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Windsor, VT 05089

802 227 0008

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Another great quote from Berg's biography, "Max Perkins- Editor of Genius," gives more insight to why we call the well loved acreage that spans behind the Inn and around Lake Runnemede (formerly Evart's Pond --Max's Grandfather), Paradise Park.

Max's sister Fanny Cox wrote about Windsor, "In the winter we lived in different settings...but in the summer we gathered together in the big place behind the picket fence where six houses faced the village street and the grounds stretched back across green lawns with clipped hemlock hedges and round begonia-filled flower beds to slope down the hill to the pond." Rising behind the pond was a particularly lovely part of acreage, where streams raced down hills and footpaths wove through stands of pine and birch. The family called these special woods "Paradise".

These historic images give a glimpse into Paradise as they would have known it. I love taking pictures in Paradise Park as the seasons change. It always looks lovely and happens to be a wonderful spot for family pictures! I love sitting by the lake or taking the kids for a walk to watch people fishing. Recently, when our dear friend, Leilani, got married at the Inn, we had a beautiful fall walk/room mate reunion one morning through the paths of Paradise and many laughs were had in the perfect morning sun.

What's your favorite thing about Paradise?

Happy Birthday Max!


Today we think of Max Perkins and his day of birth September 20,1884. It has been a fascinating and exciting to learn more of the editor, the father, and the man who spent nearly every summer of his life in Windsor. We are honored to hold this history at our Inn.

Happy Birthday Max!

"If you are not discouraged about your writing on a regular basis, you may not be trying hard enough. Any challenging pursuit will encounter frequent patches of frustration. Writing is nothing if not challenging."
--Maxwell Perkins

The perfect quote


"Max Perkins: Editor of Genius" by A. Scott Berg, the biography we mentioned a couple weeks ago that is in talks for a big screen version with Sean Penn has some great Windsor mentions. One of the best is on page 22 and I think it is the perfect quote for our Inn paired with the fantastic reviews we've been receiving on the comfort of our beds.
Bed time had always been Perkins favorite time of the day, those few minutes just before falling asleep when he could "steer his dreams." In those final moments of wakefulness Maxwell Perkins recurringly transported himself back to Russia in 1812--the scene of his favorite book, War and Peace. Night after night his mind filled with visions of Napoleon's army retreating from Moscow in the frost and early winter snow. On mornings in Vermont after Tolstoi's character' s had paraded before him, he insisted that his dreams were more more vivid and that he slept more soundly in Windsor than anywhere else.

Maxwell Perkins - the talk of Hollywood

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Seems that we aren't the only Max Perkins fans these days, as Sean Penn is in talks to play Perkins in a new movie based on a biography of Perkins. The book, "Maxwell Perkins: Editor of Genius" won a National Book Award when it was published in 1978 and has recently been re-released.

Of course, here at the Snapdragon we feel it is imperative that character research be conducted at Perkins' home, and we welcome Mr. Penn and the rest of the cast to stop in, relax on the porch, stroll the woods around Lake Runnemede, and soak in the history of Perkins where it happened. And if they can't make it, so be it - more room for you to do the same!



The picture Jennifer sent of the books she selected

Yesterday we received our book order for the library. We worked with Strand Book Store in NYC and they came up with a fantastic selection of books related to Maxwell Perkins his writers, his times and Vermont history . Before we ordered she sent a picture of the selection of books and a detail of each one. Pretty cool way to start a library and just love the custom feel of the whole experience. We do have a few books here and there to add to this foundational collection. We are also VERY glad we didn't go with floor to ceiling shelves as that would have been SO MANY books. This is much more manageable.

A little info on Strand: In 1927, Ben Bass opened Strand Book Store on Fourth Avenue, home of New York's legendary Book Row. Named after the famous publishing street in London, the Strand was one of 48 bookstores on Book Row, which started in the 1890's and ran from Union Square to Astor Place. Today, the Strand is the sole survivor.

We love that it is a family business just like us!

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We wanted to get the books onto the shelves but we have yet to style them. That is a post in and of itself!