Winter in Vermont can be a snow globe paradise for seekers of romantic cabins, warm and aglow against frosted windows, and days spent snow shoeing or skiing gleaming white trails of rare earthly purity.
Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont creates that very vision of a Vermont winter in a rolling, 300-acre spread dotted with farmhouses and cabins that comprise some of the most luxurious stays in the world. Only 20 cottages and rooms here to sleep a maximum of 40 guests. Privacy is at a premium and pampering guests with service, anticipated and unanticipated, fuels the purpose of this exclusive find.
A Vermont Winter Stay with a Story
Twin Farms was founded nearly a century ago by an unlikely pair. Acerbic author Sinclair Lewis who penned such thought-provoking tomes as “Babbitt” and “Elmer Gantry,” gave the farm to his new bride Dorothy Thompson, a journalist with much of her own fame at that time.
Twin Farms is not unfamiliar with notable politicians, captains of industry, writers and celebrities. This Relais & Chateaux member sees many a landing on its helipad these days as a destination resort Travel + Leisure ranks top in the Northeast, number five in the United States, and 15th in the world and word travels fast in elite circles.
What Price a Vermont Winter Wonderland?
Beyond privacy and pampering there is the comfort and convenience factor. Guests will never reach for their wallets while a guest of Twin Farms, gratuities included. All services (except spa treatments and rare wine labels) are provided for the asking – and often without the asking. That means, farm to table meals by chef Nathan Rich, prepared quietly and behind the scenes according to each guest’s wishes (guests fill out a wish list for food preferences and activity wants before they reach the resort).
It also means skiers have all their gear ready and waiting for them when they are ready, plus a picnic basket to enjoy at the summit (Twin Farms offers five small and private ski-in/ski-out mountains on property with snowmobiles that pull skiers to the top. Other skiers will want to check out Killington Ski Area, 45 minutes away – tickets and transportation arranged by the concierge). It means lodgers snuggle in with after-dinner cognac service in their suite with a fireplace at the ready and needing only a match (and maybe a napping dog or a couple of kittens). Warm chocolate chip cookies are already provided.
Elegant picnic meals can be delivered to hikers, snow-shoers, cross-country and downhill skiers, sledders, skaters and amblers. Any meal can be provided anywhere at any time. And any course has its matching wine. The property maintains a 26,000-bottle wine cellar.
After a refreshing Vermont winter day on white frosted trails, guests can relax in the Bridge House Spa, most notably in the Japanese furo or soaking tub set against cathedral windows looking over the frozen meadows.
Or they can go into town (Barnard is a quaint rural Vermont village with fewer than 1000 residents) or explore the surrounding towns for their barns of antiques, specialty coffee and cheese stores, and colorful art galleries. Twin Farms offers a complimentary luxury vehicle to guests who want to take off for a few hours to explore the countryside.
A Vermont Winter Cabin in the Woods
For those who want to enjoy the coziness of the indoors, each cabin, cottage, or suite is its own creation, designed with themes and intentions by architect Alan Wanzenberg and the late interior designer Jed Johnson. Some display precious oil paintings by known artists and others focus more on the ambient theme of the space with native wood accents, hand-painted murals, and folk art.
Meadow Cottage presents a Moroccan themed motif against a meadow of bright yellow wildflowers. The Tree House Cottage looks to the Adirondacks for inspiration and uses twig work furnishings, raw wood logs and vaulted ceilings, accented by floor-to-ceiling windows framing the fireplace. Wicker chairs on the screened porch invite afternoons of peaceful meditation.
Every cottage has a roaring fireplace and a private screened porch. Accommodations in the historic Main House come with stories and a past as this section of the farm hosted many political figures and literary greats over the years. There are also suites and a farmhouse for larger families on the banks of a picturesque pond.
Vermont’s only five-star resort, Twin Farms does not shut down in winter. Rather it celebrates it with the “Art of a Vermont Winter” special events program. These bring special culinary events and unusual activities to Twin Farms on a variety of weekends from November through March.
In November, Twin Farms is hosting Chef Florenzo Barbieri of the Royal Blues Hotel in South Florida, who will team up with Chef Nathan Rich to create menus reflecting modern Italian cuisine. Chef Florenzo led the charge at award-winning hotels and restaurants in Rome, Florence and Sicily. On a separate weekend guests can enjoy a “tree to table” experience with master furniture maker Charles Shackleton of ShackletonThomas, creating their own hand-hewn tables of walnut or cherrywood. The season ends March 15 with a Murder Mystery weekend based on Snow White …with some strange twists.
A Twin Farms winter in Vermont stay, fully inclusive of food, spirits, activities, amenities, services and gratuities, (but excluding certain taxes and fees) will start at $1,650 per night. Minimum stays are required over many popular days and dates. Twin Farms closes for Vermont’s six weeks of mud season starting mid-March and reopens for spring, on the first weekend in May.
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