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ManchesterUnited States of America

Among the many benefits of visiting this charming New England town are shopping deals and pathways to outdoor adventures.

Manchester always has something new to offer to first-time and returning visitors. New Englanders descend upon this hamlet for its designer fashion outlets. Return travelers to New England insist on detouring to the Northshire Bookstore, a cottage bookstore and book lover’s dream. Whatever your interests, visit this must-see town in Bennington County.

Manchester is partly located within the Green Mountain National Forest. Put on your hiking shoes and spend an afternoon on the trails in this remarkable woodland. Marvel at the cascade of water down the jagged levels of Lye Brooks Falls. Wander up Prospect Rock Trail, so named because it ends with a beautiful view of all of Manchester down below.

At Adams Park, buy fresh produce between June and October on Thursdays at the Manchester Farmers Market. While many locals use the farmers market as a chance to replenish their produce supplies, enjoy delicious prepared foods here as well. Taste a cupcake, slice of homemade pie or perfectly baked focaccia topped with local ingredients. Save room in your bags for Vermont maple syrup, a great gift for friends back home.

An essential stop while you’re in Manchester is the Hildene home of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of 16th U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Today, the more than 400-acre (160-hectare) estate has regal gardens, terraces, ponds and a small farm. Spend time in the stately hallways of the Lincoln’s Georgian Revival house. There is a cost of admission, and additional costs for guided tours.

In winter, Manchester becomes a destination for cross-country skiing and sledding. At the Riley Rink, diversify your winter sports with ice-skating, hockey or the fascinating sport of curling.

To get here, fly into Albany International Airport in New York and rent a car. The drive from Albany is 47 miles (76 kilometers) and is as much of a draw to this region as Manchester itself. Continue exploring the rest of Bennington County and make Manchester your portal to one of the most beautiful areas in North America.

Top Hotels in Manchester

Hampton Inn and Suites Manchester
Hampton Inn and Suites Manchester
2.5 out of 5
4519 Main St, Manchester, VT
The price is $143 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

Located in the heart of Manchester, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Orvis Fly Fishing, Manchester Designer Outlets, and American Museum of Fly Fishing. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (499 reviews)

"Simple, central, clean and affordable. This is a good alternative for short stays in Manchester."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Hampton Inn and Suites Manchester
Kimpton Taconic Hotel
Kimpton Taconic Hotel
4 out of 5
3835 Main St., Manchester, VT
Free Cancellation
The price is $127 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 16

Situated in Manchester, this golf hotel is within a 10-minute walk of American Museum of Fly Fishing and Orvis Fly Fishing. Southern Vermont Arts Center and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (491 reviews)

"Country Elegance with a Vermont feel. Excellent (for COVID) service. Loved the two outside porches. Manchester is lovely."…"

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

Kimpton Taconic Hotel
The Equinox, a Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa, Vermont
The Equinox, a Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa, Vermont
4.5 out of 5
3567 Main Street Route 7A, Manchester, VT
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $127 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 16

Situated in the historical district, this luxury resort is within a 15-minute walk of American Museum of Fly Fishing and Orvis Fly Fishing. Southern Vermont ...

4.2/5Excellent! (322 reviews)

"The Equinox was the perfect getaway for my daughter & me. The resort handled the safety measures from COVID very efficiently. Richard Hon sent several emails before our arrival which were informative & useful. He was there at checkin & pleasant & helpful. We had a delightful time & plan to return ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

The Equinox, a Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa, Vermont
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Manchester

Green Mountain Getaway
Green Mountain Getaway
Manchester, VT

Situated in a rural location, this romantic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Southern Vermont Arts Center, Orvis Fly Fishing, and American Museum of Fly ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Great Stay and Awesome Place

"Spent a great fall weekend with family and friends. The house was awesome for our stay. The location is perfect, the place is comfortable and clean and we would definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

Green Mountain Getaway
Sugar Maple Townhouse Room With King bed and Stunning View of Mt. Equinox
Sugar Maple Townhouse Room With King bed and Stunning View of Mt. Equinox
Manchester, VT
The price is $99 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

Situated in Manchester, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of American Museum of Fly Fishing and Orvis Fly Fishing. Southern Vermont Arts Center and ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
A most enjoyable stay

"I went to Manchester with my two teen children and stayed at Erin’s rental property at the Equinox Hotel. We come here every year as we love the town and the Equinox very much- so getting to stay in one of the attached townhouses of the hotel is very convenient. The townhouse itself is a very basic ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

Sugar Maple Townhouse Room With King bed and Stunning View of Mt. Equinox
Miner Cottage-historic Antique Home Just Steps From the Equinox Resort
Miner Cottage-historic Antique Home Just Steps From the Equinox Resort
Manchester, VT

Situated in Manchester, this historic vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of American Museum of Fly Fishing and Orvis Fly Fishing. Southern Vermont Arts ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Wonderful stay!

"My family and I had a wonderful time at the Miner Cottage. Rick was fantastic to work with -- what a charming home! Proximity to the Equinox Hotel and to town was fantastic. Highly recommend!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

Miner Cottage-historic Antique Home Just Steps From the Equinox Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Manchester

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Top Destination

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3/5 - Okay

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Feb 28, 2020

Great town, although the somewhat ruined it with all the outlets, half of which are gone. Old manchester was so much better, and the sirloin saloon wass the center of everything

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

Lots of shopping and restaurants. Close to skiing and hiking

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 13, 2020

A quaint yet engaged village. We were only there for a short time and due to weather didn't get an opportunity to explore as we had hoped. But our appetite has definitely ben whetted so we will be back!

4/5 - Good

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Jan 30, 2020

Terrible that most of the restaurants and shops were closed for Tuesday AND Wednesday so we were unable to do most of what we went there for.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 6, 2020

Great central location for skiers, near four nice downhill ski mountains and some x-country. Good variety of restaurants, but don't think you don't need reservations for the better ones. And one of them - Bistro Henry - just closed.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 30, 2019

Manchester was beautiful but DO NOT STAY AT THE INNS AT EQUINOX!!!

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