Manchester, VT

Category: Travel

on: Nov 28, 2015

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Bring: hiking shoes, walking shoes (for outdoors and shopping), a camera (for the
Fall Foliage a must), prepare for year round activities

Outdoor Recreation: hiking in the Green Mountains, biking, dog sledding … snow shoeing & cross country skiing in nearby Peru, VT …ice fishing, fly-fishing … tubing & kayaking on the Battenkill River … zip lining … downhill skiing and ATV Rides at the base of Stratton (18 miles away) and in Bennington (25 miles away) … golfing … Arlington is 11 miles away where the outfitter “The Young Outdoor Company” is located

History (architecture from the 1700’s and 1800’s) and Art:
Explore Hildene: Abraham Lincoln’s son’s home … take a “Backyard Discovery Tour” … there are daily Revolution and Civil war tours … “The Southern Vermont Sampler” … plus covered bridge tours … going to Dorsett you’ll find nation’s first marble quarry
Visit the Epoch Gallery… wine and painting classes locally too

Restaurants: many to choose from…including:
Lunch: Cilantro … Gourmet Deli and Cafe … Zoey’s Deli
Dinner: Seasons … Silver Fox … Chantecleer (in Doreset, VT… 7 miles away)
Craft beers: 25 miles away Mauleman’s Craft Draughts in Rawsonfille, VT (26 minutes away)
farmers markets in season

Shopping: many outlet stores and antique shops, book shops and Cedar Lake Furniture (40 minutes away) for custom crafted furniture

Theater: Dorset Theater (6 miles away), Weston Playhouse (20 miles away)

Day trips: Bennington (25 miles away) for the Bennington Museum … Woodstock, VT (50 miles away)

* The Inn at Manchester circa 1889: international guests welcome … Innkeepers Frank & Julie Haines and family… 21 rooms including a carriage house … bar, sitting room, dining room, game room … custom breakfast (try their signature cottage cakes!) … interesting story: the Haines moved from North Carolina to buy the inn … years later an inn guest, a professional genealogist, researched Frank’s family and coincidentally discovered that Frank’s great great grandfather, Truman Bentley, had fought in company C during the civil war, and actually had lived in a home down the street from the inn!

* The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa circa 1769