Value Watch: Twin Farms, Vermont
Twin Farms, a country estate spanning over 300 acres of green meadows in Barnard, Vermont, is celebrating the changing seasons with a Spring into Summer promotion. When you book two nights, the third night is free. Only have time for a one or two-night getaway? Then opt for a complimentary one-hour in-room massage or spa service each day instead. The promotion runs through September 12 and includes weekends.
The property's late 18th-century farmhouse and lodge is converted into six elegant guest suites ($1,300-1,500 based on double occupancy) plus a living room and dining room, and ten guest cottages ($2,000-3,000 based on double occupancy) dot the grounds. Rates include four meals a day and complimentary wine -- the Twin Farms cellar is stocked with 26,000 bottles of French and California vintages. Guests also have access to a pub, fitness center, spa treatment facility, lakeside cabana, and a Japanese-style sunken tub.
During the summer, activities range from hiking, biking, fly-fishing, and picnicking to canoeing, tennis, swimming, and croquet. In the winter, skiing, snowshoe hikes, sleigh rides, and ice skating keep guests active. The property is also available to rent for weddings, civil unions, and vow-renewal ceremonies.
Travel tip: If you're traveling with a tour, be sure to get the guide's cell phone number in case you get separated from the group and need to contact him or her.