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For a small luxury hotel, Twin Farms has more amenities for its guests than many large-scale resorts you’d visit for a 10-day vacation. We think these are the five best amenities to take advantage of while you stay at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel:
1. You might want lunch on the outdoor terrace in the warmer months, but a picnic is a must at Twin Farms during the summer. However, you’re not limited to just the warm weather; you can picnic in the winter — just wrap yourself up and replace the champagne on ice for mulled wine in a flask. We especially love the idea of having chef Ted Ask and his team fill up a basket so you can visit one of the grounds’ many scenic picnic areas. The picnic-basket goodies will be the same high-quality dishes served in the restaurant, such as grilled salmon, cheeses and fresh garden produce accompanied by a bottle of 2006 Chalone Vineyards Pinot Blanc. Inside the basket, you’ll also find china and hand-blown glass with crisp linen napkins. Try a hike to Ski Hill or stay closer to home and canoe onto the far side of Copper Pond for a breathtaking view as the perfect side to any picnic.
2. From hiking boots, socks, walking sticks, backpacks and even right down to the bug spray, the recreation manager and team will equip you with everything to enjoy the seven miles of hiking trails that cover the luxury Vermont hotel’s grounds. If you’re looking for a low-key activity, head over to Copper Pond, where you’ll find a full complement of fly-fishing equipment, water floats, suntan lotion, towels and lounge chairs. In the winter, you’ll have everything from snowshoes to skis to make the most of the New England snow. The hotel cannot tune your skis, should you bring your own, but can certainly arrange for such services in the nearby town of Woodstock.
3. While Out of the Woods is not a full-service spa with expansive wet facilities, lockers and relaxation areas in one building, the services and experience you will find at the small spa make it a phenomenal amenity to have onsite. The treatment menu is limited but offers just the right combination of body, facial and salon services to cover all your beautifying needs.
4. The Five-Star hotel has several Gary Fisher Napa series mountain bikes ready and standing by if the mood to cycle takes you. Even if you’re not an avid mountain biker, go for an easy downhill ride into Barnard Village to picnic by Silver Lake and the hotel’s own private beach area. Afterward, simply place a call to the hotel from the general store and the staff will come and pick you up — no arduous uphill biking required.
5. Though the original farmhouse that makes up most of Twin Farm’s main building dates back to 1795, the Barn Room was added on in later years. Enter through the cozy bar and keep going until you find the soaring, two-story Barn Room. A beautiful picture window overlooks the terrace and meadow at one end, while a small reading room is neatly tucked away at the opposite end at the top of a spiral staircase. Stuffed with books that have been collected, borrowed and exchanged over the years, the reading room is a perfect place to curl up and lose yourself in a good tome for a short while.
Here’s our list of the best five amenities at Twin Farms:
The Bridge House Spa
The private downhill ski area and groomed cross-country/snowshoe trails
The Pond at Copper Hill for swimming, fly-fishing, canoeing and ice skating (weather dependent)
The fitness center