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Plan the Perfect Escape

Small town charm meets big city style in historic Manchester, Vermont. Nestled between the Green Mountains to the east and the Taconic Range to the west, Manchester offers spectacular scenery, cultural pursuits, and recreational opportunities unique to each of the four seasons.

In summer, experience award-winning spa, golf, equestrian, and outdoor adventure. Enjoy world-class cuisine, sophisticated shops, fun summer festivals, and stunning scenery. Visit the home of Orvis, fly fish the Batten Kill, or take a clay-shooting lesson with the pros.

In the fall, people come from all over the world to peep at our peak colors. Hardwood forests of birch, beech, and maple serve up the reds, oranges, and brilliant yellows that foliage dreams are made of. You can hike Mount Equinox to gorgeous vistas and views. You can cruise our backroads and byways in search of fall things to do. Get lost in a corn maze, pick apples, carve pumpkins, hear music, and more! Come for brewfest, harvest fest, and the Peru Country Fair. Visit antique shops and cheesemakers.

In winter, ski at three ski mountains. You'll find a classic, local vibe at Magic and Bromley, super family friendly. Discover a true alpine resort when you make the trek to Stratton, plus some of the best après action around. Not a skier? Not to worry. You can skate, sled, snowshoe, or cozy up for a romantic sleigh ride. And when you need to warm up, we’ve got crackling fires, craft cocktails, and hearty seasonal cuisine. If you love the holidays, join us for Merriment! Thanksgiving kicks off six weeks of fun, festive activities like tree lighting, inn tours, train rides, replete with New England charm.

Best of all, we’re within easy driving distance of New York and Boston, but still a world away.

5 Places Not To Miss

  • Orvis (Flagship Store, Outlet, Fly Fishing School)
  • Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home
  • Northshire Bookstore
  • Equinox Preserve
  • Southern Vermont Art Centers

Recreational Opportunities

  • Summer & Fall Trails: Hiking, Golf, Mountain & Road Biking, Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Sporting Life: Clay Shooting, Falconry, Fly Fishing, Range Rover Experience
  • Winter: Ski Nearby (three mountains), Ice Skating, Snowshoeing, Cross Country Ski, Sleigh Rides, Snowmobile

Top Industries

  • Hospitality
  • Recreation
  • Retail
Falcon bar firepit at the Equinox Hotel and Conference Center in Manchester, VT.

Where To Stay

Choose from boutique hotels and resorts, charming inns and bed and breakfasts, classic motels, or Airbnbs.

A plate of perfectly cooked chops in Manchester, VT.

What To Taste

Within just a couple of miles, you’ll find classic New England fare, organic Mediterranean cuisine, sophisticated farm fresh eats, and some of the best burger and beer combos around.

Covey and Nye shopping in Manchester, VT.

Get Out and Shop

With an impressive mix of locally owned boutiques, designer outlets, and a famous indie bookstore, you can look fabulous and find great treasures on a single beautiful stroll.

Summer Wanderlust in The Heart of The Village yoga studio in Manchester, VT.

The Manchester Experience

For a quaint mountain town, we’ve got all the big perks; world-class heritage sites, award winning cultural venues, incredible galleries and museums, and recreational activities to suit even the most ardent enthusiast.

Peak Peonies at Hildene: The Lincoln Family Home in Manchester, VT.

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or a fan of gorgeous architecture, Hildene offers amazing grounds and gardens, informative tours, historical exhibits, and a fabulous museum store and welcome center.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra concert in Manchester, VT.

Attend Local Events

Community driven, family friendly events range from live music to tending a farm for a night.

Don't forget to discover Manchester during your next Vermont getaway.