For me the end of September and the first feel of crisp mornings brings about the realization that a new season is among us. Which in turn rekindles fond memories of Octoberfests, which then takes me to the exquisite beauty of nature, namely the changing of the leaves (one of my favorite things about growing up in Chicago). All this remembering culminates in memories of my favorite American vacation destination — Vermont’s sublime five-star resort and spa, Twin Farms.
Twin Farms began as a wedding present from nobel prize winner Sinclair Lewis to journalist Dorothy Thompson. Not only was the 1795 -era farmhouse (on 300 acres) where the couple did most of their writing, but the house also became famous for the lavish parties thrown there.
In 1993, owner ThurstonTwigg-Smith, opened Twin Farms with 15 accommodations. He kept the original farmhouse as the heart of the property, and built individual cottages, each with its own personality expressed through architecture, interior design, and art from his private collection — Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Frank Stella, Jim Dine, Deborah Butterfield, Milton Avery and Jasper Johns to name a few. Today Twin Farms accommodates 20 couples in 10 unique cottages. The main house holds 4 spacious rooms, two suites that share a common area, and four suites with a private entrances that are connected by a lounge and library.
The all-inclusive price means everyone comes together for cocktail hour in the living room before dinner and 3 gourmet farm to table meals (some of the best food and wine I have ever had) in the main dining room. You can also choose to have your meals delivered to your cabin/room for a more romantic experience. There’s a pub for everyone to share drinks, a game of pool, darts and music, or a cabana for BBQ’s, bonfires and s’mores.
The gardens and grounds are exquisite, offering amazing hikes (one of my favorite parts of TF), its very own lake for canoeing or fly fishing, and in the winter you can ski, go sledding or snowshoeing. The activities don’t stop there, they also offer swimming, tennis, kayaking, paddle boarding, all which I was too lazy to enjoy, but did partake in croquet and bocce ball (so much fun). If you feel like being more sedate, they have a library with real old-fashioned books, Stave puzzles and plenty of board games. You can be as private or as social as you like.
There is a Japenese Furo, a special bath. And if you take one make sure to ask about the unspoken rule. A high quality spa offers facials, mani/pedis and messages. I had mine in our cabin after a long hike. It was like heaven!
The customer service goes beyond what you can imagine. They’ve considered every little detail, from a personalized note and your own mini jig saw puzzle (which they’re famous for) waiting in your room upon your arrival, to a packed lunch ready and waiting for you when you leave. During your stay they offer same day laundry service, packing and unpacking services, wifi and unlimited phone calls anywhere. They even manage to sneak in with an evening treat while they turn down your bed. How they know when your away for this I have no idea.
Oh, and I forgot to mention, no children under 16 allowed, except for a one week family period in the spring.
This may seem like a fairy tale, too good to be true, at the very least exaggerated, but have no doubt it exists. But like everything this amazing place comes with a hefty price tag. All inclusive prices range from $1450 to $3600 a night per couple.
Sorry, I didn’t mean to burst your bubble!
Twin Farms 452 Royalton Turnpike, Barnard, VT 05031 802 234 9999
The secluded Chalet cabin and the Log Cabin.
Above photos — Twin Farms // The main house and cabanna // The Studio and Aviary cabins.