Our stay at the Equinox Resort in Vermont was short but very rewarding. You can see my earlier posts here:
We planned a little fun in the snow while we were on this trip but this was one of the greenest Decembers on record in Vermont. There’s a hill behind the resort that yielded a few sledding runs for the kids. The resort has sleds that you can borrow.
We also took the hotels recommendation for an off-site company that performed horse-drawn sleigh rides. But, before we did that, my cousin and I took part in the Range Rover Experience that the hotel offers through a local partnership.
It was pricey, ringing in at $200 for an hour. But, they told us we were able to have up to 4 drivers in an hour, which made it much more approachable.
They let us pick our vehicle and shortly thereafter we set off on the course. There were a handful of other Land Rovers on the course when we got there, which is only a short distance from the hotel. I was lulled into thinking the experience was going to be tame in the first few minutes, but the hills and ditches got much more challenging quickly.
I’ve never done that sort of off-road driving before and certainly never got a lesson doing so. In the end, it turned out to be much more fun than I thought it was going to be. The instructor taught us to let the vehicle do most of the work. Given the size of the Land Rover, I had my doubts. But, it was more than up to the task.
Here are three short videos that will give you an idea of the Land Rover experience through the front windshield as my cousin drove:
And, some pictures of the course:
The sleigh riding, also a recommendation from the hotel, was more family friendly. We chose Taylor Farm, which was about 25 minutes from the resort. You can see the different things the farm offers on their website.
The extended family piled into the cars and headed over to the farm. There was a bit of time to hang with some of the farm animals while the horses rest. Since there wasn’t much snow, the ride was a bit harder on the horses so they were running them less frequently. That seemed pretty fair to the horses and before long we were all bundled up on the sleigh. It was especially cold and after about 15 minutes we ended up on the other side of the farm where we enjoyed hot cider and roasted marshmallows. The kids thought it was great to hang around the campfire. Since it wasn’t a particularly busy day for the sleigh rides, the staff let us stay near the campfire as long as we wanted. Then, we bundled back up on the sleigh and headed back to our cars.
The staff was very casual with us the entire time, not requiring payment until we were all through. We’d certainly recommend them for others headed to Vermont in the winter time.
There are plenty of activities in the vicinity of Equinox. These are the ones we chose, but there’s also a spa, glass making, ice-skating, skeet shooting, hiking, skiing and more. You can certainly hang around the property and get lazy near one of the big fireplaces, but be sure to venture out at least once or twice and see what the area has to offer.
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