Twin Farms Recap {Saturday-Part 1}

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On Saturday morning, I was too excited to sleep. I set my alarm for 7:15 because I wanted to carpe diem, but I woke up much earlier because I wanted to start my day at Twin Farms.

Mal is mostly a morning person, but he appreciates his sleep too, so I didn’t wake him and made myself an iced coffee and read an issue of Vanity Fair. It was a nice, relaxing way to start the day.

French press iced coffee at Twin Farms

Mal woke up hungry a little while later, so we headed to the Main Lodge for breakfast.

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Breakfast at Twin Farms was one of the highlights of the weekend for both Mal and me. The “menu” changes with the seasons and features locally-grown ingredients, so everything tasted incredibly fresh and flavorful. I used quotations around the word “menu” because there really isn’t a set menu for meals at Twin Farms. The servers share the daily specials with you, but you can order anything you want. There are so many possibilities, choosing is the hardest part.

The staff is also really in tune with guests’ dietary restrictions and preferences, so you don’t have to worry about explaining that you’re a vegan or you can’t eat gluten during your stay. They even take taste preferences seriously. For example, Mal said he liked 2% instead of whole milk in his coffee, and the staff made sure to switch the whole milk with a carton of 2% in the refrigerator in our cottage. What service!

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Saturday morning’s breakfast was epic. It started with fresh fruit.

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And freshly pressed pineapple-coconut juice.

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I also ordered a decaf almond milk latte with breakfast. (I’m not going to lie, I was pretty psyched they had almond milk!)

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There were a number of delicious options available for breakfast, but I decided on the egg white omelet special, which came with broccoli, tomato, sausage, and goat cheese with some roasted red potatoes on the side.

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David, the Wine Director, tipped us off to the freshly baked chocolate croissants, so Mal and I made sure to order a couple of them with our breakfast. They were divine””so buttery and so chocolaty!

chocolate crossiant at Twin Farms

After breakfast, Mal and I headed outside for some snowshoeing. I had never tried it before, so I was excited to see what it was all about.

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Twin Farms provides all of the equipment you need for snowshoeing as well as cross-country skiing, downhill skiing (there are 6 groomed trails on property), ice skating, and sledding. In the summer, there’s biking, canoeing, tennis, and even fly fishing. I don’t think I’d ever get bored with all of those options!

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Strapping on the snowshoes was a piece of cake, so, not even 2 minutes later, Mal and I were tromping through the snow.

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It was a beautiful day for snowshoeing!

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We spent about 45-minutes hiking the trails around the Main House.

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Snowshoeing is pretty easy””it’s basically just walking in the snow””but once you add some hills”¦ holy goodness, it’s tiring!

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I was sweating like a beast by the time we made it to the top!

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But, of course, it was well worth it. Check out the gorgeous views of Vermont!

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I really enjoyed snowshoeing. It sort of reminded me of running, and I could totally see myself grabbing my headphones, zoning out, and hiking for miles and miles through the snow by myself. I definitely want to do it again. Big fan.

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After snowshoeing, Mal headed to a local CrossFit box to do Open WOD 13.1 again. (He wasn’t happy with his first attempt.) I wanted to experience Twin Farms to its fullest, so, while he was gone, I checked out the spa and fitness center, where I did a short WOD and then booked a massage for myself.

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The gym had all sorts of new cardio machines, Nautilus and free weights, yoga equipment and mats, and exercise videos.

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I had the gym to myself, so I put on some Aerosmith and got my WOD on.

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My workout:

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Um, yea, this workout seriously kicked my ass. I actually planned to work my way up to 10 Curtis P’s (a hang-squat clean + a right lunge + a left lunge + a push press) and 10 Hollow Rocks, but my legs started to burn on set 5, so I stopped at 8 and then worked my way back down to 1.

I didn’t stop to rest during this workout, but I was going so slow at times. Curtis P’s are exhausting, and, surprisingly, the Hollow Rocks seemed easy! This workout is literally a butt kicker””my  gluts were incredibly sore the next day! (FYI: I used two 20-pound dumbbells and finished in 12:45.)

Gym at Twin Farms

After my workout, I headed back to our cottage, quickly showered, and then got myself ready for an in-room massage.

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Seriously, how is this my life? So, so, so grateful.

Relaxing before in-room massage

A female massage therapist came to our cottage, set up her table, and gave me the most amazing massage. It was totally relaxing, but “hurts-so-good” at the same time, which, in my opinion, is the best type of massage. I like it when massage therapists work out the knots and soreness.

