Situated in the Green Mountains just outside of bustling Manchester, Vermont, Winhall offers a relaxed mountain lifestyle in a beautiful mountain setting. A mere stone’s throw from both Stratton Mountain Resort and Bromley Resort, Winhall offers rustic charm, year-round outdoor activities, and close proximity to excellent culture, retail, and restaurants.
Where Mountain Life Meets The High Life
Perched in the Green Mountains, Winhall lies just between Manchester, Vermont, and two resorts, Stratton Mountain Resort and Bromley Mountain. Stratton offers the full resort experience, which in addition to skiing, riding and a fantastic après scene, includes a golf course, spa, tennis, a fitness center, and numerous other amenities. Nearby Bromley offers a more slimmed-down experience that is focused primarily on incredible skiing and riding in winter, and wonderful hiking in the summer. There are also numerous nearby venues for outdoor activities, including miles of trails, roads, ponds, and lakes perfect for outdoorsy folks of all ages and abilities. Whether you’re a mountain biker, snowmobiler, hiker, runner, fly fisher, canoer, or just want to breathe the fresh mountain air, Winhall has no shortage of spaces and places for you to enjoy.
Just down the hill is bustling Manchester, one of Southern Vermont’s most happening towns featuring numerous award-winning restaurants, beautiful hotels, specialty shops, and retail stores offering some of the best shopping in the state.
Twelve Months of Outdoor Recreation and Activities
If you love the great outdoors, Winhall might just be your paradise. 44 square miles of pristine mountain forests, streams, and rivers ensconced in the Green Mountain National Forest offer never-ending recreation opportunities just beyond your front door.
Whether your idea of relaxation is a day skiing and riding, a 10-mile hike up a mountain, a leisurely stroll in the woods, swimming in a pristine mountain lake, or maybe just a glass of wine on your back porch surrounded by the sounds of nature, Winhall offers it all. In Winter, world-class skiing and riding at nearby Stratton, Bromley, and Magic Mountain is at your fingertips. Even Okemo and Mount Snow are easily doable from Winhall. If you’re a cross-country skier, you can choose from Stratton’s Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Area or Wild Wings Skit Touring Center in nearby Peru. Beyond skiing, there are also plentiful opportunities for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, snow tubing, and more in the immediate area.
Summertime brings a completely different vibe compared to winter, as the quiet of the snowy season gives way to the teeming life of the warmer months as the mountains come alive with color. The thaw opens up a whole new world of activities, including tennis, golf, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, camping, fly fishing, and more. Beyond the Green Mountain National Forest, nearby state parks include Jamaica State Park and Emerald Lake state park offer more hiking as well as kayaking, canoeing, and swimming in area rivers, lakes, ponds, and swimming areas include the Hapgood Pond, Little Rock Pond, Lowell Lake, the West River, Stratton Pond, Grout Pond, and Ball Mountain Lake. Golf is also plentiful with Stratton Resort’s 27-hole championship golf course and golf school perhaps the nearest options, but there are also numerous other courses and country clubs nearby, including Manchester Country Club, The Golf Club at Equinox, Ekwanok Country Club, The Dorset Field Club, and Tater Hill Golf Club. Tennis is available at the Cliff Drysdale Tennis School at Stratton and pickleball can be played at the Town of Manchester’s Rec Park as well as at the Dorset Field Club.
With Fall comes Vermont’s unmatched foliage season, which sees the mountains come alive in resplendent reds, oranges, and yellows. People
have been known to visit from around the world to see Vermont in October but if you live in Winhall, you’ll be able to experience it every year right from your backyard.
With Southern Vermont’s long history as a premier vacation destination, Winhall offers close proximity and convenient access to a wide array of excellent amenities, including cultural venues, excellent restaurants, art galleries, recreation facilities as well as local, state, and national parks.
Winhall is within a half-hour of four separate but amazing alpine skiing and snowboarding mountains: Stratton Mountain Resort, Bromley Mountain, Okemo Mountain Resort and Magic Mountain. Depending on what you and your family like to do, each one offers a distinct experience both on the hill and in the village. If variety is your cup of tea, you could ski or ride a different one every week and still be back home in front of the fire in no time.
In addition to the plethora of nearby ski resorts and mountains, Winhall is also close to some of New England’s finest cultural venues, including The Weston Playhouse, The Dorset Theater, and The Southern Vermont Art Center. There are also several excellent concert series’ and festivals nearby such as The Manchester Music Festival, Taconic Chamber Music Concerts, and the Green Mountain Bluegrass Festival.
Top-Notch Dining and Shopping
With such close proximity to both Manchester and the Stratton Village, Winhall has outstanding restaurant and retail options for an otherwise rural location. Nearby Manchester is home to one of the best food scenes in Southern Vermont. Foodies can choose from a diverse selection of cuisines at a variety of restaurants, ranging from food trucks to quick-serve cafes and white tablecloth fine dining. For the discerning palette, Manchester truly has it all.
But if you don’t want to head down the hill, Winhall also has some great spots, including The Red Fox Inn, Grindstone Pub, which each offer great pub fare. Winhall Market is a one-stop-shop for essential groceries and also features wine, beer, fresh produce, meats, and has a deli. A bit farther afield is SoLo Farm and Table, an incredible farm-to-table restaurant in South Londonderry. There is also Bromley Market and JJ Hapgoods General Store in nearby Peru, which both offer excellent prepared foods as well as groceries and other necessities.
Last but not least is Stratton Village, an excellent dining and shopping experience in its own right. From family-friendly options to fine dining, the Village serves up excellent food, Vermont-brewed craft beer, and one of Vermont’s best après-ski experiences. The Village also features a host of excellent shops and boutiques that will help you get outfitted in style for the always-changing Vermont weather.
Excellent Public and Private Schools
Are you interested in school choice? Winhall offers school choice for all grades, which allows students to apply to attend any other school in the state.
Winhall Area Elementary and Middle Schools
Most Winhall parents choose either the private Mountain School in Winhall or the also-private Maple Street School in Manchester. There are many other private and public school options in the area that offer a great variety to parents.
Other nearby Private Schools: Stratton Mountain School in Stratton (Grades 7–12), Long Trail School in Dorset (Grades 6–12), The Downtown School in Manchester (Grades pre-K–3).
Winhall Area High Schools
Burr and Burton Academy (Manchester): BBA is one of the best independent high schools in Vermont. Winhall students can choose this highly-regarded and resource-rich high school without any parent-funded tuition required.
The Long Trail School (Dorset): Another top private high school in Vermont, The Long Trail School is Vermont’s only International Baccalaureate
School. Partial tuition assistance is provided by the state.
Stratton Mountain School (Londonderry): A highly-lauded private college preparatory school that specializes in educating students who want to pursue Alpine and Nordic skiing. Partial tuition assistance is provided by the state.
Getting Here and There
Winhall and Southern Vermont benefit from relative proximity to the major metropolitan centers of the Northeast. Winhall is about a 4-hour drive from New York, Northern New Jersey, and Montreal, while about 3 hours from Boston and 3.5 hours from Providence.
The area is served by train in Albany, New York (1.5 hours away), providing easy and reliable access to New York City. The closest major international airport is also in Albany, but there are regional airports close by in Rutland, Vermont, and West Lebanon, New Hampshire that offer daily service to Boston and other major Northeast cities.