My snowy Shangri-La Part II

love-opera-victoria-bakerSo there I was, as I mentioned last week, enjoying the snow at Twin Farms, a Shangri-La located on 300 acres of Vermont countryside.

After a hearty breakfast of farm eggs and fluffy pancakes so light you barely feel them go down, I found myself at the top of a rather high slope with my sled in hand. Friends coerced me to overcome my fear of heights, climb the highest slope and then slide down. I decided that before saying farewell to 2013 I needed to address my fear of heights somehow and here was my chance.

But as I got ready to slide down, I had a mini panic attack.

“Don’t be a chicken!” I told myself. Had there been a way to walk down I probably would have, but the slope was so steep the safest way down was on the sled. So necessity made me brave and I sped down the hill.

The best part of my sledding experience was not just the fun of it but the overcoming of a long held fear. What a relief to know that whilst I’m still scared of heights, I’m no longer debilitated by this fear.

After my snowy sledding adventure, we sat by one of the many roaring fires at Twin Farms. Listening to the burning embers on the fire whilst watching the snow fall outside and sipping on hot chocolate is one of the finer pleasures in life. It definitely put me in the Christmas spirit.

In fact, I was feeling so serene I forgot all about the daily trials of everyday life. I think that’s what a true getaway is all about. It helps you forget who you’re supposed to be and helps you become somebody more like yourself.

The perfect day was capped off with the perfect dinner. The highlight was Colorado lamb with potato and horseradish puree. Now, you may think that’s just the usual meat and potatoes, but ingredients can elevate a simple dish into something divine.

The Colorado lamb I ate that night was akin to having a culinary out of body experience. It was that delicious. This was not merely organic. It was fresh from the farm and it was like nothing I’ve ever tasted before.

This year I’d like to wish you all the same feeling of serenity, warmth and decadence that I enjoyed on my pre-Christmas adventure at Twin Farms.

Next Christmas I think I’ll take my entire family up there. I know we will be happy there. More than anything perhaps that’s what life is about, reconnecting with the people that matter and taking the time to treat yourself.

The Dalai Lama once said “If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others.”


Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or e-mail [email protected]

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