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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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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 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.
 

 

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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 September


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.


Virtual Class – Hollywood In Black And White: Four Key Genre Classics, With Elliot Lavine 9/15/20 - 10/6/20

Join an award-winning filmmaker to discover the hidden rewards in these movies. This class is companion to “Drawing Film Stills,” which runs concurrently. Discounted registration is available to students who enroll in both courses. No comprehensive survey of Hollywood films of the 1940s and 50s would be complete without a thorough immersion into the revelatory world of the black & white genre film. This intensive four-week excursion into that realm will highlight a quartet of stimulating films that offer many hidden rewards when viewed with an eye toward critical analysis. The four films in this class represent high-water marks with respect to genre filmmaking. Links to each of these films will be provided by the instructor as well as a detailed set of links to reviews, essays, and other video clips in order to further enhance the experience of this class. Everyone will have at least six days to watch and absorb the material each week before congregating via ZOOM on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 pm (EDT), September 15 – October 6. The class is open to teens with parent/guardian permission. Limited scholarships are available for teens. To register by email or phone please contact Erin Kaufman at ekaufman@svac.org or 802-362-1405.


Virtual Class – Drawing Film Stills With Susan Weiss: Pencil, Pen, Charcoal And Ink 9/17/20 - 10/8/20

Learn the techniques of drawing with pencil. pen, charcoal, and ink–while drawing film stills from classic black and white Hollywood movies. We will begin with pencil, and each week we will add to the technical repertoire. Draw a different genre each week–film noir, horror, Westerns and mysteries. For all levels. Class meets over Zoom, four times for 90 minutes each time. This is the companion course to “Hollywood in Black and White.” The two courses are coordinated but taking both is optional. Learn techniques of drawing with pencil, charcoal and ink while drawing film stills from classic movies of different genres. Open to all skill levels. The class is online, conducted as a studio class with live instruction. Approximately 16 film stills will be provided for each movie; students can choose depending on their skills and interests. Susan will send students images via Google Docs prior to each class. A list of suggested materials is available. Please contact SVAC if you have questions about supplies or any other aspect of the class. The class is open to teens with parent/guardian permission. Limited scholarships are available for teens. To register by email or phone please contact Erin Kaufman at ekaufman@svac.org or 802-362-1405. More about Susan: www.susanweissart.com


Acting For Grades 5 & 6 With Michelle Cox 9/24/20 - 10/29/20

For kids in grades 5 & 6. Students will build a solid acting foundation while working with other young actors in a safe, fun and non-competitive atmosphere. We will work to sharpen acting skills and create characters through improvisational games and scenes. This is a great class to gain confidence in actor instincts and choices. Class will be outdoors as much as weather allows and will run according to Department of Health guidelines for COVID-19 risk management. Scholarships available. Please contact Erin Kaufman at 802.367.1306 or ekaufman@svac.org for more information.


Sweet Potato Noodle Pad Thai 9/26/20 - 9/26/20

Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) is happy to welcome back local food blogger, Aysegul Sanford, to show us how to make a Sweet Potato Noodle Pad Thai. Swap the rice noodles with sweet potato “noodles”, add some other superfoods like ginger, garlic, unsweetened peanut butter, lime juice and tamari and enjoy a healthier version of a classic dish we all love. This version of Pad Thai is vegan and gluten-free. A perfect blend of ingredients for autumn. You are welcome to simply watch or cook along with Aysegul. When you register with GMALL, you will receive the list of ingredients and instructions to prepare this dish. Registration for the class is $15 in advance. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at greenmtnacademy.org.


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