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I love quotes that add meaning to my life. Here are a few to live by:

How should I eat? (Not too much)
—Michael Pollan

If it is so difficult to learn to cook, how did all those early pioneer women manage to cross the country in rugged covered wagons and feed troops of people from one big pot hung over an open fire?
—Marion Cunningham, from Learning to Cook

Treat treats as treats.
—Michael Pollan

No matter how you slice it through, grain-fed meat production systems are a drain on the global food supply.
—Jonathan A. Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment, U of MN

Food & Art at Twin Farms

Adventures in the Vermont Food World

Twin Farms Art Weekend

I consider myself among the luckiest of people because my blog and my interest in food, both here in Vermont, and wherever I travel, gives me entrée to not only some of the best food in the country, but often unique and exceptional experiences that are my pleasure to share. This Mother’s Day weekend, I will have the distinct pleasure of celebrating fine art and fine food at the unique Vermont resort, Twin Farms.

A CHEESE WEEKEND

Twin Farms cheese weekend cheese board

Last September, I was invited to join my friend and leading cheese expert, Jeff Roberts, as he presided over a cheese dinner at one of the most remarkable resorts in the world, Twin Farms. Rated by the Zagat guide as the Best Small Inn in the United States and listed for the last 18-years as the only five-star hotel in Vermont by the Forbes Travel Guide, Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont, is that rare thing, a simple but sumptuous hostelry where almost anyone’s heart’s desire can be attained with just a simple request. 

RED’S VIEW FROM THE WINDOW

Twin Farms Main House exterior

My visit to Twin Farms began with cocktails and a cheese tasting served in the dining room of the main farmhouse on the property, once owned by American writer, Sinclair Lewis and his wife, journalist, Dorothy Thompson.  I greeted Jeff and the other guests in a large barn room with a multi-paned window, large enough to fill one wall, that looked out into the verdant and just changing color of the rolling hills beyond. I was told that this room, dominated by a rustic but baronial fireplace, furnished with comfortable couches, elegant antique side tables and studded with examples of the Twigg-Smith family art collection, was where the famous writer worked on his manuscripts. The thought of “Red” Lewis looking out at the quintessential Vermont scene as he wrote his famous novels, Dodsworth, Arrowsmith and Elmer Gantry made the impact of the room stunning.

The cheese tasting—a bevy of great Vermont cheeses from Jasper Hill Farm to Doe’s Leap—was followed by a dinner prepared by the Twin Farms kitchen. The menu presented to each guest outlined a cheese-inspired dinner that was that happy exception, a theme-based meal that worked! It was a bliss of glorious cheeses, but if you didn’t know that cheese was the centerpiece, your palate wouldn’t have been aware, so subtle were the offerings.

MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND

Twin Farms Farmhouse at Copper Pond

Because of my enthusiasm for Twin Farms at large and the art collection in particular, Twin Farms invited me to propose a special arts event for Mother’s Day Weekend, May 10-12, 2013.  It is also the 20th anniversary year of the famous resort. I drew on my former professional life in the New York arts world and my friendship with local artists to recommend that Kathleen Kolb, realist and Vermont landscape painter, be the artist-in-residence and I be the tour guide for the art that hangs in the public spaces at Twin Farms.

AN ARTS CELEBRATION

When Twin Farms founder Thurston Twigg-Smith decided to share the beautiful area in Barnard, Vermont, his family was using as a vacation home, with the public, he asked Jed Johnson, one of the world’s leading interior designers to create living spaces in a series of “cottages” that dot the property. Each one is a unique experience from the views out the windows, to the remarkable interiors, to the artwork on the walls.

GREAT PERSONAL ART COLLECTION

Twin Farms artwork

I will be looking forward to sharing the great personal art collection at Twin Farms with the lucky art lovers who will gather on Mother’s Day Weekend to view and study painting with my dear friend, Kathleen Kolb, one of a handful of great American realist painters. I know they will enjoy the inspiration of the work by artists, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Frank Stella, Jim Dine, Deborah Butterfield, Milton Avery, Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha. Sean Scully, Cy Twombly, Nam June Paik and Donald Sultan, all part of the Twin Farms Collection. And, I will enjoy dining, again, with guests in the handsome black and white-carpeted dining room where Chef Ted Ask in collaboration with his staff will preside over a memorable series of art-resonant dinners. Could I think of a better way to enjoy Mother’s Day Weekend? I don’t think so. Please join me for a weekend you will not forget, A Celebration of Art at Twin Farms. (Paintings featured above on left, Ode to a Pumpkin Field by Joan Snyder; on right, Circuits: Pergusa III Double by Frank Stella.)

