Renowned interior designer Geoffrey Bradfield, was commissioned in 2007 by the resort's new owner HEI Hotels & Resorts, to lead a sweeping renovation of the 238 year-old resort, which has hosted our nation's presidents and served as a meeting place for the fathers of the American Revolution. What has emerged is a remarkable fusion of the past with the present, featuring the most modern and sophisticated amenities.
The magnificent new Great Room, created by Bradfield in conjunction with famed architectural firm Baskervill Architects, is a statement in subtlety. Inspired by the innovative work of famous Swiss sculptor Diego Giacometti, it is meant to capture the artistic sense of the 21st century. Soothing earth tones, superb lighting and ample seating, lend a warm, comfortable, and relaxed feeling.
The Equinox, now a member of the Luxury Collection, is nestled between the Taconic and Green Mountains, blending New England charm and breathtaking scenery with contemporary luxury. Its newly renovated 195 oversized guest rooms and suites are more inviting than ever.
The 1811 House, a 13-room, Federal period-style romantic country inn, was the former home of Abraham Lincoln's granddaughter. Each individually-decorated room - named for some of Manchester's most illustrious and colorful figures - has fireplaces, private porches, private baths, oriental rugs, authentic antiques and original artwork throughout the property.
The elegantly restored, 19th century Charles Orvis Inn has nine, exquisite one- and two-bedroom suites with gourmet kitchens, living rooms and marble Jacuzzis.
The townhouses to the side of the resort's main building, feature 30 bedrooms, including 10 elegant suites with fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens, porches and a living room with sleeper sofa.
All guest rooms are air conditioned, most with 42” plasma TV's, CD stereos, wireless high speed internet and in-room movies, and all overlook either the resort's picturesque seasonal gardens, Manchester Village, or Equinox Mountain.
The Equinox Preservation Trust was formed in 1993 to protect and preserve nearly 900 acres of The Equinox Mountain. The naturalists and educators of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) on-site office, offer natural history programs, such as wildlife studies and nature walks.
The Equinox's five exceptional restaurants are now under the stewardship of renowned Chef Jeffrey Russell, named one of the best hotel chefs in America by the James Beard Foundation.
Falcon Bar is a recent addition that has become the heart of the resort, a place to start and end the evening. Window-paned doors open up onto the open-air fire pit deck where guests can enjoy incredible mountain vistas. Falcon Bar offers an extensive collection of single malt scotches and a comprehensive wine list with over 30 wines available in flights, or in three, six or nine ounce servings. A menu of locally sourced cheeses and delectable Knipschildt chocolates, rated one of the top three chocolates in the world by Gourmet Magazine, are served.
The Chop House, another recent addition, is located at the original site of the The Equinox House Hotel built by Franklin Orvis in 1853, and it maintains the original stone hearth. It is a classic steak house offering the finest cuts of meat in the area and featuring an outstanding wine list, is representative of a beautifully refined hunter's lodge. It is warm and sensual with browns, burgundies and reds and old hardwood floors. Leather banquettes and chairs surround oversized tables designed to comfortably accommodate the typically oversized steak house fare.
The historic Marsh Tavern first opened in 1769 and renowned for its New England fare, has been completely redesigned. It has been the favorite watering hole of presidents since 1769. It accommodates guests for lunch and dinner, a bar menu is also available. The menu is sophisticated, New England-style cuisine full of nostalgic flavors and simple, farm fresh ingredients. Meals at The Tavern are hearty, healthy and leisurely paced. The bar specializes in an extensive selection of beers and ales and features snacks such as pretzels served with Raye's Mustard from Maine, the last stone ground mustard mill in the country.
The Dormy Grill is located on the deck of the clubhouse at the prestigious Golf Club at The Equinox. Situated at the foothills of the Taconic Mountains with an all-embracing view over the front nine of the course, it is the perfect spot for an open-air, informal lunch.
The Colonnade's elegant setting offers breakfast every day as well as special events and festive seasonal holiday buffets during Christmas, President's week, Easter, and Mother's Day. The Colonnade Ballroom also provides an ideal setting for weddings and other special celebrations.
