Historical Resort in the Heart of the Vermont Countryside
The Equinox Resort predates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The resort's first iteration was as a tavern where American revolutionaries gathered; it would later go on to host political figures such as Theodore Roosevelt, who once gave a campaign speech on the front lawn. Even today, it's easy to imagine previous guests Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and William Howard Taft settled into one of the rocking chairs on the front porch, behind the inn's trademark row of white columns. That's because the structure has been painstakingly restored to its 18th-century splendor. Additional buildings have been added to the resort campus, as well, including the townhouses tucked next to the resort's main building.
After checking in, make your way to a newly renovated room in the Inns at Equinox's townhouses. Deluxe king rooms boast plush beds as well as walkout patios that showcase the peaks of the Green Mountains.
The resort sits on 1,300 wooded acres overflowing with opportunities for both leisurely and active pursuits. Year-round, the rocky terrain sets the stage for Land-Rover Experience Driving School classes, and The British School of Falconry lessons take place at an experience school located a mile from the hotel. The resort's spa houses a shimmering, 75-foot, heated turquoise pool framed by lounges and statuary. Body treatments and steam rooms unknot muscles, and at the elaborate 24-hour fitness center, exercisers can look out to the surrounding grounds as they jog on a treadmill.
Manchester Village, Vermont: Quaint Town near Prime Outdoor Recreation
Slate-gray roofs studded with dormer windows crown the antique shops and outlet stores in the tiny Manchester Village, where various colonial buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Charming restaurants downtown dish out local, sustainable eats. The Green Mountain National Forest surrounds the village, which is nestled between Vermont's Green and Taconic Mountains. About a 30-minute drive east, Stratton Mountain's alpine terrain abounds with hiking and mountain-biking trails. Hop on the Stratton Gondola, which will whisk you to the summit for 360-degree views that encompass the White Mountains, Adirondacks, Berkshires, and Green Mountains.
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