Storied Inn and Spa in the Heart of New England
If walls could talk, these would recite passages from the classics of American literature. Maxwell Perkins, the celebrated editor who elevated Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald to fame, once lived in what is now the Snapdragon Inn. Built in 1815, the brick home has recently undergone renovations that have turned it into an elegant luxury inn and spa. The hotel preserves its literary roots with a wood-paneled library and en suite book collections. Chic decor throughout the property recalls the glamour of Perkins's 1920s-era heyday.
Each of the nine available bedrooms sports an updated look lauded by Food & Wine magazine, which named Snapdragon Inn one of America's Best Bed and Breakfasts in 2011. Pastel walls are broken up by large colonial windows, which allow the sun to pour onto custom-upholstered armchairs and Victorian-style bed benches. Vibrant throw pillows and contemporary rugs add bursts of color. The cozy vibe extends to adjoining bathrooms, where radiant floor heating eliminates the need for hot-cocoa footbaths, and, in some rooms, a red brick fireplace tempers the chill of brisk nights.
Steps away from the guest rooms, the Snapdragon Spa augments a soothing ambiance with organic products and lush spa robes. With the optional spa treatment, a guest can choose between a relaxation massage or an organic cleansing and exfoliation facial. An amble through Paradise Park, an adjacent lakefront nature preserve, completes a relaxing afternoon.
Windsor, Vermont: Charming Town Steeped in History
Located near Vermont's New Hampshire border, Snapdragon Inn stands along Windsor's Main Street among quaint antique stores and notable historical buildings. A picturesque destination for joggers and cyclists is the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge, which stretches nearly 450 feet across the Connecticut River—making it one of the longest covered bridges in America. A restored 18th-century tavern called the Old Constitution House, now home to a museum, looks nearly the same as it did some 200 years ago, when the first state constitution prohibiting slavery was signed there. Nearby, a popular brewery offers tours and tastings every day of the week, and a glass-blowing factory shows off its labor-intensive craftsmanship to studio visitors.
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