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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 May


After-School Acting Classes With Michelle Cox For Middle School 4/29/21 - 6/3/21

Instructor: Michelle Cox Dates: Thursday, April 29 – Thursday, June 3, 2021 (every Thursday for 6 weeks) Time: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Cost: Member: $160; Non-Member: $195 Open to children in grades 5 – 8 For kids in grades 5 – 8. 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. Covid protocols will be in place. Limited scholarships available. Please contact Erin Kaufman 802.367.1306 / ekaufman@svac.org.


Beginner Photography 2 (Afternoon Session) – Virtual Photography Studio 5/4/21 - 5/25/21

Instructor: Thom Williams Dates: Tuesday, May 4 – Tuesday, May 25 (meets every Tuesday for 4 weeks) Time: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. SVAC Member: $70; Non-member: $85 Ages: 14+ This series emphasizes beginner composition techniques. It is best if students have a working knowledge of their cameras including an understanding of the exposure triangle or use a cell phone. Each class will include new instruction and homework. Images created will be reviewed in class for input and further guidance. When registering choose “Beginner Photography 2 (Afternoon Session)” from the list of 12 classes offered. You will be joining students from New England and beyond to create a new online creative community. Thom Williams photography classes come to SVAC in an exciting new way–more than a dozen arts centers are partnering to offer this suite of photography classes. Each class meets four times for an hour and a half, beginning on the date and time listed (except Advanced Photography and Advanced Photo Editing, which meet eight times). All classes offered: Beginner Photography 1 (April 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 4:30pm) Introduction To Photographing People (April 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 6:30pm) Introduction to Lightroom (April 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 6pm) Intermediate Photography (April 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 6pm) Beginner Photography 2 (May 4, 11, 18, 25 @ 4pm) Advanced Photography (May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 6pm – no class June 1) Beginner Photography 1 (May 5, 12, 19, 26 @ 6pm) Introduction To Still Life/Product Photography (May 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 4pm) Advanced Photo Editing (May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 10, 17, 24, July 1 @ 6pm – no class June 3) Intermediate Photography (June 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 4pm) Beginner Photography 2 (June 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 6pm) Introduction To Food Photography (June 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 6pm) Tap in for the class that works for you! Ages 14 to adult. Cell phones will be fine for any class except Beginner Photography I, for which a camera is required.


Advanced Photography – Virtual Photography Studio 5/4/21 - 6/29/21

Instructor: Thom Williams Dates: Tuesday, May 4 – Tuesday, June 29 (no class June 1) (meets every Tuesday for 8 weeks) Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. SVAC Member: $140; Non-member: $170 Ages: 14+ This class is a free-form photographic journey that takes place over eight meetings. Each student selects a specific topic and is able to take a deep dive into that aspect of photography. Thom will mentor each student through the process of discovery. Class meetings will be open discussions as well as critiques of the students’ progress. This group approach will expose each student to others’ insights and perspectives. When registering choose “Advanced Photography” from the list of 12 classes offered. You will be joining students from New England and beyond to create a new online creative community. Thom Williams photography classes come to SVAC in an exciting new way–more than a dozen arts centers are partnering to offer this suite of photography classes. Each class meets four times for an hour and a half, beginning on the date and time listed (except Advanced Photography and Advanced Photo Editing, which meet eight times). All classes offered: Beginner Photography 1 (April 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 4:30pm) Introduction To Photographing People (April 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 6:30pm) Introduction to Lightroom (April 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 6pm) Intermediate Photography (April 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 6pm) Beginner Photography 2 (May 4, 11, 18, 25 @ 4pm) Advanced Photography (May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 6pm – no class June 1) Beginner Photography 1 (May 5, 12, 19, 26 @ 6pm) Introduction To Still Life/Product Photography (May 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 4pm) Advanced Photo Editing (May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 10, 17, 24, July 1 @ 6pm – no class June 3) Intermediate Photography (June 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 4pm) Beginner Photography 2 (June 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 6pm) Introduction To Food Photography (June 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 6pm) Tap in for the class that works for you! Ages 14 to adult. Cell phones will be fine for any class except Beginner Photography I, for which a camera is required.


