Where: Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton, New York
Where: Twin Farms, Vermont
Distance from Manhattan: About 5 hours
Good for: A romantic getaway, a pack-up-the-kids-in-the-truckster weekend, group travel with other couples and friends and a personal retreat to completely decompress this winter.
The scoop: Twin Farms’ vast, 300-acre backdrop is sledding, skiing, ice-skating and s’mores-‘round-the-fire territory. But as the story goes: If you give a New Yorker some fresh winter air, he’ll ask for a glass of wine. And if you give him a glass of wine, he’ll probably ask for a rack of juicy short ribs. And a roaring fire. And a cozy bed in one of ten freestanding cottages. So – just be warned. The grounds of this 5-star luxury resort, the former residence of Sinclair Lewis, pretty much provides you with the requisite checklist for a romantic weekend. Rolling hills with picture-perfect snow? Check. Supreme meals and service? Check. Rooms rustically decorated with four-poster beds, wood-burning stone fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs so lavishly comfortable you’ll never want to leave? Triple check. When it comes to New England inns, Twin Farms’ luxurious simplicity will no doubt inspire you to park your passport for awhile.
What to know: Room rates are not for the faint of heart. Weekend nights run from around $1,800 and up for two. Once you’re there, though, every meal, snack, cocktail, glass of Moët, glass of Bordeaux and digestif is included. Want an impromptu picnic by the lake? No problem. Feel like kicking back and drinking beer all day in the pub? They don’t judge. Upon checkout, they even send you off with a gourmet box lunch. There is simply no dealing with money once you’re all settled in. Except, of course, if you splurge for the Mouton Rothschild. Hey, a folklore Vermont experience with a luxury spin comes at a price.