Monday, April 20, 2015

Gear up for the 2015 Vermont Venture Outdoor Challenge!

The arrival of spring brings new life, beauty, a change of pace, a chance to get outdoors, and a deep sigh of relief that winter has come and is finally gone. We could spend a whole page here describing how beautiful our corner of Vermont is during every season really, but we wanted to highlight a unique adventure starting this spring that you may be interested in if you are up for a challenge.

The Vermont Venture Outdoor Challenge is an annual statewide event that starts April 15, 2015 and will continue through October 15, 2015. It is essentially a massive scavenger hunt perfect for people who love to travel, explore, spend time outdoors, and try new experiences. It is a perfect way for a family to spend time together or a great thing to do if you are just looking for an excuse to learn more about and see more of Vermont.

The best part is that it is totally free! All that you have to do is download a score sheet, make your way around to several spots around Vermont, and receive points for participating in a myriad of fun activities. Some of the activities on the score card include riding your bike on a rail trail (Swift House Inn owner Dan Brown loves to bike so he can definitely tell you where to do that one!), go trail running, go for a hike, swim in a lake, go river tubing, and catch a fish. All of these can be done right around us in Middlebury, VT. You need to take photos along the way and when you have received 250 points, you can turn in your photos and your score sheet for a VIP gold coin that allows you free state park entry for rest of this year and all of next. Now that is a pretty awesome reward!

If you are up for some spring or summer “adventure-ing” or perhaps just a place to spend a romantic getaway the Swift House Inn is a charming Vermont Country Inn that offers privacy, comfort and a true at-home feel. View all of our rooms and book online or contact us at (866) 388-9925 to learn more about current packages and specials.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sweeten Up Your Race at the Middlebury Maple Run - VT

When facing the prospect of running a race, what would be the best prize at the end to convince you to sign up? Perhaps a shiny medal to add to your collection, some amazing food, or a great party would be enticing enough? All of that and more will be found at the Middlebury Maple Run in Middlebury, VT so get your running shoes ready, limber up those legs and get ready to enjoy a fantastic community race.

The Middlebury Maple Run has earned the title of, “Vermont’s Sweetest Half Marathon and Relay.” It is for good reason too as every runner gets a shot of Untapped maple syrup! Every participant will receive an official race t-shirt, personalized bib number, a special finisher’s medal created by Maple Landmark Woodcraft, and of course an entry into the post-race party that you won’t want to miss. This is an organized race where you can burn off the stress of life, work on your time if you are preparing for a full marathon, meet new friends, experience the beauty of the Champlain Valley, and just have fun. There isn’t much that beats the chance to run a race with the scenery of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains surrounding you.  Race proceeds will also benefit some deserving local non-profit organizations. Visit the event website for more information.

The Swift House Inn, Middlebury’s premier bed and breakfast is also the perfect lodging if you are coming in for the race or to cheer on a loved one. We have a variety of rooms and areas that will accommodate any number in your group—book online today or contact us at (866) 388-9925 for more information. We are close to the race and are the only accommodation in Middlebury where you will be served a full, homemade breakfast!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Local Coffee Made Great at Vermont Coffee Company

Vermont Coffee Company
The sense of smell is so powerful. An article by researchers at Rockefeller University revealed that a person’s nose could smell at least one trillion distinct scents—that is incredible! It has also been found that our scent cells regenerate every 30-60 days and that women have a better sense of smell than men. Who knew? Well, we certainly love the smell of coffee around here at Swift House Inn—especially when we are making our homemade gourmet breakfasts for our guests. When you are out around town here in Middlebury, VT you may likely have the wonderful scent of coffee calling you in to a store due to the great products made by the Vermont Coffee Company.

This small town roasting company is really a special place. They roast certified organic coffees and embrace the motto, “Coffee Roasted for Friends.” No matter who you are, they brew as if you are family and take their passion very seriously. Paul Ralston, who is the founder of this company, believes in a fair trade philosophy and while they may not offer 100 flavors like the ice cream shop down the street you can expect a great variety of coffees with big, bold taste—just how coffee lovers want it.

To say thank you to those who purchase from Vermont Coffee Company, they offer a Frequent Friend Program where you save your bags of coffee and get to redeem them for coupons and other cool gear such as coffee mugs, t-shirts, and of course, more coffee. In Middlebury, you can try their coffee at several places such as Hannaford's, Jolley Convenience Store, Maplefields, Middlebury Bagel & Deli, Noonie’s Deli, and Shaw’s.
The next time you are shopping downtown, or just looking for a great cup of coffee, be sure to ask about the Vermont Coffee Company.

If you are planning a spring getaway, need a romantic retreat or a place to host a family reunion, the Swift House Inn is the perfect home away from home with room to roam, relax, and renew. Reserve directly online or contact us at (866) 388-9925.