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26 Main St.
Windsor, VT 05089
USA

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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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