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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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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 Elf Express - A Family Adventure in the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont
Manchester, VT - The Elf Express™ is a charity event sponsored by the Manchester Lions Club. Enjoy this whimsical one-hour holiday train ride through the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont, with holiday song & dance routines performed by the theater & dance program of Burr and Burton Academy. Passengers will also enjoy refreshments served on decorated trains, and guest appearance of Santa & Mrs Claus. December 21 and 22, 2019.
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 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 thru July 2020 due to COVID19
 

 

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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


TOUR: REVOLUTIONARY/CIVIL WAR IN BENNINGTON COUNTY 5/10/20 - 11/29/20

This tour is designed for history buffs; given by local bestseller author and presented by Backroad Discovery Tours. Visit over 35 sites between Bennington & Manchester, involved in the Battle of Bennington & Ethan Allen's capture of Fort Ticonderoga, for America's first victory. We also visit sites associated with the Civil War. You will view stunning mountain/valley vistas & quintessential villages while traveling in our comfortable 10 passenger tour vehicle. Advance reservations necessary by email or phone.


TOUR: SOUTHERN VERMONT SAMPLER 6/16/20 - 9/13/20

These guided tours are designed for people who only have a day or two in the area & who wish to explore the region’s best-kept secrets! Tours are given in a comfortable 10-passenger tour vehicle & will present a delightful overview of the area, offer suggestions of other places to visit, things to do & dining options. The tour includes intriguing facts & stories about the area. There are many stops along the way. Visit sweeping mountain/valley vistas, the oldest abandoned marble quarry in the U.S., quintessential Vermont villages. a forest preserve/maple sugar operation and a private alpaca farm. Advance reservations necessary.


American Stories from Shelburne Museum: Rethinking Objects in a Virtual Era 7/14/20 - 7/14/20

Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) welcomes associate curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff to talk about Shelburne Museum's first "born digital" exhibition, American Stories. Created by a team of specialists working from home and staying connected via technology, the project highlights four dozen of Shelburne Museum’s most beloved objects as they relate to themes of people, travel, home, and community. Kirchhoff will share a little bit about the creation and execution of the project, and lay the groundwork for a conversation centering on some of the major challenges facing museums as we negotiate this new era together. Registration is $10 in advance. For more information or to register, please call our office at 802-867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.


Women in Contemporary Theatre (via zoom) 7/28/20 - 7/28/20

Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) continues its yearlong "Women '20-'20" celebration by welcoming acclaimed playwright, Theresa Rebeck, to talk about women in contemporary theatre. In 2009, the number of plays written by women on New York stages was the same as it was in 1909: 13%. In 2020, while the majority of Broadway ticket buyers are female, women are consistently underrepresented on stages across America. The women and men developing their craft as playwrights should rise through the system at an even rate, but that is not what is happening. Join Theresa Rebeck for a discussion of what has been accomplished in the past decade to improve the status of women in theater and the inherent challenges that still remain. Registration for the talk is $10 in advance. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at greenmtnacademy.org.


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