Category: Things to Do

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17 Birds You Might See in Middlebury, Vermont

One of the best things about visiting Swift House Inn in the spring is the amazing variety of birds you will encounter all around the hotel property and in town. Birdwatching in Middlebury is possible. Some of our guests make special trips from around the U.S. to see the… Read More

Swift House Inn, Middlebury, Vermont. Caleb Kenna Photography

What to Pack for Your Vermont Winter Adventure

7 Items You Need on Your Vermont Packing List – December – April Winter in Vermont brings blustery temperatures and ever-changing conditions. The picturesque landscapes and charming towns come alive with seasonal festivities. So you’ll want to be well equipped to face the elements. Whether you’re a snow sports… Read More

Drinks at Jessica's Photo Courtesy: Caleb Kenna Photography

8 Romantic Ways to Experience Middlebury, Vermont

Nestled in the heart of Vermont, Middlebury offers the perfect backdrop for a romantic New England getaway. Whether you are searching for outdoor adventure, culinary delights, or cozy activities, Middlebury offers a classic Vermont experience for guests looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Discover eight enchanting… Read More

View from the top of Snake Mountain

Top 9 Hiking Trails Near Middlebury, Vermont

Nestled within the picturesque town of Middlebury, Vermont, an array of local hiking trails awaits enthusiasts and beginners alike. Just a stone’s throw away from the historic Swift House Inn, these trails blend New England’s natural beauty and Middlebury’s rich heritage. Whether it’s the rustling leaves underfoot, the gentle songs… Read More

A flight of 4 cider samples for tasting.

A Guide to Vermont’s Cideries and Breweries

If you like delicious cider and good beer, then you’ve come to the right place. Vermont is home to over 70 breweries where you’ll find different styles, tastes, and taprooms waiting to be discovered. Explore some of our favorite Vermont local cider houses,  breweries, distilleries, and vineyards. LOCAL TO MIDDLEBURY… Read More

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

How to Make a Wine Room That Stands Out

Jessica's at Swift House Inn is known for our award-winning wine program. Thanks to David Herren, our resident Sommelier, the restaurant is only one of two in Vermont to currently hold a prestigious Wine Spectator Best of Award. But the vast 1,800-bottle wine cellar is located far away from the dining room in the basement and with only a remote set of stairs for access on the far opposite end of the house. Read More