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Inspired @ Snapdragon : Ginette Lareault

Chris Cammock

Ginette Lareault

 

A few weekends ago, we had some lovely guests down from Montreal and it turns out that Ginette is the creator and author of a magical series of French children's books about a family and their adventures called, "Les Larcyberda". Ginette and her editor/husband, Jacques, are a warm, creative, enthusiastic duo and we felt so inspired when she shared with us about her beautiful books.   

Here is what Ginette from LES LARCYBERDA had to say but if you don't speak French,  scroll down because she also translated her thoughts into English for us!

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Une petite balade... une grande découverte: Snapdragon

Il était une fois, une auteure de livres de contes pour enfants qui décida d'aller se balader dans une petite ville du Vermont. Elle n'avait jamais entendu parler de cet endroit. En voyant les photos sur le site moderne Internet, elle trouvait que la maison de Windsor était vieillotte et grande. Elle se demandait si elle allait aimer l'endroit. « Bof, dit-elle à son mari et éditeur, on a besoin de changer d'air, de se reposer, c'est l'occasion. L'intérieur semblait joli. Il y a un déjeuner, en plus. On verra! »

Les deux amoureux se rendirent au Snapdragon. C'était la fin de l'hiver. Ils arrivèrent vers 18 heures. Ils se sentaient au milieu de nulle part devant la fabuleuse maison. En y mettant les pieds, l'auteure se sentit envahie par une sensation de bien-être. La pièce était lumineuse , ce qui lui fit oublier la nature grisâtre de l'extérieur. Les deux visiteurs furent enchantés par l'accueil. Les chambres élégantes et chaleureuses les ont transporté dans un autre siècle. IL y avait meubles bien choisis, planchers de bois authentiques, lit imposant, fauteuils confortables, plancher chauffant dans la salle de bain. L'auteure, elle qui mettait toujours un peu de magie dans ses livres, se sentit étrangement bien. En revenant, l'auteure dit: « On revient ici, un jour,  on était tellement bien. En plus, derrière, il y a un magnifique jardin, un lac. »

En arrivant à la maison, l'auteure lit l'histoire de la maison et réalisa que c'était celle où Max Perkins, éditeur d'Ernest Hémingway, de F.Scott Fitzgerald... avait vécu. Ce fut sa famille qui avait été propriétaire de 1820 à 2005. Cette maison a une âme, Ginette Lareault l'a ressentie.  L'éditeur Jacques Cyr fut touché.

Bravo aux deux propriétaires qui savent garder cette maison à la hauteur d'un château de rêve. 

Ginette

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A little trip... a great discovery

Once upon a time... a children's tale book writer who decided to ride to a little town of Vermont. She never heard about this place. When she saw the pictures on the modern wedsite, she found that the house of Windsor seem to be old-fashioned and  great. She say to her husband and publisher: "Bof! We will see. " 

They arrived at Snapdragon  aroud 18 o'clock. Just entering, the author felt a sensation of joy in herself. They received a warm welcome. The stylish and handsome room moved them in other century. There was nice furniture, wood authentic floors, impressive bed, warm floor in bathroom, all was wonderful... The author had something magical in her books, so she was pleased. The two visitors fell in love with the place.

This house was owned  by Max Perkins and his family. He was the great publisher of Ernest Hemingway, F.Scott Fitzgerald... This house has a soul. The author felt that. 

Bravo to the two owners, Michelle and Chris, who keep this house like a dream manor in the nature.  We will come back soon, we have to explore a time again.

Ginette 

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THANK YOU Ginette. We loved meeting you and excited for our new friendship. We were so inspired by your passion and creativity and are going to order some of your books for the Inn because they are lovely! Aren't the colors glorious? 

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Inspired @ Snapdragon is a new series of guest posts from bloggers, writers, artists and creative visitors to the Inn.  We've asked guests to share an inspired thought from their time at the Inn. Windsor and the surrounding villages used to be a gathering place for creatives and this is our nod to that incredible legacy. 

