The ideal Passover Getaway
Just 3 1/2 hours from the George Washington or Whitestone Bridges or Boston, MA
We are thrilled to introduce a very special Passover with Mendy Vim’s Holidays at The Equinox, a Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa in Manchester Village, Vermont. Located in Southern Vermont's Taconic/Green Mountain range, this AAA four diamond resort (and Starwoods SPG category 6 hotel) offers lavish accommodations, world-class golf, breathtaking scenery and natural beauty - perfect for revitalizing your body and spirit.
Throughout its 238-year history, The Equinox has served as one of America's most historically significant lodgings. Boasting a legacy that predates America's independence, the hotel is a bastion of romance, colorful landscapes, and elite accommodations.
Since first opening in 1769, The Equinox has hosted national luminaries such as Ulysses S. Grant, Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Mary Todd Lincoln. Marsh's Tavern, now one of the Equinox dining areas, was an important meeting place for American Revolutionaries and Vermont's legendary Green Mountain boys. In the 1800's Charles Orvis's family owned & operated the inn and founded the Orvis Company here, and the Orvis flagship retail store is still located in Manchester village just as the original store since 1856.
Today's Equinox Hotel, a member of the National Register of Historic Places, and a member of the glittering Luxury Hotel Collection, offers discerning travelers a world of authentic and enriching experiences. A year-round destination for spa-goers and adventure-seekers alike, you can lounge near an open air fire pit and watch the sun set over the mountains, explore rugged terrain in an off-road expedition style Land Rover driving adventure, immerse yourself in a local-ingredient-inspired Spa treatment, discover a new activity or enjoy a favorite one at any of several specialized recreational schools, and at the end of the day, relax in your first-class rooms or suites with magnificent views of the mountains.
Join us for Passover this year at the Equinox and add your own chapter to the Equinox' storied history. For nature enthusiast, skiier, history buff, bicycle rider, golfer or health club fan, gourmand, shopaholic, or armchair addict- we offer varied activities to suit everyone, a marvelous Passover program and cherished holiday filled with family fun and lasting memories, all in an elegant setting on 2,300 acres nestled between the Green and Taconic Mountains , and within walking distance to spectacular shopping, quaint boutiques, art galleries, museums, and antique shops.
Join us for a wonderful and intimate Pesach experience: For over four decades Mendy Vim's Holidays has had the privilege of bringing people together to celebrate Passover. We treat each guest as part of our family, with a warm and inviting atmosphere, and meticulous attention to your every need.
This year's program includes renown speakers Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt, Rabbi Binyomin Davis, Rabbi Shlomo Horwitz the director of Jewish crossroads, former NYS Senator Seymour Lachman, the V'samachta a' capella group, a Chol Hamoed Gala Concert, Chavie Pomerantz, program director Frank Buchweitz who will lead comunity sedarim, publisher of the The Jewish Link of New Jersey Moshe Kinderlehrer, and more to come..
PLEASE NOTE: ALL ENTERTAINMENT AND SHOWS ARE FOR REGISTERED GUESTS ONLY.
Celebrate our heritage and traditions with an incomparable program... Our service is legendary; our cuisine, exquisite. Dine in opulence in our beautiful Collonnade ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lawns and Equinox Mountain. The ambiance is elegant, with impeccable table linens and china, crystal stemware, immaculate service and gracious hospitality. You'll be treated to a superb bouquet of lavish dishes and foods, all GLUTEN FREE and GLATT KOSHER and under Rabbinical supervision.
Our Chefs delight in creating haute cuisine, with a mouth-watering blend of new exotic and traditional favorites, made with the freshest local produce and regional ingredients. From beautifully led traditional Seders replete with matzo and wine, to our gala Yom Tov Morning Kiddushim (a not-to-be-missed-event), throughout one amazing holiday meal after another, you'll be feted in a festival of incomparable culinary experience.
Room with a View
Blending New England charm with contemporary luxury, the Equinox provides an array of sophisticated creature comforts for our guests. In its recent $20 million restoration, renowned designer Geoffrey Bradfield, hailed by Architectural Digest as the “Dean of American Design, created a daring, graceful and opulent new look for The Equinox, inspired by the whimsical designs of 20th century Swiss sculptor, Diego Giacometti.
