A huge thanks to Equinox Resort for the wonderful stay! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Since last fall was SO intense with our house hunt and pending move, my favorite time of year was cast aside to spend more energy on practical things! I vowed this year to spend every second I could wrapped up in my favorite season and to do some exploring in Connecticut and across New England capturing outfits as well as the beautiful scenery and foliage. With my trusty travel partner (@StyleCusp) in tow, we road-tripped up to beyond gorgeous Manchester, Vermont to stay at the equally gorgeous Equinox Resort for a few nights. It was about a 2.5 hour drive from central Connecticut up to Vermont — and an easy ride at that… with plenty of leaf peeping opportunities to keep your senses heightened. A not-so-quick pop into Vermont Country Deli set us back another 45 minutes while we ogled the food selection and grabbed made-to-order sandwiches and their (in)famous mac and cheese, where they apparently sell 44,000 pounds a YEAR… which equates to 22 TONS (or 6 full grown elephants). I’m not a math person, that’s just what the sign next to it reads. 😉 IT WAS DELICIOUS and worth the stop for sure. Thank you to all of you who recommended it was a must-do on the way!
Marissa and I checked in to our quaint room in the main tower of the Equinox Resort, with gorgeous mountain views on both sides. The Equinox Resort sits under the Green Mountains in Vermont while also remaining close to the historical district of Manchester, a lively little New England town with plenty of shops, restaurants and outlets to keep you busy. Since we knew it was a quick trip, we wanted to be able to take in as much of the property as we could over 3 days, so we elected to eat a few meals on site. We had dinner the first night at Chop House, a prominent steakhouse where Marissa and I elected to eat delicious seafood spread (#nonredmeateaters haha) and ate at The Colonnade for breakfast each morning because it was that. good. — including their coffee, my easiest way to immediately judge a place!
We also made sure to take advantage of the Equinox Spa on property and we spent the morning getting pampered with massages. They staggered our appointments so while Marissa was in, I warmed up in the suana and relaxed by the most gorgeous, rustic fireplace and sipped on tea! Wish I made a little more time for the indoor pool — panoramic views of the mountains around the resort would have made for an epic photo op!
After a gluttonous two day affair, we decided to take advantage of some of the on-property amenities and features. We were told that Equinox Pond was worth the walk so we hiked up to the back of the property and found our way to one of the most stunning views… my mouth literally dropped. They also have really fun activities I am DEFINITELY putting on my list of must-dos next time I return (hopefully with the hubby). They offer a Land Rover Driving Experience (which couldn’t be MORE up my husband’s alley) where they take you out with a coach and let you navigate steep inclines and descents with the Green Mountains as a backdrop. I would have gladly watched from the sidelines! 😉 NEXT TIME!
We also made a little time to explore off property and had a delicious lunch at Bonnet and Main, a cute little cafe with a bookstore attached and ate dinner at Copper Grouse, a very short walk from Equinox — both were amazing. We also had to pop into the Orvis Flagship Store because it’s MASSIVE and absolutely stunning!
If you missed any of my FALL OUTFITS from my big roundup the other day, make sure to check them all out here!