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? :)
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.
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.
We had lots of time to chat with everyone over dinners and outings around Vermont.
Photo by Danny
Photo by Danny
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.
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.