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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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.
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.


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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 January

Winter Wednesdays: Mixed Media Art Classes For Grades 6 – 12 With Andrea Myklebust 1/13/21 - 2/10/21

Ages: Grades 6-12 Spend the afternoon exploring in the SVAC studios when school is closed. We will meet five times in January and February. This class is open to all. New students are welcome. Students from the fall class are also welcome to re-enroll and will be able to work on new projects–drawing, painting, and working with clay, wool, plaster and other three-dimensional materials. Geared for grades six and up, these classes will include both projects designed by the teacher and opportunities for students to work individually on projects and with materials that interest them. Masks required; registration limited to allow for physical distancing. We are currently planning for an in-person class and will shift to Zoom if necessary. If there is a switch, anyone who has registered will have the option either to withdraw–if they do not want to take on online class–and receive a refund for the remaining classes OR to stay for the remaining Zoom-based classes at a reduced rate. SVAC will also refund families if there are unexpected changes in your children’s schools’ plans that make attendance impossible. Scholarships available. Please contact Erin for more information: ekaufman@svac.org or 802.367.1306.

Teen To Teen – Session 1: Online Yoga With Charlotte Alexander, RYT 200 1/16/21 - 1/30/21

Ages: Open to ages 13-19 Find a fun-loving approach to yoga via Zoom! Learn to express yourself through beautiful postures. Gain flexibility, strength, and balance in a vinyasa (flow) based practice designed to heal the body and calm the mind. Together we will explore the fundamentals of yoga, find awareness of breath and body, and practice mindfulness. Let’s begin this new journey together! Scholarships are available. Please contact Erin at 802.367.1306 or ekaufman@svac.org. From beginners to experienced, all yogis are invited to grow and renew. All you need is a mat! Open to ages 13-19. Charlotte took her first class when she was eleven. It was love at first vinyasa! After a few years of practicing, playing, and lots of encouragement from wonderful teachers, she signed up for a yoga teacher training program when she was fourteen. She’s been teaching ever since, and now at sixteen Charlotte has a passion for teaching and learning new forms of this practice.

Virtual Class – Introduction To Twined Weaving, Online With Andrea Myklebust 1/27/21 - 2/17/21

Instructor: Andrea Myklebust Dates: Wednesdays from January 27 – February 17 Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Cost: SVAC Member: $150; Non-Member: $175 Ages 14 – Adult Four Wednesday evenings via Zoom. This class explores the ancient art of twined weaving. Using a kit provided by the instructor, students will learn how to warp a twining loom and how to finger-weave woolen weft materials to create an intricately patterned bag. Twining is an ancient art form with variations developed by human cultures around the globe. In addition to our group class time, the instructor will provide downloadable course materials, and schedule one-on-one sessions with students to provide individual instruction and troubleshooting. Limited scholarships available. Class fee includes $45 for materials. Shipping costs, if necessary due to the student’s location or preference, will be paid by the student. Please contact us with questions about shipping or any other aspect of the class: ekaufman@svac.org or 802.367.1306.

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