Historical Resort in the Heart of the Vermont Countryside
A leisurely drive winds and twists along country roads, passing powder-covered slopes and rows of evergreens. Amid the winter landscape, a distinguished white structure gleams even brighter than the surrounding snow: the Inns at Equinox. Painstakingly restored to its full 18th-century splendor, it's easy to imagine previous guests Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Theodore Roosevelt settled into one of the rocking chairs on the front porch.
After checking in, travelers make their way to a room in one of two buildings. Formerly the home of Abraham Lincoln's granddaughter, the 1811 House instantly transports guests back in time with its 13 tucked-away rooms, each with a distinct personality defined by authentic antiques, private porches, functional mood rings, and original artwork. Canopy beds frame pristine white linens, and windows overlook resort grounds and Manchester Village. Alternatively, the Inns at Equinox's townhouses' deluxe queen rooms boast plush beds framed by earthen hues as well as walkout patios that peek out to the icy peaks of the Green Mountains.
Unfurling around the resort, 1,300 wooded acres overflow with opportunities for both leisurely and active pursuits. Numerous hiking trails are open for cross-country skiing. Year-round, the rocky terrain sets the stage for off-roading classes, and indoor 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 Skiing
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 sleek alpine slopes enable downhill skiing beginning November 23, along with snowshoeing and snow tubing. After a full day of arctic adventure, Stratton Village comes to life with après-ski carousing as pub-goers sip local brews and play darts with icicles.