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Preservation Trust

914 Acres of Awe-Inspiring Nature


Positioned on the eastern side of Mt. Equinox, the Equinox Preserve and Pond are part of 914 acres of protected land. Open to the public year-round, the area includes 11 miles of maintained trials ranging from an easy pond loop to a steeper climb up to the summit.

Trails are clearly marked. Take the easy-going Flatlanders Pass to the Pond Loop. Try Robin’s Lookout off the Red Gate Trail for a sweet view of the Battenkill Valley. Or, if you’re up for a long haul, hike the Blue Summit Trail all the way to the top.

You can pick up a map at the kiosk near the trailhead or from our concierge

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Bring your four-legged best friend with you as trails are pet-friendly. Just remember to leash your dog. Mountain bikers are welcome, too, but asked to avoid single-track trails such as Snicket and Trout Lily. Nature enthusiasts appreciate the diversity of the preserve as it changes with the rise in elevation. In spring, keep your eyes peeled for pretty blooming ephemerals. In summer, enjoy the thick canopy of northern hardwoods. In foliage, head for the overlooks and come prepared to capture captivating views with your camera.

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From Route 7A in Manchester Village, follow West Union Street to the dedicated trail parking lot. If the lot is full, consider finding a spot behind BBA, along the street in front of the school or in the rear parking lot of our hotel where maps are available for your day in the preserve.

Music, The Fire Pit & Cocktails with a View

Falcon Live 7:30-9:30pm

Join us Saturday nights as we go live with your favorite local musicians in Falcon Bar. As the tunes play, grab a cocktail, enjoy the warmth of the fire pit & the fresh mountain air. Looking for company? Tag us @EquinoxResort on IG so your friends know where to join you. (May-November)

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Chief Happiness Officer

Meet Cooper

Equinox Resort's most popular employee, Golden Retriever, Cooper, Chief Happiness Officer. Cooper's tasks include greeting guests with the #EquinoxPawsUp greeting. Cooper will also concentrate his canine efforts on creating memories with all of our guests and making everyone feel at home.


Meet Reptiles, Birds & Mammals 5/8, 6/12, 7/3 & 8/28

Vermont Wildlife

We'll meet some live animals from the Green Mountain State and have opportunities to talk about northeastern wildlife in this engaging presentation.

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Visit with Hawks, Owls & Falcons 5/29, 6/26 & 8/7

Meet the Raptors

Meet live birds of prey in this interactive and informative visit from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum.




The Equinox provides a stunning backdrop for your dream wedding and the perfect balance between historic charm and modern amenities.

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Nightly On The Lincoln Lawn

S'mores by the Firepit

S'mores Kits Available for Purchase in the Gift Shop or at the Front Desk

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Equinox Gift Cards

The Perfect Gift is Just a Click Away

Dining, Spa, Golf or Overnight Getaways. Something for Everyone.


Join Us Saturdays at 10am


Join Jay & Cooper, our Chief Happiness Officer for a casual hike on the 914-acre Equinox Preserve. Dress for the weather, comfortable shoes, a water bottle, your sense of adventure and your four-legged friends! Starts 5/14.


Fridays This Summer

Movies Under the Stars

Join us on the Lincoln Lawn for kid approved classic family movies. Enjoy the fresh air, your family and of our course the movie...


Sundays 11am

Equinox Guest Summer Golf Clinic

Improve your game and have some fun this summer with Head Golf Professional, Joan McDonald. For more information or to sign up please call the golf shop at 802.362.7870 - Please this weekends clinic will be Saturday, June 5th at 3pm & there will be no clinic on Sunday the 6th.

On the Lincoln Lawn

Lawn Games

Challenge them to a friendly game of croquet, corn hole and more...

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Challenge Yourself on Our New Disc Golf Course

Discover Disc Golf

Pick up your discs at Falcon Bar & some cocktails to go. Discs also can be picked up at the Front Desk during the day.