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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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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.
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.
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.
 

 

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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: 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 August


TOUR: REVOLUTIONARY/CIVIL WAR 5/11/19 - 9/2/19

This tour is for history buffs. Travel in comfortable 10-passenger vehicle with local historian/guide and learn the relevance played by the region during the Revolutionary & Civil War eras. Over 25 point of interest including many on the National Register of Historic places. Route includes covered bridges. Daily 9:30AM - Noon; advance reservations necessary. $35 PP. Call or email to reserve.


TOUR: SHIRES OF VERMONT SAMPLER 5/11/19 - 9/2/19

If you have only a couple of days in the area, this tour is for you. Visit some of the best sights the region offers, learn the interesting stories, facts and history. 10-passenger tour vehicle, local guide, daily from 1-4 PM. Advance reservations necessary; call or email


Earth Sky Time Farm Night Dinners 6/12/19 - 9/4/19

Local, organic, vegetarian dinners served al fresco, (weather permitting). Live music, dancing, artisanal cocktails with spectacular views. Dinner an Lodging packages available. Wednesday nights all summer long.


Shakespeare in the Woods - Much Ado About Nothing 8/22/19 - 8/25/19

Shakespeare in the Woods is an outdoor Southern Vermont theatre festival running from Mid-August to Mid-September 2019. Each production seeks to deliver a professional caliber celebration of classical text through a socially aware lens, all while embracing Vermont’s natural offerings. Our first season will consist of "Much Ado About Nothing", August 22- 25, "Romeo & Juliet", August 29 - September 1, and "The Taming of the Shrew", September 5 - 8, 2019. Additionally, SitW will be hosting local children for workshops (in collaboration with summer camps and schools) with the cast and crew. Shakespeare in the Woods is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.


Shakespeare in the Woods - Romeo and juliet 8/29/19 - 9/1/19

Shakespeare in the Woods is an outdoor Southern Vermont theatre festival running from Mid-August to Mid-September 2019. Each production seeks to deliver a professional caliber celebration of classical text through a socially aware lens, all while embracing Vermont’s natural offerings. Our first season will consist of "Much Ado About Nothing", August 22- 25, "Romeo & Juliet", August 29 - September 1, and "The Taming of the Shrew", September 5 - 8, 2019. Additionally, SitW will be hosting local children for workshops (in collaboration with summer camps and schools) with the cast and crew. Shakespeare in the Woods is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.


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