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5 Tasks for Winterizing the Inn

Swift House Inn, Middlebury, Vermont. Caleb Kenna Photography Here Comes Santa Claus, Better Make Sure the Chimney Flues Are Open Preparing the inn for the holidays is a monumental task for us here at Swift House Inn. After a fairly mild October and first half of November, we were… Read More

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A Server’s School Application Essay

Amelia Quesnel was recruited to play D1 hockey for Kents Hills in Maine. Middlebury Union High School student Amelia Quesnel was one of the most hardworking, intelligent, and capable young people to come through our doors. Guests were charmed by her quick sense of humor and her gift of… Read More

How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Buffet

A few months ago, we switched to a breakfast buffet to better serve guests’ needs and to solve a number of problems, particularly staffing. Everybody knows that labor shortages are hitting restaurants and hotels particularly hard during this post-Covid era. Swift House Inn is no exception, so we put our… Read More

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How to Landscape a Terrace Garden

It was our dream to transform our wild, poison ivy and myrtle entangled slope into a terraced hillside garden. Although the weedy, disorganized mass of plants growing on the existing hillside were great for attracting pollinators and creating a refuge for wild life, it was a lost opportunity for… Read More

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6 Ways We Have Improved The Inn This Spring

Since acquiring Swift House Inn in 2020, Matthew and Serena have constantly been finding ways to renovate and refresh the property. In 2021, they revamped the first floor of the Main House, which involved a big modernization of Jessica’s and a new look for the parlor. Serena… Read More

Meet Catharine Noel, Our New Pastry Chef

Catharine and her dog, Daphne. Photo by Serena Kim. In March, Swift House Inn hired a pastry chef named Catharine Noel. With her years of culinary experience and a warm, friendly personality, she has immediately become a valued part of our team. Catharine grew up… Read More

5 Essential Steps in the Maple Syrup-Making Process

If you are a Middlebury local, you probably know about Werner Tree Farm. It is a hugely popular spot to buy beautiful Christmas trees from a small family-owned business. It’s where we buy the tree for the Swift House parlor in December, as well as many wreaths to… Read More

A Shopper’s Guide to the Stone Mill Public Market

Are you looking to do some shopping during your stay in Middlebury? The Stone Mill Public Market is the perfect starting place. Located right in downtown Middlebury, the market was created in 2019 by Stacey Rainey and Mary Cullinane and has blossomed since its inception. The beautiful stone… Read More