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Choose Your Own Path

You might hike up to a picnic with a Green Mountains view, paddle a canoe across our own nine-acre pond, or carve fresh tracks into the resort’s private slopes. Stroll through the garden and guess which veggies will appear at dinner tonight. Or bend your mind trying to fit pieces into a Stave puzzle.

The activities below are organized by season and can be explored independently or as a guided experience with other guests (please refer to the daily schedule — no sign-up required!). All are included as part of your stay. For those interested in a private guided experience, click here for our menu. And if you can’t find your favorite activities on Twin Farms property, a full slate of experiences beckon just a few miles away.

SPRING, SUMMER & FALL WINTER
YEAR-ROUND PRIVATE GUIDED ACTIVITIES

Spring, Summer & Fall

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Archery & Axe Throwing

Improve your aim — or work out some aggression — at our range by the ski warming hut. For safety reasons, this activity is not available unsupervised.

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Bee Tour

Hosted by our resident apiarist Dave and his hard-working honeybees, this is a pollen-to-pallet masterclass in how all of that delicious Twin Farms honey comes to "bee."

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Bicycling

Our fleet of cruisers, hardtails, and pedal-assist mountain bikes makes Twin Farms and the surrounding area your kingdom, regardless of ability or energy level. Explore our network of multi-use trails on a mountain bike. Take a hybrid cruiser nine miles down the road to Woodstock. Or conquer any hill with a pedal-assist, whose electric motor boosts your own pedal power. They range up to 50 miles, so there’s plenty of terrain to explore — and viewpoints to gawk at.

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Canoeing,
Kayaking &
Paddleboarding

What could be more romantic than a private twilight paddle across our own Copper Pond? Or head 1.5 miles down the road to Silver Lake, where our mini-fleet of boats awaits.

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Fly Fishing

Orvis rods, reels, and flies, plus authentic Cabela’s vests, will make you feel like a pro. So will the pond stocked with 12-14 inch rainbows — not to mention personalized lessons.

Garden Visit

Poke your head into the vegetable garden, greenhouse, or Dorothy’s flower garden to see what’s growing. Say hi to the chickens while you’re there.

Hiking

The verdant forest invites exploring, whether moderate or strenuous. We’ve been restoring our miles of manicured trails, adding stone steps, new trail markings, supply stations, map kiosks, even a few picnic platforms with views of the mountains.

Lawn Games

Fancy a game of croquet, bocce, or cornhole? All three are set up on the lawn next to the Main House — the perfect way to start a casual cocktail hour.

Picnics

If you can imagine a picnic setting worthy of Chef Rich’s creations, we can deliver it. Sandwiches at the ski summit, charcuterie by the pond, canapés on the trail? Any and all are included in your stay.

Swimming

Enjoy a refreshing dip in Copper Pond. You might have it all to yourself!

Tennis & Pickleball

One hard court for tennis and two pickleball courts are located next to the Farmhouse at Copper Hill and the adjacent pond. Rackets and balls included.

Winter

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Cross-Country
Skiing &
Snowshoeing

Private groomed trails and a wide selection of equipment let you contemplate the tranquil surroundings.

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Downhill Skiing

Leave the crowds behind: Our six groomed trails are closed to the public and reserved just for you. The Viking (a high-powered UTV with tracks) will ferry you back to the top after every run.

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Fat-Tire Biking

Can’t wait for the thaw? Those chunky tires grip snow and ice and make biking our groomed cross-country trails a (sometimes challenging) winter adventure.

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Ice Fishing

Rainbow trout don’t sleep through winter, and neither should you. We’ll saw a hole in Copper Pond, set you up with the right gear, and let you at ‘em.

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Ice Skating

We provide the skates and hot toddies, you bring the laughter. Our mini Zamboni smooths the ice on Copper Pond — as close to an ice rink as you can get in the forest.

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Sledding

Yes, we have sleds. And no, they’re not just for kids! Start slow, then work your way up to luge-like speeds. Helmets are required — but trudging back uphill isn’t, thanks to the Viking UTV.

*Mother Nature usually allows downhill skiing to start in mid to late January. In any case, all winter activities are subject to her whims.

Year-Round

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Art Tour

Learn about the heritage of Twin Farms — and spot works by such artists as Milton Avery, Jasper Johns, William Bailey, and David Bates — while exploring the nooks and crannies of the ca. 1795 Main House.

