Have you always dreamed of being an Innkeeper?

The Daniel Clap Homestead $2,950,900
8 Main Street, Salisbury, CT
Property Details:
Circa: 1810
Style: Greek Revival Mansion
Type: Single Family Residential
or Commercial Bed & Breakfast
Rooms: 10
Bedrooms: 6
Baths: 6 full/1 half
Sq. Feet: 10,000
Acreage: 1
Est. Taxes: $12,606
Heating: RADNT
MLS#: L120655
Agent: Elyse Harney Real Estate

More recently known at the Ragamont Inn, this house was fully restored as a single family home in 2005 and featured in House & Garden Magazine in 2006. A bluestone walkway bordered by apple trees leads to the door of this exquisite property. State of the art kitchen with Viking appliances, six bedrooms all with en suite baths, upstairs laundry, central air, and updated systems. Located in the heart of the village, the property is still commercially zoned for possible conversion for business.


(The Ragamont House as The Maple Shade Inn in 1853)

(Front Foyer)

(Living Room)

(Living Room Fireplace)



(Kitchen eating area)

(Dining Room)

(Sitting Room)

(Master Bedroom)

(Master Bathroom)

(Blue Bedroom)

(Red Bedroom)

(Fireplace in Red Bedroom)

(Bath to Red Bedroom)

(Back Porch)
Photos by Francois Dischinger

(View of Lion's Head, Salisbury, Connecticut)


Paul Newman (1925 - 2008)

Paul Newman and Katherine Ross in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

My favorite actor of all time is Paul Newman. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, Cool Hand Luke. Who can forget those performances? Father to a son and five daughters (from two marriages), he lost the first - his son Scott - to a drug overdose in 1978 and later created the Scott Newman Center for drug abuse prevention. Married to Joanne Woodward, they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary this year. Known for his generosity and philanthropic works he created "Newman's Own" which has generated more than $200 million in charity contributions. A resident of Westport, Connecticut, Newman founded "The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp" for seriously ill children in nearby Ashford. It's a summer camp tucked out in the woods - just a few miles from my home. Newman was known to visit often.
I am sure he will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

Paul and Joanne - 50 years of marriage

Paul with the kids from The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp


On the Connecticut Wine Trail - Hopkins Vineyard

The last weekend of summer! And what better way to spend it than sampling a little vino on a Sunday afternoon. Nestled into the western hills of Litchfield County we found ourselves at the Hopkins Vineyard (oh - how did we get here!) where our friend and fellow blogger Bird-in-the-Hand was helping out at the Fall Harvest Wine Festival. She was working full stop and unfortunately couldn't join us as we consumed lots of lovely cheese, fruit, pate and of course, wine! We tasted a handful of varietals, decided our favorite and then bought the whole bottle - why fool around on the last day of summer? Winter is coming!
Located in New Preston, Connecticut along the banks of Lake Waramaug, the vineyard sits up on a hill overlooking the lake with The Hopkins Inn as it's neighbor. We bumped into a few friends who had the same idea, including our canine friend "Boddington" who seems to travel in the same social circles. Granted, his owners Meg & Mo from Two Ladies in Waiting were there also. It was a glorious day and ended too quickly. We are known for our "Indian Summers" here in New England, meaning an autumn with gorgeous sunny days and cool nights. Hopefully, this one will last well into October!

Lake Waramaug

Hopkin's Vineyard Gift Shop

The Vineyard and below...The Vino!

The Hopkins Inn, New Preston, Connecticut

And just down the road a piece...

A yellow Greek Revival Colonial on a hill
overlooking the lake.

For more information on the Connecticut Wine Trail...

ON THE MARKET - Connecticut Gold Coast Estate

One of Southport's Finest Estates $5,995,000
134 Center Street, Southport, (Fairfield), CT
Property Details:
Circa: 1882
Style: Queen Anne Victorian
Type: Single Family Residential
Rooms: 22
Bedrooms: 6
Baths: 6 full/2 half
Sq. Feet: 7,000
Acreage: 1.73 - 2.69 more available
Est. Taxes: $43,635 (ouch!)
Heating: Hot Air, Zoned, Gas/ Central Air Conditioning
MLS#: 98375682
Agent: William Pitt/Sotheby's International

An architectural masterpiece that has been impeccably restored. Includes pool, gazebos, formal gardens, greenhouse & 3 car carriage house.

What do we think? Yours for being the highest bidder. Do invite me over for a pool party! ;-)

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"It's never too late to be who you might have been." --George Eliot