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. 

Hotels in Manchester and Dining in Manchester

Manchester has a wide variety of choices for your visit to Vermont, from luxury Manchester VT hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts in Manchester. Stay in town and walk to dining and shopping; choose out of town for mountain vistas and pastoral surroundings. Restaurants in Manchester offer extensive choices from fine dining to small cafes to family restaurants. 

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 and hosts a number of Fall Festivals. Art lovers will enjoy the many galleries and a stay would not be complete without a visit to Hildene, the Lincoln family home.

Enjoy challenging golf and legendary fly fishing during the warmer months, skiing during the winter at nearby Stratton Mountain Resort or Bromley Mountain. Manchester shopping is a favorite pastime 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 venues from which to choose, all surrounded by the magnificent Green Mountains, Manchester can be the perfect location to host your event.

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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 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.Closed in 2020 due to COVID. Re-opening 2021.
Kimpton Taconic Hotel - a premier boutique hotel in southern Vermont
Manchester, VT The Kimpton Taconic 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.
Komen Vermont MORE THAN PINK Walk - Manchester, VT
Komen Vermont MORE THAN PINK Walk - Manchester, VT Join or donate today to help reduce breast cancer deaths in in the US by 50% by 2026. The walk is no longer a timed event, with the goals to raise funds for research and support. Learn about the four pillars: research, care, community, and action. Walk begins 9:15am on July 20th at Riley Rink at Hunter Park
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 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.


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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), 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: Manchester-Bennington | 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 July

Camp: Summer Creative Community With Marisa Pagliccia 7/5/22 - 7/8/22

INSTRUCTORS: MARISA PAGLICCIA AND ALEXANDRA LANGSTAFF TUESDAY, JULY 5 – FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2022 9 A.M. – 12 P.M. SVAC Member: $112; Non-Member: $140 Ages: 3 – 5 Come get messy and move your body with Marisa at the Southern Vermont Art Center. Using a sensory-based approach, Marisa will offer enrichment activities to promote children’s interests, imagination, and sense of community. Children can expect to engage in “messy play” with different mediums, such as shaving cream, paint, slim, and cloud dough. We also will be creating art and craft projects and taking part in movement activities, such as yoga, obstacle courses, and Hullabaloo with special guest Alexandra Langstaff. For more information, including a confidential scholarship application, please contact Erin Kaufman at ekaufman@svac.org or 802-367-1306.

Camp: Art & Artists With Lynne DeBeer 7/5/22 - 7/8/22

INSTRUCTOR: LYNNE DEBEER TUESDAY, JULY 5 – FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2022 9 A.M. – 3 P.M. SVAC Member: $175; Non-Member: $220 Ages: 6 – 10 Come get inspired by exploring art in the SVAC galleries and beyond, from the past and present. Activities will take shape based on campers’ interests and may include drawing, painting, building sculptures, designing furniture, printmaking, building outdoor installations, creating graphic stories and more. For more information, including a confidential scholarship application, please contact Erin Kaufman at ekaufman@svac.org or 802-367-1306.

Chasing The Light! Plein Air Watercolor With Ned Reade 7/6/22 - 7/8/22

INSTRUCTOR: NED READE WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 – FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2022 9:30 A.M. – 4 P.M. SVAC Member: $310 / Non-member: $385 Watercolor is known as an especially spontaneous and carefree medium that brings pleasure to viewers and painters alike. Working outside we feel as though we are trying “catch” the light which is the goal! Ned Reade will show you a step by step process that will help ensure success without losing freedom. (On location he first looks for a scene that “speaks” to him and explains what he wants to convey. He starts with a value sketch, moves though loose washes to finding forms, and finishes with accents that pull the painting together. He has given watercolor workshops on Martha’s Vineyard Island for over 25 years and is excited to exchange harbors, buoys and boats for the mountains, fields, and farms of Vermont!) He paints directly using clean washes and strong compositions to achieve his painting objectives. Each day starts with a demonstration and ends with a group critique at the end of the afternoon. The workshop is open to painters from beginners to seasoned artists. Some familiarity with working outside on location is helpful but not required.

Sketching Horses With Julie Carter Merwin 7/6/22 - 8/10/22

INSTRUCTOR: JULIE MERWIN WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2022 (SIX SESSIONS) 3:30 – 5 P.M. SVAC Member: $160 / Non-member: $195 Ages 12+ This class is open to children age 12+ and adults. We will meet six times, once a week for 1 1/2 hours each session to draw the most beautiful animals on earth! Are you in heaven yet? I am…this is a class I’ve always wanted to hold. We’ll visit the Dorset Equine Rescue and other local barns, find a spot to draw, meet an incredible creature or two and settle down with simple materials. Each week we’ll practice the techniques of shading, line, three-dimensional form and adding distinct character, and we will go over just enough anatomy study of “difficult areas” like joints, legs, hooves etc. to get the results we want. This is a loose and enjoyable opportunity for practice, not a formal one. There are no expectations to create one “labored-over,” finished drawing. Instead, we’ll produce tons of sketches (animals move, remember?). We’ll focus on quick hand-eye coordination, using mainly contour drawing, improving our artistic skills in the most delightful way! All my sincerest thanks to the stable and horse owners willing to put up with us! Materials provided will include charcoal, pencil and pad, and as we progress in later classes perhaps we’ll choose a drawing to enhance with pastels. Bring a hat, sunblock, something to drink and something to sit on that does not impede your arm movement – like a camp stool.

Fundamentals Of Drawing With Lynne DeBeer 7/9/22 - 7/10/22

INSTRUCTOR: LYNNE DEBEER Ages 16+ Explore the fundamentals of drawing and finding your style. For beginners and for artists returning to their practice. Lynne DeBeer is a fine arts graduate of Skidmore College and has been teaching painting, drawing and creative exploration, as well as working with artists to market their work, for over 30 years. She is currently a middle school arts educator and offers workshops for emerging and established artists in communities throughout New England. Her workshops include painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, textile design, film and animation. A focus of her teaching practice is using nature in art. Her current paintings and handmade books feature work with mixed media such as wax, found objects, paint and collage. Lynne’s career has included time as an arts center director, a fine arts consultant to corporate and private collections and work in graphic design.

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