This series is supported by the Cornish Colony Arts Council whose aim is to preserve and promote creativity in Windsor, Vermont and the surrounding area. 

Photos by sublime eye 

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John Denver + fortune tellers = Snapdragon Valentines

Chris Cammock

I know Valentine's day is long gone and people's minds are on Easter and Fourth of July but here are the valentines we made for our guests this year.  

Design Mom always has great inspiration and we liked the idea of this classic paper fortune teller that we made heaps of when we were kids. We called out to our internet amigos and got lots of suggestions for love song lyrics that we used instead of fortunes.

Uh, I'm not gonna lie, it was pretty time consuming but luckily, two of my besties came up to visit me that night and we spent the day cutting, writing, and painting these babies. The best day ever.  It also snowed 18" that night so we had nowhere to go. I literally had to snowshoe down to the Inn to set them up in the rooms with some chocolates and these awesome paper hearts that Cricut sent us (Alt just keeps on giving) 

Nothing says love quite like John Denver's, "Annie's Song" so we made this little video showing it off. Can we do them again next year?

Chris



Inspired @ Snapdragon: A BLOG ABOUT LOVE

Chris Cammock

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Inspired @ Snapdragon is a new series of guest posts from bloggers, writers, artists and creative visitors to the Inn.  During their stay at the Snapdragon, we've asked them to share an inspired thought. Windsor, Vermont and the surrounding villages were once a gathering place for creatives and this is our nod to that incredible legacy. 

Here is what Mara from A BLOG ABOUT LOVE had to say:

One of our guests said she was really nervous when she walked in the door for the event because she had never done anything like this. I told her I was nervous to meet everyone, too. But, we did it. We showed up. We were bravely vulnerable. We talked about life and love and happiness. And it led to uplifting conversations and connections that we never would have had otherwise. I feel inspired. I feel grateful for people out there willing to connect and gather together.

 

This series is supported by the Cornish Colony Arts Council whose aim is to preserve and promote creativity in Windsor, Vermont and the surrounding area. 

Photo by sublime eye . More photos from this shoot here

 
 

DOOCE stayed at the Inn.

Chris Cammock

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We still can't wrap our heads around the fact that Heather Armstrong of dooce.com, the Oprah of mommy bloggers, stayed at the Snapdragon Inn over Valentine's weekend. Uh, yeah and it was her first time in Vermont. We were her first ;) She was one of the people we day dreamed of hosting at the Inn back when we were stripping wall paper from every square inch of the place. In fact, it may have been this very night when Michelle (having just had her third baby and full into Heather's book) had that thought. (I day dreamed that it would be Design Mom and she did give us this amazing shout out right after we opened. How kind is that? Hollah for supporting small businesses.)

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So It was hard not acting like we had a celebrity in the house because, to us and sooooo many others, we DID! We fully expected to check them in and they'd hide away but no, they came down and chatted with us in the library for over an hour about the Inn, life, everything. We kept looking for cues that they wanted out and we didn't sense any (or at least we didn't think we did) so we chatted away. Later I apologized for talking so much and she said that was part of the experience staying at a place like this--getting to know the owners. Love her perspective.

Later she posted a picture on instagram saying that she had a "spectacular" evening. Not just lovely or wonderful but spectacular! No doubt, this was aided by what sounds like an amazing time at our local restaurant, The Windsor Station Restaurant & Barrooom. We looooooved this little convo too:

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And as if that wasn't all cool enough...she posted on her blog and gave us a shout out by name (giddy jumps). "Intimate" and  "Cozy" are definitely two words we are beyond happy to have describe us.  Plus, the rest of her post is hilarious, as always. 

We met Heather at Alt Summit  and went right up to her and invited her to the Inn and two weeks later she contacted us to book! We thought it was a pipe dream but we've been dooced. She likes us, she really likes us! Be on the outlook for other awesome happenings at the Inn. We are going for it! 