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After my massage, I rinsed off and headed to the Main House for lunch. Once again, I chose the daily special, which was “tuna two ways,” which was served with couscous, beans, and feta. Delish!

tuna two ways at Twin Farms

Lunch concluded with dessert… oh, yes. Sadly, I can’t remember all of the different ingredients, but it was a peanut butter and jelly-inspired dish with Concord grape puree and peanuts. It was light and sweet, and the perfect way to end the meal.

dessert at Twin Farms

Questions of the Day

Have you ever tried snowshoeing or cross-country skiing?

What’s your favorite winter sport?

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102 Comments

  1. I’ve never been cross-country skiing, but I love downhill skiing. The trekking from lift to lift was my least favorite part though… SO I don’t think I’d be a fan of cross country. Lol.

  2. Gosh this place looks amazing!! I would love to try snowshoeing! My favorite winter sport has to be hot chocolate drinking and marshmallow toasting 🙂 Hey, it takes skill to make the perfect roast marshmallow! And I am a super athlete when it comes to marshmallow toasting 🙂

  3. In the future you may want to abstain from calling your licensed massage therapist a “masseuse”. It’s considered derogatory in our world. 😉

  4. wow, your weekend looks unreal! i would be grateful too! my favorite winter sport? hmm, well i am a year-round runner so that’s my go-to activity, but this winter i did discover crossfit and am liking it a lot!

  5. I was just in Colorado this past weekend visiting family and my husband and I went snowshoeing up in the mountains! We both LOVED it! It was so serene and you’re right a great workout (especially up the hills!). I definitely plan on doing it again.

  6. I just book marked this site. Your recaps are making me yearn for a weekend away with my hubby, sans kids. I love xc skiing. Just did a ton of it at Bretton Woods this past weekend. Sort of hoping the snow sticks around a bit longer so I can go out again. I heart snow shoeing too. We are so lucky to live in New England where we can enjoy sports in all seasons.

  7. Tina- quick question. I noticed that in Vermont you ate a croissant with breakfast- do you notice any tummy problems when you do that since it is not GF? I notice that when I allow myself a “treat” that is not GF (after being GF for about 2 years on and off), it really upsets my stomach so I am just curious. Thanks!

  8. I would LOVE to stay here for my honey moon. We are going to VT and I am looking into bed & breakfasts and this place looks perfect!!

    Unfortunately it is completely out of my budget, anyway they would offer an amazing discount to us readers 😉

      1. @Tina: Amazing!! I would do anything.. I could part time clean the kitchen and my fiance could tune up some bikes;) pretty please it looks so magical!

  9. Just when I think, “Dear Winter, We’ve had enough. Thanks for the snow, but I’d appreciate some daffodils now.” I see your post and I wish I had a snow day to strap my snowshoes on and hit the trails. Much like your part of the country, Wisconsin gets lots of snow so I’ve pretty much done it all: snowshoeing (got a pair for Christmas), cross country skiing, downhill skiing, ice fishing, ice skating, etc. The only thing I haven’t tried is curling. Snowshoeing and CC skiing are definitely my favorite!

    Glad you enjoyed your trip!

  10. beautiful trip! Would you recommend it to someone visiting Vermont for the first time? Or is it too tucked away that it would be a trek to go see other sights.

    1. Yes, definitely! It’s close to Woodstock and Quechee (adorable VT towns), tons of skiing, and not too far from Burlington, which has all sorts of restaurants, shopping, etc.

  11. I’ve never heard of this resort before but now that I have, I am seriously looking into staying there one day! How fabulous.

    Even though I’m in the Midwest, I only like being out in the snow if it’s sunny out, lol. I’ve gone snowboarding a couple times and like the challenge of trying not to fall on my face!

  12. My favorite winter sport is probably skiing. I’ve only done it a few times, but it was a blast. Snowboarding, on the other hand, is insanely painful. That is, if you fall every 5 seconds like I did when I tried it.

  13. OOOOOKKKKK!!!! I know there’s a great chance you’re going to respond to this comment with “If you don’t like it, don’t read” but I had to scroll down to the comments section without even finishing your post because I think there may be other less fortunate readers who feel the same way, and/or maybe you’d like to hear an honest thought.

    Your posts on these luxury stays are not jiving with me. I doubt that with nearly $2,000/night not many of your readers can relate to such lavish weekend getaways. This healthy living blog is sometimes a “look at all the free crap I get from blogging!” without giving your readers much to get out of it. Maybe you’ll host a giveaway for one lucky reader, but for the others it feels like a horn toot is all I’m saying. I understand it’s your job to advertise for them but these past couple posts have just been a little uneconomically inaccessible.

    Looking forward to the next relatable post.

