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Windsor, VT 05089
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802 227 0008

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Memorial Day 2012

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Snapdragons are blooming, the new bee hive is installed, and as many of us gather in our gardens on this Memorial Day, we give thanks to all those who have served the United States of America. 





Making Lip Balm Part II - Ingredients

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Snapdragon Inn Relax Lip balms during the labeling process

Here is a little background on the ingredients in each lip balm. We are currently working on a new formula using green tea as well as a new hand salve.  Let us know what you think and have fun making your own beauty products in the kitchen.


Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) We use a certified organic steam distilled lavender oil from France or Bulgaria. Lavender oil is known for its skin healing and sedative properties but it has many many benefits including use as an antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antirheumatic.

The name “lavender” is derived from the Latin lavare, meaning, “to wash”.  Known as one of the seven polyvalents (effective against many toxins), which are applicable to many ailments.  Greeks and Romans perfumed their bathwater with lavender, burned lavender incense to appease their wrathful gods, and believed the scent of lavender to be soothing to untamed lions and tigers.

Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)
We use a steam distilled organic tea tree oil from Australia, though the largest current producer is Kenya. Tea Tree oil is widely known for its healing properties for the skin and is used for anything from bug bites to sunburns. Properties include: analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antiviral, decongestant, deodorant, diaphoretic, expectorant, fungicidal, and immune stimulant. And it has been used to treat acne, asthma, blisters, bronchitis, burns, candida, chicken pox, cold sores, dandruff, ear and nose infections, fever, flu, fungal infections, immune system deficiencies, infectious illnesses, insect bites, oily skin, respiratory problems, sinusitis, skin rashes, and sunburn. Tea tree makes a great addition to most skin care products. A simple way to use it is adding the oil to aloe vera gel.

In World War ll Tea Tree cutters and producers of Tea Tree were exempt from military service until enough essential oil had been accumulated. It was issued to each soldier and sailor for them to treat tropical infections and other problems of warfare, including wounds.

Bergamot Essential Oil (Citrus bergamia)
Our cold expression organic Bergamot oil comes to us from California and Italy and has a fresh, spicy, and citrus scent palette. Bergamot has been used as a remedy for fever in Italian folk tradition, and has a long history of use in potpourri and perfumes. It is has the following properties: antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, deodorant, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, laxative, rubefacient, sedative.  Bergamot has been used to treat acne, anxiety, boils, bronchitis, carbuncles, cold sores, colds, colic, cystitis, depression, eczema, fevers, insect bites, nervous tension, oily complexion, sore throat,  and varicose veins.  In addition it is used in a massage blend for indigestion; remember to rub the abdomen in a clockwise direction.

Despite the fact that the bergamot fruit is inedible, the oil has many culinary and house hold uses. It is the characteristic flavor of Earl Grey tea, and is used as a fragrance for pipe tobaccos.

Calendula Herbal Oil (Calendula officinalis)
Calendula is an annual flower native to the northern Mediterranean countries. This organic oil is not only one of the most effective topical oils, it also makes an excellent base for salves, facial creams and many other natural cosmetics. Gentle, cooling, and soothing. Calendula oil is the most successful oil for assisting us with dry and damaged skin, skin inflammations, rashes, diaper irritations, and other skin disorders. Makes a wonderful baby's oil and is exceptional for those with sensitive skin.

Its name refers to its tendency to bloom with the calendar, usually once a month or every new moon. The term "marigold" refers to the Virgin Mary, and marigolds are used in Catholic events honoring the Virgin Mary. The Egyptians considered them to have rejuvenating properties. In the Hindu world, the flowers were used to adorn statues of gods in their temples, as well as a colorant in food, fabrics, and cosmetics, and of particular interest, in the 18th and 19th century calendula was used to color cheese. The calendula was originally used as food rather than as an herb. It adds flavor to cereals, rice, and soups. The petals can be added to salads. As recently as 70 years ago, American physicians used calendula to treat amenorrhea, conjunctivitis, fevers, cuts, scrapes, bruises, and burns, as well as minor infections of the skin.

