Every October we seek out an ideal place to celebrate Jim’s birthday on October 3rd and make a long weekend of it. There are so many idyllic places to see fall foliage, and this year we chose Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont- book early we called a YEAR in advance and barely got into this exclusive, all inclusive, five-star luxury country retreat. It was worth the wait.
The journey to Twin Farms is part of the experience, and the drive from the airport in Burlington was absolutely beautiful. The trees were not quite at their peak yet, but the landscape surrounding us looked just like a painting- just like… exactly what you expect Vermont to look like! We made a pit stop at the Ben & Jerry’s factory (to visit the flavor graveyard we didn’t even have any ice cream) then headed on to Route 100, the scenic route, through quaint little New England towns and past several covered bridges.
Down a winding dirt road you will eventually find Twin Farms. Spread across 300 vast acres of wild meadows and hardwood forests, at times you feel you are the only ones present, yet it also feels intimate and cozy- especially cocktail hour by the fireplace in the main living room which is elegant and rustic at the same time. We stayed in the Birch Suite of the Farmhouse at Copper Hill, and it was the perfect ultra romantic setting for a weekend away- sleeping in late, enjoying a gourmet breakfast on our screened patio with a view of the Green Mountains, and lighting the fireplace when the chill set in at night.
Miles of groomed trails through the forest and up the hills kept us busy (and working off an indulgent breakfast) in the afternoons, and working up an appetite for dinner. There are no menu’s at Twin Farms, but everything Chef Nathan Rich and his team cooks up is beyond delicious, and sourced from local providers with the freshest ingredients. In fact, they even took us on a private tour one day to Kiss The Cow farm where they get their milk and some cheese. The dining room in the main house (a converted farmhouse from 1795) is small enough to insure every candlelit table is close by one of the two fireplaces. We had dinner on Jim’s birthday in the wine cellar, which you access via a winding staircase down. It was an all around fantastic experience complete with a decadent meal and excellent wine pairings and just the best way to spend a special night with the one you love.
It was hard to leave after five fabulous days, but they did send us off with a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine, a Simon Pearce bowl, a mini Stave puzzle, and a chef autographed menu from our dinner in the wine cellar. Not to mention the memories of a perfect weekend that will last forever.
“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”