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Solid Cold

Relax at Vermont's most obliging resort

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For some, the idea of winter weekend activities conjures thoughts of slushy boots and watery hot chocolate. But for those who can afford to splurge, Twin Farms in Barnard, Vermont, offers a snowy experience fit for the most exacting bon vivant. Eight of the fourteen guest "rooms" are luxurious art-filled cabins, each with at least one fireplace, a bathroom larger than the average Manhattan apartment, and a quality of service not usually found outside royal households. Morning begins with a hearty breakfast served in the dining room, at which time one of the recreation directors politely asks what you'd like to do for the day. Don't be shy. They will arrange anything. Ask to cross-country ski or snowshoe out to a predetermined spot, where a bonfire and a delicious lunch will await you. (Twin Farms provides all the equipment.) Then ski back and drop your wet gear in front of your door -- trust us, it'll be cleared up before you emerge from your nap. In the evening, cocktails at the main house precede a four-star meal. Are that man and woman over there wearing matching fur coats? Of course they are. This is, after all, true winter decadence.

DETAILS Twin Farms, 802-234-9999 (rooms start at $900; all food and liquor included).


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