Historic Inn in Vermont Countryside
The Inns at Equinox occupy 30 newly renovated townhouses and 13 rooms at the historic 1811 House. Though located on the history-soaked grounds of The Equinox Resort, the Townhouses have a fresh, contemporary look, thanks to bright splashes of color, stylish light fixtures, and photographs of the surrounding Vermont countryside taken by local artists. At 1811 House, the former home of Abraham Lincoln's granddaughter, guests can relax in one of 13 guestrooms featuring antique furniture and fixtures, canopied beds, and views of Manchester Village.
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. With this getaway, you’ll receive a $20 voucher that you can apply toward a spa massage or greens fees at the resort’s award-winning golf course. The par-71 beauty was named the fourth-best course in Vermont by Golfweek in 2012, and offers dazzling views of the surrounding mountains.
Manchester, Vermont: Quaint Town near Prime Outdoor Recreation
Slate-gray roofs studded with dormer windows crown the antique shops and outlet stores of tiny Manchester, which boasts a number of colonial buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the charming restaurants you’ll find nearby dish out local, sustainable eats.
The Green Mountain National Forest surrounds the village, which is nestled between the Green and Taconic Mountains. About a 15-minute drive east, Bromley Mountain offers a zipline, chairlift tour, climbing wall, and miniature golf, as well as other summer activities for the whole family.