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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Latitude / Longitude: 43.16 N / 73.07 W
Zip Code(s): 05254
(Manchester Center: 05255)
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)|
National Theatre Live, the best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world presents Behind the Beautiful Forevers. India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate. But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum-dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighborhood. 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.
The American Museum of Fly Fishing announced changes to their Fit to be Tyed program. The annual favorite will now be hosted over the course of two weekends in February, culminating with a fly tying competition. On February 13th from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. join tiers Brian Price of Vermont Fly Guys, Mike Hulvey of Central Vermont Trout Unlimited, Kelly Bedford, Paul Sinicki, and others as they show you the ways in vise mastery. This event is family friendly and the AMFF staff will also have a craft table set up to teach young children how to make clown flies. These big decorative flies made on coat hanger “hooks” serve as a fun teaching tool. Whether you are a seasoned fly tier or have yet to string together your first Woolly Worm, these classes will benefit all. The generous staff at Green Mountain Troutfitters has donated fly tying materials for the event. The courses will continue on February 27th from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. with the same instructors returning from the first event. From 6 p.m. until around 8 p.m. the AMFF and Pig Farm Ink will host the Iron Fly and Classic Tie with FREE pizza and a cash bar serving beer provided by Otter Creek Brewing. What is the Iron Fly you may ask? Well, this fly tying sensation that is sweeping the nation follows the format of the Food Channel’s Iron Chef, where participants are given a mystery bag of ingredients to make some insanely creative flies. This is open to experienced tyers and novices alike who want to prove that their vise has the spice. Immediately following the Iron Fly will be our own tournament of sorts, with a historical twist. For the Classic Tie contestants will examine three flies from the AMFF’s collection- a Quill Gordon, Adams, and Royal Coachman and try to beat the original without instructions. They will have to tie by what they see in front of them and the contestant’s patterns will be judged by our panel to see who’s comes out the cleanest and closest to the original masterpiece. Winners of the Iron Fly and Historical Tie tournaments will take home plenty of bragging rights and prizes contributed by our friends at The Fly Pack, Mud Dog Flies, Scientific Anglers, and others.
Green Mountain Academy welcomes Middlebury Professor Yumna Siddiqi. In this talk about the main author of India’s constitution, we will explore the importance of Ambedkar’s ideas by way of a reading of the graphic book Incidents in the Life of B. R. Ambedkar. This graphic text conveys the experience of untouchability and Ambedkar’s fierce opposition to caste oppression.
A Self-Made Man takes a look at what it is like to be Transgender and focuses on children coming to grips with their own sexual noncomformity.
Pix, Pizza and Popcorn! Please join us for a showing of Ida. We’ll provide the popcorn and pizza