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Billiards, Darts,
and Music at
TWIGG's Pub

Cross the covered bridge from the Main House to reach Twigg’s Pub, where you’ll find a fully-stocked bar, billiards table, and dartboard. Pieces by Cy Twombly, Donald Roller Wilson, and Nam June Paik — not to mention a collection of international beer bottles — supply the backdrop. The soundtrack? Up to you, thanks to the Bluetooth-equipped Rock Ola jukebox and Steinway grand piano.

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Bridge House
Fitness Center

Downstairs from Twigg’s Pub, a remarkable range of state-of-the-art Technogym equipment beckons, including a Kinesis workout station, a step-squat machine, two treadmills, a stationary bike, and a Vario elliptical cross-trainer. Plus two Peloton bikes, a Concept2 rowing machine, kettlebells, medicine balls, NuBell free weights, and Manduka yoga gear. Private training and yoga classes are available, too.

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Bridge House Spa

Achieve utter contentment with a massage, facial, scrub, or other personalized treatment at our haven for well-being. Our skin care rituals use Biologique Recherche products, enjoyable and highly effective. (Please note that additional charges apply to spa treatments.)

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Japanese Furo

Find privacy and healing in a cedar-clad bath house in the woods, an homage to traditional Japanese bathing rituals with pristine, 104°F water and views of the forest.

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Puzzles, Games & Reading

Chess, checkers, and other games provide quiet entertainment in every corner. If you’re up to the challenge, try adding a few pieces to a maddening Stave Puzzle — like no other jigsaw you’ve ever done. Our diverse selection of classics and best-sellers will help you rediscover the joy of holding a book in your hand.

Local Activities

Outdoor Adventures

Golf

You’ll find championship courses in Quechee and Woodstock. Quechee Club Golf Course has 36 holes designed by Geoffrey Cornish. Woodstock Inn and Resort Golf Course is a 6,000-yard, par-70, Robert Trent Jones–designed course.

Horseback Riding

At Highland Farms, about 15 minutes from Twin Farms, Jen Hewitt leads groups of up to 4 riders on picturesque trail rides. Hewitt has experience working with everyone from novices to advanced riders and tailors the experience for all to enjoy.

Quechee Gorge

Known as Vermont’s Grand Canyon, Quechee Gorge features strolls along the Ottauquechee River in Vermont State Park.

Silver Lake

Twin Farms has a private waterfront at the bucolic Silver Lake in Barnard, where we provide canoes and kayaks for paddling around.

Skiing

More advanced downhill skiing and snowboarding, plus cross-country skiing, rock climbing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing, are available in Killington and Woodstock. Killington features many types of terrain over six mountains and 140 trails, including a 500-foot superpipe. Suicide Six is a family-friendly resort area in Woodstock. Slope ratings include 30% beginner, 40% intermediate, and 30% advanced.

Shopping, Museums & Fine Arts

Cultural experiences with opportunities to shop for gifts — and for yourself!

Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College

Music, performance, film, and fine art in Hanover, New Hampshire.

King Arthur Flour

Learn about baking techniques, and shop for specialty flours and kitchen tools in Norwich.

Long Trail Brewery

Tour the brewery, learn about handcrafted ales, and bring home a case of freshly-brewed gifts for your friends.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

Tour the historic home, gardens, walking trails, and Billings Farm in Woodstock, and learn more about the Rockefeller heritage of conservation and rural heritage. At Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock, tour the spectacular, historic working farm and learn more about dairy farming and rural life. Also watch for special seasonal events that include sleigh rides, visits with draft horses, oxen, and sheep, and tours of the creamery and restored 1890-era farmhouse.

Montshire Museum of Natural Science

Hands-on science museum with outdoor walking trails in Norwich.

Quechee Gorge Village

Handcrafted jewelry, art, and antiques located near outdoor activities in Quechee Gorge.

Shackleton Thomas

Handmade furniture, pottery, and accessories, many of which are found throughout the accommodations and common areas at Twin Farms, from renowned potter Miranda Thomas and craftsman Charles Shackleton. Located in Bridgewater.

Simon Pearce Gallery

Riveting glassblowing and handmade pottery demonstrations inside a gallery and store, with a restaurant as well. Ask about the exclusive private shopping service only for Twin Farms guests. Located in Quechee, about 40 minutes from Barnard.

Stave Puzzles

Creators of fine custom wooden jigsaw puzzles since 1974. Tour the facility to understand the history, mystery, and construction of the handmade collector’s items in Norwich. For an unparalleled gift, design your own.

Sugarbush Farm

Tour the farm and purchase Vermont cheeses and maple syrup in Woodstock.

Kiss the Cow Farm

Explore the farm and visit their indoor farmstand, where you will find everything from freshly made ice creams to local cheeses and preserves.