Keep an eye overhead as Chris Davis hands you his business card. It says “Master Falconer,” and it’s worth starting the day with his 45-minute intro “flying session” at New England Falconry
’s historic Rutherford Barn in Woodstock, where trained Harris’s hawks will alight on your gloved arm with unspeakable majesty. At Kelly Way Gardens
, job titles to ponder include butter churner, beekeeper, spirits infuser, and dairywoman. Cooking classes and culinary gatherings, held in a big red barn, celebrate the splendor of the Vermont farm table in summer. Spoiler: You’ll want to marry one of those heirloom tomatoes.
Then again, you’re excused if you just want to loll around at Twin Farms. Rooms are palatial – even the smallest is 650 square feet – and stocked with fresh coffee, beer, wine, and snacks, all complimentary. Most accommodations have views of the mountains and meadows, with soaking tubs and porches where you can hurry up and do absolutely nothing.