THE SPA: The Spa encourages guests to awaken their spirit and reconnect with nature. It offers a variety of treatments that incorporate and utilize products indigenous to the surrounding Vermont region, including maple sugar, wildflowers and mineral clay. The state of the art fitness center, Olympic sized indoor pool and Movement studio which features yoga and Pilates classes enable guests to maintain their fitness regimen while away. The 13,000 square foot full-service resort spa reflects the beauty and nature of Vermont's pristine environment in both its treatments and the spa's interiors.
THE GOLF CLUB: Managed by Troon Golf, the Golf Club at The Equinox is widely recognized as one of America's best resort golf courses and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. Built in 1927 by Walter Travis and restored by Rees Jones in 1992, the 18-hole championship-quality golf course combines a dramatic blend of the past and present within the picturesque mountain setting of The Equinox property.
THE LAND ROVER DRIVING SCHOOL: The experience driving school features off-pavement driving instruction in the spring, summer and fall, as well as snow and ice driving techniques in the winter. Using the latest Land Rover line-up, including the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Land Rover LR3 and Land Rover LR2 vehicles, participants will learn to properly navigate all manner of terrain on the 80-acre purpose-built course. The degree of difficulty ranges from introductory courses to more advanced off-road training sessions on an extensive trail system that runs through the stunning Green Mountains. There is also a Junior Off-Road School where children ages five-12 years old can get behind the wheel of an electronically driven miniature Land Rover and, under expert supervision, maneuver their way through a customized jungle skills course. Junior Off-Road teaches children hand-eye coordination as they learn off-road techniques similar to those skills taught to adults. All vehicles have limited speeds and include instant shut-off to ensure safety.
THE BRITISH SCHOOL OF FALCONRY: The nation's first school of its kind to offer hands-on lessons invites hotel guests to try one of the world's oldest sports, a sport of kings, in the beautiful setting of Hildene Meadows and enhance their appreciation of these magnificent birds. During a session at the British School of Falconry, guests will be trained how to handle and fly Harris hawks, take their hawk into the hunting field and learn how to work in harmony with a specially trained dog and gain knowledge of the importance of falconers in the conservation of raptors. Introductory lessons, “hawk walks” and hunts are offered. Innovative team building sessions are also available for groups.
THE ARCHERY SCHOOL: Hotel guests have the rare opportunity for guests to learn this ancient sport under skilled supervision. The program is the first of its kind at a resort in New England and caters to archers of all levels. Based in the lush Hildene Meadows, the school's team of instructors specializes in teaching adults, teenagers and children ages 8 years old and up to master recurve bows at the school's specially constructed archery range. Guests are also invited to experience Field Archery. Led by an instructor, they will enjoy the natural sights and sounds of the woodlands as they navigate trails stopping at 14 realistic animal targets to test their accuracy.
FLY FISHING AND SHOOTING: Guests can learn the finer points of fly-fishing at the world-famous Orvis Fly-Fishing School at The Equinox. The Orvis Shooting School and Tinmouth Hunting Preserve offer private upland bird shooting and sporting clay shooting. Grouse and deer hunting are also available in season.
SEASONAL ACTIVITIES, EVENTS & FESTIVALS: Nestled on 1300+ acres between the Green and Taconic mountains, the spring, summer and fall seasons at the resort are perfect for mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, horseback riding and much more; while the winter season means pristine downhill and cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and sledding, snowmobiling and ice-skating. Indoor and outdoor tennis courts are available for year-round use. Annual events and festivals include top horse shows, arts & antiques fairs, theater, dance, music concerts, poetry, farming, arts & crafts, corn mazes, marathons and more.
SHOPPING: Manchester is widely known to be a haven for shoppers. Our shops and boutiques carry premium brands offering the finest variety of shopping in New England, and the specialty shops in Manchester Village offer unhurried shopping worth experiencing. The Manchester designer outlets - www.manchesterdesigneroutlets.com - are located only minutes from the resort. More than 100 designer outlets include Giorgio Armani, Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers, Coach, J. Crew, Lilly Pulitzer, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tumi. The famous Vermont Country Store is within a half-hour's drive of the hotel, along with 26 other fine antique shops. The Village Shops at The Equinox, located just across the village green from the hotel, feature "the best" in distinctive Vermont clothing, crafts and antiques.