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Twin Farms

Plus Adored

Intimate, much-lauded, all-inclusive

452 Royalton Turnpike Barnard, Vermont 800-894-6327 www.twinfarms.com

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At a Glance

When you first step from the courtyard into the historic main house of Twin Farms, you begin to understand the allure of this intimate, and much-lauded, Vermont hotel.

Indagare Loves

  • The hotel’s museum-quality art, including works by Milton Avery, Jasper Johns, Bernice Abbott, Frank Stella and Roy Lichtenstein.
  • The price is all-inclusive, so there are no chits to sign, no tips to dispense.
  • Twin Farms is ideal for house parties. You can rent the entire property (which sleeps forty)

Review

With its vaulted, beamed ceilings, walls of well-thumbed books, fascinating artwork and hand-picked antiques, Twin Farms was clearly once a beloved private home—the former estate, as it happens, of Nobel Prize–winning author Sinclair Lewis and his wife, journalist Dorothy Thompson, who lived there in the 1920s. Today, the 18th-century main house, where guests take their cocktails and meals, is still the heart of the 300-acre property, but the accommodations have expanded to encompass four rooms, six suites and ten cottages.

Out back, a garden tall with lemon-yellow hollyhocks, purple thistles, white hydrangeas, blue salvia and pink flox hugs the walls of a curved stone terrace. Beyond, the vast lawn spills towards a covered bridge over a pond filled with water lilies and lined with cattails. A dirt road winds off from the main courtyard through the woods to the secluded guest cottages, each spacious (most are 1,000 square feet or more), unique and appointed with stylish furniture, king-size feather beds and bathrooms equipped with big soaking tubs. Every room has a distinctive aesthetic and everything feels carefully thought-through, down to the already-set fire, just waiting for a match.

Throughout the property, there’s a marvelous sense of laid-back luxury. You may spend your entire stay in shorts or jeans, yet every detail of the resort is exceptional, from the food to the solicitous staff to the museum-quality art, including works by Milton Avery, Jasper Johns, Bernice Abbott, Frank Stella and Roy Lichtenstein. (The Twigg-Smith family, who bought the estate in the 1970s and opened it as a five-room hotel in 1993, has a serious art collection. Today, they own the property with several partners.) The price is all-inclusive, so there are no chits to sign, no tips to dispense.

The cottages are wonderful, from the fanciful, Moroccan-themed Meadow to the serene, Scandinavian-style Barn. If you are traveling with friends or adult family members, consider taking over the two-suite Lodge or booking the four suites in the Farmhouse at Copper Hill, which share a common living area.

Twin Farms is known for its exquisite cuisine, served in the rustic, cozy dining room of the main house (or in your room, upon request). Breakfast is made to order, but lunch and dinner have set menus that change daily. There are spa treatments available but most devote their days to reading, lounging, canoeing around Copper Pond and wandering the crisscrossing trails that wind from the cabins down through forests and fields.

Who Should Go

People who love the outdoors, great food and a quiet, unpretentious atmosphere. Most guests are repeat customers, who tend to be friendly and down-to-earth. Those looking for glamour, nightlife, shopping, etc. will be happier elsewhere. With the exception of during occasional Family Weeks, Twin Farms does not allow children.

Indagare Plus Amenities

  • Full breakfast for 2 included
  • Upgrade Room Category subject to availability
  • Late check-out subject to availability
  • Spa credit in the amount of $100 USD
  • Complimentary wifi access
  • Daily Newspaper
  • Welcome drinks on arrival
  • Complimentary airport transfer

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