Category: Food & Wine

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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7 Vegetable Seeds We Want to Plant This Spring

It’s now January, and it’s way too cold to garden. The highs are in the single digits. And so we stay cozy inside, brew a cup of tea, warm up a muffin, and get out the gardening books for inspiration. We like American Grown: The Story of the White… Read More

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The Second Saturday in June: National Rosé Day!

As summer begins in earnest, it’s only proper to celebrate the unofficial wine of summer: Rosé. In the decades following the Second World War, Rosés were the butt of jokes and disdain. Fast forward to today, and Rosé wines show all the full range of expert winemaking and world-class talent. Read More

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Support 5 Middlebury Businesses for AAPI Heritage Month

In honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’ve pulled together a list of our 5 favorite Asian American-owned businesses to support this May. As a brand-new Middlebury resident of Korean heritage, I’m excited to learn more about our town’s other entrepreneurs who trace their origins back to the… 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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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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Blog Post: Creemees!

One of the best things about Vermont summers is the creemees. Yes, creemees. Here in Vermont we call soft serve ice cream “creemees”. Soft serve ice cream has a base of milk, cream, sugar, vanilla, and stabilizers formulated in a regulated dairy processing plant, but creemees typically have a higher… 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

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Blog Post: Notte

There are many advantages to staying at the Swift House Inn, but one of the best ones is that there are so many delicious places to eat in Middlebury, VT. Even if our on-site restaurant, Jessica’s, is closed, or you’re looking for something a little different, there are a… Read More

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Local Purveyors’ Blog Post Series: Otter Creek Bakery

When you search the internet for “why do restaurants serve complimentary bread before dinner?” you’ll receive a number of wide-ranging answers. Some restaurants simply want to make you feel welcome as they would welcome you into their home, some do it out of historical precedent, and others don’t want to… Read More