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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
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
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Port Jefferson Station, New York
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68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

My wife and I went on the 1PM Southern Vermont Sampler Tour. Sharon arrived at the Manchester Visitor Center about 10 minutes before the tour was scheduled to start to meet and pick up the tour participants (the tour begins and ends at the Visitor's Center). The three hour tour went by very quickly and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. There... More

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Ossining, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

Sharon is the owner and guide, and we've never met a lovelier stranger. We were hesitant to go on the tour with our infant daughter because she's not keen on car rides these days, but Sharon assured us that we would only be in the bus for short spurts. She also patiently waited for us since we were running late,... More

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Baldwinsville, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

My husband and I only had one day in Manchester, and I am so glad we chose to spend it doing this tour! Sharon is so much fun and gives a real insider's view of the area. She is so informative and entertaining, and she took us to places we would have never known about otherwise. I had read some... More

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Hadley, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I am from MA and went on my honeymoon to the Manchester area. My wife and I booked one of the sample tours for $35pp with Sharon. We could not have been happier with our experience, which included the oldest rock quarry in the US, an alpaca farm, a maple farm, and other nice sights. Sharon was very personal and... More

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Phila.,Pa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Loved this tour. We seen sights in Manchester that we would have never seen.here are the few of the things we seen Granite Quarry swimming hole Alpaca farm Baby pigs Sheep Waterfall Walk in the woods where the trees were tapped for maple syrup. A tour of how they make the syrup and taste taste of the 4 different grades... More

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Dumont, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We, four adults, really enjoyed this afternoon tour! Sharon was our guide and she was very informative to things we never would have known about the Manchester, Dorset, Pawlet areas. We saw an old marble quarry swimming hole, Alpaca farm, working farm with baby animals, maple sugar house, with samples to taste, along with old general stores and beautiful picture... More

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Barrington, Rhode Island
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My husband & I booked this tour knowing we would visit places we have experienced before on our many beloved trips to Manchester and the surrounding towns. Sharon, our tour guide, has first hand knowledge of the area having been a resident over many years. We learned so many little tid-bits of information that we had not known and because... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Sharon gives you a terrific view of small town life in Vermont. You see things you would never have sought out on your own. You learn things about the Green Mountain State that a tourist would never find. She is engaging, and warm. This was a great way to pass some time and not do all the driving yourself!

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Great Neck, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I recently returned from my annual trip with life long friends. This was our first trip to Manchester. I usually spend hours trying to find interesting, informative, and out of the way places to accommodate all of our interests. Our Inn recommended Sharon from Backroad Discovery Tours and what a terrific recommendation it was. Sharon should be the ambassador for... More

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Pennsylvania, USA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

On our recent summer trip to Vermont, my wife and I decided to book the Southern Vermont Sampler Tour with Backroad Discovery Tours. We tried to book the Winter/Spring Sampler tour on several of our yearly ski trips but could not seem to hook up with them. Our tour guide, Sharon, suggested we meet at the Manchester Visitor Center and... More

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