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What We Love

  • All-inclusive rates include daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner and in-room service; daily wine, cocktails and afternoon tea; an extensive DVD library; and daily activities, including equipment and instruction
  • Cozy themed cottages that offer sumptuous privacy, plus fireplaces and porches
  • A full-service spa and a traditional Japanese furo, a coed soaking tub set inside the forest
  • Your wish is the staff’s command, from warm chocolate chip cookies and milk at midnight to a champagne picnic delivered in the middle of a hiking trail
  • Outstanding cuisine; Twin Farms was among the first resorts to embrace the farm-to-table movement

What To Know

  • No children 17 and under allowed, except during bi-annual family weeks; no pets either
  • No menus, except at breakfast — you’ll fill out a food preference questionnaire before arrival, but the chef prepares a full unique dinner nightly
  • Any type of diet can be catered to, from kosher to gluten-free
  • The front gate is unmarked, and though guests are sent detailed directions, the small dirt entrance road often beguiles GPS
  • Every room has a handmade wooden puzzle from local manufacturer Stave; nicknamed “torture in a box,” the addictively difficult puzzles have been known to cause sleepless nights
  • Choose a cottage for the most luxurious stay
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Overview

The Review

Visiting Twin Farms is like escaping to camp after the torturous school year is finally over. But instead of bunk beds and shared secrets, you’ll find an upscale, all-inclusive playground for adults, complete with gourmet meals, a luxurious spa and well-planned activities on the resort’s 300 acres.

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But the defining charm of Twin Farms might be the freedom you’ll feel — how you spend your days is up to you. Get some of that fresh Vermont air by hitting the nearby trails (bikes, snowshoes, skis — they’re all available and included in the rate). Or head to the lake and ask for canoe or fly-fishing instruction.

The other standout of Twin Farms is its accommodations. The free-standing cottages have woodburning fireplaces and screened porches. The entire property, including the main house’s guestrooms and common areas, is decorated with an extensive collection of museum-quality artwork, so much so that the catalog describing the pieces occupies two large albums. Twin Farms also features the works of top local artisans, like the in-room wooden jigsaw puzzles by local company Stave, custom furniture from Charles Shackleton and plates and glassware by renowned glass-blower Simon Pearce.

In all, Twin Farms has an unrivaled combination of rustic charm and five-star service. Speaking of which, it’s often difficult for first-time guests to wrap their heads around how ready-to-serve the staff is. But follow this simple rule: If you want or need it, the staff will take care of it. Bet you never said that about camp.

How to Get There

Twin Farms
P.O. Box 115
Barnard, VT 05031 United States

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 148 Reviews
Simply Exquisite
Reviewed 1 week ago

The five star rating here doesn't do this resort justice.
Also, it seems sacrilege to be reviewing here amongst Courtyards and airport Hiltons.

The restaurant was brilliant. Dinner and breakfast were both outstanding.
The 'cabin' was outstanding. The thoughtfulness in every element was outstanding.
The people who work here are outstanding. So warm and welcoming.

Don't get me started on the art. Or the puzzles. Or the little delightful gifts.

Perfection
Reviewed 3 months ago

Extraordinarily expensive, but worth it. Fabulous splurge for a special occasion. Every detail is done perfectly - from the food, to the service, to the comfort of the cottage, to the lovely staff. Twin Farms met and exceeded our high expectations.

A museum of contemporary art, and an amazing place to stay
Reviewed 3 months ago

The level of service at Twin Farms will spoil you for every other lodging experience, forever. They know when you leave your room, and that's when they clean. They have a secret entrance to your room, and that's what they use. Everybody knows your name. Everybody cares about nothing as much as making you happy and welcome. Fascinating contemporary art is everywhere, even the guest rooms. It's worth every one of the very many pennies you will spend to stay there.

Luxurious Relaxation Deep in the Woods of Vermont
Reviewed 4 months ago

My husband and I just returned from our first (and definitely not our last) trip to Twin Farms. Even after reading the website and many, many online reviews, I don’t think we fully appreciated how exquisite the experience would be until we got there.

First, we stayed in the Log Cabin (3 nights) – a super cute, functional space that is cozy and luxurious at the same time. The fireplace, constant supply of wood and Stave puzzle all provide an environment where you immediately want to relax and spend hours. (Note: The Log Cabin is one of three that accommodates dogs. While neither of us have allergies, I was surprised this wasn’t flagged for us in the reservation. Regardless, the room was quite clean and extremely welcoming, although we did note some leftover pet hair collecting on our socks.) While the Cabin is one of the further locations from the Main House, we loved the spot, the quiet and a quick lift to dinner was easy to get (just call the magical help phone number and someone comes by to pick you up within minutes).

