The Equinox Cottage Guidebook

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The Equinox Cottage Guidebook

Food scene

This relatively new hot spot is on the top of my list! Small tapas style plate or late entrees with a great wine selection. The very cozy and relaxed atmosphere puts this spot on the top of the list!
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Mystic Cafe & Wine Bar
4928 Main St
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This relatively new hot spot is on the top of my list! Small tapas style plate or late entrees with a great wine selection. The very cozy and relaxed atmosphere puts this spot on the top of the list!
Ralph knows Sushi and his small Sushi shop is some of the best. BYOB if you want to eat there, or call them for take-out. Ralph is the best!
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Sushi Boat
4971 Main St
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Ralph knows Sushi and his small Sushi shop is some of the best. BYOB if you want to eat there, or call them for take-out. Ralph is the best!
This is a stylish tavern and eatery inside the Taconic Hotel. The outside seating, the diverse menu, and the open gas fire-pit make this place one of the best places in town for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
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Copper Grouse
3835 Main St
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This is a stylish tavern and eatery inside the Taconic Hotel. The outside seating, the diverse menu, and the open gas fire-pit make this place one of the best places in town for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Located inside the Northshire Bookstore, this little café has amazing sandwiches and coffee and has a very informal and relaxed sitting area inside the bookstore.
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Bonnet & Main Café
15 Bonnet St
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Located inside the Northshire Bookstore, this little café has amazing sandwiches and coffee and has a very informal and relaxed sitting area inside the bookstore.
Very local, very fresh, and very fast Mexican food. This little spot knows good Mexican! You can eat there or it is another great spot for take-out.
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Cilantro Restaurant
5036 Main Street
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Very local, very fresh, and very fast Mexican food. This little spot knows good Mexican! You can eat there or it is another great spot for take-out.
A great spot for some great Thai food! The atmosphere is great and the food is greater-er! 
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Thai Basil Restaurant
4940 Main Street
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A great spot for some great Thai food! The atmosphere is great and the food is greater-er! 
The Falcon Bar in the Equinox Hotel is spectacular! The huge back deck-bar of this very old and famous hotel can’t be beat! Have an evening cocktail while looking up at Equinox Mountain. The atmosphere, the view, the glass fire pit and huge chocolate desert menu can’t be beat!
Equinox Resort
The Falcon Bar in the Equinox Hotel is spectacular! The huge back deck-bar of this very old and famous hotel can’t be beat! Have an evening cocktail while looking up at Equinox Mountain. The atmosphere, the view, the glass fire pit and huge chocolate desert menu can’t be beat!
Enough said! (Seasonal)
Ben & Jerry’s
454 Depot St
Enough said! (Seasonal)
Another local Mexican spot with more of a Tex-Mex menu. Great outdoor seating and incredible food.
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Gringo Jack's Southwestern Bar & Grill
5103 Main Street
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Another local Mexican spot with more of a Tex-Mex menu. Great outdoor seating and incredible food.
Another new spot in town that has drawn a huge crowd. The diverse menu works for all types. Veggie, Vegan, etc… they have it! A cool indoor atmosphere with some great bar games or a fun outdoor patio section.
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Union Underground
4928 Main St
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Another new spot in town that has drawn a huge crowd. The diverse menu works for all types. Veggie, Vegan, etc… they have it! A cool indoor atmosphere with some great bar games or a fun outdoor patio section.

