The Equinox Story

Guests often came by private buggy and later by automobile to the hotel
Guests often came by private buggy and later by automobile to the hotel
What has over 200 years of history, six different architectural styles, and 17 different structures; has been visited by four different American Presidents; served as a hotbed for American Revolutionaries; and stands as a monument to the American government's policy of expropriating private property for the common good?
The answer, of course, is the Equinox.

Known in various times in its illustrious life as the Marsh Tavern, Thaddeus Munson's New Inn, Widow Black's Inn, Vanderlip's Hotel, The Taconic, The Orvis Hotel, and Equinox House, Equinox today stands as a symbol of the history and lifestyle of New England over the past two centuries. Come join us on a trip back in time to review Equinox’s rich history… 1769.

So, now that our little trip back in time is over, immerse yourself in the quiet, relaxing ambiance of the Equinox. Enjoy a sip of wine, "a wee dram of scotch," or a hot toddy in front of a roaring fire, and let your imagination do the rest!

The Charles Orvis Inn at Equinox

The Charles Orvis Inn, located just north of the Hotel, was painstakingly restored during the spring of 1995. The exclusive all suite Inn features an outdoor private deck, common sitting room, library a nine luxurious one- and two-bedroom suites, each offering a CD player and television with built in DVD player in the gracious living room area and bedrooms; a cherry paneled kitchen; oak flooring; and electric fireplace. Appropriately, each suite is named for a fly-fishing pattern that might complement a historic or contemporary Orvis rod. The lower level of the Inn houses The Tying Room, a richly masculine private gentleman's bar and in the adjacent space, an elegantly appointed Board Room, ideal for the highest level of executive meetings and retreats.

The Inn’s history dates back to 1812, when it was built as a private residence in the village. In 1883 it was purchased by Charles F. Orvis, one of Manchester’s most outstanding citizens. As a canny businessman, he turned his fishing avocation and love of the nearby Battenkill River into a world renowned business. As an innkeeper, Mr. Orvis made many improvements to the Orvis Cottage or Inn and extended a warm and gracious invitation to the tourists who flocked to this "pleasant land among the mountains".

Today the Charles Orvis Inn is known as an elegant, intimate lodging and conference alternative for those who demand the highest level of service, surrounded by the beauty and grace of Vermont's Green Mountains. For more information on the Inn, please see the Concierge.

The 1811 House at Equinox

This historic home was built starting in the 1770s by an early Manchester settler, Jeremiah French, and began taking guests in 1811. Not much has changed in the intervening centuries. The cozy, warrenlike common rooms are steeped in the past -- uneven pine floors, out-of-true doors, and everything painted in earthy, colonial tones. The antique furniture re-creates the feel of the house during the Federal period. A delightful English-style pub lies off the entryway, complete with tankards hanging from the beams.

The 1811 House's history runs deep and it is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Jeremiah built the house before the American Revolution, but sided with the British during he time of the Revolution. The new Republic of Vermont confiscated his property in 1777.
Eventually the property had been purchased by Jared Munson and for nearly a century it remained in the hands of the Munson family. After ownership passed from the Munson's hands, the property was turned over several times until 1905, when the granddaughter of Abraham Lincoln, Mary Lincoln Isham and her husband, Charles Isham, became the proud owners of this beautiful property. Although Charles died in 1919, Mary continued to live in the house with her son Lincoln Isham until she died in 1939.

Today it is owned by the Equinox, and adds thirteen beautiful guestrooms to Equinox's variety of accommodations – offering fireplaces, canopied beds, private porches, authentic antiques, and prized artworks.