Second, it probably goes without saying, but the service is impeccable… From the moment we arrived to the first room delivery of a mid-afternoon snack (in a picnic basket) through the boxed lunch at departure, it is clear the team onsite take great pride in the way they treat guests. Brenda clearly loves her job and is a wonderful guide for the range of outdoor activities available, as well as being a wealth of knowledge about the whole area. Josh is a great bartender, customizing drinks as our time at the Farm progressed (that spicy margarita was to die for!) and setting us up with an awesome bonfire with s’mores. Wade provided us a warm greeting upon our arrival, quickly got us acclimated to the property and then checked in with us throughout our visit. And, Jennifer, took the lead in the dining room in providing outstanding yet not obtrusive service.

Which brings me to, third, the food.. . We enjoyed breakfast and dinners every day in the Main House (although in-room dining is an option), as well as mid-afternoon snacks in our room each day (our favorite being a combination of truffle oil infused popcorn, charcuterie, cheese and a lovely Pinot Noir). All the food is high quality, the breakfast is killer and the wine pairings with dinner very nice. While you are not given a choice for dinners, there is more than enough food offered to feel like you have a lot of options and you get to explore all sorts of things you may not otherwise have ordered! I guess the only downside - if any - is that by the end of the visit I was looking for some simpler and less decadent flavors (but that’s when it’s nice to come home).

Finally, the activities. We took advantage of the spa, snow shoeing, walking the trails, the gym, and a couple of nights at Twigs (the space my husband fondly called his man cave). All were very nice, and especially the outdoors activities given the beautiful and secluded setting. It was great that snow shoes, boots, poles are all available to borrow during your stay. It’s simply a great place to try out all sorts of new things. My hot stone spa treatment was the ultimate in relaxation, the locker room area was nice - albeit small and could benefit from the addition of a sauna to complement the steam room. (Although I do wonder on why not even one spa treatment is included given the all inclusive offering.) The gym had nice, new top quality equipment. And while the location feels so far away from it all, we were able to venture property for a few hours one afternoon to head to the nearby Simon Pearce store as well as visit a few other local shops.

All in all, we will definitely plan a return visit – in fact, we spent the car ride home thinking about all the activities we didn’t get to this time that we want to plan for our next getaway.

Winter Wonderland Retreat.
Reviewed 4 months ago

Our stay here could not have possibly been better. Everything was absolutely perfect. The service was nothing short of stellar, the food fantastic, rooms wonderfully cozy, and the puzzles scattered everywhere were intriguing.

We stayed in the Hillside room, just above the Grotto. We had a beautiful view of the ski and sledding hill and a quick walk back to the main cabin for each meal. I'm sure the cottages are lovely but we enjoyed being so close to everything. There are fireplaces in every room, each one keeping the rooms toasty and filled with ambience.

The activities that were offered enticed many guests into the snow for some fun. We saw lots of skiers, snow shoeing, and sledding going on. It was like grown-up Summer Camp. We opted to wander from room to room with a cocktail admiring the book selection, the wine cellar, and the game room. Surprisingly, not many reviews mention the puzzles. There are handmade wooden puzzles all over the place that advertise themselves as "the Rolls Royce" of puzzles. They are tricky, crazy fun, and inspired a lot of inappropriate commentary from me the more frustrated I got!! They have no picture on the box, just a title, and no immediately discernible edges. They're addicting to do by the fire.

The bartender will make you anything you can think of. We sampled new wines with each meal but opted for before and after drinks of the cocktail nature. Whether you're in the main house, the pub, or even in your room (thanks for the Martini and Popcorn delivery!!!) they will not disappoint you.

All inclusive means ALL INCLUSIVE. Good lord do these people love to feed you! Breakfast is the only meal with a menu. After that each meal is three or four courses and is served with wine at lunch (or whatever your little baby heart desires) and a wine pairing at dinner. They do have a reserve wine list if you'd like to venture away from the suggested pairings and just pay for a bottle outright.

When they say you can ask for anything, they're not kidding. We fell in love with these double chocolate cookies....they delivered them with a bottle of wine right to the room. We wanted to watch an episode of The Crown while the snow fell and the fire blazed....they delivered two martinis and the most amazing popcorn. The day we left they sent us on our way with an adorable packed lunch for the road.

Everyone we encountered was an absolute delight. They truly seem to like each other, their job, and everything Twin Farms stands for.

We also opted for an in room couples massage. I am a total spa snob. WE LOVED THIS OPTION!!! The ladies were professional, prompt, and very good at their job. As much as I love roaming around spas and enjoying amenities, I loved putting on my robe and not leaving my room even more.

This resort is also a kid free resort except for two weeks a year. We love our kids, but this was such a nice retreat away.

A couple of notes if you're planning to stay here:

They will accommodate just about anything when it comes to food preferences, diets, and allergies. That does not mean be a jerk to the wait staff and demand a grilled cheese because you "don't eat any of that other junk". Basic manners are still required. Being nice never hurt anyone.

Don't DEMAND anything from anyone. Asking nicely doesn't go out of style. Just because this place is pricey doesn't give anyone the right to treat other people like servants.

In general, enjoy your stay and be a good person. Try a puzzle. Get the cookies. Have the truffle popcorn.

One last thing: we weren't here 24 hours and had already planned our second stay. We absolutely adored our time here and cannot wait to come back.

See you all in June!!