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26 Main St.
Windsor, VT 05089

802 227 0008

Pure. Fresh. Vermont

That's what we offer at the Snapdragon Inn. Join us for a  relaxing getaway and explore the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. 

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Children of the Corn


The Great Vermont Corn Maze is one of the top 10 mazes in the States. It is just over an hour from the Inn. It is located on a dairy farm that has been in the family for 3 generations. The layout is different every year and the maze has all sorts of fun surprises along the way. We love these arial photos from past years. They have lots of fun information on their website. We particularly liked this tidbit,
Having helped thousands of people lose themselves over a number of years, we can definitely say that the people who enjoy the maze the most are healthy ADULTS in their mid-twenty's to early 60's, as well as adults with young children (under 14 years old). 
Have you ever been through a corn maze? Did you give up in the first 20 minutes or go for gold? We are very excited to check out the GVCM this year. Here is their facebook link for daily weather reports at the maze.  See you there!

We Love Guest Notes...


We recently wrote about our new all natural and organic lip balms. We place a Revive or Relax lip balm in each room here at Snapdragon Inn.  We recently received a little note from a previous guest who is still enjoying her product.

"Still using that chapstick from my room and loving it!" -A

Our upcoming production of lip balms and hand salves will include bees wax from our very own Snapdragon Inn hive as well.

Thanks for the feedback!  Purchase lip balms here

Literary Package


We love the literary heritage at Snapdragon Inn and want to find as many ways to tie into it as possible. We have even launched a special New York Times Best Seller Package which would be a perfect gift for any book lover close to your heart.
Treat your mind and body. Sit on the back porch, find a shady spot in Paradise Park, or stay tucked in bed and enjoy a great book. This package is perfect for those looking for a literary and relaxation escape. When you book your package, choose from any current New York Times Bestseller and it will be waiting for you in your room on arrival. Along with a great book, you’ll also enjoy your choice of a relaxation massage or cleansing facial at Snapdragon Inn Spa.

Tomorrow night will be the Snapdragon Literary club's fourteenth meeting! You can check out past books on our pinterest board. Doesn't it looks colorful?If you haven't had a chance to read "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein, you have 24 more hours before we meet-up tomorrow night at 7:30PM at the Inn to discuss. One of our attendees read the whole thing last night--sure, she was up until 2AM but it's a great read.

The Great Gatsby


We like to keep up to date on all things Fitzgerald since he was one of the many authors who relied heavily on the editor and former owner of Snapdragon Inn,  Max Perkins. In fact, it was our Max who continually pushed Scribner's to publish his first novel, "This Side of Paradise" in 1919.  Fitzgerald's novel, "The Great Gatsby" has recently been Baz-ified and will be coming to theatres this Christmas. We were excited to see the new trailer (end of post).

Whether you love him or not, Baz Luhrman has a distinct style. Think Moulin Rouge, Romeo & Juliet or, our favorite, Strictly Ballroom. His garish, melodramatic, spectacular, and visually hyper movies can put you over the edge or leave you on a color high. It looks like he has held nothing back in his visualization of "The Great Gatsby"

What do you think? Have you read "The Great Gasby" and are you going to go see Baz's version? 

Who is this Max Perkins?
Check out this cool Telegram.
Have you seen this movie? We loved it.
This one looks intense.

This just in...


Today we were awarded the 2012 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. We are very excited by this recent award since it reflects what YOU think about Snapdragon Inn. Thank you to our staff-- Cindy, Christie, Jeannie, Deb, Eva and Heidi-- for being rockstars and helping keep the Inn clean and ready to greet our guests.  These were notes from Trip Advisor on how they award each year.

The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

Room 9 

Here is another excellent review that came in this week. We love the bit about the bed in Room 9!
We recently stayed here to gel away from a hectic schedule and to celebrate my husband's birthday. Our stay was all we expected and more. Nate the owner made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived. He was friendly, helpful, informative and funny. The Inn was beautiful and very clean and the bed in room 9 was like a giant marshmallow- SOOOO comfortable! The bathroom was spacious and clean and the L'Occitane bath products were delightful. I need to buy more! The grounds and walking path were beautiful and peaceful. We left relaxed and happy and will visit again in the Fall to experience the foliage around the property. Be sure to visit nearby Simon Pearce for the glass blowing and a lovely meal. Thank you Nate for all your hospitality!

