Category: Seasons

5 Birds You Can See at Swift House Inn

Downy Woodpecker (Male) on Left & Black-Capped Chickadee on Right Nestled in the heart of Middlebury, Vermont, Swift House Inn offers a unique opportunity to witness some of the state’s most fascinating bird species right from the comfort of your own room. From the majestic White-Breasted Nuthatch to the energetic… Read More

5 Tasks for Winterizing the Inn

We realized that we had a load of tasks to prepare for Thanksgiving, Christmas festivities, and all of Vermont’s winter wonderland activities. Here are the seven tasks that we have to do to get the inn ready for the deep freeze. Read More

How to Prepare Swift House Inn for Fall

Now that the autumn equinox has officially come and gone, it’s time to embrace the approaching cool weather and changing leaves and get Swift House Inn ready for fall! Here are some of the ways that we prepare for the new season to make it fun and cozy for all… Read More

7 Flowers You Might See at Swift House Inn’s Garden This June

Spring is officially in full swing! Flowers are blooming, the weather is becoming more (or less!) tolerable, and evenings are lasting just a bit longer. It’s the perfect time to tackle that spring-cleaning list. Since the start of spring, our Garden Fairies Lisa and Cassidy Sommer, who are a mother-daughter… Read More

People dining in the library

7 Spring Work Projects In Progress at the Inn

Matthew and Phil unpack the new sconces for the dining rooms. Matthew Robinson (owner) and Phil Heitkamp (carpenter) have been working hard on spring renovation projects to make Swift House Inn fresher than ever. We were hoping for warm weather and sunny days this April. But this is Vermont’s… Read More

Clear display case with plastic tray with white napkin with variety of cake donuts.

Fall Blog Post: Happy Valley Orchard

There are so many great things about fall in Middlebury, Vermont. The weather is the perfect mix of cool in the evening and warm during the day, the leaves are changing colors, and best of all, the apple orchards are open and producing local apples, apple cider, and oh so… Read More

Rippling lake with black duck with pebbles and sand.

Summer Blog Post: Silver Lake

Rain or shine (or snow!), Vermonters love the outdoors. Vermont has so much to offer when it comes to outdoor activities: hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, boating, and so much more. The Swift House Inn is in a perfect central location in Middlebury to have access to all of these… Read More

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Winter at its Finest at Rikert Nordic Center, VT

For those of you that look forward to all that the winter season has to offer, the state of Vermont is a cold weather paradise. All around our inn in Middlebury, VT you can find an endless amount of winter activities to enjoy. From snowshoeing to skiing or snowmobiling to… Read More

Fall Hiking Part 2: Beauty in Bristol

Bristol Cliffs Wilderness. Photo courtesy of Wilderness Connect. We love getting out into the great outdoors and Vermont offers an unmatched beauty during the fall. The sugar maple, beech, and yellow birch trees are stunning, and the landscape in the fall makes our area an explorer’s paradise. In… Read More

Field of wheat at sunset by Erik-Jan Leusink on UnSplash

2016 Harvest Festival at Shelburne Farms, VT

The first day of fall is less than a month away—where has the time gone? We have had such an amazing summer here in Vermont and our guests, both old and new, have raved about the memories made and how they can’t wait to come back. We of course… Read More

Blue and tan sign with white lettering 32 Degrees: The Art of Winter, streaking wavy paint design

32 Degrees: The Art of Winter at Shelburne Museum, VT

Located close to Swift House Inn in Middlebury, Vermont, the Shelburne Museum houses over 150,000 works in over 38 exhibition buildings around the property. You’ll find quilts, textiles, impressionist paintings, furniture, American paintings, and countless artifacts dating back to the 17th century. They host some wonderful exhibitions throughout the… Read More

Light blue sign with black lettering Winter Weekend Fun in Vermont!, snow-covered baren trees with fluffy piles of snow.

Winter Weekend Events in Vermont

Winter is in full swing and whether or not you welcome the snow and cold weather, it is here to stay for a while so why not enjoy it? When your week is busy we know the weekend can sneak… Read More