Front Desk: Our Favorite Hotel in America
When you travel for a living, people often ask about your favorites—as in favorite destinations, favorite restaurants, and favorite hotels. We have so many that it’s hard to choose, but Nate and I agree that our favorite hotel we’ve ever stayed at in the U.S. is Twin Farms. Hands-down.
Twin Farms is in Barnard, Vermont, and is what could be described as the quintessential New England retreat.
The property is all-inclusive, but not in the way that you’ll find endless buffets and watery umbrella drinks. There are no menus, and each guest is asked to fill out a questionnaire to specify his or her likes and dislikes. The kitchen then makes dishes inspired by local produce (much of which is grown on site) and the current season, and supplemented with the area's local farms. The result: Multi-course meals that are in no way stuffy, each paired with amazing wines.
During our weekend, we snowshoed for the first time (wow, that’s a workout), and took an afternoon craft beer class. When the staff overheard Nate expressing interest in learning about local cider, they arranged an impromptu tasting the following day. We also visited their Furo: a Japanese-style soaking tub set at 104 degrees that’s almost hidden the woods for a clothing-optional dip—guests simply place a towel on the outside door to indicate it’s occupied.
There’s a nightly cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres, where a handful of guests will sit by the fireplace with a cocktail.
But the rooms may be the very best part. There are just 20, and each is uniquely designed. We visited during the holiday season and ours had a real Christmas tree with custom decorations (our theme was fishing). Every room has a sunken hot tub, reading nook, and fireplace that magically seems to be lit upon arrival.