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August Literary club meet-up: August 30th

Chris



Thanks to everyone who made it out to our meet-up last week to discuss "Pastwatch". We really enjoyed our adventure into science fiction last month but our delving back into our love of true stories as we read "Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project" by Jack Mayer. 

During World War II, Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker, organized a rescue network of fellow social workers to save 2,500 Jewish children from certain death in the Warsaw ghetto. Incredibly, after the war her heroism, like that of many others, was suppressed by communist Poland and remained virtually unknown for 60 years. Unknown, that is, until three high school girls from an economically depressed, rural school district in southeast Kansas stumbled upon a tantalizing reference to Sendler's rescues, which they fashioned into a history project, a play they called Life in a Jar. Their innocent drama was first seen in Kansas, then the Midwest, then New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, and finally Poland, where they elevated Irena Sendler to a national hero, championing her legacy of tolerance and respect for all people. Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project is a Holocaust history and more. It is the inspirational story of Protestant students from Kansas, each carrying her own painful burden, each called in her own complex way to the history of a Catholic woman who knocked on Jewish doors in the Warsaw ghetto and, in Sendler's own words, "tried to talk the mothers out of their children." 


You can read more about the Irena Sendler Project here. It sounds like an inspirational read. Join us!


We will meet on August 30th at 7:30PM in the Maxwell Perkins Library at Snapdragon Inn. Everyone is welcome to join in. You can also join the event here or the group on facebook to hear about updates. 

"Don't change-not even a little"

Chris




Summer is in full swing here at the Inn! We recently hosted a wonderful family for their reunion and then prepared Snapdragon Inn for a beautiful wedding over the weekend. We love our guests and, of course, love when we receive these wonderful notes.

Dear Snapdragon Inn,
Thank you for a lovely stay. We enjoyed our time here immensely. 
Don't change-not even a little.

This review from our family reunion just came into our TripAdvisor queue.

Where do I begin?! The staff were awesome to work with in planning our family reunion. And while there the staff did a wonderful job of keeping areas clean and well stocked while staying in the background and never intruding on anyone. When we arrived, all was organized and ready for us. Our rooms were large and comfortable and well furnished. Breakfast every morning was delightful with many choices and a comfortable room in which to enjoy it.


The porch was one of the surprise highlights for our group as it is expansive and seated most in rocking chairs overlooking their beautiful large backyard. Cocktails were enjoyed on the veranda every night! 



We feel very blessed to have had such a great inn for our family gathering!

Wedding Bells

Chris



 











Wedding season is upon us! Our wedding planner Jen has her finger on the pulse of what will make the perfect day.  You can email her with your requests and ideas both large and small.  Jen recently designed a marketing photo shoot for upcoming event ads. Whether it is the backdrop of Paradise Park, or the wonderful lawns and outdoor spaces, or the simple and elegant interior, Snapdragon Inn is the perfect spot for an event, retreat, or wedding.  We are also thrilled to be part of the summer/spring wedding vendor listing in Vermont Vows Magazine.

July Literary Club Meet-up: July 26th

Chris




Last night we had our Literary club meet-up to discuss the adventurous spirits of Ros and Dot from "Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected education of two society girls in the West" by Dorothy Wickendon. If you like autobiographical fare or stories of the ole West in the early 1900's, this book is for you! It felt so real and for good reason, it is. It recounts the life histories of two friends from Auburn, NY who attend Smith college and upon graduating and taking a year in Europe to travel (and perfect their German and French) and not willing to settle down with just any suitor, take a job as school teachers in a tiny homesteading mountain town in Colorado. These women were strong, smart, adventurous, and remarkable.

This month, we are switching it a bit and moving away from our historical fiction of early America and going Sci-Fi with Orson Scott Card's "Pastwatch". This book has come up a couple times as a possible read and we thought a little summer sci-fi adventure would be cool. We read that it was "perhaps the finest alternate time travel novel yet written" could be exciting and different. If you haven't read anything by Scott Card, he is a true story crafter and we are excited to dig in. This will be the fifth time reading "Pastwatch" for one of our club members. Here is a review from Publisher's Weekly.

Playing with the time stream isn't new to science fiction, but Card (Ender's Game), who's won both a Hugo and a Nebula, gives the concept a new twist here-with mixed results. His angle is to make the temporal interference not accidental but intentional, as a group of scientists go back in time to alter Columbus's journey. Sponsored by the organization Pastwatch, which uses a machine called TruSite II to view the past in remarkable detail, the "Columbus Project" is headed by Tagiri, whose TruSite viewing of the horrors of slavery has prompted her to revise the famed explorer's agenda. Tagiri sends into the past her daughter, Diko, a Mayan descendent named Hunahpu and a man named Kemal, a prickly sort whose initial skepticism is transformed into a fierce commitment to change the past. Armed with devices from the future, the three return to 1492, determined to transform Columbus from a gold-seeking pirate into a proponent of world peace and global unity. Uniformly well-meaning, the trio is just too sanctified to believe, and in their hands, the complexities of temporal mechanics are boiled down to simplistic cause and effect. Some sparks are generated when the Pastwatchers finally meet Columbus, but even that encounter produces fewer surprises than you'd expect from a master like Card. 

We will meet on July 26th ay 7:30PM in the Maxwell Perkins Library at Snapdragon Inn. All are welcome to join in. You can also join the event here or the group on facebook and hear about updates. 




It’s the only place I’ll stay...