Hemp Seed Oil (Cannabis sativa)
Our organic hemp seed oil comes from Canada and is cold pressed and unrefined. It is derived from organic and GMO free Hemp seed, with a dark green color, and rich flavor. Hemp Seed Oil is considered to be the most nutritional of all oils available. It has a plethora of medicinal, nutritional, and cosmetic uses, making it a wonderful multi-purpose ingredient. It is a source of complete protein and contains all twenty know amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids. It also contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, and E. The green color in Hemp Seed Oil is a result of the high level of chlorophyll which is naturally present in the seeds. Perhaps the most valued property of Hemp Seed Oil is its percentage of Essential Fatty Acids, which is higher than any other plant in the world. It contains both Omega-6 and Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids, in a proportion of 3:1. In cosmetic and bodycare products, Hemp Seed Oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, balances dry skin, fights skin inflammations, helps heal skin lesions, has anti-oxidants, and contains moisture balancing properties. The oil is non-greasy, readily absorbs into the pores, is an emollient, and has rejuvenating and moisturizing properties for the skin.

It has been used for many years medicinally, and was even used during Ming Dynasty by the Chinese under the name of Ma Zi. Hemp Seed Oil provides the body with complete protein, nutrition, and with all the essential amino acids necessary for health and wellness.

Beeswax
We currently use a pure, filtered, beeswax comes from beekeepers in the United States. It has a rich and deep aroma. Beeswax is produced by the (female) worker honeybees. The wax is secreted from wax glands on the underside of the bee's abdomen and is molded into six-sided cells which are filled with honey, then capped with more wax. When honey is harvested, the top layer of wax that covers the cells, or the cappings, must be removed from each hexagon-shaped cell. Just to put it into perspective, one pound of wax requires the bees to consume about ten pounds of honey! Beeswax works well in cosmetic products because of the “wax esthers” that exist in both beeswax and human skin and it is these compounds which help to bind and emulsify ointments, lipsticks and lotions. As a natural hydrating ingredient that increases essential moisture in skin, it is commonly found in hand and body creams that help retain natural skin moisture and in the relief of itching from sensitive skin. Beeswax will not clog the pores, but brings a host of very positive attributes, such as general healing and softening, as well as an antiseptic.

Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis)
Our organic oil is expeller pressed in the USA. This is one of the most useful, practical, and commonly used oils. It is great for all skin types as an acting emollient and is best known for its ability to soften, soothe, and re-condition the skin. It is truly marvelous as a carrier oil and is equally superb for addition to body care products. Natural expeller pressed oil from raw almond kernels and exceptionally rich in fatty acids.

Castor Oil (Ricinus communis)
A natural source oil from certified organic Castor beans, this organic oil is expeller pressed in India. A hard and shiny oil found in most cosmetics that acts as a barrier agent and protective medium against harsh conditions and extremes. Very soothing to the skin.

Lip Balms Are Back!

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Snapdragon Inn lip balms are back and more organic and natural than ever!  As we strive to continue offering pure and fresh products to our customers, our new personal care products have been redesigned with more organic ingredients. A few lines are on the way, with "Relax" launching this week.  The Relax lip balm features all natural beeswax, organic sweet almond oil, organic castor oil, organic calendula herbal oil, organic essential oil of lavender, and vitamin E.   You'll find one in your room next time when you stay at Snapdragon Inn!


Snapdragon Mother's Day wishlist

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We asked all the mothers in our group what they'd love for Mother's Day. We all hope for a few extra minutes of sleep, but there's always a little "something" we have our eyes on too. Some of our mommy desires are truly inexpensive; what mother wouldn't love a new pair of summer sandals and some earrings?  Then there is, of course, this chair which would blow anyone's yearly budget.  What about you? Are you hoping for a little something?

Nike+ Fuel band 
One line a day journal 
Cobrahead Weeder & Gardening Tools (the ones pictured aren't available any longer but cute, right?)
Liberty Prints
This Chair
A simple silver locket
Definitely a subscription to this.
This CD


HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY from your the Snapdragon Inn Moms!

"Best B&B we have ever stayed in!"

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This review just came. We love how they took delight in the details because we think they make all the difference. Thanks for this amazing review and we can't wait to see you again!

“Best B&B we have ever stayed in!”
We have stayed in many B&B's, and this is the best. Most B&B's don't exactly look as they do on the website. Don't include the Snapdragon in that description. From the beautiful exterior, well manicured grounds and walking paths, to the extremely clean room, this place exceeds all expectations. I have never gone anywhere that the customer service has been such a priority. One of the owners, Nate, took time to explain the history of the town, buildings and surrounding communities to us. His passion is obvious in the way that he takes care of the guests and the Snapdragon. 
 This is a perfect couples getaway. We had a couples massage that was terrific. The staff has a great balance of both humorous and professional attitude. Take time to hit the walking paths and check out the pond. We came when it was raining for several days in a row. No problem there. Several umbrellas sit at the door to borrow as you wish. This made for a very romantic walk. This place just read our mind every step of the way. We will be returning later in the season to visit the American Precision Museum and will not look further than the Snapdragon Inn. I can't wait to return.

