Twin Farms is for lovers. This quintessential New England Relais & Châteaux resort is the perfect year-round luxurious romantic hideaway for the rich, tired, jetsetters.
A transformed farmhouse, (that once belonged to Nobel Prize-winning writer Sinclair Lewis), surrounded by verdant rolling hills and set within 300 acres of lush Vermont landscape, the all-inclusive property is everything you look for in a quaint lover’s retreat.
The accommodation in the main house and the larger private cottages are cozy-meets-country-chic and are well-appointed with artisanal, locally-made treats, books, puzzles and other little 5-star touches that make you feel at home.
You will also notice an incredible art collection scattered throughout the property making any New York gallery swoon, so make sure to ask for the guidebook before you go walking around.
There are ten different themed cottages, each with a roaring fireplace and a private screened porch. And it gets cold in the evenings (even in the summer) and nothing says romance like snuggling up in front of a fire. (Hubba hubba). Suites and a farmhouse are available for larger families positioned on the banks of a picturesque pond.
When you’re not getting cozy (or naughty) in your abode, you’ll either be hiking, fishing, biking, canoeing, spa-ing or being wined and dined. Two amazing private yoga teachers from Boston teach three classes a day ranging from zen meditative yoga to power flow, as well as personal trainers available for private lessons.
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Let’s start with the Spa, using Vermont’s own Tata Harper and Lunaroma products. While the spa staffers are a little unorganized (probably a bi-product of living in an idyllic paradise) the services are absolutely divine and a couples massage is highly recommended, which you can ask for in your own room as well. The spa as two treatment rooms. Choose from glass-brick steam rooms or spend some time wading in their traditional Japanese furo bathhouse. It’s got partitions to separate the girls from the boys but you can request a private soak for two and guests often co-mingle naked (swimsuits optional). So if you see a white towel on the entrance door, don’t go knockin’! Note to pregnant guests: prenatal massages are free. It’s like their thank you for bringing life into the world-a truly thoughtful touch!
Once famished from all that pampering, get ready for a divine dinner led by their head chef, Nathan Rich and his esteemed team. There’s no set menu, but you can give the kitchen your likes, dislikes and dietary restrictions or simply tell them what you’re in the mood for. No request is too large for this splendid culinary team. And wake up to some of the country’s best pancakes. Clouds of chocolate and soufflé heaven with classic Vermont maple syrup drizzled on top.
From the masterful mixologists to the wine-geek sommelier, the entire dining team are impeccably trained and extremely knowledgeable.
The rest of the staff can be slightly flakey, and operate on country time so don’t expect all of your activities to begin on schedule.
While the service overall is little too laid back for a property of this kind (with the exception of the food service folks), it doesn’t really matter. You’ll just take in a deep, fresh Vermont breath and enjoy the lush scenery whilst you wait.
If you choose to do one of the hiking trails (options for a guide or on your own) sign up for a picnic basket lunch. A staffer will meet you at the end of the trail with a basket filled with gourmet eats, champagne and a blanket.