Historic luxury in Vermont
150 Rooms / 12 Suites
One of Vermont’s oldest and most luxurious lodging properties, The Equinox, a Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa is arguably the Green Mountain State’s most storied hotel. With more than 200 years of history, The Equinox has hosted four American presidents — William Howard Taft, Ulysses Grant, Theodore Roosevelt and Benjamin Harrison — and served as a hub for American revolutionaries before becoming a fashionable summer destination for the well-to-do in the 19th century.
But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for this historic hotel. By the Nixon administration, The Equinox fell on hard times and into disrepair, forcing a close in 1972, but it was saved from destruction by the National Register of Historic Places. It reopened as a year-round getaway in the 1980s, and subsequent multi-million-dollar renovations further restored the resort to its former glory. These days, The Equinox is a highly desirable destination that continues to thrive and reinvent itself, all while staying true to its roots. Offering a spa, a splendid steakhouse and loads of local activities, this Vermont mainstay is still one of the best places to reside in the state.
For a hotel that dates back to 1769, The Equinox thoughtfully incorporates the past and present into its guest accommodations. Deluxe rooms are spacious and bright with 15-foot-high ceilings, tall windows, antique charm and elegant décor with modern touches, such as marble bathrooms, pillow-top beds and flat-screen televisions. Rooms face the 3,855-foot Equinox Mountain, historic Main Street in Manchester Village or the resort’s gardens.
On a family vacation? Go next door to the resort’s Charles Orvis Inn. Built in 1812, the cozy inn offers nine one- and two-bedroom suites with hardwood floors, comfortable living rooms with electric fireplaces, cherry paneled kitchens and oversized windows to let in plenty of natural light.
Staying at the Manchester Village hotel is indeed relaxing, but the spa gives you a chance to indulge in a little extra rejuvenation. Treatments include custom facials, aromatherapy, Swedish massages and sea salt, maple or citrus scrub body exfoliations. Just beyond the spa’s 75-foot indoor pool — where you can swim laps or splash around with the kids — is an outdoor lounge area ideal for kicking back and soaking up some sun.
The Marsh Tavern, which opened in 1769, served as a meeting place for the Green Mountain Boys during the Revolutionary War. The tavern includes a fireplace, antique black-and-white photos and ambient lighting, and it’s ideal for a lunchtime Reuben panino or braised lamb shank for dinner. The adjacent Chop House restaurant is a smaller, more upscale option, serving filet mignon, ahi tuna and seared Scottish salmon. In the warmer months, dine outdoors on the historic hotel’s elegant front porch and enjoy a front-row seat to one of Vermont’s prettiest villages.
The Falcon Bar, which serves wine, spirits, beer, cheese and chocolate, is a favorite among guests. A spacious back deck with a fire pit and unparalleled views of Equinox Mountain make The Falcon Bar the best place to raise your glass and toast to a memorable Vermont getaway.
You haven’t truly visited Vermont until you have experienced the outdoors. Try the ancient sport of falconry, fly fish on the Battenkill River, hike trails at Equinox Pond, ski Bromley Mountain or take things off-road at a nearby Land Rover driving school. Outside the luxury hotel, Main Street in Manchester Village, designated a historic district by the National Register of Historic Places, features a steepled church, small chapel, specialty shops, stately homes and a stunning backdrop made up of the Green Mountains to the east and the Taconic Mountain Range to the west. While the resort is home to an 18-hole golf course and tennis courts, you are encouraged to explore beyond the resort and enjoy a slice of life in Vermont, too.