Introduction To Still Life/Product Photography – Virtual Photography Studio 5/6/21 - 5/27/21

Instructor: Thom Williams Dates: Thursday, May 6 – Thursday, May 27 (meets every Thursday for 4 weeks) Time: 4 – 5:30 p.m. SVAC Member: $70; Non-member: $85 Ages: 14+ We will explore the differences and similarities between still life and product photography allowing students to have the experience of shooting both. We will cover professional equipment as well as tips, techniques and tricks to help you create wonderful images from what you have to work with. There will be demos to help students see the topics discussed in the real world. When registering choose “Introduction To Still Life/Product Photography” from the list of 12 classes offered. You will be joining students from New England and beyond to create a new online creative community. Thom Williams photography classes come to SVAC in an exciting new way–more than a dozen arts centers are partnering to offer this suite of photography classes. Each class meets four times for an hour and a half, beginning on the date and time listed (except Advanced Photography and Advanced Photo Editing, which meet eight times). All classes offered: Beginner Photography 1 (April 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 4:30pm) Introduction To Photographing People (April 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 6:30pm) Introduction to Lightroom (April 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 6pm) Intermediate Photography (April 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 6pm) Beginner Photography 2 (May 4, 11, 18, 25 @ 4pm) Advanced Photography (May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 6pm – no class June 1) Beginner Photography 1 (May 5, 12, 19, 26 @ 6pm) Introduction To Still Life/Product Photography (May 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 4pm) Advanced Photo Editing (May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 10, 17, 24, July 1 @ 6pm – no class June 3) Intermediate Photography (June 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 4pm) Beginner Photography 2 (June 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 6pm) Introduction To Food Photography (June 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 6pm) Tap in for the class that works for you! Ages 14 to adult. Cell phones will be fine for any class except Beginner Photography I, for which a camera is required.


Advanced Photo Editing – Virtual Photography Studio 5/6/21 - 7/1/21

Instructor: Thom Williams Dates: Thursday, May 6 – Thursday, July 1 (no class June 3) (meets every Thursday for 8 weeks) Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. SVAC Member: $140; Non-member: $170 Ages: 14+ Eight class meetings. Curves, layers, blending modes and masking are all aspects of editing you must master in today’s photographic world to bring your images to the next level. We will discuss these common tools available in software and apps to allow you to pull the most out of your images. Most of the course will be devoted to Lightroom and Photoshop, but we will also venture into other apps and alternatives to these popular packages. When registering choose “Advanced Photo Editing” from the list of 12 classes offered. You will be joining students from New England and beyond to create a new online creative community. Thom Williams photography classes come to SVAC in an exciting new way–more than a dozen arts centers are partnering to offer this suite of photography classes. Each class meets four times for an hour and a half, beginning on the date and time listed (except Advanced Photography and Advanced Photo Editing, which meet eight times). All classes offered: Beginner Photography 1 (April 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 4:30pm) Introduction To Photographing People (April 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 6:30pm) Introduction to Lightroom (April 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 6pm) Intermediate Photography (April 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 6pm) Beginner Photography 2 (May 4, 11, 18, 25 @ 4pm) Advanced Photography (May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 6pm – no class June 1) Beginner Photography 1 (May 5, 12, 19, 26 @ 6pm) Introduction To Still Life/Product Photography (May 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 4pm) Advanced Photo Editing (May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 10, 17, 24, July 1 @ 6pm – no class June 3) Intermediate Photography (June 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 4pm) Beginner Photography 2 (June 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 6pm) Introduction To Food Photography (June 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 6pm) Tap in for the class that works for you! Ages 14 to adult. Cell phones will be fine for any class except Beginner Photography I, for which a camera is required.


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