Twin Farms Resort & Spa – Barnard, Vermont – Remember when you were a kid and after school was out for the summer, the only thing on your mind was escaping to summer camp? A visit to Twin Farms is just like that – only instead of the inglorious rows of bunk beds, you’ll discover an upscale “camp” with over 300 acres, just for adults. In fact, no one under 17 is allowed onsite except for the twice-yearly family weeks. No pets, either – but that means you have no responsibilities while visiting except to make yourself at home and relax.
Twin Farms’ gate is not marked – all the better to keep this slice of heaven hidden. After booking, you’ll be sent detailed directions – but even so, many visitors often miss the unmarked drive leading to the resort.
When you arrive in this unspoiled region of the nation, you’ll realize why it’s so famous. You’ve probably never smelled air so fresh. And you certainly won’t go to bed hungry. Long-serving, onsite chef, Ted Ask, serves gourmet, in-season meals of farm-to-table fare at each meal. His menus are carefully chosen with guest requests in mind. Only eat kosher ingredients? Are you unable to tolerate gluten? You’ll be happily accommodated. All ingredients are sourced from farms in the area. In addition to fine food, you’ll also be treated to pre-dinner cocktails, as well as carefully selected wine pairings at brunch and supper.
But the most defining magic of Twin Farms is how free you’ll feel. While there are several well-planned activities, you can spend your days however you desire. You can soak in some of the fresh, Vermont air out hiking nearby trails – no matter the season, all the gear you could possibly need is included in your stay, such as bicycles or snowshoes. Or, if you prefer your time out on the water, head down to the waters of Silver Lake. Canoes and kayaks are provided, as are instructors and guides. Want to learn fly fishing? Just ask.
But what about your actual accommodations? Each free-standing cottage has its own fireplace and screened-in porch. All cottages and common areas are decorated with museum-quality works, some of which were created by local artists.
All in all, the combined rustic charms and unrivaled service at Twin Farms make this more than you’d ever have expected all those years ago at summer camp.