Inn at a Glance: The Inns at Equinox
With this Getaway, you’ll stay in one of the partially renovated townhouses or in a room inside of the historic 1811 House in rural Vermont. The townhouses have a fresh, contemporary look, thanks to bright splashes of color, stylish light fixtures, and photographs of the surrounding countryside taken by local artists. The 1811 House is an architectural gem with a fascinating 200-year history—it served as the home of Abraham Lincoln’s granddaughter, and has been visited by four U.S. presidents.
- Take in the fresh air on the hiking and biking trails that run throughout the resort’s 1,300 wooded acres.
- Get pampered with body treatments at the onsite spa, which has its own elegant pool. Your stay includes a $20 voucher toward a massage (one voucher per stay, per guest, for up to two guests)
- Tee off on the resort’s 18-hole, par-71 golf course; your stay includes a $20 golf voucher (one voucher per stay, per guest, for up to two guests).
- Other things to do: Go fishing on the Battenkill River, take a guided horseback ride through the Green Mountains, or explore the two nearby state parks—Lake Shaftsbury and Emerald Lake.
- Dining options: There are five onsite restaurants, including Chop House, which serves up juicy steaks in a hunter’s-lodge atmosphere, complete with a fireplace from 1832.
Manchester, Vermont: Fashionable Resort Village with Upscale Shopping in Green Mountains
Slate-gray roofs studded with dormer windows distinguish Manchester’s colonial buildings, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There’s an air of old-fashioned New England throughout the surrounding area, an idyllic rural landscape where you’ll find old covered bridges and stone wall labyrinths. The town is also nestled between the Green and Taconic Mountains, making it popular for outdoorsy activities.
One of the area’s most-popular destinations is Manchester Center, a town with tree-lined sidewalks and a multitude of designer outlet shops, fine-antique shops, and independent bookstores. There are several charming restaurants in town, too, many serving locally sourced, sustainable dishes.