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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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Fall at the Inn

Chris








( action shot-- tinfoil, masking tape, sprain paint & patience)

Fall is here and we have embraced this gorgeous time of the year with some chic fall decor. We got some inspiration online and pinned them to our Inn decor board. Then we got some masking tape, tin foil and spray paint and had some QT with our pumpkins. We had some glorious big white ones that look amazing as is but experimented with some of the others. It is time consuming but they sure look cool. We mixed it up with a few metallic ones as well.  After we worked on ours, we saw the cover of Country Living and couldn't help but think that perhaps we had our finger on the pulse of the 2012 pumpkin trend. We love the way they turned out and think they fit right into our Snapdragon style. We suggest listening to the new Mumford & Sons album while you tape your patterns. 

We can't wait to welcome all of our guests this colorful season. 


September Literary club meet-up: September 27th

Chris




For the month of September we are going local and reading a book by an author just a few towns over. We've heard excellent reviews and would love to have a read. It's "The Call" by Yannick Murphy.


The daily rhythm of a veterinarian’s family in rural New England is shaken when a hunting accident leaves their eldest son in a coma. With the lives of his loved ones unhinged, the veterinarian struggles to maintain stability while searching for the man responsible. But in the midst of their great trial an unexpected visitor arrives, requesting a favor that will have profound consequences—testing a loving father’s patience, humor, and resolve and forcing husband and wife to come to terms with what “family” truly means.

The Call is a gift from one of the most talented and extraordinary voices in contemporary fiction—a unique and heartfelt portrait of a family, poignant and rich in humor and imagination.


We hope everyone has had a smashing summer and beginning to settle into their new fall schedules. We'd love to have you out to our literary club meet-up or if you follow us from afar, send us a question or thought and we'll discuss it at our get together on Thursday September 27th.

You can also join our group here on facebook and check out the events tab for any updates.






Children of the Corn

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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!


Wedding for Two at Snapdragon Inn

Chris


 

This week we had a couple from Massachusetts head to the Snapdragon Inn to elope! We helped them with the few details they needed--a big thanks to Sandy at the Windsor Town Clerk's office, Ron for being their Justice of the Peace, and Robin at Sugarbush florist. Just before ten o'clock our happy couple strolled through the backyard and into Paradise Park to say "I do" by the lake. They were thrilled to have the entire day just to themselves and headed out to enjoy the beautiful Vermont summer ending with a romantic dinner at Simon Pearce. 

Here is a little sneak peek of their special day at Snapdragon Inn. Congratulations Melissa & Timmy. Thanks for making us a part of your exciting day. We hope to see you again.












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!