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7 Ways to Enjoy Maple Sugaring Season in Vermont

Want to enjoy maple sugaring season in Vermont? Who doesn’t! With its warmer days and colder nights, March is the perfect time to start thinking about the liquid gold that is maple syrup. We put together this list of 7 ways to enjoy the sweet sap of the ubiquitous sugar… Read More

5 Reasons Why We Love Betty Nuovo 

Our favorite regulars Victor and Betty Nuovo came to dine at Jessica’s at Swift House Inn a lot. We saw them here at a few breakfasts and dinners every week, if not more! As new owners, it felt so good for Matthew and me to be supported by such esteemed… Read More

5 Important Places in Vermont’s Black History

We rounded up 5 important places to honor Black History Month in and around Middlebury, Vermont for all you African American history buffs. Vermont might be the second whitest state in the nation after Maine, but it’s still rich in African American history. As an Asian American woman, I’m… Read More

7 Romantic Things to Do Around Middlebury in the Winter

We've cooked up 7 romantic things to do around Middlebury, Vermont, so that you don't have to!  If you're dating, engaged, or happily married, you're probably wondering if there's something fun to do with your boo on one of these long weekends coming down the pike. You're in luck–Middlebury is a beautiful location to spend time in the snow and cozy up by the fire with a nightcap (or two). Read More

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Why Is Jessica’s Executive Chef Rob Fenn So Dang Shy?

Good news! Jessica’s at Swift House Inn has opened its doors after its annual cleanup. The restaurant crew were delighted to get a week off with fine, warm weather for chilling on the deck, catching up on yard work, and generally recharging to approach the busy holiday season.  Speaking of… Read More

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Blog Post: Branbury State Park

Two Adirondack chairs basking in the sunlight on the Swift House inn lawn. There are so many outdoor activities available in the summer in Vermont: hiking, biking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and so many more. One of the best ways to explore all of these activities and to really get… Read More

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Jessica’s Wins the Wine Spectator’s Award

Jessica’s wins the Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence for our wine program! Many of you will have learned that as of July 1st, Jessica’s has been honored with the Best of Award of Excellence for our wine program by Wine Spectator Magazine. While our wine program has… Read More

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Apple Picking in Central Vermont’s Orchards

Fall is a welcome sight for many reasons: cooler nights, colorful foliage, and best of all, apple season! Here at Swift House Inn, we love it when the orchards open and we can buy fresh apples for our guests for a midday snack and fresh apple cider to drink at… Read More

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Blog Post: Country Inns Along the Trail

Vermont is known for its abundance of outdoor activities: hiking, cycling, swimming, and canoeing are just a few of the activities available. And there isn’t just one spot to do each of these activities. We are surrounded by a variety of local swimming spots, gorgeous… Read More

Local Purveyors’ Blog Post Series: Elmer Farm

Here at the Swift House Inn we love to buy local so that we can use the freshest ingredients possible for both breakfast for our lodging guests as well as dinner at our on-site restaurant, Jessica’s. Elmer Farm in East Middlebury is so local that Chef Rob stops by on… Read More