This past weekend MJD and I spent the most relaxing weekend in Vermont at The Equinox Resort and Spa. The Equinox is located in Manchester Village, Vermont and is about a 3 hour and a half hour drive away from Boston. The resort is beautiful and exudes a New England charm with its’ distinctive style of a white façade with columns and green shutters that have become an icon of the resort. MJD and I were both in real need of a relaxing weekend and while I love living in the city, sometimes it is really nice to take a break from things there. The Equinox provided the perfect escape- not too far for a weekend getaway, but different enough from our daily routine that it gave us an opportunity to decompress. If you’re looking for your next weekend retreat from Boston, keep The Equinox in mind and step away from your traditional to-do list and be sure to follow my Equinox”to-do” list instead.
A Weekend At The Equinox To-Do List
DO Eat dinner at The Chop House, the steakhouse located on premises at The Equinox. We had a delicious steak dinner there right by the homestead fireplace from 1832.
DO hike Mount Equinox. We hiked for a few hours by heading to Robin’s Lookout (you can see the view in the pics above) and made our way down via the Pond loop. While our hike was beautiful, we couldn’t resist imagine how awesome the views and landscape must be during peak foliage.
DO cozy up with a good book, your favorite guilty pleasure magazine or the weekend paper by one of the resort’s many fireplaces. Perhaps something from my fall reading list? I read After You during our weekend there.
DO sample the local cheeses by ordering a cheese board at The Chantecleer. Located a quick drive away from the hotel, we enjoyed a delicious dinner there that we started with a cheese board. My chicken entrée was also fabulous and MJD loved the venison and duck breast entrée. The décor was a little all over the place, but it’s a rustic old dairy barn with a local feel that we really liked.
DO treat yourself to a spa treatment- MJD and I both went for massages and we were very happy with them.
DO visit Northshire Bookstore in town. If you are a book geek like me or need something to read in front of the fireplace, take a trip to this shop.
Last, but not least… DO indulge in The Equinox’s apple cider doughnuts-so yum!