Historical Resort in the Heart of the Vermont Countryside
The Inns at Equinox are located on the grounds of The Equinox Resort, which was built in 1769 and predates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In its first iteration, the property was a tavern where American revolutionaries gathered. It would later host a string of political figures—Theodore Roosevelt once gave a campaign speech on the front lawn. Thanks to a painstaking restoration, it's still easy to imagine past guests like Ulysses S. Grant and William Howard Taft settled into rocking chairs on the front porch behind a row of white columns. Over the years, additional buildings have been added to the resort campus. These include the townhouses tucked next to the main building, situated so as to offer striking views of the Green Mountains.
The resort sits on 1,300 wooded acres abounding with opportunities for both leisurely and active pursuits. Year-round, the rocky terrain accommodates Land-Rover Experience Driving School classes, and British School of Falconry lessons take place about a mile from the hotel. The resort’s onsite spa houses a shimmering 75-foot turquoise pool surrounded by loungers and statuary. Body treatments and steam rooms help unknot muscles, and an elaborate 24-hour fitness center treats exercisers to views of the grounds.
Manchester Village, Vermont: Quaint Town near Prime Outdoor Recreation
Slate-gray roofs studded with dormer windows crown the antique shops and outlet stores of tiny Manchester Village, which boasts a number of colonial buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Charming downtown restaurants dish out local, sustainable eats.
The Green Mountain National Forest surrounds the village, which is nestled between the Green and Taconic Mountains. About a 30-minute drive east, Stratton Mountain has a host of hiking and mountain-biking trails. Hop on the Stratton gondola to travel to the summit, where you’ll take in 360-degree views encompassing the White, Green, Adirondack, and Berkshire Mountains.