Friday, January 30, 2015

Romance Half-Marathon: Run and Relax at Swift House Inn

What is your favorite way to say, “I love you?” Perhaps a gift, your time, a date night out, or a special card with a heartfelt message is the way to go. If you love the outdoors and enjoy cross-country skiing in particular, why not try the Romance Half-Marathon at Rikert Nordic Center as your next “date?” Nothing says, “I love you” like a 25km race!

Rikert Nordic Center is in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains and has over 50km of trails on the Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury College. The trails wind through peaceful forests, past sparkling creeks and the surroundings are simply serene and peaceful—it is the perfect setting for a half-marathon race. You can sign up to ski this race alone or try it with your loved one—it would be one way to create a wonderful memory! There will be hot blueberry soup offered out on the trails and of course; the end of the race will be full of fun activities, great food and an awards ceremony.

This outdoor center is only a short 20-minute jaunt from Swift House Inn, which makes our bed and breakfast a convenient home away from home. Relax and unwind in the comfort of your own luxurious, private room after the race and enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast in the morning—the perfect way to refuel after a day on the trails.

Details of the Race:

Date: February 15, 2015

Place: Rikert Nordic Center, Ripton, VT

For more information about this race, contact the center at 802-443-2744 or visit their website.

Whether you are in our beautiful area of Vermont for a race such as this or simply looking to get away, we would love to host you at the Swift House Inn. Our bed and breakfast is Middlebury's only accommodation where a full breakfast is included and our accommodations make our classic country inn the perfect getaway destination. We have some fantastic winter packages and can guide you on the best places to see and things to do in the area. You can view all of our rooms and book online or you can contact us at (866) 388-9925 if you require further information. Don’t let the winter blues get you down—it is the perfect time for a vacation to Vermont!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Magic Hat Mardi Gras Weekend in Burlington, VT

One of the top winter events in Vermont is the Magic Hat Mardi Gras Weekend in Burlington, VT. This is a great event for guests of Swift House Inn to check out during a winter getaway at our bed and breakfast in Middlebury, VT.

Taking place February 27th – March 1st, 2015, this year marks the 20th anniversary for the Magic Hat Mardi Gras Weekend and it just gets better every year. Gogol Bordello will be starting everything off right with a fantastic kick off party at the Higher Ground Ball Room on February 27th, 2015 at 8:30. Tickets for that event are $30 in advance or $32 at the door. This talented, high-energy group combines punk with Gypsy music and an original sound with horns, fiddles, and a rhythm that is highly entertaining.

On Saturday, the main highlight will be the parade that will start at 3:00 and make its way down Main St. towards the waterfront. We encourage you to make your way down there early to snag a great viewing spot—you will want to be close to the action as the floats throw out beads, moon pies and Lake Champlain chocolates! There are special viewing zones for those with disabilities and families with young children as well as a free shuttle that can bring you downtown if you prefer parking away from the crowds or walking a long way.

Before the parade starts, there will be a myriad of fun events to check out as well. You can take your pick between the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Sambatucada performance, Winter Marketplace, King & Queen of Mardi Gras Costume Contest, and the Grippo Funk Band. After the parade, head over to City Hall Park for more live music and get your fill of New Orleans food and Magic Hat beer at the Winter Bazaar.

On Sunday, take the time for a relaxed lunch at one of the many restaurants in Burlington, take tours of the Magic Hat Artifactory and Lake Champlain Chocolates, or perhaps hit the slopes at Smugglers’ Notch.

Clear your calendar for this great event and reserve your room at Swift House Inn to make sure your weekend is not only fun but relaxing as you enjoy your down time at our classic Vermont country inn. You can view all of the rooms in our Main House, Carriage House, and Gate House and book directly online or contact us at (866) 388-9925 for more information. Don’t forget to ask about our Winter Packages!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Beauty Will Be in Bloom at The Vermont Flower Show

Vermont Flower Show
Do you ever have moments when the winter blues creep in? At this time of year when the sun still sets early, when there are stretches of days with rain, snow, and cooler weather, and the landscape can look bare, it is important to be on the lookout for things to do that will brighten you spirits. We have just the event for you so mark your calendars for February 27 – March 1, 2015 because the Vermont Flower Show is coming!

The 2015 Vermont Flower Show will be a spectacular three days where you will be surrounded by the beauty of spring—a welcome sight in the middle of winter. This incredible flower show, titled this year as “Spring Reflections,” is put on by Green Works, Vermont Nursery & Landscape Association. It will all take place at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, VT. This is just about an hour from Swift House Inn and for guests staying with us for the weekend, this event will be well worth the drive for the day for those looking for something fun to do and/or get some fantastic spring planting and landscaping ideas.

There will be nearly 100 gardening vendors to visit, educational workshops and seminars, a bookstore, cooking demonstrations, family entertainment, a Vermont specialty food and wine room (we love this idea!), an auction, and Vermont Certified Horticulturalists available to answer any questions you may have.


Dates: February 27-March 1, 2015

Times: Fri/Sat open 10am – 6pm, Sun open 10am – 4pm

Cost: $15/adults, $12/seniors, $3/kids (3-17). Three-day pass is $30; two-day pass is $22

Location: Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, VT

Beat the winter blues with a getaway at Swift House Inn in Middlebury, VT – our classic Vermont country inn has all of the amenities to make you feel at home. We are close to fantastic shopping and dining but offer privacy if you are looking for a quiet, peaceful stay. View all of our rooms and book online or contact us at (866) 388-9925 if you require further information about our inn or the area.