    1. @Melissa: I have to agree with you. I don’t begrudge Tina this experience at all; good on her, I definitely would have jumped at the chance as well. But Carrots n’ Cake is not what I would consider to be a “luxury” blog, but one that’s very much rooted in everyday banality. So these recaps feel very out of place and I’m surprised at Twin Farms, to be honest, for thinking that this was a platform that would reach a wide audience for them.

    2. @Melissa: I think even though Tina is being given these amazing opportunities, which as a fairly new reader to the blog (discovered it this January) i can see that she has put it a tonne of effort and time into getting the blog to what it is today so deserved these so much, I don’t think it is necessary unrelatable to the average reader, because yeah it’s telling us all about the facilities, but Tina brings it back to her fitness (by posting her workouts in the blog). Maybe some people see it as motivation. I just found the blog when looking for treadmill workouts, and now I read it everyday, just to be nosey really haha!

      Reader from the UK!

    3. @Melissa: I think even though Tina is being given these amazing opportunities, which as a fairly new reader to the blog (discovered it this January) i can see that she has put it a tonne of effort and time into getting the blog to what it is today so deserves these so much, I don’t think it is necessary unrelatable to the average reader, because yeah it’s telling us all about the facilities, but Tina brings it back to her fitness (by posting her workouts in the blog). Maybe some people see it as motivation. I just found the blog when looking for treadmill workouts, and now I read it everyday, just to be nosey really haha!

      Reader from the UK!

    4. I’m a poor social worker but I have no problems with theses post. It great to read about other people’s experiences

      1. This isn’t a “luxury” blog but Tina posts every day about here life and what is going on in it… the fact that she is getting wonderful opportunities to travel and see the world is a testament to how hard she has worked on this blog and the kind of audience she has built. She doesn’t live a “luxury only” life, she acknowledges how fortunate and grateful she is to get these incredible once-in-a-lifetime chances, and she is incredibly humble and grounded. I don’t understand why we as readers can’t be happy that a writer and a school teacher are able to enjoy the things that normally only I-bankers and trust fund babies can enjoy. Be happy for other people–it will save you lots of energy! @Kat:

    5. @Katherine: @Melissa: This isn’t a “luxury” blog but Tina posts every day about her life and what is going on in it”¦ the fact that she is getting wonderful opportunities to travel and see the world is a testament to how hard she has worked on this blog and the kind of audience she has built. She doesn’t live a “luxury only” life, she acknowledges how fortunate and grateful she is to get these incredible once-in-a-lifetime chances, and she is incredibly humble and grounded. I don’t understand why we as readers can’t be happy that a writer and a school teacher are able to enjoy the things that normally only I-bankers and trust fund babies can enjoy. Be happy for other people-it will save you lots of energy!
      Read more at http://carrotsncake.com/2013/03/twin-farms-recap-saturdaypart-1.html#j267yQGpBREmyPJW.99

    6. @Melissa: To end the debate… Tina, given your dedication to penny pinching, even splitting eating out, etc with Mal on both your cc’s; would you guys ever choose to spend a weekend at Twin Oaks and/or time in Oahu if i wasn’t comped?

      1. Mal and I don’t split meals on credit cards? Haha! Maybe you’re thinking of someone else? But, yes, we’d spend the money to visit both of these places. We actually saved quite a bit to go to Hawaii this year before things worked out with the Oahu Tourism Bureau.

  14. This place looks ammmmaaze! I tried snowshoeing with my family in tahoe a couple of years ago for the first time and I LOVED it! I thought it was so peaceful and relaxing but seriously kicked my butt!! So fun!

  15. This place sounds amazing! I’m jealous of your trip! Will keep it in mind for the future… I have a nut allergy and any place that is accommodating to it and doesn’t make me feel like I’m being a hassle is more than okay in my book! Hope its not overly expensive to stay there.

  16. This place looks so amazing, I want to go! My favorite winter sport is being inside at the gym 😛 I don’t live in a climate for winter sports and even when I am in a place with snow, I have a thing for watching the snow from behind windows.

    Random question: it looks like there is a hot dog on your dessert plate haha. What is that?

  17. As someone that doesn’t travel often, (by not often I mean multiple years between trips) I welcome posts like this because when my husband and I do get the opportunity to travel – we save $$$ so we can go to a gorgeous place like Twin Farms. This post is pretty timely too – because this is our year! After seeing this review, Twin Farms is definitely on the list of options. Thanks Tina!

    PS. This doesn’t mean that I’m not completely jealous though! 🙂

  18. Love love love snowshoeing!! I saw skis in a couple of the pictures, I’ve always wanted to try both downhill and cross country skiing. Oh also, pineapple coconut juice!! Is there a recipe or is it literally pineapple and coconut juiced together because that sounds like paradise!

