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Backroad Discovery Tours

Manchester Visitors' Center, 39 Bonnet Street, Manchester, VT 05255
802-362-4997
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Ranked #1 of 6 activities in Manchester
Type: Tours
Owner description: This tour is an Editors' pick for Yankee Travel Magazine. If you have only a couple of days in the area, this tour is a must. Our 4-seasons "Southern... more » Owner description: This tour is an Editors' pick for Yankee Travel Magazine. If you have only a couple of days in the area, this tour is a must. Our 4-seasons "Southern Vermont Sampler Tour" will help you discover the region's best-kept secrets while exploring the Vermont backroads. During each season, there are many fascinating stops along the way. Our local guide will entertain you with fun facts, history & local lore. Discover why Vermont is called, "The State of Mind!" $35pp. Advance reservations are necessary(limited to 8-11 passengers). Email or call for dates/times/details/reservations. « less
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

This being our first trip to Vermont we decided to book a tour of the area. How very lucky we were, the other couple due to join the tour couldn't make it and so we had the absolute privilege of have Sharon's wonderful company all to ourselves. Apart from being so knowledgeable about the area, she is an absolute joy... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

A group of friends and I went on this tour last weekend and had a spectacular time. Sharon was so knowledgeable about every single question that the group had, and always kept teaching us about the towns and history of Manchester without skipping a beat! We made quite a few stops along the way including our two favorites: the maple... More

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Plano, TX
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We took the Fall Foliage Tour with Sharon and wound up seeing the Vermont we came for. Of course we've enjoyed the more touristy attractions, but with Sharon, we saw a landscape that we might have otherwise missed. One of the highlights of our entire trip was the drive through golden maples on the way to the maple sugaring house.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

Participated in the Fall Foliage Tour. What a great time. Breathtaking views at every turn. Our guide, Sharon, made it fun and informative. We saw and learned so much. It was 3 hours total and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Great experience from beginning to end.

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Flemington, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

If you visit Manchester Vermont, you must set aside time for a Back Road Discovery Tour. I just took the Fall Foliage Tour and it was wonderful! The tour was extremely well planned with stops in many of the truly special places off the beaten path in the Dorset, Pawlet,and Manchester area. Our guide, Sharon was extremely knowledgeable of local... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

It was a truly eye-opening experience for me. There were many stops along the way that covers: 1) Misty mountain vistas 2) First American marble quarry (1785) 3) Alpaca plantation (leaned that Alpacas are closely related to llamas) 4) Historic & national registered sites (across Manchester, Dorset and Pawlet) 5) Merk Forest including working experimental farm, maple sugaring house and... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

This was the second time I took the Backroad Discovery Tour: once with my family a few years ago and this past summer with 5 friends visiting from France. We had a GREAT time and every one of us is still raving about our afternoon discovering Vermont. Sharon is the perfect guide: friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating... I can't wait to go... More

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Phoenix, AZ
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

I brought my husband along this time, his first and my second on this tour. It was exactly the same but just as wonderful as before. It felt a bit like an out of town visit to family. Sharon has a talent for remembering names and making you feel welcome. She has a great love for the state of Vermont... More

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Kendall Park, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Our tour was both enjoyable and informative.Not boring at all.We learned a lot of local history & information ,that we would have never been told about.It gave us a feeling and understanding for Vermont.

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Summit, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We enjoyed our tour very much. It was unique, interesting, enjoyable, and informative. You have an idea of places we visited from the previous posts so I won't mention them again, but Sharon does a fantastic job bringing everyone into the conversations and involved in the tour. Would like to take Civil war tour next time we visit VT.

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