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
We have been returning to Snapdragon Inn for many years and it is always a pleasure. The heated bathroom floor, convenient coffee, welcoming late afternoon cookies, and spacious living room and garden combine with the historic setting to offer a totally delightful "stay away." Easy walks around Lake Runnemede and challenging hikes up Mt Ascutney are not to be missed!
Beautifully maintained historical home with a fascinating history of having once been the home of book editor, Max Perkins, who discovered and promoted such authors as Taylor Caldwell, F. Scoff FitzGerald, Thomas Wolfe and Ernest Hemingway, all who reportedly spent time visiting in this home.
Mrs. Perkins was the author of children’s books illustrated by a local artist.
The inn is self check in which is nice and breakfast is self serve with a tremendous variety from which to select. Staff is friendly and helpful. Many meal options in close proximity.
Bathrooms have heated floors, luxurious robes, lovely thick towels and the toiletries are unique.
Bedding comfortable; flat screen tv; air conditioning; late check out. What’s not to love?
Almost forgot to mention the best cookies we kept finding in the foyer! They were sinfully good.
Went to visit the St. Gaudens Homestead in Cornish, NH which is a short five minute drive away from the Snapdragon Inn. We had a wonderful stay. We stayed in Room #7 which was very large with the most comfortable king sized bed. The inn is well maintained. The common areas are bright and cheery. Breakfast is serve yourself with a nice selection of items to choose from. Would certainly stay again when we are in the area.