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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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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.
Wilburton Inn
Manchester, VT - The Wilburton Inn's grand estate is a wonderful place to explore, to get away to, dine and celebrate life. Enjoy the fabulous location, ambiance and architecture.
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.
 

 

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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 April


Introduction To Photographing People – Virtual Photography Studio 4/6/21 - 4/27/21

Instructor: Thom Williams Dates: Tuesday, April 6 – Tuesday, April 27 (meets every Tuesday for 4 weeks) Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m. SVAC Member: $70; Non-member: $85 Ages: 14+ What makes a good portrait? This class will emphasize the nuances of lighting and posing; understanding equipment; and exploring the concept that a portrait is created in front of the camera and behind the camera–NOT inside the camera. When registering choose “Introduction to Photographing People” 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.


Beginner Photography 1 (Afternoon Session) – Virtual Photography Studio 4/6/21 - 4/27/21

Instructor: Thom Williams Dates: Tuesday, April 6 – Tuesday, April 27 (meets every Tuesday for 4 weeks) Time: 4:30 – 6 p.m. SVAC Member: $70; Non-member: $85 Ages: 14+ Beginners will learn the basic functions of their cameras as well as the basis of ALL photography–the exposure triangle. Through class instruction and a series of homework assignments, students will begin to master the use of shutter speed, aperture and ISO to take complete control of image creation. A digital camera for this class is recommended. Cell phones may be possible with use of a specialized app; please contact the instructor before registering if you are interested in using a cell phone. When registering choose “Beginner Photography 1 (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.


Introduction To Lightroom – Virtual Photography Studio 4/7/21 - 4/28/21

Instructor: Thom Williams Dates: Wednesday, April 7 – Wednesday, April 28 (meets every Wednesday for 4 weeks) Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. SVAC Member: $70; Non-member: $85 Ages: 14+ Lightroom is one of the most powerful software packages for the organization, presentation and editing of photographs. This class walks students through organization and workflow of images as well as the different elements of Lightroom. The primary focus of the class will be on the library module and develop module so that students will be prepared to maximize the potential of their images. Students are asked to have “Lightroom Classic CC” installed on their computers. When registering choose “Introduction to Lightroom” 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.


Intermediate Photography (Evening Session) – Virtual Photography Studio 4/8/21 - 4/29/21

Instructor: Thom Williams Dates: Thursday, April 8 – Thursday, April 29 (meets every Thursday for 4 weeks) Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. SVAC Member: $70; Non-member: $85 Ages: 14+ For students who have a clear understanding of the exposure triangle and beginner concepts of composition. We will be covering more advanced techniques and compositional elements; students will move toward developing their own unique styles. Students will have homework assignments throughout and a final project. When registering choose “Intermediate Photography (Evening 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.


The Fundamentals Of Creating Perspective With Susan Weiss – Virtual Class 4/13/21 - 5/4/21

Learn the foundations of one, two and three-point perspective. We will use photographs, outdoor plein air (weather permitting) and the written word as our subject matter. Work in the medium of your choice: pencil, charcoal, pen, ink, watercolor, pastel and/or paint.


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