Chris





Maxwell Perkins Library ~ A sketch of Max Perkins by himself found here
Room 1 ~ Bathroom Ammenities

This review just popped up on our TripAdvisor page. We love when our guests notice and take joy in the details. Afterall, we do it for them. 
I do quite a bit of traveling for work and have stayed at many of the top hotels/inns around the globe. So when it comes to accommodations, I tend to be very picky about where I stay. I had the privilege of staying at the Snapdragon Inn this past weekend and it was one of the best places I’ve ever been. Once you enter the inn, you instantly realize how special the place is. I was warmly greeted by the receptionist and was given a brief tour of the main floor. The lady described the inn’s rich history (formerly owned by Max Perkins, who worked closely with Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, and others), while showcasing their impressive library. Outside the library is a covered porch overlooking an immaculate garden; a perfect sitting area to relax and unwind. I really appreciated the warm welcome and the attention to detail evident throughout. 
My room (room #1) was equally impressive. It was generously sized and it was spotless. I thought the copy of Farewell to Arms (which happens to be one of my favorite books) on the desk was a very nice touch. The bed was to die for…. It made the Westin’s “heavenly” bed look quite ordinary. I can’t remember the last time I had such a good night’s sleep. The bathroom was pristine, with radiant floor heating and an amazing shower. The L’Occitane bath products were also a nice a touch.
Overall, I absolutely loved my stay at the Snapdragon Inn. It’s the only place I’ll stay when visiting the Windsor/Woodstock area. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to treat themselves for a weekend/vacation.

Summer Fun In Vermont: Things to Do

Chris






This weekend is going to be a goodie!

The Inn has a front row seat to the, always festive, Windsor Alumni parade on Saturday morning. Our Public Library always holds a wonderful book sale and there will be live music, food, and activities on the green. It's a perfect way to experience a small town in Vermont. Then you can head over the hills to the Quechee Balloon Festival which always proves to be a fun day and night as balloons lift up into the sky.

Here is a great list of more fun activities for kids (and adults) all summer long in Vermont.

We've also launched an exciting selection of one night packages here at the Inn. From glass-blowing to fishing to golf and even a New York Bestseller, there is something for everyone!

Three cheers for Summer in Vermont!

Snapdragon Inn Father's Day Wish List

Chris







HAPPY FATHER'S DAY--this Sunday!


We asked the fathers in our group for Father's day gift ideas. (Remember our mom's wishlist?) Quite the range, huh? It was fun gathering their ideas. We know they will actually be getting lots of hugs & homemade pictures instead, which they will love more than their very own Mars base.

1. 18v lithium battery drill.
2. The 197 horsepower Yamaha V Max motorcycle.
3. His very own Mars base.
4. Season tickets and travel costs to attend every sports event from NASCAR to Rugby (everything in between NFL, MLB, Cricket, Soccer, etc)  for a single year. (That's all...)
5. Motorcycle with sidecar.
6. Industrial Light & Magic: The Art of Innovation.
7. Eclipse 500 Jet.
8. Kindle Fire.
9. Logitech Harmony Remote.

Also mentioned:

- A home theatre.
- Riding lawn mower.
- Chevy Camero.
- Less body pain.
- Chaz's Chocolate Chip Cookies.
- If you haven't seen this, it's clever and quite funny.


Still looking for a gift? There are still a couple days left to capture our special Father's day spa deal available on our Facebook page.  Claim the Facebook offer to save 50%!



We Love Guest Notes...

Innkeeper

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






June Literary Club Meet-up: June 28

Chris



Last night we had a wonderful time chatting about "The Art of Racing in the Rain"while sitting on the back porch of the inn on a perfect early summer evening.

The book was unanimously well liked. You may be somewhat skeptical of a book written from the point-of-view of a dog, some of us were, but it was a unique and delightful read. It certainly makes you think twice about what the animals (or quiet observers) in your life might be thinking. A fresh perspective for sure.

Moving on.

For the month of June we will be reading "Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West" by Dorothy Wickenden. It sounds like a bit of  adventure, steeped in history.

Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood attended grade school and Smith College together, spent nine months on a grand tour of Europe in 1910, and then, bored with society luncheons and chaperoned balls and not yet ready for marriage, they went off to teach the children of homesteaders in a remote schoolhouse on the Western Slope of Colorado. They traveled on the new railroad over the Continental Divide and by wagon to Elkhead, a tiny settlement far from the nearest town. Their students came to school from miles away in tattered clothes and shoes tied together with string. 
Dorothy Woodruff was the grandmother of New Yorker executive editor Dorothy Wickenden. Nearly one hundred years later, Wickenden found the buoyant, detailed, colorful letters the two women wrote to their families. Through them, she has chronicled their trials in the classroom, the cowboys and pioneering women they met, and the violent kidnapping of a close friend. Central to their narrative is Ferry Carpenter, the witty, idealistic, and occasionally outrageous young lawyer and cattle rancher who hired them, in part because he thought they would make attractive and cultivated brides. None of them imagined the transforming effect the year would have—on the children, the families, and the teachers. 
Wickenden set out on her own journey to discover what two intrepid Eastern women found when they went West, and what America was like at that uncertain moment, with the country poised for the First World War, but going through its own period of self-discovery. 
Drawing upon the letters, interviews with descendants, research about these vanished communities, and trips to the region, Wickenden creates a compelling, original saga about the two intrepid young women and the “settling up” of the West.

We enjoyed traveling to the present day Seattle in our latest read but are excited to head back to the early 1900's with these two women as they travel from the East to Colorado. Come with us! You can join the Snapdragon Literary Club page here and check out any updates for this month here. All our welcome.

Happy June! We hope you have a great weekend.

Literary Package

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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.