An historic 20-room former governor’s mansion, Swift House Inn is Middlebury’s premiere full-service inn. Large, comfortable, and well-appointed rooms can be found throughout three distinct buildings spread across four acres of extensive lawns and mature formal gardens. Many rooms and common areas have fireplaces and quintessential vintage New England decor.
There’s much to do around Middlebury, Vermont, including visiting Middlebury College, strolling by downtown boutiques, taking in world class performances at Town Hall Theater or at the College, or visiting the many area museums and historic sites. But first, start here—with an outstanding gourmet meal at our restaurant: Jessica’s at Swift House Inn, prepared by Executive Chef Rob Fenn. Located in the Main House, meals are served in any of the three historic dining rooms and the Blue Bar. Our authoritatively curated wine list was again honored in 2021 with a Best of Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator magazine, one of fewer than 1200 restaurants in the world and one of only three restaurants in Vermont with this accolade.
Swift House Inn is ideally located near numerous biking and hiking trails connecting the Champlain Valley. The entrance to the beautiful and challenging Trail Around Middlebury is only steps away from the inn’s entrance. This trail connects to the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail. Fly fish numerous rivers and streams throughout the Green Mountains. In the winter, guests can enjoy cross country skiing and snowshoeing at Rikert Nordic Center, a truly gorgeous and complex trail area. Middlebury Snow Bowl, Stowe, and Killington are all within an hour’s drive.
Inn Amenities: Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, LGBT Friendly, Green Environmentally Friendly, Restaurant On Site, Pub/Tavern Site, Tesla/Electric Vehicle Charging Station, Wine/Spirits Available, Concierge Services,
Food & Wine
Our restaurant, Jessica’s at Swift House Inn, is one of the finest restaurants in Vermont. Creative, locally-sourced food is served in a tastefully decorated, updated traditional setting.
Breakfast is complimentary with a night’s stay.. The menu revolves around perfect, tender buttermilk pancakes served with locally tapped maple syrup, egg dishes cooked to order and delicious baked goods. Fans rave about the meaty, smoky bacon and sausage and our house made granola.
Chef Rob’s dinner menu features elevated interpretations of traditional favorites: hearty soups, imaginatively composed salads and starters and main courses designed to showcase the best seasonal offerings of meats, seafood and vegetables. Rob’s long-standing connections with area farmers, local growers, and ranchers influence the ever-changing menu.
Be sure to grab a drink in our Blue Bar with in-house mixologist Laura and our sommelier David. The bar features a wide selection of local Vermont beers and artisanal spirits and our award-winning wine list. In addition, we have a full menu of creative and seasonal cocktails using local ingredients such as syrups made from lilac blossoms and lavender sourced from our own gardens.
Whether a casual night out with friends, date night or a special occasion, Jessica’s at Swift House Inn will complete your New England stay with a memorable meal. Inquire about special events including wedding receptions, elopements, rehearsal dinners, and more. Hours vary seasonally.
Meals Offered: Breakfast , Dinner
Restaurant on Premises: Open to the public
Special Diets Accommodated: Vegetarian , Vegan , Gluten Free , Yes
Breakfast Service: Continental , Full
Breakfast Seating: Individual Tables , Flexible Times
Pub/Tavern on Premises: Open to the public
Alcohol Permits: Beer , Wine , Spirits
Dining Amenities: Complimentary Snacks , Complimentary Early Coffee Tea , Complimentary Warm Cookies before bed , Picnics Available
Rooms & Suites
Built in 1814 in the Federal Style, the Main House is a nine-bedroom mansion which once housed the governor of Vermont and his family. Formerly the master bedroom, the Swift Room still has the old brass internal telephone that Jessica Swift once used. Just up the driveway from the Main House is the six-room Carriage House, with updated amenities including wood burning and gas fireplaces, jetted tubs, and king size beds. The Carriage House has a steam room, sauna, and conference room. The Mansfield room features a private patio, which leads to a walkway weaving through the four-acres of manicured lawns and gardens. Or you may prefer the more Victorian feel of the Gate House, a short half block walk from the Main House. It features a wraparound porch, turret room, ornate woodwork, and stained glass. The spacious well-appointed parlor is roomy enough for the whole family to play games and cozy enough for just you to curl up near the fire with a good book.
# of Rooms: 20
Beds: Twin, Queen, King
Room Entertainment: Cable TV
Safes: Front Desk
Handicap Accessible: Limited
Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Alarm Clocks, Bathrobes, Fireplace, Hair Dryer, Ironing Boards, Private Deck, Private Entrance, Refrigerator, Rollaway Available, Telephones, Whirlpool or Jacuzzi
Internet Service: Wireless, Complimentary
Front Desk/Security: OnSite, 24 Hours, Business Hours
Corporate Rates: Yes
Inn Amenities: Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, LGBT Friendly, Green Environmentally Friendly, Restaurant On Site, Pub/Tavern Site, Tesla/Electric Vehicle Charging Station, Wine/Spirits Available, Concierge Services
Location Type: Small Town/Village
Innkeeper's Pets: Inside
Smoking Policy: Outside Only
Family Friendly: Yes
Weddings & Events
Swift House Inn is your perfect place for small- to medium-size weddings. Inside seating can accommodate wedding party sizes up to 50 and the adjacent garden area can be tented to accommodate up to 120. The surrounding lawns and gardens offer a picturesque backdrop. The Inn's twenty rooms can accommodate your out-of-town guests. Chef Rob's wedding menu selections are a reflection of the sumptuous offers of Jessica's Restaurant. Any wedding at the Swift House and in Middlebury will be a memorable event.
Wedding/Events Capacity: 100-199
Events Supported: Private Parties, Ceremony, Receptions, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Luncheon, Elopement
Wedding Services & Amenities: Officiant, Caterer, Florist
Wedding/Reception/Event Facilities: Indoor, Outdoor
Reception Seating: 50 Inside / 120 Outside Under Tent
Banquet Seating: 50 Inside / 120 Outside Under Tent
Max Capacity Outdoor: 120
Business Travel & Events
The Carriage House features a modern, comfortable, and very private conference room. The room can be set in numerous configurations and can accommodate up to 28 people. The Main House's Library can also be used for meetings; this room can accommodate up to 12 people. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and/or afternoon refreshments can be provided for any meeting.
# of Meeting Rooms: 2
Meeting Types: Business Meeting, Retreats, Social
Meeting Amenities: Dedicated Conference Center, Onsite Catering
Meeting Facilities: Indoor
Business Travel & Event Max Capacity: 28
Total Rooms Sq Footages: 450
Max Capacity Theater: 24
Max Capacity Boardroom: 16
Max Capacity Classroom: 28