Chris

Remembering Gordon

Chris Cammock

Thoughts when I look at this picture. 1. The contrast of my mop hair and his product hair is awesome. 2. Where did those earrings go? 3. I've never seen him wear glasses. 

Thoughts when I look at this picture. 1. The contrast of my mop hair and his product hair is awesome. 2. Where did those earrings go? 3. I've never seen him wear glasses. 

Two years ago, Gordon Ramsay was in the area filming a show and he stayed with us during his week long visit. You can see the original blog post here.  I get excited just remembering that time. I have been a fan of Mr. Ramsay since I got sucked into a binge viewing of "Kitchen Nightmare's" after my son was born and I was awake all the time. That led to a binge viewing of "the F-word" (his UK show) and has finally rested with my loyalty to "Master Chef".

Anyhow, he was incredibly busy during his stay but was complimentary of the Inn and very personable and funny. Did he swear? Why, yes he did but it made me giggle and was endearing. He requested bran muffins which we did not have at the Inn so I was elected to make some. That is some pressure there. It was like my own private quick fire (oh, wrong cooking reality show) and I didn't want to make him spit them out in disgust. I carefully chose the freshest ingredients and stocked up on KIng Arthur Flour. Then they actually would be local since King Arthur HQ is just down the road from us in Norwich, Vermont. 

 I settled on this recipe from King Arthur Flour and at 10PM I whipped up a batch of muffins so he could have them in the morning. I contemplated waking up at 4AM to make them but I had a baby and a toddler at the time and that wasn't going to happen.

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I didn't really see much of Gordon that week but made a few batches of muffins so there were fresh ones available.  On the day of his departure, we had a brief chat. He asked where I had been all week and I said I had two young kids to which he replied, "brilliant" and "well done". As he walked up the stairs he said, "I love this place" and then when he came back down he said the "muffins were delicious". So there you have it folks, edge of your seat sort of stuff huh?  

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It had been a little hush-hush that he was staying with us so the moment he was out the door, we facebook and tweeted the spit out of it (we still are) and he so kindly tweeted back that he "loved it. many thanks". How do we know it was really him? Firstly, it was a very quick re-tweet- almost immediate, really.  Secondly, he signs his tweets, "Gx"  and thirdly, after a week with Gordon, he was our friend.

Thanks for indulging me down memory lane,

Chris

Heading to Alt Summit!

Chris Cammock

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We are going to be at Alt Summit and are thrilled to connect with bloggers and creatives and see what exciting projects we can come up with together. We are exited to grow our blog and take in as much as we can! The air here in SLC is dry so find us and we have some custom lip balms we made up to share with you. We can't wait to meet and chat with you!

Michelle & Chris

Happy 88th year to "The Great Gatsby"!

Chris



Today is the 88th year since "The Great Gatsby" was published on April 10th, 1925. We, of course, have a special interest in anything Fitzgerald because his editor, Max Perkins, lived at 26 Main Street (now the Inn). There is even greater interest in The GG this year because the Baz Luhrman film comes out next month and we are very very interested to see how that goes (it looks Bazrageous!). Our Snapdragon literary club read it a few months back so it is fresh in our minds for film viewing.



This is from a letter Fitzgerald sent to Perkins on October 27th, 1924 with his first draft of the novel,
(I think that at last I've done something really my own), but how good "my own" is remains to be seen.

Then on November 18th, 1924 Perkins responded with this articulate and beautifully crafted response,
I think the novel is a wonder. I'm taking it home to read again and shall then write my impressions in full;—but it has vitality to an extraordinary degree, and glamour, and a great deal of underlying thought of unusual quality. It has a kind of mystic atmosphere at times that you infused into parts of "Paradise" and have not since used. It is a marvelous fusion, into a unity of presentation, of the extraordinary incongruities of life today. And as for sheer writing, it's astonishing.
You can read more of their correspondence on the site, "Letters of Note" that posts fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams and will be publishing a book next month. Did you know that the title Fitzgerald was keen to go for was actually, "Trimalchio in West Egg"? Perkins didn't quite think that was a fit and  guided him back towards his original title, "The Great Gatsby".


