more helpful. As a matter of fact that's why I put nicer than family in my review. Do yourself a big favor and enjoy a stay here ! We definite plan on returning in the future!

Room Tip: River (Black Bear) suite had plenty of room and full kitchen amenities, and was right on the river...
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Green Features: Very environmentally friendly. They seem to do every thing in their control to help the environment!
  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Darren D, Owner at Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Dan, we hope your back is feeling better. Lynne's TENS unit has pulled us both back from the brink of serious incapacitation, so we hope it did you some good!
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Hazlet, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

The Phineas Swan bed and breakfast is one of the nicest B&B's that I ever stayed at, the place is very clean and well kept, and everyone goes out of the way to make your stay great. Everything from the delicious snacks and goodies to the beautiful room that reminded me of Grandma's when I was a young boy. If you are looking for a romantic get away, or just looking to escape from it all this is the place to go. They actually have a beautiful mountain stream that you can enjoy a good brisk swim, my dog Lucky refused to get out until I chased her, then you can warm up in the hot tub. You can be sure I will be a regular here.
Frank & Liz
New Jersey

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Darren D, Owner at Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Your grandma had a hot tub? :-) Seriously, we're glad we could bring back some great memories - and create some new ones! Come visit us again soon!
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Shelburne, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

The Phineas Swann Inn is a charming, pet friendly Vermont B&B in Montgomery, a great location for bike tourers and tourists generally nestled in the Trout River valley downhill from the Jay Peak ski resort 10-12 miles south of the Quebec border, . The Inn has a great tradition of hospitality, which is being continued very well by the new owners, Lynne and Darren, who purchased the Inn recently. My wife and I stayed for just a night this past weekend with 3 other couples on a bike loop from Stowe, Vermont to Sutton, Quebec and back. The Inn is very well oriented for bikers with lock up in the barn, a hot tub for sore muscles,and an ample country breakfasts to start the day. The rooms were great, and the attention to detail was impressive.

Spencer Knapp & Barbara Cory
Shelburne, Vermont

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Darren D, Owner at Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thanks, Spencer. As the Phineas Swann's fourth owners, we take the inn's history and traditions very seriously. Telling us we're carrying the legacy of hospitality forward is high praise and we appreciate it!
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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