Manchester, Vermont

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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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Wilburton Inn
Manchester, VT - The Wilburton Inn's grand estate is a wonderful place to explore, to get away to, dine and celebrate life. Enjoy the fabulous location, ambiance and architecture.
RE-MAX Four Seasons
Manchester Center, VT - RE/MAX Four Seasons is part of the #1 real estate franchise. Their dedicated team will bring their knowledge of real estate in Manchester and the surrounding area, combined with RE/MAX's state of the art technology, to help you buy or sell your home.
The Shires of Vermont - So Vermont. So Near.
Bennington, VT - The Shires of Vermont region lies nestled between the Taconic Mountains to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. Travel the three scenic byways through 15 villages and towns (including two shire towns - Manchester and Bennington) to experience quintessential Vermont. With forests and fields, mountains and rivers, museums and shopping, it is no wonder The Shires of Vermont are a four season destination for visitors.
Stratton Mountain Resort | Bondville, VT
Stratton, VT - Stratton Mountain in Vermont offers a wide selection of lodging choices throughout the resort. Hide away in a private and secluded location, or live it up right in the heart of the Village. Choose from lodging options suitable for a romantic weekend, family vacation, or a getaway to the Mountain with friends.
Dutton Berry Farm | Manchester, VT | Newfane, VT | West Brattleboro, VT
Manchester, VT - Whether it's for the fresh farmer-grown fruits and vegetables, cider, maple syrup, Dutton-made fudge, flowers, plants, and many other interesting locally-made products, you’ll enjoy visiting a true Vermont farm experience at The Dutton Berry Farm stands. Three locations include Manchester, Newfane and West Brattleboro, Vermont.
Backroad Discovery Tours
Manchester, VT - Backroad Discovery Tours® is a local, guided tour service based in Manchester, Vermont. Our tours are designed for people who only have a day or two, & wish to see what makes our area so unique. Explore the region's best-kept secrets! We offer Southern Vermont Sampler tours, Revolutionary & Civil War tours, Vermont Fall Foliage tours, Holiday in Vermont tours, Winter Wonderland tours & early spring Vermont Maple Sugaring tours.
TACONIC, a Kimpton Hotel - a premier boutique hotel in southern Vermont
Manchester, VT TACONIC, a Kimpton Hotel, is one of Vermont’s premier boutique hotels with luxury accommodations, combining rustic elegance, intimate ambiance, gracious service, generous amenities and warm hospitality. Enjoy updated regional cuisine at The Copper Grouse Restaurant and Bar.
Manchester, VT - Southern Vermont's source for many of your home heating, decorating and comfort needs. Friends of the Sun is the place to visit for a complete selection of wood, gas, and pellet stoves, fireplaces, and inserts. We also offer the complete line of Hunter Douglas window treatments, Ekornes Leather indoor furniture, and Retractable Awnings.


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Quick Facts About Manchester

County: Bennington
Lat / Long: 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 Ctr (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).
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)
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.


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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 December

Wing Sauce Competition & Long Trail Tap Take Over 12/6/16 - 12/6/16

Think your wing sauce is the best? We’ll cook the birdies, you bring the sauce. If your sauce is voted sauce supreme, we’ll put it on the Tuesday Wing Night menu! Entries must be delivered to Amy by 3:00 pm on Dec 6th, one quart is needed to make a full batch. Nothing goes better with wings than a cold Long Trail and they will be here with all their beers on tap, its a tap takeover! Wings and beer, your sauces and Long Trail, at the Perfect Wife.

Why Trump Won, and What His Presidency Means for America 12/6/16 - 12/6/16

Green Mountain Academy welcomes Middlebury College Professor Matthew J. Dickinson to examine the factors that led to Donald Trump’s surprising victory, and consider the challenges that he will face in the next four years as he attempts to ‘Make America Great Again’. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, please call our office at (802) 867-0111 or visit our website.

Mug Club Appreciation Night and “Thats What She Said” 2017 Blend Party 12/7/16 - 12/7/16

We, at The Perfect Wife, are lucky to have been in such a great place for the last 20 years and we owe it all to you! Every year chef/owner Amy Chamberlain gets to choose what beers get blended together for our proprietary Long Trail “Thats What She Said” beer. This year—it’s up to you! All night we’ll be trying whatever blends you come up with. We will be serving up an all you can eat buffet of beer inspired food. Come help us celebrate 20 years of great food, beer and customers. PS. If you have a great story, something wild that happened at The Wife, we would love to hear about it. Come and share.

Throw Back Thursday – Original Menu, Original Prices & Trivia Night 12/8/16 - 12/8/16

To celebrate 20 years of good food, this Throw Back Thursday we will be serving our original menu at original prices and giving away prizes for our 20 year Trivia Quiz! That’s right, our first ever menu from the day Chef Amy opened the doors complete with prices from 1996. Come on in and see how it all started at the Perfect Wife. Turkey Schnitzel for $11.50 Filet Mignon for $16.50 Black Bean and Vermont Cheddar Quesadilla for $5.50 Upstairs in the Tavern we will be bringing back Burger Night! $8 burgers all night long! How well do you know the Perfect Wife? Both the tavern and the dining room will be testing your knowledge of our 20 year history in Manchester. There will be prizes. Fill it out and give it to your server, it will be graded on the spot, if all answers are correct you will be given a choice of something from our Swag Bag.

Roaring 20’s Party with Whistle Pig Whiskey and Wine by 802 Distributors 12/9/16 - 12/9/16

Its been a roaring 20 years and its time to celebrate with a Roaring 20’s Party. Grab your wingtips and flapper dresses for a night to remember at the Perfect Wife. The dining room will be serving period drinks with Whistle Pig Rye Whiskey, delicious wines from 802 Distributors, and all night hors d’oeuvres. Seriously, period dress is encourage, let’s party. 7 to 9 pm. $49 per person all inclusive. After this party come on upstairs and join Citizen Cider and Zero Gravity for a tap takeover, music by Dana Massive starting at 10:00 pm.

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