May Literary Club Meet-up: May 31st

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Hi everyone!

We are a wee bit late to post this but our book for May is "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein. This novel has popped up on reading lists for several months so we thought it was time we check it off the list. We have seen the world from various viewpoints and time periods but never from the perspective of a dog. We hear it is excellent. Have you read it?

“I savored Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain for many reasons: a dog who speaks, the thrill of competitive racing, a heart-tugging storyline, and--best of all--the fact that it is a meditation on humility and hope in the face of despair. Since finishing this engagingly unique novel, I’ve found myself staring at my own dog, thinking, Hmm, I wonder ...” -- Wally Lamb, Author of She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True

Join the facebook group here.  May's event is here. Come join us!

25% off Snapdragon Inn Spa services until Mother's Day!

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Take some time to pamper yourselves or take care of your mom leading up to Mother's Day.  We've made it easy by discounting all spa services 25% from now until 5/13/12. Visit out Facebook Page, call 802-227-0008 or email spa@snapdragoninn.com for more information. Services must be booked and used between 5/4/12 and 5/13/12 to apply the 25% discount. May not be used in conjunction with other offers, discounts or coupons.

Latest VT vows magazine

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Back in March, we shared this wee feature from the Vermont Vows blog. We have a huge crush on Vermont Vows;  everything they touch is gold (design wise) so we are beyond excited to be included on their vendor list. Their Spring/Summer 2012 magazine is hot off the press with our print ad. You can check out our web listing here and browse their beautiful site while you are there. Did we mention how lovely it is? Oh, we did--several times. The fashion inspiration on their blog today is gorgeous.

Whether you are planning a Vermont wedding or not, this should be your first stop for inspiration & ideas. Oh, and don't Leilani & Rob just make our ad? They were our first wedding at Snapdragon Inn and we look forward to many more.

Happy Weekend!

Greening up

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April Greens via Nathan Larson Photography


We've had some much needed rain showers here in Windsor. Although, in true Vermont fashion, you never know if you will want shorts or long underwear on a given day. Either way, the earth is greening up, the leaves are coming out and we are getting excited for the changing weather. Doesn't the photo above capture it perfectly?


Paradise Park is looking gorgeous, as well, and its been a great time to spot all kinds of wildlife. Just this evening a  local spotted a red- necked grebe on the far side of the lake. All of our weekend guests took advantage of Paradise and loved stepping right out into the beautiful Vermont landscape. One particular guest from NYC enjoyed wandering the trails behind the Inn:
I stayed here for two nights, and the Snapdragon Inn was a beautiful, peaceful retreat. The building is steeped in history (it used to belong to famed literary editor Maxwell Perkins), and has been renovated to include all the most modern conveniences - our room even included a Blu-Ray player (with free rentals available). The property also includes access to several miles of hiking trails around Paradise Park. The service is warm, personalized, and wonderful - the team goes out of their way to make every guest feel special and valued. The staff was extremely helpful in providing recommendations and directions, and they were more than willing to take time out of their day to sit and chat with guests. The rooms are clean, beautifully decorated, and include amenities like plush bathrobes and high-end spa products, to add to the overall relaxed atmosphere of the place. If you're looking for a weekend retreat, or a place to celebrate an anniversary, I highly recommend the Snapdragon Inn.
We are so grateful for such wonderful reviews and of course "give it up" to our outstanding housekeeping team that keep the Inn looking immaculate. 

Spring Cleaning

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photo by Jason Lee 


It's true, occasionally our dark corners get a little cluttered just like the rest of the world and just no where a guest would ever see. Every month, we have an owners/family work day and this past Saturday we were doing some much needed spring cleaning in the basement. Most of the basement is very well organized thanks to Cindy, our head housekeeper, but there were a couple corners that needed some much needed...attention. C'mon, we all have them and ours happen to be a little more out of control with all the electronics, plumbing, painting, and maintenance parts we have to keep on hand. We did get rid of a hefty bag of bits and pieces that are no longer needed and we labeled everything so we now know just where to go next time we need a new outlet switch or furniture pad. 

Yay for spring cleaning! 





This is what Design Mom thinks of Spring Cleaning.
Pinterest is full of checklists like these.
Our labeling was pretty basic. Check out this collection of labels to spruce up your pantry.
Check out more of Jason's photo series with his daughters. They are fab!