New England’s historic retreat
The Equinox ‘s history as a Manchester Village hotel stretches back to colonial times. Opened in 1769, the memorable guest register includes such historic figures as Teddy Roosevelt, U. S. Grant and Mary Todd Lincoln. The resort sits between the Green and Taconic mountains, in an area of quaint boutiques, art galleries and antique shops.
The 183 guest rooms are furnished with in richly textured fabrics, Audubon prints and antiques. There are also townhouses with inviting fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens, porches, and mountain views. At the Charles Orvis Inn, the atmosphere is of a private country retreat. There are nice luxurious suites with marble baths, kitchens and living and dining areas. The historic 1811 house completes the array of fine accommodations.
One of the highlights of the Equinox is the championship-level golf course, Gleneagles. A sister course to the Scottish Gleneagles, this 18-hole course is available May through October. Other activities include falconry, archery and an Orvis Fly-fishing school. Of course, nearby there is also skiing, hiking and biking. Or another pleasurable day can be spent in the extensive spa facilities, which include 10 treatment rooms, a world-class fitness center, 75-foot indoor heated pool, relaxation room with fireplace, movement studio, mens and women’s saunas and steam baths and signature treatments with local flavor.
Location: 567 Main St, Hist Rte 7A, Manchester Village, VT; 70 miles from Albany, NY airport.
Luxury style: The spa fanatic will love the pampering and wide range of treatments at the Equinox. Perfect for a weekend rejuvenation from the pace of everyday life. And the idyllic countryside will thrill nature lovers, walkers, families, while shoppers will not be idle with the search for finds at quaint shops in every direction.
What we’ve heard: The activities and surroundings make this resort special, but travelers should ask for the most recently renovated accommodation.