Twin Farms is the Height of Luxury in Vermont
My husband and I are not first-timers to luxury resort accommodations, being the type of travelers who see to it that we do something special together at least once a month. We’ve heard so many nice things about Twin Farms in Vermont (never a bad review, so far!), that we thought it would make a really memorable trip. We booked three nights and immediately regretted our decision. We should have booked at least a week!
If you’re lucky, you’ll run into one or more of the resort’s regulars (like just about every famous billionaire, rock star, movie star and other type of celebrity you can think of – we’d list them, but Twin Farms prefers to keep the names private), who are lucky enough to relax, decompress and enjoy the resort on a regular basis. I understand why – we just left and already can’t wait to go back! Twin Farms is undoubtedly at the top of our Most Wanted list of the most luxuriously heartwarming vacations you can find in the USA. Luckily, it’s only about four and a half hours from NYC.
Customized and Effortless
Twin Farms is the wealthy woman’s preferred vacation experience. I had to say that because most resorts that offer the feel of luxury can sometimes make guests feel limited and very careful about how they act.
When the ultra-rich go on vacations, they command a very high level of privacy and demand experiences that go beyond the common fare in a way that is very customized and entirely theirs. Twin Farms offers these unique, customized and very private moments in a beautifully designed 300-acre natural environment for roughly $2000 per night.
Before we arrived, we were asked to fill out a form specifying our favorite foods, and what we’d like to avoid. Once there, we had no decisions to make (unless we wanted to), and every tiny detail was thought of, even before we had a chance to ask. No tipping allowed, and only fun decisions to make – my kind of place!
Our Twin Farms stay happened at a time when only about five couples were staying, which enhanced the private feel of the entire resort. If privacy is your thing, Twin Farms has some 20 differently themed and sized cottages spread a good distance from each other so you always felt like you’re the only ones there. We didn’t see housekeeping staff once, despite always finding our accommodations crisp and pristine whenever we got back from enjoying the amenities.
We stayed in the Willow Suite, one of the four huge rooms of the Farmhouse at Copper Hill. The four rooms are connected by a reading room and a lounge, making it perfect for families coming in to spend some quality time with each other or four couples taking a trip together. But since it was just us, we had the entire house to ourselves. Willow has a private entrance that opens to a wide lawn that’s located very close to the tennis courts and a large pond with canoes. It also had a porch with a private hot tub, where we spent a good couple of hours from our early mornings eating breakfast and simply basking in the moment.
The Ultimate Foodie Trip
What we found most overwhelming about Twin Farms was that we never had the same type of food twice. The resort doesn’t have a menu. Everything you order is according to what you want to eat for the day — literally, anything! If you can’t decide, you can expect the chef to whip up something spectacular based on the freshest of ingredients delivered in the morning.
While we were there, we had the opportunity to go on a guided mushroom hunt (for fantastically delicious “morels”), headed by two of the foremost mushroom experts, Nova and Les, and accompanied by the resort’s chef. We now know what we can and can’t eat if we ever get lost in the woods (ferns with a U-groove down the stock are yummy!) We got to talking after the walk and learned that they also run a farm animal sanctuary in Vermont. You can check them out here: www.wildgourmetfood.com
That evening at Twin Farms, we had the luxury of trying two dishes with fresh picked mushrooms from that day. It was one of the best culinary experiences we’ve had to date.
To top it all, the foodie experience is not just limited to the restaurant, wine bar or your suite. You can have your meals or afternoon tea at ANY place within the resort. Do you want cold poached lobster for picnic lunch? You can have it at the groves, in town, or in a row boat. Fancy a romantic dinner under the stars? The staff can set up a nice table with all the trimmings anywhere you feel you have the best view of the sky. You can get all creative with your locations and requests and find yourself indulging in style.
As if the accommodations, privacy and food weren’t enough to create that total dream package, Twin Farms also boasts spa that features an apothecary line made specifically for it. Their ‘Out of the Woods’ product line was created by top perfumer and product formulator Richard Howard inspired by Vermont’s rural setting. The 100 per cent vegetarian bath and body line features natural ingredients and essential oils prepared by hand in Somerset, England and then shipped to the resort for its exclusive use.
All suites and rooms are also stocked with bath and body products by Out of the Woods so we got to give ourselves a treat even before we set foot at the spa. And let’s not forget their Out of the Woods Spa, where you can indulge in seasonal treatments and products designed by Arcania Apothecary of England. You can also relax in the 104-degree Japanese furo. And because Twin Farms is known for being very accommodating with special requests, yes, you can have your massages and facials anywhere.
I’ve said a lot about how blissful a Twin Farms experience is, but, frankly, words cannot do justice to what it has to offer. The tranquil surroundings certainly supports why it is popularly dubbed the summer camp for adults, but I find that given the good distance between the accommodations and capacity of certain cottages, Twin Farms could also become a great vacation experience for families or groups of friends. Check out their special “Bring the Kids” weeks and long weekends throughout the year. Imagine sharing the Twin Farms experience with your children, with the added fun of wagon rides, circus acts, star gazing with an astronomer, fishing, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and much more. Each special week or weekend has a different set of planned family activities. We’re already planning to bring the entire clan there for our next family outing — in a separate cottage, of course.