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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, The Fire Pit & Cocktails with a View

Falcon Live - Live Music

Join us Saturday nights at 8pm as we go live in Falcon Bar.

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.

  1. FOLLOW COOPER

Throw Some Axe 10/2 & 10/9

Axe Throwing

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

Cocktails & Music by The Firepit - Saturdays 8-10pm

Falcon Deck Live

As the tunes play, grab a cocktail from Falcon Bar, enjoy the warmth of the fire pit & the fresh mountain air.

Meet Reptiles, Birds & Mammals 9/25, 10/2, 10/16 & 10/23

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.

  1. Up Close

Weekends On The Lincoln Lawn

S'mores by the Firepit

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

  1. Make it Sweet

Equinox Gift Cards

The Perfect Gift is Just a Click Away

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

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Join Us Saturdays at 10am

GOLDEN HIKES WITH “JAY & COOPER”

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! (Kids Under 13 must be accompanied by an Adult)

  1. LEARN MORE

Family Fridays

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...

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On the Lincoln Lawn

Lawn Games

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

  1. PLAY

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.

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

Kayaking on Equinox Pond

Rent a resort kayak for a ride on the flat, scenic Equinox Pond and enjoy the day, the fresh mountain air and the views. Check in with our front desk and our Equinox adventure expert will meet you at the Pond to help get you launched.

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