Sightseeing

Hike the Equinox Preserve and visit the Equinox Pond. This incredible trail system offers amazing hiking and incredible Vermont Views. Our favorite is the Robin’s Lookout which has a beautiful view of the town and region. A fairly easy hike with a few steep sections will get you to this lookout. Check out the map on the preserve’s website. https://www.equinoxpreservationtrust.org/Map_FINAL_PROOF.pdf
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Equinox Pond
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Hike the Equinox Preserve and visit the Equinox Pond. This incredible trail system offers amazing hiking and incredible Vermont Views. Our favorite is the Robin’s Lookout which has a beautiful view of the town and region. A fairly easy hike with a few steep sections will get you to this lookout. Check out the map on the preserve’s website. https://www.equinoxpreservationtrust.org/Map_FINAL_PROOF.pdf
Go fishing on the World Famous Battenkill River. The famed outdoor company Orvis has guides and lessons from their flagship store in Manchester.
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Orvis
4180 Main Street
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Go fishing on the World Famous Battenkill River. The famed outdoor company Orvis has guides and lessons from their flagship store in Manchester.
Hike Stratton! Hike up and ride the gondola down. So fun!
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Stratton Mountain Resort
5 Village Lodge Road
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Hike Stratton! Hike up and ride the gondola down. So fun!
Hike to Lye Brook Falls. An easy hike to some amazing waterfalls.
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Lye Brook Falls Trailhead
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Hike to Lye Brook Falls. An easy hike to some amazing waterfalls.
Hike or drive to the top of Equinox mountain and visit their summit observatory. The road is just 3 miles south of the Equinox Cottage off of route 7a.
Equinox Drive
Hike or drive to the top of Equinox mountain and visit their summit observatory. The road is just 3 miles south of the Equinox Cottage off of route 7a.
Fly a Falcon! The Green Mountain Falconry School Green Mountain Falconry School is located nearby at the beautiful Bourne Brook Farm. The school offers visitors a very rare opportunity to handle a trained hawk and learn about this ancient sport. www.greenmountainfalonryschool.com
Equinox Resort
Fly a Falcon! The Green Mountain Falconry School Green Mountain Falconry School is located nearby at the beautiful Bourne Brook Farm. The school offers visitors a very rare opportunity to handle a trained hawk and learn about this ancient sport. www.greenmountainfalonryschool.com
Hike a part of the amazing Appalachian trail! The famed eastern trail comes through the region and hiking small sections up tow Bromley mountain is just minutes away. www.appalachiantrail.org
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Bromley Mountain
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Hike a part of the amazing Appalachian trail! The famed eastern trail comes through the region and hiking small sections up tow Bromley mountain is just minutes away. www.appalachiantrail.org
For the kids: The Bromley Fun Zone! The fun summer park offers mini-golf, alpine slides, water slides, rides, games, and their famous mountain Zip Line! www.bromley.com
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Bromley Mountain Ski Resort
3984 Vermont 11
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For the kids: The Bromley Fun Zone! The fun summer park offers mini-golf, alpine slides, water slides, rides, games, and their famous mountain Zip Line! www.bromley.com
Swim in a Vermont quarry. The famous and popular Dorset Quarry swim spot is a MUST for all visitors! Just 8 miles away off of Route 30 headed into Dorset.
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Dorset Quarry
1940 VT-30
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Swim in a Vermont quarry. The famous and popular Dorset Quarry swim spot is a MUST for all visitors! Just 8 miles away off of Route 30 headed into Dorset.
Shop! The town of Manchester is full of outlet shopping, boutiques, and stores in a walking style downtown. So many deals!
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Manchester Designer Outlets
97 Depot Street
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Shop! The town of Manchester is full of outlet shopping, boutiques, and stores in a walking style downtown. So many deals!
Other Great Finds! The very famous and very independent Northshire Bookstore, the Hildene estate, the Southern Vermont Arts Center, the Manchester Rec Park and pool, the famous Vermont Country Store (Weston), Emerald Lake State Park (more swimming!), the local Farmers Markets (Saturday-Londonderry, Sunday-Dorset, Thursday-Manchester), the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream shop, the Orvis Flagship store, the Fly fishing museum…. So much more!!
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Manchester Center
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Other Great Finds! The very famous and very independent Northshire Bookstore, the Hildene estate, the Southern Vermont Arts Center, the Manchester Rec Park and pool, the famous Vermont Country Store (Weston), Emerald Lake State Park (more swimming!), the local Farmers Markets (Saturday-Londonderry, Sunday-Dorset, Thursday-Manchester), the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream shop, the Orvis Flagship store, the Fly fishing museum…. So much more!!