Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Very Merry Middlebury: Holiday Fun in Vermont!

The beautiful town of Middlebury, VT has a great history—it was almost destroyed during the Revolutionary War but survived and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has become a very popular vacation destination. There is no shortage of beautiful buildings to admire, shops to explore, outdoor activities to try, and restaurants to enjoy. Add to that it is also where Swift House Inn is located! Middlebury is a wonderful community and if you are looking for a place with great holiday spirit, look no further as the entire month of December is set aside for holiday fun with Very Merry Middlebury.

The holiday magic of Very Merry Middlebury kicks off December 1st, 2014 and the whole month will be full of events and activities the whole family will enjoy. Two activities that will last the entire month are I Spy 10 Tiny Reindeer and Be Your Favorite Christmas Character. There are tiny reindeer hidden in ten downtown store windows and your job is to try and find them all! Once you find them you can enter into a drawing for $100 Middlebury Money and one of the wonderful illustrations. For the second activity, there will be character cutouts all over town that you can stop and pose with for a fun family picture.

On December 6th, 2014, Santa will arrive in a fire truck and after a jaunt up and down Main Street, will be available for visits. Jugglers will be on hand for entertainment and families will also have the chance to take a horse drawn wagon ride through downtown Middlebury. If you will be doing any shopping between 12-4pm, you can take advantage of free wrapping at 51 Main Street and hot chocolate for 25 cents at the Hot Cocoa Hut.

On December 11th, 2014, many shops will be staying open late for extra holiday shopping time and Woodchuck Cider, App Gap, and more will be providing drink specials and tastings. The SD Ireland Cement Truck will also make an appearance with its impressive holiday lights display.

There will be a wonderful Character Breakfast on December 13th, 2014 that all ages will enjoy. Tickets will be available for $8/adult and $5/child. Take part in a delicious pancake breakfast, complete with balloons, a photo booth and large cast of characters that will be hanging around. You can also still take advantage of free wrapping from 12-4 pm and hot cocoa at the hut as well from 10am – 2pm. Lastly, the month’s events will close with a final visit with Santa at Danforth Pewter from 10:00am-12:00pm. This will be the time to finish up all of your gift shopping and again get free wrapping and hot cocoa.

It is a wonderful season to visit our beautiful area in Vermont and if you are thinking about a special getaway, get it on the books now before its too late! We have some fantastic winter packages whether you are looking for a romantic escape, somewhere to warm up for a night or two, or a place to spend Christmas or New Year’s. Check our availability directly online or feel free to contact us anytime at (866) 388-9925 for further information.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Take a Wine Tour Around Middlebury, VT

At Swift House Inn, we have the pleasure to meet and serve guest from all over the country and beyond. Some stop over on a quick business trip, some for a romantic getaway, and others simple to enjoy the beauty and activities that our gorgeous area in Vermont has to offer. There is a myriad of outdoor spots to explore, activities to enjoy, shopping to be done and restaurants to try. If you are a wine connoisseur or simply love to sample tastings and relax at a local winery, we thought we would highlight some of the establishments that are close by so you could create your own wine tour during your visit.

Shelburne Vineyards in Shelburne, VT is only a 30-minute drive from Swift House and is an award-winning, state-of-the-art winery. They are committed to sustainable agriculture and have consistently received recognition and awards for their wines. You will feel at home in their tasting room, which is open every day, all year long. They also have a great retail shop full of books, crafts, gifts, and local food products.

Charlotte Village Winery in Charlotte, VT is a quaint building in the Champlain Valley just south of Shelburne. This winery offers free tasting until January 1st, 2015 and features both fruit and grape wines, all made right here in Vermont. Some of the favorites here include the Strawberry Riesling Wine, Peach Chardonnay Wine, Blueberry Wine, Merlot Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon Wine, and Pinot Grigio Wine.

Lincoln Peak Vineyard is just 3 miles north of Middlebury and is a fantastic winery owned and operated by a wonderful family, the Granstrom’s. They have a cozy tasting room and for only $5 you can taste five wines, enjoy local cheeses and crackers, and have a souvenir wine glass to take home.

Swift House Inn owners Dan and Michele can help you create the perfect wine tour and show you restaurants to try and scenic spots to stop at along the way. If you are thinking about a holiday getaway, we have some wonderful fall and winter packages. Our classic country inn offers privacy, peace and ultimate relaxation-contact us today for more information at (866) 388-9925 or check availability directly online.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Vergennes Holiday Stroll – December in Vermont

The city of Vergennes, VT is actually Vermont’s oldest city and claims the title as being the America’s smallest city. While it may lack in the size department, it sure makes it up in beauty as it has one of the prettiest downtown areas and a spirited and friendly community. A walk down Main Street takes you right back to the Victorian era, as stately homes and cottages and 150-year old buildings surround you.

It is in this little city that a very popular and beloved tradition takes place, The Vergennes Holiday Stroll. On December 6, 2014, the city comes alive with holiday happenings going on all over town. It is the perfect event to get you into the holiday spirit, meet up with old friends, make new friends, and perhaps see some spots in Vergennes you didn’t even know about. The Holiday Stroll will feature a number of events between 7:30am and 5:30pm. You can start the day off with a breakfast with Santa at the Vergennes Union High School and then get a jumpstart on your Christmas shopping at the Winter Holiday Craft Fair. The Bixby Library will also be holding a great silent auction if you are up for bidding on some wonderful items. Stop and listen to readings from Mrs. Claus or try your hand at decorating cookies and making Christmas decorations. If you love to sing, you can join in other carolers walking around downtown or enjoy the wonderful holiday music provided by the Champlain Brass Quintet, the Addison County Gospel Choir, and the Victory Baptist Church Choir. It is a whole day’s worth of wonderful activities for young and old and it will finish off with a lighting of City Park and even more caroling!

City of Vergennes, VT (various locations)
December 6, 2014 Time: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

There is much to do and see during this wonderful season and Swift House Inn in Middlebury, VT is close to all of the action. Or, if you are looking for a private, peaceful getaway where you can retreat from the hustle and bustle, our classic country bed and breakfast is the perfect home away from home where you can relax in luxury and comfort. For your convenience you can check availability and book online or feel free to contact us anytime at (866) 388-9925 for further information.