The Equinox defines the geographic center and historic heart of Manchester Village, and has been the fancy hotel in town—and in the state—since the 18th century. As you arrive between two-story-tall Doric columns, bellhops uniformed in jodhpurs and knee-high argyle socks take your luggage. Rooms have two-tone cream wallpaper, huge leather chairs, pillow-top beds topped by luxe linens, and, in a nod to modernity, flat-screen TVs. If you crave Colonial, the brown
1811 House across the street is part of the resort. If you've got big bucks, ask for a room in the Charles Orvis Inn next door, which has hot tubs and private porches. The spa is the best in southern Vermont. The resort's golf course is across the street, and there's a wine bar in addition to three good dining choices.