What We Love
- Free daily continental breakfast, afternoon teatime service with fresh-baked cookies, scones or pastries; guests also have 24-hour coffee and tea service
- Just a few blocks from Windsor–Mt. Ascutney train station means easy access for East Coasters
- Flat-screen TVs come with Blu-ray players and Netflix-ready receivers
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- All nine rooms are individually designed in pastel shades and white
- The inn was once home to Maxwell Perkins, the famous editor who worked with Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe
- Windsor is a great base for exploring other towns
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The Snapdragon Inn has a historical lineage that only grand New England homes can claim. Built in 1815, the property has been home to Maxwell Perkins, the famous editor who worked with Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe and others. Today, this quintessential brick colonial, with its white porches and prominent Main Street location, has stepped into another epoch. The current innkeepers spent two years refurbishing the building, making it the kind of upscale hotel experience the inn’s urban clientele covets.
Bed and Bath
All nine rooms are individually designed in pastel shades and white, with a mix of custom-made fabrics in bold colors and patterns, wood floors and decorative fireplaces (in most rooms). The fruits of the two-year-long renovation are obvious in the luxe bedding, HD TVs and free WiFi, but there are also such thoughtful extras as guest guides and a selection of books edited by former owner, Maxwell Perkins. White bathrooms have a modern feel, with spa robes, radiant-heat floors and L’Occitane bath products.
The inn serves a continental breakfast in the smart red dining room each morning, after which most guests set out to explore the charming local towns. Or, for a relaxing day onsite, head to the petite spa for a cleansing facial or aromatherapy massage. It books up fast so be sure to reserve your treatment before you arrive. Later, wander in the adjacent Paradise Park nature preserve or curl up by the fire in the cozy library.
In the Area
While Windsor’s compact Main Street is good for about an hour, there is a surprising amount to see and do in the area. Within a five-minute drive are the very popular Harpoon Brewery and Simon Pearce glass-blowing plant (the restaurant is 25 minutes away), the unique Path of Life Gardens, and activities ranging from dogsledding to golf to canoe rentals. Traditional country stores are a dying breed, but two of the nation’s best are nearby and worth a visit: Dan & Whit’s, in Norwich, where the motto is “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it,” and F.H. Gillingham & Sons, in Woodstock — “Your money’s worth or your money back.”
How to Get There
Snapdargon Inn provided a beautiful haven while visiting Mom in Mt. Ascutney Hospital, very nearby.
Rooms are spacious, pretty and comfortable. The grounds are lovely and the inn is a short walk from Windsor's eating and drinking establishments.
Innkeepers were accommodating and gracious, especially as my departure date kept changing. Breakfast and afternoon cookies were delicious!
Loved our winter stay at the Snapdragon and was exactly what we envisioned. A beautiful, historic building and homely, warm and inviting on the inside. If you're looking for somewhere quaint, this is perfect. We stayed on the top floor and loved our big room and the heated bathroom floors. It's a quiet town, but we got great advice for different places to visit and where to eat (all were spot on). We'd come back in the warmer months without a doubt.
We have stayed here twice, and plan to return for family visits. The rooms are lovely and well-appointed, and the atmosphere relaxed and quiet. It's the kind of Inn where the innkeeper is friendly, but not obtrusive. Breakfast is delicious and self-service. People say a friendly hello, and go back to reading or chatting quietly. In other words, don't come here if you're expecting a garrulous party. Like the town of Windsor, it low-key, pleasant, and just right.
The B&B was in a very old house with a rich history, the room we had was large and one of the best I've ever stayed in at a B&B. The owner and staff were "sweethearts" and made our visit special. The location is near downtown Windsor. If you are looking to get away this would be a good choice, but if you want "action" and things to do go elsewhere.
Unimpressive from the outside and not much hospitality or coziness on the inside. The greeting was not warm or friendly, there was no handshake or inroduction but the man gave a short tour and answered a few dining questions. Didn’t see the host or hostess again for the remaining 2 days we stayed. The room was over scented with carpet powder and was stark with a sloppily made bed that looked uninviting. The best thing was the heated bathroom floor. A serve yourself breakfast bar with coffee pods was a turn off and nobody was there to assist or welcome you.
The historic inn is nice and it was clean but lacked hospitality and the nice touches we come to expect as frequent B&B travelers.