  19. I began scrolling through the comments to see if anyone had asked what that tubular thing was on the pb&j inspired dessert plate. Wow, people are rude. I think you’re awesome, Tina. Some people just can’t handle their own issues and take it out on others. You aren’t “tooting your own horn”, your sharing YOUR personal experiences, which is the reason we ALL continue to come back to this particular blog. I love hearing about your trips JUST as much as I love hearing about Crossfit. It’s not hard guys: if you don’t like the post…don’t read it! But let those of us who DO enjoy it, enjoy it. Thanks! 🙂

    With that said….
    Tina- what the hell is that tubular thing?

    1. @Malarie: I have to say that I am not jealous at all, far from it. I just have an opinion, that’s all, and it happens to be different from other people’s- and that’s ok. Twin Farms offered this trip to Tina, ostensibly because she would provide marketing for them through her blog, and I find that choice odd considering Tina’s blog/audience doesn’t really skew towards Twin Farm’s audience. That’s all. Different opinions are ok.

      1. @katie: Funny you should say that in defense as I don’t recall mentioning the word “jealous”. I just believe that the “negative nancy’s” in the world are often looking for reasons to complain. What’s the harm in being happy for other people? I do completely agree that different opinions are ok. And while I understand you don’t feel Twin Farms chose an ideal target audience, I also believe that some opinions are better left unsaid. “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything”…? This is her blog. She chose to accept an amazing opportunity that anyone else would have equally jumped on without hesitation. I find it rather judgmental and immature to accuse her of “tooting her own horn” and rubbing in peoples’ faces about “all the free crap”. That’s a little ridiculous. Why rain on everyone’s parade? This should be a happy place for Tina and her readers. It’s also pretty ballsy to attempt to tell someone what they can put on their own blog. Maybe the few of you that don’t like it were in fact expressing your opinions, but there is a fine line between constructive criticism and being rude. It’s not that deep, it’s just a couple posts about a vacation.

        1. @Malarie:
          Totally agree – If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I probably won’t be able to afford a trip like that either, especially while I still have kids at home, but I’ve really enjoyed hearing about Tina and Mal’s stay. It also makes me interested in visiting VT, even if it’s not at Twin Farms. Sometimes it’s nice to live vicariously through a blogger like Tina who has a more interesting life than mine!

          1. If the comment section of a blog is only intended to praise the author and content, then sure, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all” applies. But why not allow constructive (not mean) feedback – why is a dissenting opinion automatically deemed rude?
            Tina obviously is given a lot of products and trips to review and promote, and I think it’s ok for readers to respectfully question the marketing and motivation behind all of these promotions.

        2. @Malarie: “some opinions are better left unsaid”- like “i think you’re ugly” or “you seem like a stupid person”, those are “rude opinions”, not “i think this was a poor marketing choice on twin farms part”

          1. @katie: Nice. My comment wasn’t even directed at your remarks initially. You think Melissa’s comments were fine. I believe they were a little over the line. I don’t see any point at taking shots at Tina because she/you believe Twin Farms made a bad decision. I also don’t at all understand what it could accomplish here, but that’s just me. I am simply a loyal reader who relates to Tina on several levels, and I would hate for her to actually worry about some of the unnecessary remarks that people make (although I’m sure she is used to it by now). That’s all. I have no desire to argue with someone about a blog post.

  20. You guys look like you’re straight out of an LL Bean catalogue 🙂
    Snow shoes and X-Country skis are my favorite Winter in Wisconsin accessories. Both are great workouts and a fun way to enjoy the outdoors during a long winter.

  21. How can I sign up to live there forever? Haha I also enjoy reading about these experiences that you share with your readers — it is pretty evident that you are grateful for these awesome experiences. We all know that there is a trade-off here, that whatever place you’re visiting wants some publicity, but you present it in a way that doesn’t seem like some canned vacation review, which is why I look forward to these posts!

  22. My goodness, that place looks so lavish! And it caters so much to a healthy lifestyle – so it seems like it’s really encouraging of a healthy getaway 🙂

    I’m not a big fan of winter sports because I don’t like to be cold and I didn’t grow up doing winter sports, so I”m not good at them (skiing, snowboarding, etc.) However, I have tried cross-country skiing and I did really enjoy myself. I’d also be up for snow-shoeing!

  23. Wow at the activities to choose from! So the supplied the snowshoes, snowpants, winter coats etc? Was the massage included in your stay or did you have to pay extra? Looks.like.heaven.

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