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
Traveling through Vermont, we stopped for a night in Windsor and were enchanted with the Snapdragon Inn. Stepping inside the Snapdragon was like stepping into a bit of history. It is obvious that a lot of love went in to the restoration and decor of this house. The rooms are furnished well and beds are extremely comfortable and luxurious touches such as spa bathrobes and toiletries made us feel very pampered. We really appreciated the heated floors in the bathrooms! The waffles and fresh fruit for breakfast was delicious and there was a huge variety of coffee and tea choices, as well as cereals, etc. My only regret was that we couldn't stay longer. Hope to come back in the spring or fall when everything is in bloom.
Very nice experience. We had to check in late and were accommodated nicely. Clean, nice room. Very nice common space and breakfast space. We lit a fire in the living room and played board games. When we asked about activities, we were given good recommendations and advice. A very nice stay.
Beautiful place. All the staff is very nice, courteous and made feel like in home. Rooms very neat and comfortable Excellent customer service, Dominique is such a wonderful person. I referred my family and they arriving this next week.
We visited Windsor to attend a race up at Mt. Ascutney. Staff immediately made us welcome, and had even identified a place where we could store our bikes out of the elements and away from prying eyes. Our room was quiet and comfortable, with a luxurious king (and we loved the heated floors in the bathroom).
We had to leave very early (4:30am), so couldn't partake of the standard breakfast offerings, however, since they new we would be leaving so early the staff made a number of breakfast items available and gave us a "tour" of the kitchen and pointed out items we might need (such as yogurt and cream in the fridge).
That evening after returning from the race (and experiencing that wonderful heated bathroom floor after a much needed shower) we lingered on the back porch as we waited for some friends. Once they arrived we sat and chatted about our day and watched the birds getting a snack from the multiple bird feeders in tree beyond the porch. As we sat there staff came out with some bug spray just in case we needed it. If we had had time we would have explored back to the pond, but had dinner plans at the Skunk Hollow Tavern (another good spot to visit)
The next morning we walked down to a delicious breakfast quiche and belgian waffles with plenty of fresh fruit. Check out was seamless and friendly. The entire visit to the Snapdragon was excellent. We are looking forward to our visit next year.
I knew I was paying premium for this property, but thought it would be justified when we arrived. It was not. The steps leading up to the front door only had one hand rail- the other was "being repaired " the sign said ?
Dragged our suitcases up 3 flights of stairs to a large room, but very noisy street traffic. The " marbled bathroom" was just white tile- nothing special at all.
Breakfast was ho hum- nothing spectacular. Inn was only 1/2 full that night and never saw anyone in a management position- young girl cleaning up breakfast ( 45 minutes before it was scheduled to be over).
All in all it was just an ok place with exorbitant room rates for what you get. I just saw the same room is now renting for $200 per night- not the $400 I spent. I am sure they chalk it up to high demand, but I don' think that was the case. I knew what I signed up for but was left underwhelmed and felt like I got taken.
Set your expectations low for this place and you will not be disappointed.