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.
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 and built his summer estate, Hildene, just down the road.
The 1811 House
Included in the National Register of Historic Places, 1811 House was once home to Mary Lincoln Isham, granddaughter of Abraham Lincoln. This historic home was built in the 1770s by an early Manchester settler, Jeremiah French, and began welcoming guests in 1811. Not much has changed in the intervening centuries. The cozy rooms are steeped in the past and still feature uneven pine floors, out-of-true doors and paint colors in earthy, colonial tones. A delightful English pub lies off the entryway, helping to set the appropriate historic tone.
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.
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.