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Relais & Châteaux Property Spotlight:Twin Farms

Twin Farms is not just a serene getaway, a culinary destination and a beautiful historic farmhouse set amid 300 rolling acres of Vermont’s bucolic field and forest.

It’s also a love story.

In 1928, when the Nobel prize-winning author Sinclair Lewis proposed to journalist Dorothy Thompson, she agreed, but only if he bought her a farm in Vermont with sweeping lawns, orchards and “delicious air.” This 1795-era farmhouse got him his “I do,” and over the next 30 years, it was the setting for the couple’s legendary parties, featuring the top literary and political figures of the day.

Today, Twin Farms is an all-inclusive getaway that is as restful or as active as you want it to be. Tucked away from the world – it’s 90 minutes from the nearest airport – it is as secluded a refuge as you could wish.

Recognized as one of America’s top small hotels since it opened as a B&B in 1993, the Relais & Châteaux property features 20 luxuriously appointed accommodations, ranging from rooms in the main farmhouse to rustic cottages to the separate Farmhouse at Copper Hill. Of course, cuisine is an important part of the Twin Farms experience, and the seasonally inspired meals with wine pairings are part of the all-inclusive rate.

In every season, Twin Farms has something special to offer: the brilliant beauty of fall foliage; snowshoe paths for exploring the winter landscape; hiking rails that wind through spring green forests; a summery game of croquet on the lawn after a morning of fly-fishing on Copper Pond. Year round, guests can enjoy billiards and dance tunes at the art-filled pub, play board games or relax with a treatment in the Bridge House Spa.

With all of that, you can see why Sinclair Lewis and Dorothy Thompson fell in love with Twin Farms. One visit, and you will, too.

Twin Farms is located at 452 Royalton Turnpike, Barnard, VT, 802-234-9999,

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