For weekend reservations call Josh or Casey at 800-894-6327 or email info@twinfarms.com. For more information about the Celebration of Art at Twin Farms visit www.twinfarms.com.  

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Adventures in the Vermont Food World

Twin Farms Art Weekend

I consider myself among the luckiest of people because my blog and my interest in food, both here in Vermont, and wherever I travel, gives me entrée to not only some of the best food in the country, but often unique and exceptional experiences that are my pleasure to share. This Mother’s Day weekend, I will have the distinct pleasure of celebrating fine art and fine food at the unique Vermont resort, Twin Farms.

A CHEESE WEEKEND

Twin Farms cheese weekend cheese board

Last September, I was invited to join my friend and leading cheese expert, Jeff Roberts, as he presided over a cheese dinner at one of the most remarkable resorts in the world, Twin Farms. Rated by the Zagat guide as the Best Small Inn in the United States and listed for the last 18-years as the only five-star hotel in Vermont by the Forbes Travel Guide, Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont, is that rare thing, a simple but sumptuous hostelry where almost anyone’s heart’s desire can be attained with just a simple request. 

RED'S VIEW FROM THE WINDOW

Twin Farms Main House exterior

My visit to Twin Farms began with cocktails and a cheese tasting served in the dining room of the main farmhouse on the property, once owned by American writer, Sinclair Lewis and his wife, journalist, Dorothy Thompson.  I greeted Jeff and the other guests in a large barn room with a multi-paned window, large enough to fill one wall, that looked out into the verdant and just changing color of the rolling hills beyond. I was told that this room, dominated by a rustic but baronial fireplace, furnished with comfortable couches, elegant antique side tables and studded with examples of the Twigg-Smith family art collection, was where the famous writer worked on his manuscripts. The thought of “Red” Lewis looking out at the quintessential Vermont scene as he wrote his famous novels, Dodsworth, Arrowsmith and Elmer Gantry made the impact of the room stunning.

The cheese tasting—a bevy of great Vermont cheeses from Jasper Hill Farm to Doe’s Leap—was followed by a dinner prepared by the Twin Farms kitchen. The menu presented to each guest outlined a cheese-inspired dinner that was that happy exception, a theme-based meal that worked! It was a bliss of glorious cheeses, but if you didn’t know that cheese was the centerpiece, your palate wouldn’t have been aware, so subtle were the offerings.

MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND

Twin Farms Farmhouse at Copper Pond

Because of my enthusiasm for Twin Farms at large and the art collection in particular, Twin Farms invited me to propose a special arts event for Mother’s Day Weekend, May 10-12, 2013.  It is also the 20th anniversary year of the famous resort. I drew on my former professional life in the New York arts world and my friendship with local artists to recommend that Kathleen Kolb, realist and Vermont landscape painter, be the artist-in-residence and I be the tour guide for the art that hangs in the public spaces at Twin Farms.

AN ARTS CELEBRATION

When Twin Farms founder Thurston Twigg-Smith decided to share the beautiful area in Barnard, Vermont, his family was using as a vacation home, with the public, he asked Jed Johnson, one of the world’s leading interior designers to create living spaces in a series of “cottages” that dot the property. Each one is a unique experience from the views out the windows, to the remarkable interiors, to the artwork on the walls.

GREAT PERSONAL ART COLLECTION

Twin Farms artwork

I will be looking forward to sharing the great personal art collection at Twin Farms with the lucky art lovers who will gather on Mother’s Day Weekend to view and study painting with my dear friend, Kathleen Kolb, one of a handful of great American realist painters. I know they will enjoy the inspiration of the work by artists, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Frank Stella, Jim Dine, Deborah Butterfield, Milton Avery, Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha. Sean Scully, Cy Twombly, Nam June Paik and Donald Sultan, all part of the Twin Farms Collection. And, I will enjoy dining, again, with guests in the handsome black and white-carpeted dining room where Chef Ted Ask in collaboration with his staff will preside over a memorable series of art-resonant dinners. Could I think of a better way to enjoy Mother’s Day Weekend? I don’t think so. Please join me for a weekend you will not forget, A Celebration of Art at Twin Farms. (Paintings featured above on left, Ode to a Pumpkin Field by Joan Snyder; on right, Circuits: Pergusa III Double by Frank Stella.)

For weekend reservations call Josh or Casey at 800-894-6327 or email info@twinfarms.com. For more information about the Celebration of Art at Twin Farms visit www.twinfarms.com.  

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Adventures in the Vermont Food World

Twin Farms Art Weekend

I consider myself among the luckiest of people because my blog and my interest in food, both here in Vermont, and wherever I travel, gives me entrée to not only some of the best food in the country, but often unique and exceptional experiences that are my pleasure to share. This Mother’s Day weekend, I will have the distinct pleasure of celebrating fine art and fine food at the unique Vermont resort, Twin Farms.

