History Revamped : Equinox Reopens

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 After a signature breakfast smothered with fresh Vermont maple syrup, guests have the option of embarking on a Land Rover off-road driving lesson, a falconry class, or, weather willing, an archery class.

Perhaps one of the oldest and most historical hotels in the country, the Equinox recently re-opened its doors after a painstaking multi-million dollar renovation. In the property’s previous lives as the Marsh Tavern, Thaddeus Munson’s New Inn, Widow Black’s Inn, Vanderlip’s Hotel, The Taconic, The Orvis Hotel, and Equinox House, it has attracted a host of illustrious visitors (including several U.S. presidents, including Lincoln) and was the site of many historical gatherings that were pivotal to the Revolutionary War. Comprised of 17 structures, every corner of the Equinox tells its own story.

In charge of the look and feel of this new chapter in the Equinox story is none other than celebrated designer (and Haute Ambassador) Geoffrey Bradfield. “Being an ardent modernist, I enjoyed the challenge of designing the interiors for this famous and historic hotel,” says Bradfield of his interiors, which are at once fresh and mindful of both the hotel’s setting and its history. “It was an opportunity to use Diego Giacometti furnishings and accessories as an inspiration. The sylvan setting called for exactly this unique and whimsical approach to nature,” he adds, speaking of the lobby that opens to sprawling views of surrounding mountains peaks. What sets the Equinox apart from most period New England countryside hotels is the modernity and true sense of place that Bradfield has truly mastered. “[The owners] were emphatic in that they wanted a contemporary point of view that would also capture the dignity of the hotel’s history. They were not looking for me to re-create period rooms,” Bradfield explains.

Haute Living’s accommodation of choice is a lavish two-bedroom apartment in the Charles Orvis Inn, named for one of Manchester’s most revered business personalities. The Inn features two bedrooms with luxurious custom beddings and attached Jacuzzi bathrooms, a living room, and fully equipped kitchen served by a personal butler.

But what makes a stay at the Equinox truly different from any other Haute Resort of Repute is the activities on offer-a veritable roster of fun jaunts sure to whet the adventurous appetite of even the most well heeled, well traveled of New York’s cognoscenti. After a signature breakfast smothered with fresh Vermont maple syrup, guests have the option of embarking on a Land Rover off-road driving lesson, a falconry class, or, weather willing, an archery class.

Just a stone’s throw away from the perils of the Big City, this Starwood Luxury Collection Resort is a must-see, and, most importantly, must-experience treasure.

3567 Main Street Route 7A
Manchester Village, VT 05254
www.equinoxresort.com

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