Manchester is the center of Life in Southwest Vermont. Located in a beautiful valley between the Green Mountains to the east, and the Taconic Mountain Range to the west, it is convenient to all the recreation and amenities that the region has to offer. Views of Mount Equinox dominates the skyline of a sophisticated resort town nestled in rural surroundings, offering a wide assortment of accommodations and chef-owned restaurants, plentiful shopping, recreational areas, museums and concert venues.
A Four-Season Resort Destination
Manchester is a destination resort town that offers four seasons of adventure and relaxation. Winter offers world-class skiing and riding at close-by Bromley Mountain and Stratton Mountain Resort, and cross-country skiing at a variety of venues both near town and in the surrounding mountains. Spring brings warm days and colder nights that are perfect for maple sugaring. Summer is the most popular time of year with beautiful views, perfect temperatures, and plenty of outdoor recreation to enjoy. Autumn attracts leaf-peepers from around the world to see the mountains come alive with fall color.
Shopping that is a Breath of Fresh Air
Manchester is home to a considerable number of factory outlets and independently-owned shops housed in restored, stand-alone buildings designed in the Vermont vernacular. Shoppers strolling the central shopping district will find the most relaxed shopping experience anywhere. Visit the famous Northshire Bookstore, locally-owned general stores, national factory-branded outlets, the Orvis Company Flagship Store, and a variety of local specialty stores offering products and gift ideas you will find nowhere else.
A Surprising Rural Sophistication
Manchester and area towns offer some of the best theater, music, and museums in all of Vermont. For theater, enjoy the world-class Dorset Theater Festival and the Weston Playhouse. Concert-goers can take in nationally and regionally-renowned musical artists at the Arkell Pavilion and Hunter Park, and local musicians get their turn at the town green and at local taverns. Manchester boasts two classical music festivals offering seasonal orchestral and chamber music performances by award-winning musicians. Museums are available to enjoy with the Southern Vermont Art Center, Hildene (the Lincoln Family Home), and the American Museum of Fly Fishing all located conveniently near the center of town.
Pure, Clean, Healthy Fun
Healthy, Vermont-style recreation is available year-round with golf, swimming, hiking, skiing, clay shooting, horse and sleigh rides, skating, backroad tours, kayaking and canoeing, fly-fishing, snowshoeing, biking and more. The farm-to-table movement has always been here, even before it became a fashionable way to eat, with authentic farmer’s markets, restaurants serving wholesome meals using locally-raised meat, grains and vegetables, and specialty shops offering Vermont-produced foods, craft beers, wines and healthy snacks.
A Historic Village within a Town
On the National Register of Historic Places since 1984, the Manchester Village Historic District dates to its establishment in 1761. A crossroads village and the site of several taverns and inns, Manchester Village was an important stop for officers and troops during the Revolutionary War and played an important supporting role in the Battle of Saratoga. Later in its history, the Village was promoted and developed as a desirable summer resort community for wealthy New York City residents. Today, the Village features graceful mansions, charming colonial-style homes, and maintains its resort designation, anchored by the Equinox Resort and Spa, the Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant, and the Taconic Hotel. An evening stroll in beautiful Manchester Village is a must for visitors and residents alike.
Manchester Elementary and Middle School - Public
The Maple Street School – Private elementary and middle school
Burr & Burton Academy – Independent High School, considered by many as the best high school in the state, free tuition for Manchester residents.