A CHEESE WEEKEND

Twin Farms cheese weekend cheese board

Last September, I was invited to join my friend and leading cheese expert, Jeff Roberts, as he presided over a cheese dinner at one of the most remarkable resorts in the world, Twin Farms. Rated by the Zagat guide as the Best Small Inn in the United States and listed for the last 18-years as the only five-star hotel in Vermont by the Forbes Travel Guide, Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont, is that rare thing, a simple but sumptuous hostelry where almost anyone’s heart’s desire can be attained with just a simple request. 

RED'S VIEW FROM THE WINDOW

Twin Farms Main House exterior

My visit to Twin Farms began with cocktails and a cheese tasting served in the dining room of the main farmhouse on the property, once owned by American writer, Sinclair Lewis and his wife, journalist, Dorothy Thompson.  I greeted Jeff and the other guests in a large barn room with a multi-paned window, large enough to fill one wall, that looked out into the verdant and just changing color of the rolling hills beyond. I was told that this room, dominated by a rustic but baronial fireplace, furnished with comfortable couches, elegant antique side tables and studded with examples of the Twigg-Smith family art collection, was where the famous writer worked on his manuscripts. The thought of “Red” Lewis looking out at the quintessential Vermont scene as he wrote his famous novels, Dodsworth, Arrowsmith and Elmer Gantry made the impact of the room stunning.

The cheese tasting—a bevy of great Vermont cheeses from Jasper Hill Farm to Doe’s Leap—was followed by a dinner prepared by the Twin Farms kitchen. The menu presented to each guest outlined a cheese-inspired dinner that was that happy exception, a theme-based meal that worked! It was a bliss of glorious cheeses, but if you didn’t know that cheese was the centerpiece, your palate wouldn’t have been aware, so subtle were the offerings.

MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND

Twin Farms Farmhouse at Copper Pond

Because of my enthusiasm for Twin Farms at large and the art collection in particular, Twin Farms invited me to propose a special arts event for Mother’s Day Weekend, May 10-12, 2013.  It is also the 20th anniversary year of the famous resort. I drew on my former professional life in the New York arts world and my friendship with local artists to recommend that Kathleen Kolb, realist and Vermont landscape painter, be the artist-in-residence and I be the tour guide for the art that hangs in the public spaces at Twin Farms.

AN ARTS CELEBRATION

When Twin Farms founder Thurston Twigg-Smith decided to share the beautiful area in Barnard, Vermont, his family was using as a vacation home, with the public, he asked Jed Johnson, one of the world’s leading interior designers to create living spaces in a series of “cottages” that dot the property. Each one is a unique experience from the views out the windows, to the remarkable interiors, to the artwork on the walls.

GREAT PERSONAL ART COLLECTION

Twin Farms artwork

I will be looking forward to sharing the great personal art collection at Twin Farms with the lucky art lovers who will gather on Mother’s Day Weekend to view and study painting with my dear friend, Kathleen Kolb, one of a handful of great American realist painters. I know they will enjoy the inspiration of the work by artists, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Frank Stella, Jim Dine, Deborah Butterfield, Milton Avery, Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha. Sean Scully, Cy Twombly, Nam June Paik and Donald Sultan, all part of the Twin Farms Collection. And, I will enjoy dining, again, with guests in the handsome black and white-carpeted dining room where Chef Ted Ask in collaboration with his staff will preside over a memorable series of art-resonant dinners. Could I think of a better way to enjoy Mother’s Day Weekend? I don’t think so. Please join me for a weekend you will not forget, A Celebration of Art at Twin Farms. (Paintings featured above on left, Ode to a Pumpkin Field by Joan Snyder; on right, Circuits: Pergusa III Double by Frank Stella.)

For weekend reservations call Josh or Casey at 800-894-6327 or email info@twinfarms.com. For more information about the Celebration of Art at Twin Farms visit www.twinfarms.com.  

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Adventures in the Vermont Food World

Twin Farms Art Weekend

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A CHEESE WEEKEND

Twin Farms cheese weekend cheese board

Last September, I was invited to join my friend and leading cheese expert, Jeff Roberts, as he presided over a cheese dinner at one of the most remarkable resorts in the world, Twin Farms. Rated by the Zagat guide as the Best Small Inn in the United States and listed for the last 18-years as the only five-star hotel in Vermont by the Forbes Travel Guide, Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont, is that rare thing, a simple but sumptuous hostelry where almost anyone’s heart’s desire can be attained with just a simple request. 

