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The Equinox Story

A Living Legend, Still Evolving

The Equinox stands as an icon of life in New England over the past two centuries. Steeped in history, The Equinox has been a hotbed for American Revolutionaries, hosted presidents and served guests in one fashion or another since 1769.

Revolutionary Beginnings

Originally known as the Marsh Tavern, it was here that the local Council of Safety held its first meetings and where Ethan Allen’s younger brother, Ira, proposed confiscating the property of Tories to raise money for the Green Mountain Boys during the American Revolution. Coincidentally, Marsh House was the first property to be expropriated after its owner, William Marsh, declared his allegiance to the British. 

Not long after, Thaddeus Munson purchased Marsh Tavern and operated it as Thaddeus Munson’s New Inn. The Inn changed hands multiple times after that, becoming Widow Black’s Inn, Vanderlip’s Hotel, the Taconic and the Orvis Hotel. Owner Martin Vanderlip added fluted columns to the front of the inn in 1839. Those columns still stand today and have become a trademark of The Equinox.

The 200-room Equinox House, predecessor to The Equinox of today, was established in 1853. The north wing of the inn was the original Orvis family homestead, and its fireplace continues to warm our guests in Chop House restaurant.

Presidential Connections

During its long history, The Equinox has hosted an array of distinguished guests, including Presidents William Howard Taft, Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt—who gave a campaign speech on the front lawn—and Benjamin Harrison, as well as Vice President James S. Sherman. 

President Abraham Lincoln's wife visited the Equinox with her two sons during the summer of 1864. She enjoyed her summer so much, she made reservations to visit again the following year with the president. A special suite was constructed in anticipation of the Lincolns’ visit, but the president was assassinated on April 14, 1865. Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln, loved the area so much he built his summer estate, Hildene, just down the road. 

Architectural History

The 17 structures that form The Equinox showcase six distinct architectural styles and a visual history of construction in the U.S. Though shuttered in 1972, The Equinox experienced a renaissance in the 1980s, reopening as a resort hotel and conference center. The Equinox’s restoration came after years of study, controversy and debate about how to revive the structure without losing the unique qualities that made it a landmark designated as a National Historic Place.

During the restoration, workers uncovered a few of the resort’s secrets, including a previously unknown passageway between two wings, and the old hotel scale, still in working order. It’s hard for us to imagine today, but guests used to weigh themselves after a visit to the resort to show proof they’d gained weight during their stay. You can try that for yourself by stepping on that same scale in our spa.

Timeless Hospitality

We’re proud of our connections to U.S. history and the histories of the families that have visited us going back generations. The Equinox has grown into a year-round destination for outdoor explorers, culinary adventurers, culture seekers and history buffs, with accommodations that run from Vermont rustic to pure luxury. Our one-of-a-kind activities and amenities keep our guests coming back, year after year, and we look forward to introducing new generations to our storied traditions.

If only these walls could talk!

Music By The Fire Pit, Cocktails with a View

Falcon Deck Live

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

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Throw Some Axe 10/2, 10/9 & 10/16

Axe Throwing

All ages, 10+ years old on the axe throwing trailer. Toy target with foam axes for younger.

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Lincoln Lawn Learning Series - Amphibians & Reptiles 10/10

Turtles to Toads

Herps of the North. Meet & learn about some of Vermont's most fascinating & misunderstood residents.

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Meet Reptiles, Birds & Mammals 10/3 & 10/24

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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Hawks, Owls & Falcons 9/26 & 10/17

Meet the Raptors

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

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UNLIMITED GOLF PACKAGE

STAY & PLAY

Tee-off for an amazing Unlimited Vermont Golf experience including accommodations, lunch and a loaded golf cart!

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SAVE UP TO 20%

FALL ROAD TRIP

Experience an adventurous getaway when you hit the road for The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa. And recieve a $25 resort credit!

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DESIGN YOUR DREAM WEDDING!

CAN’T WAIT TO SAY ” I DO”?

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

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The Equinox Schoolroom

Family Friendly Learning Environment

In addition to access to 914 acres to explore and wireless access for all members of your family, be more productive working in The Equinox Schoolroom with socially distanced pods for use by you & your children throughout the work day.

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