LOS ANGELES, CA – The best part of Vermont may be the intensity of its seasons.
Who could argue the bliss of being kissed by the sting of a cool fall wind while standing among a riot of red maple leaves? Or soaking in warm waters while winter snows fall around you?
Many would argue that some of the best things about Vermont are its quaint ski lodges sitting at the foot of mighty mountains that stay white well into spring. And they would be right, but not 100% right.
Twin Farms, a resort to consider when a five-star hotel is not enough, offers the best of Vermont in every season, especially during warmer months.
Visiting Vermont in summer is that much sweeter with Twin Farms as your hub. You can enjoy the gourmet and “beyond inclusive” benefits of an exclusive Vermont resort from which you can explore Green Mountain State slowly.
And there is plenty to discover: one small mountain town, one cool music festival or county fair, one covered bridge or antique barn shop at a time.
With only 20 rooms, suites and cottages on this 300-acre spread, Twin Farms is a rare find. Each of these quarters possesses its own immersive style, from Moroccan Kasbah to Appalachian country cabin to contemporary digs of walled glass, all stocked with world class art and serving as a blank slate for a choice crew of interior designers.
Within every room guests find a fireplace, a spacious soaking tub set by an idyllic window view, a formidable feather bed, and a fully stocked refrigerator.
Standard amenities at Twin Farms attempt to second guess the needs of guests before they even know they want something.
Complimentary extends to Wi-Fi, same-day laundry, worldwide phone calls, hand-blended bath products, handmade confections, even packing and unpacking services.
A good book by a crackling fire? You grab the book; the fire is already ablaze in your cottage. Desire a glass of brandy with that after-dinner game of chess? Done.
Food is included within the lodging rate and it is done exceedingly well with a dedication to the specific needs, or wants, of the guest. Can’t eat strawberries? Allergic to fennel? Love white asparagus? No ingredient goes unexamined.
Before their arrival date, guests are provided an ingredients questionnaire and preference list so that menus can be customized according to guest wishes. Meals are paired with wines picked from the resort’s 20,000-bottle cellar.
Plates are presented with flair. For lunch, consider a Barnard blueberry crumble with a ginger beer float garnished by a freshly picked (and edible) nasturtium flower. If you desire a glass of Champagne before dinner? Let the wine director pop it for you – with a saber.
In addition to the culinary extravagance, there is hiking, biking, canoeing in warmer weather. During the chill of winter enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing amid Twin Farms’ expansive trails.
Along those trails, if you know where to look, you will find a sensual Twin Farms secret: a Japanese furo. Made of wood and glass. This is a traditional large soaking tub filled with 104-degree water that is simply heaven in cooler weather especially as snow falls on your shoulders and all that sounds is the delicate white layering within the whispers of cold winds.
Rates at Twin Farms start at $1,260 - $1,400 per night per couple (peak rates apply to weekends, fall foliage season and holidays), inclusive of all meals, activities and many libations. Transfers from airports in Burlington-BTV (75 minutes away), Lebanon-LEB (two hours away) and area private airports are complimentary.
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Summer Things to Do in Vermont
Summer in Vermont is a sensation all its own. County fairs, dressage and horse competitions, mountain music festivals and fabulous farmers markets make a sojourn through the North Country into a kind of turn-of-the-century paradise full of history, quaint surprises and rare experiences. Here is a rundown of “do’s” around the state.
Middlebury Summer Festival-On-The-Green
Dates: July 7-13
Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival
Dates: July 26-August 4
Where: Jacksonville, Whitingham, Wilmington, Dover, Wardsboro
Vermont Festival Of The Arts
Dates: August 1 through Labor Day Weekend
Where: Mad River Valley (Waitsfield, Warren, Fayston, Moretown, Middlesex, Granville, Rochester)
Summer Dog Party on Dog Mountain
Dates: August 4, 12-4 pm
Where: St. Johnsbury
Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
Dates: August 16-18
Vermont State Fair
Date: August 30-September 8
18th Annual Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb Festival
Date: August 31-September 1
New World Festival at Chandler
Date: September 1
Killington Hay Festival
Date: September 2 – October 14
Tunbridge World’s Fair
Date: September 12 - 15
Lark Gould is an author of eight books and a journalist who has been covering the travel industry for more than two decades.
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