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Best of Manchester Guide

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Manchester
Nestled in the heart of the Green Mountains, this former iron-mining town today is the quintessential Vermont getaway, complete with a white steeple church, antique shops and cozy country inns. Manchester is a true all-season destination. In winter, skiers arrive to hit the downhill slopes at nearby Bromley and Stratton Mountains or the cross-country trails at Hildene. Spring and summer bring hikers who can opt for easy treks through Merrick Forest or more challenging ones like Prospect Rock, a three-mile hike, mostly uphill, that offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains as reward to those who make it. Manchester fly-fishing is also a popular pastime, drawing enthusiasts from around the country who... more Nestled in the heart of the Green Mountains, this former iron-mining town today is the quintessential Vermont getaway, complete with a white steeple church, antique shops and cozy country inns. Manchester is a true all-season destination. In winter, skiers arrive to hit the downhill slopes at nearby Bromley and Stratton Mountains or the cross-country trails at Hildene. Spring and summer bring hikers who can opt for easy treks through Merrick Forest or more challenging ones like Prospect Rock, a three-mile hike, mostly uphill, that offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains as reward to those who make it. Manchester fly-fishing is also a popular pastime, drawing enthusiasts from around the country who come to learn or hone their skills. Big name outlet stores in Manchester Center draw shoppers year-round. In the fall, it's all about foliage. Enjoy the vibrant colors from a canoe on the mighty Battenkill River, a bicycle along a scenic path or kick back and take it all in from a comfy rocking chair on the porch of a historic inn. No matter what your vantage point, the show is always spectacular. less

All things to do » Things to do

Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
Owner description: Historic home of Robert Lincoln, only child of President and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood. The estate has beautiful gardens, restored 1903 wooden Pullman palace car... more Owner description: Historic home of Robert Lincoln, only child of President and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood. The estate has beautiful gardens, restored 1903 wooden Pullman palace car, goat farm and cheesemaking facility, 12+ miles of walking trails, teaching greenhouse and cross-country skiing in winter. less
Attraction type: Gardens; Historic Sites; History Museums
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Lye Brook Falls
Lye Brook Falls
Attraction type: Waterfalls
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Equinox Preservation Trust
Equinox Preservation Trust
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Southern Vermont Arts Center
Southern Vermont Arts Center
Owner description: Founded more than 50 years ago by a group of local artists, the cultural center includes a beautiful Georgian mansion that showcases changing exhibits, the Arkell Pavillion, a... more Owner description: Founded more than 50 years ago by a group of local artists, the cultural center includes a beautiful Georgian mansion that showcases changing exhibits, the Arkell Pavillion, a performing arts center and the Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, which houses the center's permanent collection of more than 700 paintings. less
Attraction type: Art Galleries
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Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park
Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park
Attraction type: Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Silver Fork
Silver Fork
Ranked #1 of 61 Restaurants in Manchester
Cuisines: American, International
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
YE OLDE TAVERN
YE OLDE TAVERN
Ranked #2 of 61 Restaurants in Manchester
Price: $19 - $34
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse, Seafood
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Zoey’s Double Hex Restaurant
Zoey’s Double Hex Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 61 Restaurants in Manchester
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ravens Den Steakhouse and Taproom
Ravens Den Steakhouse and Taproom
Ranked #4 of 61 Restaurants in Manchester
Price: $3 - $40
Cuisines: Steakhouse, American, Bar, Seafood
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Up For Breakfast
Up For Breakfast
Ranked #5 of 61 Restaurants in Manchester
Price:
Cuisines: American, Cafe
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Hampton Inn & Suites Manchester
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Manchester
$133 - $255
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Manchester
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Manchester View
2.5 of 5
Manchester View
$93 - $260
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Manchester
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Olympia Lodge
2.5 of 5
Olympia Lodge
$126 - $159
Ranked #4 of 17 Hotels in Manchester
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

North Shire Lodge & Mountain View Pub
3.0 of 5
North Shire Lodge & Mountain View Pub
$151 - $200
Ranked #1 of 11 Manchester B&B and Inns
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The Inn at Manchester
The Inn at Manchester
$169 - $312
Ranked #2 of 11 Manchester B&B and Inns
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The Inn at Ormsby Hill
3.5 of 5
The Inn at Ormsby Hill
$217 - $428
Ranked #3 of 11 Manchester B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Kimpton Taconic Hotel
4.0 of 5
Kimpton Taconic Hotel
$203 - $554
Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in Manchester
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The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
4.0 of 5
The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
$214 - $391
Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Manchester
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The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa
4.5 of 5
The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa
$220 - $693
Ranked #7 of 17 Hotels in Manchester
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