Storied Inn 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, a brick home originally built in 1815, now renovated as an elegant small luxury inn. In the ground-floor common area, strikingly paneled wood floors and comfortable armchairs convene around a brick fireplace to extend a gracious welcome.
Each of the nine available bedrooms espouses the updated décor lauded by Food & Wine magazine including a king- or queen-size bed dressed in a spotless, goose-down white duvet. Soothing, pale-colored walls with several windows support dramatically dark curtains, allowing the sun to spill onto cushy, custom-upholstered armchairs and, in some rooms, a stately fireplace. Each room connects to a private bathroom, stocked with L’Occitane products and tiled with radiant-heat flooring. Though every room enjoys modern comforts, such as in-room WiFi and an HDTV, a shelf stocked with books edited by Maxwell Perkins offers a relaxing perusal through the works of inn-associated literary greats and left-behind Bazooka bubble-gum comics.
In the morning, a deluxe continental breakfast with steaming coffee, fresh fruit, and piled pastries quells hunger pangs, providing energy for a ramble through the Paradise Park, a nature preserve with a lake and twisting private hiking trails adjacent to the Snapdragon. The Maxwell Perkins library stocks tomes on the history of the inn and the Windsor area alongside collections from the inn's owners. To commemorate a stay at the Snapdragon, guests take home a photo-essay compendium celebrating Vermont through image.
Windsor, Vermont: Charming Town Steeped in History
The Snapdragon Inn nestles comfortably on Main Street in Windsor among quaint antique stores and notable historical buildings. The Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge stretches nearly 450 feet across the Connecticut River—making it one of the longest covered bridges in America—and provides a picturesque place for jogging or biking. A restored 18th-century tavern called the Old Constitution House now houses a museum and looks nearly just as it did some 200 years ago, when the first state constitution prohibiting slavery was signed. Nearby, a popular brewery offers tours and tastings every day of the week, and an upscale glass-blowing factory showcases its labor-intensive craftsmanship to studio visitors.