Paying homage to the centuries-old history and natural beauty of its pristine surroundings, the resort's accommodations feature classic high ceilings, a muted color palette of slate blue, chocolate brown and beige, accented with custom-made, hand-carved wardrobes. One wall of each guest room features a large black and white photograph of The Equinox in the early 1900's, and custom-made beds, marble vanities, dramatic floor length drapery and plush leather armchairs add superb finishing touches.
Additional accommodations include the Charles Orvis Inn, the elegantly restored former home of Orvis founder Charles Orvis, where you can 'Rent your own Villa' in 14 luxury rooms and parlor suites, with guest only entry, a private lobby, parlor, and sitting room, and outdoor cobblestone patio tables and chairs, perfect for an extended family or two to enjoy all the comforts and the amenities of the hotel within a more private and intimate setting. The Townhouses have a fresh, contemporary look, thanks to bright splashes of color, stylish light fixtures, and photographs of the surrounding countryside, with close proximity to the lawns, the playground, and the pool and Spa complex.
With sweeping views of the mountains, lush outdoor gardens, or the village green, all rooms and suites boast rich appointments of 400-thread-count sheets & pillow top beds, spa bath essentials and terrycloth bathrobes, nightly turndown service, flat screen televisions with cable, individual climate control, wireless high speed internet access, in-room safes, daily newspaper, phone/CD player/radio, hairdryers, and iron & ironing board. Valet parking, concierge services, complimentary self parking, and local area shuttles to shopping and attractions will further enhance your stay.
So come join us for Passover this year in your choice of accommodation-; the elegance and charm of the Equinox will surpass your expectations.
The Equinox: Then and Now
Steeped in history and saturated with historic atmosphere, the Equinox stands as an icon of New England lifestyle over the past two centuries.
The roots of today's 2,300-acre Equinox Golf Resort & Spa date back to 1769, and the original structure, one of Manchester’s first lodgings, was a wooden, two-story building called the Marsh Tavern. The Marsh Tavern quickly became a popular gathering spot for locals, serving as a hotbed for memorable figures during the Revolution, including the legendary Green Mountain Boys. The first Tory property seized by revolutionaries to support their war efforts, today, this building serves as one of the resort’s most popular restaurants and hosts our Vim's Holidays' Passover tea room.
The name "Equinox" first emerged in 1853, when owner Franklin Orvis opened his own hotel, the "Equinox House," in his father's home next door to the Marsh Tavern. The hotel's reputation as a premier getaway resort for the wealthy and powerful was solidified in 1863, when Mrs. Abraham Lincoln summered here with sons Robert and Tad. Robert returned to Manchester often in the following years, building his Hildene estate in Manchester, and attracting ever larger groups of his wealthy friends from New York and Chicago. The Equinox continued to shine as a bucolic retreat for society's upper crust, providing lodging for four presidents, among them Teddy Roosevelt, who gave a campaign speech on the front lawn.
Today's Equinox still retains its vintage appeal, right down to the 285-foot white columned facade and breezy collonade.
Set in one of Vermont's more picture-perfect towns (parts of the Diane Keaton movie "Baby Boom" were filmed near here) and facing the village green, you can find vintage structures, the Bennington County Court House, an old music hall, well stocked shops for every country pursuit, and miles of the original marble sidewalks (mined from local quarries), all lovingly preserved by an Historic Trust. Mount Equinox stands directly behind the resort; rising over 3,800 feet above the village of Manchester, it contains a 12 mile trail system for hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking on protected land, and the Equinox Pond- a 14 acre catch and release fly-fishing haven reserved exclusively for Equinox guests.
The resort consists of 17 structures on its property featuring six different styles, reflecting its 200 years of American history. Several multi-million dollar restorations and additions were completed in 2003, earning the Equinox the coveted AAA four diamond rating and Starwoods Luxury Hotel Collection designation.
Considered a “four seasons” destination, guests of the hotel can ski, hike, fish, go off-road driving, or practically anything else you can think of in the great outdoors (or in, if you visit their spa). One of the top resort destinations in the Northeast, the Equinox continues to provide its guests with every luxurious modern convenience and amenity, without losing the unique qualities that made it a landmark and an National Historic Place.
Pursue your passion for the game- The Golf Club at Equinox provides golfers the best Vermont golf has to offer with a world-class golf course adjacent to the The Equinox Resort & Spa.
Nestled in a valley between two mountain ranges,The Golf Club at Equinox combines a dramatic blend of past and present in one of the most picturesque mountain settings in the country. It's truly a delight just to be on the course, featuring hilly terrain, spectacular scenery, fairways that are perfect, great greens, challenging rough, and a beautiful layout.