RED'S VIEW FROM THE WINDOW

Twin Farms Main House exterior

My visit to Twin Farms began with cocktails and a cheese tasting served in the dining room of the main farmhouse on the property, once owned by American writer, Sinclair Lewis and his wife, journalist, Dorothy Thompson.  I greeted Jeff and the other guests in a large barn room with a multi-paned window, large enough to fill one wall, that looked out into the verdant and just changing color of the rolling hills beyond. I was told that this room, dominated by a rustic but baronial fireplace, furnished with comfortable couches, elegant antique side tables and studded with examples of the Twigg-Smith family art collection, was where the famous writer worked on his manuscripts. The thought of “Red” Lewis looking out at the quintessential Vermont scene as he wrote his famous novels, Dodsworth, Arrowsmith and Elmer Gantry made the impact of the room stunning.

The cheese tasting—a bevy of great Vermont cheeses from Jasper Hill Farm to Doe’s Leap—was followed by a dinner prepared by the Twin Farms kitchen. The menu presented to each guest outlined a cheese-inspired dinner that was that happy exception, a theme-based meal that worked! It was a bliss of glorious cheeses, but if you didn’t know that cheese was the centerpiece, your palate wouldn’t have been aware, so subtle were the offerings.

MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND

Twin Farms Farmhouse at Copper Pond

Because of my enthusiasm for Twin Farms at large and the art collection in particular, Twin Farms invited me to propose a special arts event for Mother’s Day Weekend, May 10-12, 2013.  It is also the 20th anniversary year of the famous resort. I drew on my former professional life in the New York arts world and my friendship with local artists to recommend that Kathleen Kolb, realist and Vermont landscape painter, be the artist-in-residence and I be the tour guide for the art that hangs in the public spaces at Twin Farms.

AN ARTS CELEBRATION

When Twin Farms founder Thurston Twigg-Smith decided to share the beautiful area in Barnard, Vermont, his family was using as a vacation home, with the public, he asked Jed Johnson, one of the world’s leading interior designers to create living spaces in a series of “cottages” that dot the property. Each one is a unique experience from the views out the windows, to the remarkable interiors, to the artwork on the walls.

GREAT PERSONAL ART COLLECTION

Twin Farms artwork

I will be looking forward to sharing the great personal art collection at Twin Farms with the lucky art lovers who will gather on Mother’s Day Weekend to view and study painting with my dear friend, Kathleen Kolb, one of a handful of great American realist painters. I know they will enjoy the inspiration of the work by artists, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Frank Stella, Jim Dine, Deborah Butterfield, Milton Avery, Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha. Sean Scully, Cy Twombly, Nam June Paik and Donald Sultan, all part of the Twin Farms Collection. And, I will enjoy dining, again, with guests in the handsome black and white-carpeted dining room where Chef Ted Ask in collaboration with his staff will preside over a memorable series of art-resonant dinners. Could I think of a better way to enjoy Mother’s Day Weekend? I don’t think so. Please join me for a weekend you will not forget, A Celebration of Art at Twin Farms. (Paintings featured above on left, Ode to a Pumpkin Field by Joan Snyder; on right, Circuits: Pergusa III Double by Frank Stella.)

For weekend reservations call Josh or Casey at 800-894-6327 or email info@twinfarms.com. For more information about the Celebration of Art at Twin Farms visit www.twinfarms.com.  

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4 Responses to “Food & Art at Twin Farms”

  1. Lee Merkle-Raymond says:

    Hi Bronwyn,
    Your blog is wonderful. I really enjoyed the video of 2 potato salads with your step-mother. My mom often made it the French way with the vinaigrette soaking into the warm potatoes.

    Later this morning I’ll be giving a cooking lesson to a recently-widowed dad and his 11 yr old daughter. I brought quiche to a church breakfast and he very discreetly asked me, “How do you make a quiche?” Should be fun!

    Enjoy Mother’s Day – sounds fantastic.

    Fondly,
    Lee

    P.S. a friend signed up who loves to cook and has a place in Stowe.

  2. Bronwyn,
    Delightful post, as always! This place looks amazing. I’ll be at my niece’s graduation in Georgia, alas, so can’t go. But it looks idyllic.

    Note to Lee: my dear cousins live in Stowe – wonder if they know your friend? Bev and PG Gardner.
    Cheers,
    Carole Bugge

  3. Hi Carole, I will ask, Kathleen about your cousins. Somehow their name is familiar. You should let them know about the blog and the event. They might be interested….and, thank you for your kind words about he post. I love seeing all that wonderful art on the blog!

  4. Will says:

    You said the place (Twin Farms) was stunning and it certainly is. Um let me see….good art, food, company in a tranquil (idyllic) setting. Yes, it meets my definition of a great weekend. I expect a full report.

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