04 March 2014

A Weekend of LOVE in Vermont

We went out on a limb.

The Innkeepers of Snapdragon Inn (Michelle Larson and Chris Cammock, two of my new favorite women on earth) graciously invited us to their boutique property in Vermont. This invitation was very, very easy to accept. The place is gorgeous and I had been dying forever to fulfill my Vermont dreams of picturesque small towns, covered bridges, maple farms and well, every bit of that New England charm. Also, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about maple cream.  :)

But then we thought, "Let's have an event."

As in, invite people to come hear us speak!! This takes some guts, you know. I mean, we were asking people to spend the night, have dinner with us, listen to our workshops, travel long distances, spend money for beautiful rooms and meals. And, due to our timing and upcoming move, we weren't able to give much notice to book. EEKS! Would anyone come? What would I do if nobody came? Just quietly mention the event was canceled? Invite the Inn staff to attend some workshops? :)

Photo by Melissa Hope

Michelle and Chris could not have been more on board with helping to make this come together. They had been DREAMING of more gatherings taking place at the Inn. You see, Maxwell Perkins, a former owner of the home, was the editor made famous for guiding the careers of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Many gatherings of writers, thinkers, philosophers, and creatives took place in the area. Likely late into the night. Likely by firelight. Likely full of passion and ideas. I was dying. I wanted this to happen. I wanted to be a part of this dream and gather some people there and channel that legacy. The Maxwell Perkins Library at the Inn was the perfect spot.


And, it happened. It worked. People came!! Women, men, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, a nineteen year old woman, some fellow Brooklynites, a couple in their sixties who were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary that day (they planned their anniversary around our workshops), some women struggling to get pregnant, some people healing from divorce and other trials, a friend of a reader from afar who said, "You live close enough. You have to go to this!", and even some local townspeople who wanted to know what all the fuss was about. We filled the library. We all came from NY, MD, DC, NH, VT, NJ, CT, MA. We discussed. We shared. We sat by the firelight. And I think it's safe to say, we all became rededicated to healing and living the best lives we can. 

Photo by Chris Cammock

Photo by Chris Cammock

Photo by Melissa Hope

After the jump, see pics of us in Vermont + see what 5 Star Coziness looks like + click to reserve your own stay at Snapdragon Inn for a very, very good price.

Chris took this snap shot of us arriving in Windsor, and I love it because it was the beginning of something amazing.

Photo by Chris Cammock

We had lots of time to chat with everyone over dinners and outings around Vermont.



Photo by Melissa Hope

Photo by Melissa Hope

Photo by Melissa Hope

Photo by Danny

Photo by Melissa Hope

Photo by Danny



 Photo by Chris Cammock

 Photo by Chris Cammock

And, yes, we had many meaningful discussions in the Maxwell Perkins Library at the Inn. It was everything I had hoped it would be. The couple celebrating their 30th anniversary said it was the best thing they could have attended. Another woman had to leave early but after one workshop said she could have spent all day with us. And one of the husbands there said, "It could not have been a more uplifting and refreshing time." We felt so grateful to get anything good out. Well, Danny pulls this off easily. I'm grateful every stinking time.


 Photo by Melissa Hope

Photo by Chris Cammock

Photo by Chris Cammock

And now, let's talk about Snapdragon Inn. Think 5-star New England coziness. Don't you love this photo? It was taken by Dooce. She stayed there, too, a few weeks ago and loved it. (You can read about her stay here. She also made a mention here.)

Photo by Dooce



Oh, the claw foot tub. Yes, I managed to make time for a bath while I was there. Barely. But I was determined and it was worth every second!! 4 of the 9 rooms have one of these beauties.



This is a lunch Snapdragon set up for us...food by Woodstock Farmers' Market

Photo by Chris Cammock


Photo by Chris Cammock


Photo by Melissa Hope


Photo by Chris Cammock

 Photo by Melissa Hope

Here's the dream team. We couldn't have pulled this off with out Chris & Michelle of Snapdragon. (You should know we all stayed up until 3:00 am the night before this photo! We had some of the best conversations of our lives. These are some of the most exceptional, passionate, and creative women we've ever met.) If anyone has an idea for a gathering of creatives, thinkers, artists, musicians or a retreat of any kind...call Snapdragon to collaborate and take part in the legacy they are trying to carry forward.

UPDATE:  See PART II of this post here


A GIFT FOR ALL OUR READERS:

The Snapdragon Inn is showing the LOVE with a huge discount for our readers of $149/night ... any room, even the weekends!! To get the discount you can book directly on their website www.snapdragoninn.com. Once you've selected your dates, before hitting checkout, make sure to enter the code LOVEBLOG to get your savings. Give the Inn a call if you have any problems during checkout, or have any additional questions. Holidays and blackout dates apply, complete travel before August 28th, 2014. 

Guys, $149 for heated bathroom floors, luxury feather beds, breakfast included, and claw foot tubs (available in some of the room)?!? I can't believe their generosity. I hope you can jump on this and have an amazing getaway! Try to get Room 9. It's a dream. 

P.S. I had a hard time narrowing down photos for this post. :)  I posted a second set of photos on our blog's Facebook page, if you'd like to see.

P.P.S. Snapdragon Inn has their own blog, too. They do something really cute for their guests for Easter!! And I loved these colored ice blocks they highlighted on Instagram.

8 comments:

  1. You guys are the BEST speakers! I'm so glad I got to meet you at ALT and hear you. I'm so glad you are continuing to spread cheer and hope in this world!

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    1. "Spread cheer and hope in this world" is a perfect description of the Mara and Danny team.

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  2. I seriously have no words at how much seeing this on your blog means to me. Thank you for your kindness and support. You and Danny rock.

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  3. It looks so lovely and magical, and the conversations and company sound like a dream. Thank you for returning and reporting. xo

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  4. Sounds like a wonderful event! So happy for you two and all the positive impact you are making on others' lives.

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  5. I'm in next year. I'll stay at the inn if there's room but since I live so close, I'll give up my room to some who doesn't live nearby. I just hope we are sugarin' then. We usually don't boil til March.

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  6. Mara, I am so grateful for your introduction to the delightful inn and even more delightful innkeepers. I was able to go just this week, and it was even more magical than I could have imagined. It was the coziest place to be in a snow storm. xo

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  7. (Oh, I'll also add that the Perkins library Was the Best place for lovely and meaningful late night conversations.)

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