The Equinox, a Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa, Vermont
What We Love
- The prime location in the heart of Manchester Village, the area’s lively shopping and dining district
- Its illustrious past: the hotel has hosted four American Presidents
- The Falcon Bar, where the menu includes high-end chocolate and local cheeses
- Over 60 beer varieties (many from Vermont breweries) at the onsite tavern
What To Know
- Despite their 18th-century bones, rooms contain 42-inch flat-screen televisions
- The hotel offers complimentary valet parking
- A room at the Charles Orvis Inn, with its own hot tub and porch, is the one to book
- Treatments like the Maple Scrub and the Mountain Man Facial at the spa were inspired by the natural surroundings
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
The 195 accommodations at this 200-year-old complex (spread out among a main building, a clutch of townhouses, and a restored inn distinguished by its iconic Doric pillar façade) underwent a $20 million overhaul in 2008. While rooms swapped their outdated pine furniture for contemporary pieces by New York-based designer Geoffrey Bradfield, the property retains its quaint soul thanks to uniformed bellhops and homey details like rocking chairs that line its front porch. One of the original taverns, rumored to be a watering hole and strategizing spot for revolutionaries during the Civil War, also remains. The neighboring 1,000-acre wilderness preserve is a pretty natural playground where city slickers can participate in a long list of rugged pursuits, like a crash course (no pun intended) on off-roading aboard one of the property’s Land Rovers or Hummers or trout fishing on the Battenkill River, while colder months offer snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The nights here, which might involve a board game session besides a crackling stone fireplace, are delightfully low-key.
In the Area
The resort, a leisurely four-hour drive from New York City, is ideal for a New England road trip. Manchester’s burgeoning artisanal scene—think plenty of farm-to-table fare in quirky settings, like a former dairy barn—and local craft emporiums are attempting to hold their own against the high-end factory outlets sprouting up on Main Street. get a true taste of the region’s timeless pastoral charms in the nearby Green Mountains, ideal for avid hikers and bikers and equally gorgeous whether it’s covered in a blanket of snow or maple leaves.
How to Get There
It was fall and mountains were getting ready for the winter
Beautiful red orange yellow and green layers of leafs
The hotel is the grandest in the area and it’s over 300 years old
Rooms are huge and restaurant is great
Off season its bit cheaper but in winter it’s over $600 I heard
I do a Golf weekend in Vermont with a bunch of old friends annually, and this year we chose to play the Equinox Course on Saturday. Played there 9/15 /18.
Course and setting are an absolute Gem - a pleasure to play, fairways pristine, green complexes challenging, well-protected by bunkers, rough thick and punishing. It's an old-fashioned course in the best sense of the term - par 71 with a lot of long (for me) par 4's. I'm a 15.5 handicap and the middle tees were a fair test of my golfing "skills", such as they are.
Rangers, Pro Shop, and Cart staff were all super professional, friendly and efficient. We were sent off precisely on time. Pace of play was good - 4:25 for 18, never felt hurried, waited on a few tee boxes, but that just gave us a chance to enjoy the view and indulge in a few selfies.
Will DEFINITELY return to play this course again.
Would have rated the experience 5 stars except for two slightly "off" notes:
1) The bunkers were in many cases overly hard (i.e. compacted) and muddy - need to be dug out and re-sanded, and
2) It was a very hot late-summer Vermont day, and there simply was not enough drinking water on the course. At a resort of this caliber, there really needs to be water every 2-3 holes.
Regardless of the above, mark down The Equinox Course as a "must-play" if you're in central Vermont...
The property as a whole is nice enough, with a nice deck with views over the mountain. However it seemed very understaffed for a luxury hotel. Used coffee cups and glasses would litter the deck all day with no one cleaning them up, wait for breakfast was over 15 mins one morning as no staff to clean/set-up tables, and it took over 90 mins to even get our appetizers at the Chop House.
We spent two nights at the Equinox for our friends wedding. Rooms were very comfortable. Food and drink were excellent. Manchester, VT is a wonderful place to visit. There are quaint restaurants. Several options for golf. Plenty of outlet stores for shopping. If you’re into fly-fishing, the headquarters of Orvis is there.
We came here for a 'destination' wedding. Most enjoyable experience. Staff was pleasant and accomodating. Room was sizable and comfortable. Overall, the food at the various wedding events was quite good (only exception was the entree at the reception - beef and vegetables were way overcooked). Server offered to replace it, but it was too late to do so. Logistics for the events with 175+ attendees appeared to be flawless.