Honored by both Golf Week and Golf Digest, built by U.S. amateur champion Walter Travis and redesigned by Rees Jones, this famed Troon managed par-71, 6,423 yard course is recognized as one of America's best golf courses- with challenging play for golfers of all skill levels.
Don't miss out on this Manchester Village award-winning masterpiece. Guests may make tee times upon confirming hotel reservations.
Director of Golf, Craig Luckey, a PGA Professional, and Head Pro, Joan McDonald, a LPGA Professional, are on hand to ensure an unparalleled golf experience.
Expedition Style Driving
The Land Rover Experience- Climb behind the wheel of your choice of Land Rover for a truly memorable off-road experience featuring off-road driving lessons year-round in all conditions. Whether this is your first time off-road or you have advanced experience, our lessons cover the basics of expedition-style driving and are customized to fit your skill and comfort level.
Experience the challenge of the 80-acre purpose-built course with wooded trails, hills, descents, sand traps, rocks and other real-world obstacles to explore. More advanced drivers are invited to drive our expansive trails through the stunning Green Mountains and hone your skills on hill climbs, side tilts and rocky terrain. Off-road obstacles such as steep hills, log crossings, water crossings, rock crawls, and boulders create an exciting and memorable off-road adventure.
Develop your driving skills with customized private one or two hour off-road lessons for up to three drivers, experience the joy of Land Rover with the 'Adventure Ride', a ride-along for 20-30 minutes, or literally shift gear into deep immersion in high and low shift technique at Full Day or Advanced Experience lessons while driving across challenging terrain and steep slopes. A uniquely unforgettable adventure for all skill levels, reservations are required.
Born to Fish..or Shoot
The month of April means opening day for flies- from catching flies in baseball to catching fish with fly lures during a one or two day lesson at the Orvis Fly-Fishing School on the Battenkill River, whose cold-spring-fed water makes this one of the best places in New England for wild brown and brook trout. Pick up a fly rod, and our instructors will show you how to best set up, select your fly, tie knots and more on our fully stocked casting ponds and the Battenkill River. Or take out a boat on Equinox Pond- a 14 acre catch and release fly-fishing haven reserved exclusively for Equinox guests.
Shooting fish in a barrel? Well, fly-fishing does take some work, but if you are in a shooting mood, Orvis also offers wingshooting lessons; Covey & Nye's Shooting School offers expert clay pigeon shooting instruction for both beginners and shotgun enthusisasts, and a 15 Station Sporting Clays Course with 24 fully automated traps on private shooting grounds. Open all year, ammunition, gun rentals, eye/ear protection and expert private shooting lessons are available; guided pheasant hunting trips with expert guides and dogs, are available by appointment.
It's a Spa Day
Awaken your senses and inspire your soul. Experience the beauty of Vermont and relax in our award-winning spa with an extensive spa treatment menu of facials, massages, and signature body treatments.
Purify, nourish, and hydrate your skin with a River Stone Massage, Abhyanga Massage, Shiatsu, or Custom Equinox Facial tailored to suit your specific skin care needs. Incorporating indigenous products to the surrounding Vermont region, including maple sugar, wildflowers and mineral clay, popular signature treatments 'The Spirit of Vermont' or the favorite 'Maple Scrub' bring loyal guests back day after day.
Relax year-round in the 75-foot heated indoor pool or lounge in the peaceful pool area as you take in stunning mountain views. Keep up with your fitness routines at the top-of-the-line fitness club; the 24-hour fitness center boasts state-of-the-art equipment, including cardio and free weights. Tap into your chakras with daily Yoga sessions, daily Pilates, Zumba, and Pool aerobics classes are taught by well-trained professionals, and a sauna, steam room, locker rooms furnished with personal lockers, and vanity area are available for your convenience.
Adventures by You
Additional bucket-list activities:
Hiking and Mountain Cycling- Grab a trail map and head for the hills, the Equinox Preservation Trust has over 914 acres with 12 miles of trails on the slopes of Mt Equinox. Some of the favorite views are Equinox Pond, Robin's lookout, and Lookout Rock. Terrain varies from very easy to very challenging, and the trails are marked. For a two wheeled adventure- full suspension bicycles are available at the concierge, from easy rides down gravel roads to spine-tingling excitement on mountain descents, there’s lots of biking on Mt Equinox trails. And don't worrry if you get tired, marble picnic tables punctuate the greenery all the way up to the 3,848 foot summit, so you can stop at any time and take a rest.
