Monday, March 30, 2015

Craft Beer at it’s Best at Otter Creek Brewing Co. – VT

When it comes to both food and drink, especially beer, you can always sense a difference when something is made with passion. When attention to detail, persistence to create newer and better products, and an unwillingness to quit come together, you can get a pretty awesome outcome. This is definitely the case with the dedicated people behind the scenes at Otter Creek Brewing Co. in Middlebury, VT.

Whether you are out for an evening with your friends, a special night with a loved one or on happy hour after work, this local brew house is a top-notch place to kick back and relax. It is just a little outside of town center and this place is comfortable, quaint and full of fun. There is a spectacular selection of beers and the staff is extremely helpful with giving you all the information you need to choose from the options they offer. They have been making award-winning craft beers for over 20 years and now distribute their handcrafted brews to 15 states throughout the East Coast – that is a big deal! Their menu is full of fantastic choices all made with fresh Vermont ingredients and they also have a great focus on sustainability and donate their spent hops and yeast to local farmers for use as an alternative fertilizer.

You will also want to check out their Pilot Brew Series, where they made limited small batches and allow their creativity to soar. Stop in every Tuesday at 11am to sample these limited brews.

We love sharing about our favorite spots with guest at Swift House Inn. The Otter Creek Brewing Co. is a great place to relax before or after a movie or night at the theatre. If you have shopped till you dropped, you can rest your weary legs and refuel before you come back to the inn. Spring has arrived and it’s a beautiful time of year to be in Vermont—book a getaway today. Check availability online or contact us at (866) 388-9925 for more information about our inn or the area.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Robert Frost Interpretive Trail: Peaceful Stop in VT

Have you ever experienced a time in your life when you had to make a hard decision—where you had two roads before you and had to choose which would be the better path? Robert Frost, a wonderful and famous poet wrote a poem called, “The Road Not Taken,” in which he describes taking the road less traveled by and realizes it was the best decision. Such a great truth, as we often have times in our lives when we have to take a leap of faith.

Well we want to encourage you not to leap, but to take a peaceful walk along the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail just outside of Middlebury, VT. This is a 1.2-mile loop that takes approximately a half-hour to walk. It is a National Recreational Trail that commemorates the poetry of Robert Frost. Along the trail you will find several posts where his poems have been mounted. Take your time and stop and read each one. While it is a popular place to go, you will find it is still a spot where you can just be out in nature, appreciating the beauty of the Vermont landscape around you and just a tip—when you go in the mid to late summer, be on the lookout for wild blueberries and huckleberries that grow in an old field at the end of the trail. You may get a sneak peek at some local birds and small wildlife so bring your camera too!

For guests at The Swift House Inn, this trail is easy to get to and a great place to get a breath of fresh air. For more events in our area, be sure to read older posts in our blog and as always, when you stay with us we are more than happy to help you plan the perfect itinerary of the best places to see and things to do during your time in Middlebury, VT. Contact us today at (866) 388-9925 or make a reservation directly online for your next getaway.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Style and Comfort at The Carriage House in Vermont

Isn’t it often true that we tend to talk about the things we love? Perhaps after you saw an amazing movie or found a fantastic buy while shopping or even a passion that you have such as cooking. Well we happen to love our wonderful bed and breakfast, The Swift House Inn and thought it would be great to highlight one of the unique and special places on our property: The Carriage House.

Adjacent to the Main House is our fabulous Carriage House, an 1880’s home that was once a former Carriage Barn used to house the family horses and horse drawn carriages. It has been completely renovated to offer our guests six very comfortable and beautifully decorated rooms. There are a few reasons the rooms in the Carriage House are so popular. First, they are plenty of space to stretch out and feel comfortable. Unlike a standard hotel room, our rooms in this inn each fit a king size bed, have plenty of space for a sleeper sofa to unfold and have a large, relaxing sitting area. There is even space for a rollaway bed should you have an extra guest with you.

Second, the amenities that come with this room allow guests to fully relax and feel pampered. Each suite feels like a private hideaway with seasonal wood burning fireplaces, two-person jetted whirlpool tubs, luxurious linens, satellite TV and WiFi. Our Mansfield Room is one option that also comes with a private patio where you can enjoy a morning coffee or a good book and a glass of wine at the end of the day. A third reason guests choose these lovely suites is also because they are pet-friendly so your furry best friend also has a comfortable place to stay.

Whether you are looking for the perfect place to stay for your family with kids or need a private romantic retreat for a romantic getaway, the Carriage House will exceed your expectations. We are also the only accommodation in Middlebury, VT where a full delicious breakfast included. We have loads of fun to be had nearby and we can point you in the right direction no matter what type of adventure you seek. View all of our accommodations and book directly online or contact us at (866) 388-9925 for further information about our inn or the area.