So, have you read it lately? If you need a refresher, this clever infographic (found on pinterest, of course) below is a help or go check out this fancy site.


We'll chat again once the movie is out!

Snapdragon DIY: fortune eggs for Easter

Chris

Here's a fun little DIYer that we worked up for our guests over Easter weekend. We wanted more subtle colors so we sprayed the plastic eggs gold (taping some off for cool patterning). Then we filled them with chocolate and typed up some special wee notes for each. Then we hid them in the guest rooms. Egg hunts shouldn't just be for kids! We are already thinking on how to expand for next year.

March literary club meet-up: "Bandanas & October Supplies"

Chris



For March we will be reading, "Bandanas & October Supplies" by M. Dylan Raskin. We will also be hosting Raskin next month for a reading from the author. Read his book this month and come to the Inn next month to meet the author.
M. Dylan Raskin (MDR to friends) is back with the most unexpected of books—an offbeat love song to his ailing mother—that reads like a punk-rock version of The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Of course, there's a twist. As always, young Mr. Raskin has a lot on his mind. His generation is still stocked to the gills with morons and "walking clichés," and MDR's favorite things—blanket forts, fleece pants, cozy trees, and the month of October, to name just a few—are still in woefully short supply. But when his mother is diagnosed with cancer, MDR's usual troubles are forced to the backseat. Together, mother and son hit the road in their little Honda del Sol and scour America for peace and quiet and the "October supplies" they need to keep going. Equal parts road story, elegy, and hallucinatory bildungsroman, Bandanas and October Supplies is a bittersweet love story that is like no other book ever written about death, life, and the complex devotion between a mother and a son.
All are welcome. See you in a few weeks!

February literary club meet-up: "Peace Like a River"

Chris



As we gear up for Nor'easter Nemo, we thought it was about time we get the book announced for the month since there could be some quality time to read over the weekend with all this predicted snow (but will it really happen?).

Some of the general thoughts from the discussion of last month's, "Gone Girl" were that  it was a real page turner with an intricate twisting plot but we felt there wasn't much character development. It felt shallow. We didn't really care about who they were and, in turn, why they were acting as they were. Yes, there were moments that were funny and interesting  but overall, it felt sort of flat. How about you, have you read it? What was your takeaway? 

This month we are zooming back a few years to a book recommended from some women that have never led us astray in their book suggestions. "Peace like a River" by Lief Enger was written just after 9/11.

Hailed as one of the year's top five novels by Time, and selected as one of the best books of the year by nearly all major newspapers, national bestseller Peace Like a River captured the hearts of a nation in need of comfort. "A rich mixture of adventure, tragedy, and healing, " Peace Like a River is "a collage of legends from sources sacred and profane -- from the Old Testament to the Old West, from the Gospels to police dramas" (Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor). In "lyrical, openhearted prose" (Michael Glitz, The New York Post), Enger tells the story of eleven-year-old Reuben Land, an asthmatic boy who has reason to believe in miracles. Along with his sister and father, Reuben finds himself on a cross-country search for his outlaw older brother who has been controversially charged with murder. Their journey is touched by serendipity and the kindness of strangers, and its remarkable conclusion shows how family, love, and faith can stand up to the most terrifying of enemies, the most tragic of fates. Leif Enger's "miraculous" (Valerie Ryan, The Seattle Times) novel is a "perfect book for an anxious time ... of great literary merit that nonetheless restores readers' faith in the kindness of stories" (Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press).

Did you read this back when it came out? We are excited to delve in.  Please join us on February 28th at 7:30PM in the Maxwell Perkins library to discuss. All are welcome to attend, even if you aren't able to read it but want to come listen and enjoy some discussion.

You can also join the facebook group here.

See you then!