Making Lip Balm Part I - Process


We recently reformulated our lip balms, adding to a growing list of personal care and beauty products available at Snapdragon Inn.  To see our current lineup, visit Snapdragon Inn Spa's online store.

Lip balms have been featured in our rooms since we opened and guests have always raved about the all natural and organic ingredients in our products.  For our most recent edition of balms, we decide to create two new lines: Revive and Relax. We knew what properties we wanted in each balm, but this time we decided we also wanted full control of the process and instead of working with an off-site company, we decided to make the entire product here at Snapdragon Inn.

Our first job was to research the basic recipes and methodologies for making balms and salves.  There are hundreds of recipes online ranging from bubblegum flavored glosses to Argan oil salves. In our case we were creating custom recipes, but looking online is a fantastic way to find inspiration. Organic Beauty Recipes is one great place to start for more natural recipe inspirations.

In their simplest form, most balms are made of an oil or beeswax base. Each base is then combined with additional essential oils, additives, colors, or flavoring for the desired final product.  The beeswax/solids and carrier oils are slowly melted and mixed in a double boiler and then additional ingredients are added. While the mixture is still warm, it is placed in containers or tubes where it is left to rest and cool before being capped and stored. Increasing the beeswax proportions of a recipe will create a harder product while lowering the ratio of beeswax or solids  to essential oils will create a softer balm or salve. Our goal was to create a smooth blend which was going to take some customization and experimentation.

Basic set-up requires a double boiler (or home made version of one), small tubes or containers for your product, measuring spoons, and a way to pour or pipe your product from the double boiler to final containers.  When making balms for your personal use the measuring process can be more of a feel than a science.  However, when making balms for a line or consistent result, it is very important to measure accurately and combine ingredients following suggested methodologies. SKS bottle is a company offering many bottle, tube and equipment options. They feature products that definitely make the process faster and they also have a wide range of containers for personal and commercial use.

There is a amazing array of options available for anyone wanting to make personal care products at home.  We wanted all of our ingredients to be certified organic or all natural while also having a documented refinement or distillation process. Part II of this post covers the ingredients we use in much more detail. Be clear on whether you want scented/fragrance oils or essential oils. There is a price difference and while people love to debate it as much as Coke vs. Pepsi or Britney vs. Christina, essential oils are simply the best choice for true therapeutic benefits.

It can get pricey since many different distillation methods for essential oils lead to different grades of final product.  So if you are just having fun at home, choosing simple and economic ingredients that are widely available is a really great way to start.  Mountain Rose Herbs is an excellent source for online research on essentials oils.

After we selected our ingredients we completed some final research on the interactions of different oils and how they blend.  We also listed the therapeutic benefits of each product to refine our mixtures. Finally, we consulted with a licensed esthetician and massage therapist for additional background and more practical everyday use advice.

Here are the two lines that we developed and now produce in bulk.  Both are available online.

Revive: A true healing balm overflowing with therapeutic benefits. Full of vitamins, anti-inflammation agents, fatty acids and formulated to actively heal and protect lips and skin.

Relax: A soothing balm featuring organic lavender.  Developed to glide on smoothly and provide the truly calming aromatic benefits of distilled lavender. Additional protection and benefits are added with the use of select organic oils. Perfect for lips as well as a spot treatment for general skin healing and hydration.

Your Turn!
The best part is experimenting with different proportions of solids to oils and trying blends of essential oils and carrier oils that you really enjoy. You can fine tune any recipe to make a smooth lip balm or harder salve for hands, feet, and body. There is also some great information out there on adding color to your products.  Enjoy!

Beeswax melting with oils
Final mixture poured into tubes
Cooling Process
Trimmed and ready for capping