My Travel Crew member Milton Bell shares his experience at The Equinox Resort
Why did you pick this hotel & describe your arrival?
I had heard a lot about The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa and was inspired to make my own visit. I had vacationed in northern Vermont before, so this year I wanted to try southern Vermont.
There was a stark difference and I enjoyed both places, but I'm partial to southern Vermont. The beautiful green pastures, dotted with old country cottages, barnyards and farms, white colonials, beautiful mountains and flowing creeks take you back in time to a place of tranquility and simplicity. This was certainly a welcome relief from crunching 60 plus hours a week in the office. When I arrived in Manchester and pulled up to the hotel, I was greeted by a gracious welcome staff. Once I entered the foyer of the 239 year-old facility, I thought to myself that if only these walls could talk - the stories they would tell. Check-in was easy and I got a room on the first floor (of four) with a beautiful mountain view.
Describe your hotel room and tell us about the food.
The hotel room was modestly decorated with a large king bed, a 42' flat screen TV, a desk, two ottomans, a sitting chair and Victorian era/style wall paper with two large windows. The food was pretty good, a little over-priced, but I guess when you are 40 plus miles from the nearest major city you can charge and price you want. I did not partake in the Thanksgiving Buffet, as I was told there was a wait list of 100 people, so I opted to eat at another restaurant on the property. If you are in the area, try the Jalapeno Butter – it’s AMAZING!!!
If you had to change one thing about the hotel, what would it be?
It would be the doors on the rooms. The doors are so heavy that it sounds like someone is slamming the door shut whenever they close it and this can be pretty nerve-racking at 1 AM. One additional thing someone staying there should know is that the property has hardwood floors throughout, so screeching sounds can be heard as individuals move about. Still - don't allow the noise to discourage you from going to stay at this beautiful hotel!
Would you recommend this hotel to other Lifestyle Driven Travelers? Why or Why Not?
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking to kick back and relax in a small, quaint New England town for a few days. Most of the restaurants are closed by 10 PM and bars are closed at 12 AM, so don't expect to do too much partying, LOL. There are plenty of high-end and local stores in the downtown area to experience, not to mention arrays of local cheese and wine vendors to choose from. Manchester is an excellent year-round town for skiing, fishing, falconry and the list goes on. This place is a MUST for a lifestyle driven traveler who wants to experience the uniqueness of New England.