Manchester, Vermont Area Hospitality and Recreation

Manchester lies at the heart of the Northshire. Nowhere else can you experience a quintessential New England village and a lively downtown brimming with shopping, restaurants and cultural pursuits—all within easy walking distance, and surrounded by picturesque views of the Green Mountains. It’s also minutes from Bromley and Stratton Mountain resorts and other area attractions. A short walk brings you to Manchester Center, a popular destination offering brand-name outlets, specialty shops, the famous Northshire Bookstore, and eateries ranging from trendy to quaint. Factory Point Town Green is the site of a summer concert series, and the stepping off point for Manchester Riverwalk. Dana Thompson Memorial Park features the town’s recreational center and swimming pool, with dog park, skate park, athletic fields and picnic tables for public use. There are also footpaths, one of which links up to the Manchester Rail Trail—and to Riley Rink for indoor skating and disc golf. 

 

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Restaurants

  • Al Ducci’s Italian Pantry: House-made Italian favorites, sandwiches, soups and a large selection of pantry items, including imported cheeses, olives, oils and pasta. Take-out only.
  • Gringo Jack’s: Creative dishes inspired by the southwest and a fun atmosphere, with dining inside and out.
  • Bob’s Diner: This 1950’s-style diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, including vegan options. Don’t forget to ask about the Pie of the Week.
  • Bonnet & Main Café: House-made baked goods, breakfast and lunch plus coffee and tea from local and fair trade roasters, served in dining space adjacent to Northshire Bookstore.
  • The Copper Grouse: Updated American classics and a generous beer and wine list in a convivial atmosphere with an open kitchen.

 

Lodging

  • Aspen at Manchester: Park just outside your door at this peaceful family-friendly motel featuring cozy rooms, lawn, fire pit, outdoor swimming pool, shuffleboard and house bicycles.
  • Casablanca Motel: Ten restored cabins with a vintage vibe and modern amenities recalling the heyday of American travel, voted “Vermont’s Best Retro Escape” by Yankee Magazine.
  • Equinox Golf Resort & Spa: Upscale resort with contemporary amenities, full spa and fitness center, tennis court, swimming pool and a challenging golf course.
  • The Inn at Manchester: An intimate alternative offering guest rooms and suites with homemade breakfasts, porch, fireplaces, secluded poll and living room-style pub.
  • Klimpton Taconic Hotel: This refined boutique hotel has a 24-hour fitness center, in-room spa services, outdoor swimming pool and kids’ activities.

 

Recreation

  • American Museum of Fly Fishing: A great place to learn about fly fishing as a sport, art form, craft and industry. Don’t miss the annual Fly Fishing Festival will something for all ages.
  • Backroad Discovery Tours: A local guided tour service for newcomers to explore the area’s history, beauty, local lore and fun facts.
  • Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park: Enjoy gorgeous views, walking paths, tennis and basketball courts, athletic fields, a playground and swimming. There’s a dog park, too!
  • Earth Sky Time Community Farm: A certified organic family farmstead offering homegrown produce, breads, spreads and pastries, that’s also a concert venue during the summer.

  • Equinox Preserve: There are a dozen marked trails open for pedestrian use throughout the Preserve, located at the foot of Mount Equinox.