While autumn is a sublime time to take in the rolling hills of Vermont, the quaint Green Mountain State becomes a bounty of old fashioned fun in the summertime too. And that’s when Twin Farms is alive and sizzling with explorations and activities that can bond couples and families in memories that cannot be made anywhere else.
What can be more romantic than canoeing across a calm, glistening lake only you, your other and the birds in the pines? The sun pours down like honey as you take a dip in Copper Pond and set up a private picnic on the shore. Or you take to the hills, hiking the groomed trails around the resort – there are miles of them with views across the undulating North Country landscapes.
Perhaps you prefer a morning mountain bike ride trek or a comfortable cruiser for the scenic, 10-mile downhill ride to Woodstock. Ok, not a fan of 10-mile up-hill slogs? Twin Farms staff will pick you up.
Summer in Style at Twin Farms
Twin Farms celebrates the warm long days of summer in style. The resort’s 20 rooms and suites are just places of blessed retreat at the end of a full day of New England activities: ice cream tastings at amazing creameries, beer sampling at award-winning craft breweries, checking out the Holsteins at the county fair, hiking the northern climbs of the Appalachian Trail. In Vermont, sky is the limit and in summer it is likely to be blue with a smattering of clouds casting blobby shadows over shimmering carpets of green.
Twin Farms is perfectly located in the center of the Green Mountain State, in easy reach of Burlington and its airport 90 minutes away and pretty much less than two hours from any far points. The town of Barnard holds fewer than 1000 souls as residents but was made famous none-the-less when, in 1928, Nobel Prize-winning novelist Sinclair Lewis bought two farm settings there with 300 acres surrounding. He named the property Twin Farms and kept it as his favorite vacation and writing hideout during the 1930s and 1940s, enjoying it with his wife Dorothy Thompson.
Time and new owners moved the stead into its current state as a luxury resort offering an antidote to civilization needed by ready populations of urban sophisticates in Boston and New York. Guests can unplug as much as they choose, to soak and spa in quiet cathedral corners of the resort; to enjoy the hand-picked interior designs and wall art that characterize the accommodations and to sip fine wines and farm-to-table foods prepared throughout the day by Twin Farms’ passionate culinary team.
While privacy, and quiet intimacy may be mantras at Twin Farms, if you are looking for social connection and warmth you will find it there. Accommodations are, indeed, spacious and many come as their own cottages, but the resort also offers comfortable shared spaces, roaring fires in the cold months, family style dining for meals (of course, you can enjoy a meal anywhere at Twin Farms – on your porch, at the pond, on a hill, on a trail … your choice), and there is brew, music and billiards to be shared at the pub.
What you won’t find is stress. Your needs are managed within a fully-inclusive philosophy at the Farm, which seeks to keep wallets far from reach while keeping clients comfortable in whatever they may need or want. From bicycles to canoes, to croquet set-ups to fly-fishing gear, to picnics to puzzles to the healing moments to be had in the spa’s Japanese furo – it’s all on the table at Twin Farms and without charge.
Time Out for a Celebration in the Mountains at Twin Farms
Summer in Vermont often means weddings, occasions, family reunions, any excuse to scoop up the kids and head to the cool mountains. At Twin Farms, weddings and celebrations are an art form. They are created from the tempting confluence of wish and imagination and they are molded into action by a knowing, can-do team. Friends and families can buy out the farm and create a twinkling fantasy of five-star experiences as they envision. Or, with 300 acres to play in, friends can pull together and have their own special party in the large, airy and private meadows around the resort. Corporate retreats, too, can move into full swing setting up a variety of activities and focus time with associates in most inspiring settings.
Private retreats mean coming back to accommodations that can be as intimate as the 600-square-foot Lodge Rooms with private fireplaces and romantic reading corners or be as rustic as the cottages that range just under 1000 square feet on two levels and offer fireplace, stone hot tub, woodstove, cathedral ceilings and plenty of country atmosphere. No room is like the other. At Twin Farms, a Relais & Chateaux resort, you customize your stay in every way.
Still, no man can vacation by farm alone. Vermont is a destination with plenty of quirky attractions to keep a romance pumped in laughs and any family steeped in did-you-know historical curiosities.
Things to do on a Vermont Summer Day
Head to a farmer’s market to taste some of the freshest food on the planet. Ever had fried cattails? How about some real Ben & Jerry’s right from the factory?
Go antiquing. Vermont practically invented antiques and they can be had here for a song if you check out a local auction.
Photograph covered bridges. No they don’t just happen in Madison County. Rare and preserved, step into the shadows of another place and time.
Go for a swim. This is lake country. But Silver Lake near Barnard is pretty special for some natural dipping.
Go to a County Fair. This is the real thing. Expect to see award-winning farm animals, horse competitions, and probably some wacky races as well. Eat corn on the cob. Dance to some vigorous fiddling. Share a homemade ice cream cone. The Vermont State Fair in nearby Rutland runs August 16-20 and offers all the activity and atmosphere one could wish for without transporting into an Elia Kazan movie.