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
I am writing this review on behalf of two special people that I purchased a stay for at the Snapdragon Inn. Every detail was covered from start to finish. From the very first contact working with Dominique, she took care of everything for this couple’s honeymoon stay. Dominique was quick to respond to each email and call I made to get this set up. This Inn is definitely a gem and I hope one day soon to visit it myself. The couple can’t stop raving about every aspect of their stay. Means so much that this Inn clearly knows how to treat their guests. Thank you
Me and my husband stayed at the Snapdragon Inn over Columbus Day weekend. The room we stayed in was beautiful, with comfy bed and spacious bathroom with soaking tub. The grounds were lovely and historic. However the Inn felt more like an Airbnb than a B&B due to the self check in and serve yourself breakfast. I didn’t see the Innkeeper, however they were always available by phone. So although it lacked some personal touch, it was made up for by all its other features.
When we arrived our keys with instructions were in an envelope on the front desk area. It is a self check in system. No one there to greet you just a letter greeting. No personal touch. There is no elevator so luggage has to be carried up steep , creaky stairs and narrow doorways. Room was clean and neat but heating is very touchy. After we settled in we decided to go tour the town. Before leaving to see the town we stopped in the kitchen area / pantry area ( it was 7 pm at night ) the breakfast food from that morning was still out but wrapped. We thought that the gal who was working ( though we never saw anyone ) would probably put out fresh breakfast food the next morning ........ so when we woke up the next morning and went down to get breakfast it was the same food exact same food ... half portions just like the night before we saw ... nothing new .... we didn’t eat the stale old food . If you are on the second floor you can hear every step the people on the floor above you makes .