While a cozy country inn in Vermont for an invigorating fall getaway might be just the thing, what if that cozy stay could be in a cottage designed by Bill Gates’ personal architect? Or what if that romantic retreat could be graced with an in-room masterpiece by Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney or Frank Stella?
Hidden cabins in Vermont mountain glens have come a long way in recent decades from their quaint and rural sensibilities and Twin Farms, an exclusive hideaway on Copper Pond just ten miles from Woodstock, has the proof.
The 1795 Vermont farmstead that is Twin Farms was once owned by Sinclair Lewis (Babbit, Main Street…) and wife (famed journalist) Dorothy Thompson. It sprawls for 300 acres amid fall’s gold and red maples with 20 distinctive rooms and suites, including 10 free standing cottages. It is not hard to imagine a celebrity broohah happening in the majestic Barn Room or The Pub linked to the 20,000- bottle Wine Cellar, or on the terrace beside the gardens. Then there is the 3,000 square foot Chalet cottage with its floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace, its museum quality fine art displays, its decks with dreamy views, its eastern style a screened porch, — and its granite hot tub.
Presidents? CEOs? Twin Farms is not telling, but whomever the guest, the all-inclusive services and the amenities do not discriminate. Whether for a wedding or family reunion or a long awaited retreat with best friends and colleagues, Twin Farms keeps privacy to a maximum while giving groups the full expanse of their new, however temporary, home away in beauty, comforts and ahhhs.
Dining, no matter what the repast, is a multi-course, locally-sourced affair and often an adventure into traditional American cuisine with plenty of twists and turns. It might be an entrée of porcini poached Vermont turkey or a picnic of cold poached Maine lobster with lemons, tamari grilled Cavendish quail and ginger apple slaw. Meals here are as mighty as the setting for fantasy moments that take the senses elsewhere.
Dining can happen in the magnificently rustic Main House illuminated by chandeliers and walls of glass windows, or en suite in front of a roaring fire.
But resorts in Vermont do not come more ready to accommodate the active set than Twin Farms. Guests spend these golden days hiking and biking the forested net of Vermont mountain trails surrounding the resort. In summer there is swimming in Copper Pond, fly-fishing and canoeing, even golf or hot air ballooning. When the snow comes, the cross-country skis, ice skates and snowshoes come on. The sleds come out. Alpine skiers have their choice, from Okemo to Killington.
Of course, an onsite fitness center is always ready to accommodate and the Out of the Woods Spa follows up with just rewards: try the Japanese-style soaking tub (furo) that feels like heaven on a cold winter’s day.
Find Twin Farms in the center of Vermont, a 90-minute drive from Burlington International Airport (transfers to Twin Farms are complimentary), a three-hour drive from Boston and five hours from New York City.
The Relais & Châteaux property that has been nominated for Virtuoso’s Best of the Best as well as Forbes Five-Star Awards is mindful of their adult guests indulging in the soothing quiet of their Vermont surrounds. However, the Vermont resort does run family weeks and that prove quite popular with all members of the tribe.
P.O. Box 115
Barnard, VT 05031
Tel: (800) 894-6327
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