In addition to the new places I discovered on my recent trip, I heartily recommend three other properties in Vermont.
Twin Farms, Barnard
By any measure, Twin Farms is one of the finest places to stay in the entire country. An intimate country retreat, it is set amid 300 acres of meadows and woodlands in an unspoiled valley. Hand-painted murals, rich maple and pine woodwork and American folk art adorn rustically elegant lounges, while the original barn, with its impressive raftered interior, houses the congenial library. Guests choose from 20 distinctive lodgings (including a self-contained four-suite enclave facing a pond) that feature king-size feather beds and sitting areas with fireplaces that open onto screened porches. Request one of the imaginatively decorated cottages: “Log Cabin,” “Treehouse” and “Woods” are especially appealing. I have always found the restaurant exceptional; other facilities include a spa, gym and Japanese-style soaking tubs. During the summer, you can pursue tennis, fishing and canoeing, and during the winter, skiing. Closed late March to May.
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Truly a place unto itself, whose grounds give you a real feel of being sequestered in rural Vermont.