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Manchester, Vermont


Manchester, Vermont is an historic town located at the foot of Mount Equinox along Route 7, and is one of two shire towns (county seats) of Bennington County - the other is the town of Bennington.

Manchester Village, an incorporated village, and Manchester Center are settlement centers within the town. Manchester Village offers a tranquil old-world atmosphere, and Manchester Center is a shopper's paradise.

Hotels in Manchester and Dining in Manchester

Manchester has a wide variety of choices for your vacation in Vermont, from luxury Manchester VT hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts in Manchester. In-town lodging gives you the opportunity to stay among all the fascinating features of this one-of-a-kind Vermont town. There are also many wonderful restaurants in Manchester, from fine dining to small cafes to family restaurants. Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, you'll enjoy your stay in beautiful Manchester, Vermont.

Things to do in Manchester

Manchester offers a unique blend of New England charm, style, arts & culture, and is a popular four-season tourist destination for Vermont vacations.

The area offers exquisite Vermont fall foliage. In 2010, Yankee Magazine, listed several Vermont towns in their slideshow of "Top 25 Foliage Towns in New England," including the Southwestern Vermont town of Manchester.

Enjoy challenging golf and legendary fly fishing during the warmer months, skiing during the winter at nearby Stratton Mountain Resort or Bromley Mountain, and the Manchester Designer Outlets along with many locally owned businesses offer plenty of things to do in Manchester all year. Manchester Shopping is a favorite past time for visitors and locals alike.

Manchester Weddings and Conferences in Manchester

If you're planning an event in Vermont, Manchester has a lot to offer. The town's breathtaking scenery makes a destination wedding in Manchester VT an ideal choice, and the many amenities allow for Manchester conferences of various sizes. With a variety of settings to choose from, all surrounded by the Green Mountains, you'll find the perfect location to host your events in Manchester Vermont.

Manchester Real Estate

If you can't get enough of the Green Mountains of southwestern Vermont, Manchester VT real estate may be just what you're looking for. The town has a reputation as a safe place to live, with quality schools, and Manchester has some of the most beautiful real estate in Vermont. Also, Manchester condos and summer rentals give flexible options to visitors and seasonal vacationers.

USA Today featured Manchester in 2010 as "Much more than outlets and skiing." Manchester encompasses all the great things you love about Vermont while the contemporary characteristics of the downtown area show Vermont in a new light. Whether you're visiting for a day or a week, or planning to live in Vermont, Manchester has a little something for everyone.

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Quick Facts About Manchester

County: Bennington
Latitude / Longitude: 43.16 N / 73.07 W
Zip Code(s): 05254
(Manchester Center: 05255)
Incorporated: 1900
Population (2010): 749
(Manchester Center: 2,120)
Elevation: 899 feet | Land Area: 3.58 miles
 
Town Clerk: 802-362-1313
Nearest Hospitals: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (23.3 miles S)
Nearest Airports: Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport (29.6 miles N), Albany International Airport (59.4 miles SW)
Nearest Amtrak: Rutland (33.7 miles N)
Nearest Colleges/Universities: Bennington College (21.0 miles SW), Southern Vermont College (24.8 miles SW), a branch of the Community College of Vermont (33.3 miles N in Rutland and 23.1 miles S in Bennington). Birthplace of: Charles Augustus Aiken (1827-1892), clergyman, president of Union College, and professor at Princeton University; Joseph Sweetman Ames (1864-1943), physicist and president of Johns Hopkins University; Myra Bradwell (1831-1894), first American woman to become an attorney.
Tourist Attractions: Hildene, Northshire Museum & History Center, Orvis Flagship Store, American Fly Fishing Museum, The Battenkill River, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester Designer Outlets. Nearby: Dorset Theatre Festival (7.6 miles NW)  

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Nearby Cities and Towns:

Region 10: Green Mountains | Dorset (2.6 miles N) | Winhall (2.8 miles E) | Sunderland (2.4 miles SW) | Arlington (2.8 miles SW) | Sandgate (2.4 miles W) | Rupert (3.1 miles NW)






Vermont Events in September

TOUR: SOUTHERN VERMONT SAMPLER 5/1/15 - 9/24/15
Discover the lure, charm & nostalgia of Vermont’s country backroads. Visit & learn about unique places you wouldn’t normally find on your own. Many stops along the way, group size 2 – 10, comfortable tour vehicle. Daily. Advance reservations necessary.


NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: Man and Superman 9/5/15 - 9/5/15
National Theatre Live, the best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world presents this screening of the reinvention of George Bernard Shaw’s witty, provocative classic. Ralph Fiennes plays Jack Tanner, a celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, who seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $9 for students. The best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world. National Theatre Live is sponsored by Aviva and distributed internationally (ex-UK) by New York-based BYExperience. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.bbatickets.com.


Family Concert On The Lawn 9/5/15 - 9/5/15
Before joining the family business, innkeeper Melissa Levis was known as "The Pied Piper in Pink" to a large fan base in Manhattan. She is delighted to reprise her alter-ego life as "Moey," lead singer of the Parents' Choice award winning band, Moey's Music Party, and sing for guests of the Wilburton Inn and Manchester community. Join us for an end of summer family celebration on the lawn of the Wilburton Inn. Bring a blanket - and your dancing shoes - as there are prizes for the most enthusiastic family dancers!


Southshire Roller Derby Presents: Roller Derby Double Header 9/5/15 - 9/5/15
Photo Booth, Beer Garden, Great Food, Craft Table & Family Fun


Harvest Moonshine Concert & Festival 9/6/15 - 9/6/15
With great pleasure we present THE HARVEST MOONSHINE at Earth Sky Time Farm in Manchester, VT! Join us on the farm to celebrate the season with music, food, & festivity. The show features Miss Tess, the sultry Queen of "Modern Vintage" and the raucous, Surviving Kenneallys! "Miss Tess’s deep, booming voice is alternately seductive and sexy, and is a pure joy to listen to." -- Pop Matters Her sound artfully marries swing, blues, country, rock and folk, drawing comparisons to Tom Waits, Madeleine Peyroux, and Bonnie Raitt. She tours the country performing with her fiery band, The Talkbacks, delivering rousing performances that have earned her the Boston Music Award for “Outstanding Folk Artist of the Year” and “Jazz Act of the Year” from the New England Music Awards. The Surviving Kenneallys play hard-driving original folk and bluegrass. The band is led by writer, singer, guitarist Joe Kenneally and energized by a crew of rowdy pickers from Boston.


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