If you Love Powder- Thrill to spring skiing and snow tubing at nearby Stratton Mountain, (10 minutes away, open through April 15 chol hamoed Frirday, weather permitting) or try some ice skating or a figure skating clinic at the indoor olympic sized Riley rink. (open chol hamoed Sunday) There's nothing like snow...
Play your Game- Terrific tennis at the hotel's three nightly lit clay courts, with USPTA pro led tennis clinics, group and private lessons for all levels of play, pickup games of B-ball at the nearby gym, (Equinox guests have access to modern indoor gym, one block from the resort) or hit your shot through cascading waterfalls and shooting fountains at Otter Creek Fun Center's mini golf and arcade.
Take me for a Ride- There's no nay saying (or neigh saying) to Western-style horseback riding on meandering trails with the breathtaking backdrop of the Green Mountains, (Chipman Stables) Try dog sled rides or horse drawn sleigh rides for a unique and unforgettable experience, or jump into your car for a drive on Historic Route 7A right outside the hotel, a scenic ribbon of highway perfect for enjoying the fresh air and seeing Vermont scenery, covered bridges, forests and farmland, and wonderful Vermont towns and villages.
So Much you Can Do
Discover all that Manchester has to offer:
Shopping- The streets of Manchester Village are lined with well stocked stores and antique shops, or you can shop the world's best brands at Manchester Designer Outlets, less than a mile away and a short walk from the resort. Browse the award winning independent bookstore at Northshire Books, filled with books, games, gifts, and clothing, it's well worth a visit. Take a journey into the general store of yesteryear at the Vermont Country Store, packed to the rafters with hard to find products, and the hotel's own shoppe carries its signature apparel, distinctive gifts, and stunning Thomas Shackleton pottery.
Art,Museums & Mansions- Life imitates art imitating life at the Southern Vermont Art Center's sculpture garden, the state's largest collection of sculptures. Visit several premier galleries in the area, including Helmholz Fine Art, Tilting at Windmills Gallery, and The Mountain Painters & Artisans Gallery in Manchester Village. Immerse yourself in the wonders of fly fishing to experience the evolution of the sport at The American Museum of Fly Fishing. Explore Hildene, the 24 room Georgian Revival mansion where Abraham Lincoln's descendents lived until 1975, the site of Robert Todd Lincoln's summer home, it has a welcome center, formal gardens, a goat farm, a restored Pullman train car (he was Chairman of the Pullman Company, the largest manufacturing corporation at the turn of the 20th century) and about 12 miles of walking trails.
Experiences- Choose your glass colors and create your own one-of-a-kind glass paperweight at Manchester Hot Glass, where guests shape their own unique glass creations. Discover the world of outdoor adventure at the Orvis flagship store, with fly fishing and shooting lessons, an enormous collection of anything you'd ever need for any outdoor pursuit, and distinctive gifts for men, women, pets, and home.
Drop in at Taylor's farm, a local working dairy farm with free stall cows, horses, goats, donkeys, and fowl, sleigh rides, and a cheese making facility. Join us on our backroads discovery tour and discover the cheer, nostalgia, & allure of Vermont back roads. Visit the oldest marble quarry in the US (the sidewalks in Manchester came from here) quaint Vermont villages, Vermont's finest artisan's boutique, a maple syrup shop, Norman Rockwell exhibit, and antique covered bridge, all in a comfortable passenger tour vehicle with a local guide.
Passover in Vermont
If you're seeking a Passover hotel destination that combines truly elegant ambience and fabulous dining, the relaxation of a pristine mountain destination imbued with historic atmosphere, a variety of distinguished adventure sport options in a picturesque setting, awe-inspiring golf, award winning Spa treatments, and nearby museums, outlet shopping, and fun-filled family activities, the Equinox Golf Resort & Spa is the perfect setting for your Passover vacation. At Mendy Vim's Holidays, we treat each guest as part of our family, with a warm and inviting atmosphere, and meticulous attention to your every need.
Contact us at 718.998.4477 or 410.484.5553 or email for pricing and more information, and we'll be happy to plan your family's Passover vacation, at no obligation.
CELEBRATE, REJOICE, get together with your family and RECONNECT-and that's what celebrating Passover is really all about.