Winter Fun in Vermont
Vermont is the perfect place for a weekend adventure or an extended stay. We invite you to have an epic time in Manchester, VT and book a stay to see firsthand why so many love this area and have made it their home. The local small-town charm combined with modern conveniences found in most urban locations (plus the multitude of outdoor activities) makes visiting Manchester, VT an unforgettable experience. Before you leave town, we suspect you’ll be planning your return – whether it be for another seasonal vacation – or perhaps a second home!
Where to Stay
Every great adventure begins with finding the perfect place to stay. Manchester’s lodging options are second to none in the state of Vermont. You will discover offerings from boutique hotels, historic resorts, charming inns, bed and breakfasts, classic motels to short and long-term vacation rentals. Choose from an array of lodging options that will fit any budget and taste for your upcoming staycation, weekday excursion, long weekend, or friend or family getaway!
To describe all of our unique lodging options would exhaust even the most avid readers’ attention. Below are just a few options, but if you would like to check on a complete list of our unique lodging opportunities, please visit – manchestervermont.com/stay/
Charming Inns and B&B’s
Built in 1764, the Inn at Ormsby Hill is one of the oldest structures in Manchester. Legend has it that Ethan Allen hid in this home during the Revolutionary War. The house also may have served as a safe house for the Underground Railroad. Today, this 4-Diamond Inn boasts all of the amenities that modern vacationers seek. Luxurious bathrobes, steam showers, jacuzzi baths, private decks, and four-poster beds make a stay at the Inn at Ormsby Hill extra posh. With only ten guest rooms and private dining tables, romance is the operating philosophy at this dreamy bed and breakfast. For a truly royal experience, book a room in the Frances Suite which faces east and affords sweeping panoramic views of the mountains. With ample space (which can accommodate two massage tables) the Frances Suite features his and her bathrooms, French doors leading to a private balcony, a comfortable sitting room, antique king four-poster bed, and flat-screen televisions.
Settled amidst Manchester Village’s mansions is the Inn at Manchester, which has a history dating back to 1888. Lovingly restored, each of the 21 guest rooms have individual character and charm. With numerous cozy sitting areas, you’re sure to find a nook to curl up in with a good book. Whether you stay in the Main Inn, Carriage House, or Celebration Barn, each morning, guests gather in the light-filled dining room for a delicious farmhouse-style Vermont breakfast. French toast, quiche, and the Inn’s famous cottage cakes will fill you up before you head off on your day’s mountain (or town) adventures.
Offering two beautiful home rental options, Vermont Vacation Rentals is perfect for families or friends to enjoy plenty of time together without giving up the peace of secluded quarters. They are located only 2 miles from downtown Manchester, nestled on 3.8 acres of private, rolling fields. When it comes to the basics, they have tried to think of everything! Check out their directory to see all they have to offer!
Nestled in the trees off Route 11/Route 30 in Manchester, Vermont, Greybourne House is a six-bedroom, seven-bath colonial-style home located on 3 acres. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. Amenities include a chef’s kitchen, and gas fireplace in the living room, in-bedroom gas fireplaces, jetted jacuzzi tubs, high-speed Internet wifi, Smart-TV enabled cable TVs in each bedroom. Plus, there is an oversized two-car garage with ample room for ski equipment storage. Find fun in the finished basement with the pool table, den, and bar area. Greybourne House is the perfect destination for families and friends looking for a real Vermont experience.
This private and spacious 30-acre estate in Manchester Village is a respite from the world. Relax by the fire, make smores on the firepit, cook in the kitchen, or BBQ on the back patio. Cross country ski, bike, and hike with access to the beautiful outdoors right from your door. Every house has a washer/dryer, cable TV, free parking, and spectacular views. The WiFi is so great, you can “Zoom With a View” and work, learn, and play here all winter. Choose from 1 bedroom studios, 2 bedroom cottages, 6 bedroom homes, 8 bedroom homes, and 11 bedroom sumptuous private mansions! All vacation homes are dog-friendly.
Offering some of the best views in Southern Vermont, The Manchester View is an award-winning, fine lodging property, combining the warmth and charm of a family-owned, New England country inn with resort-style service and amenities. Seated high up on a hill with magnificent, sweeping views of the historic Route 7A Valley, it is just a mile and a half north of the center of Manchester Village, and two miles south of Dorset Village. The hotel offers convenient proximity to local shops and restaurants, as well as to some of Vermont’s best ski resorts.
A destination built on century-old tradition, guests at Seesaw’s Lodge have been celebrating special occasions and making memories for decades. Seesaw’s offers rustic, yet luxurious lodging, upscale dining, and boasts a unique event venue. It is located at the foot of Bromley Mountain, nestled in the Green Mountains. Lodging consists of three cabins and a seven-bedroom classic Vermont lodge with spectacular mountain views. All buildings have recently been rebuilt with modern comforts in an old Vermont world setting.
Get Out and SHOP
Once you’ve arrived in Manchester, you will discover that shopping opportunities are endless, from unique boutiques, world-class designer outlets, art and artisan galleries, to consignment stores. Put on your most comfortable pair of boots, and let the shopping begin.
Located on 412 acres in Manchester Village, the historic Lincoln family estate – built by President Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln – is a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or a fan of gorgeous architecture, Hildene offers amazing grounds, gardens, and trails. The store is located in the Lincoln’s renovated carriage barn and offers 1500 square feet of inspired shopping. Shoppers find something for everyone, including gifts, accessories, books, games, jewelry, and Hildene Farm’s own line of estate products (from honey to cheese, yarns to soaps, and a full range of seasonal native pollinator perennials). Distinctive items for nature lovers, history buffs, gardeners, and lovers of all things beautiful. Parking is free. Admission is not required to shop in The Museum Store.
The word “Sabi” comes from the Japanese philosophy Wabi-Sabi which loosely translates to “things whose beauty is derived from simplicity and imperfection”. Wabi-Sabi celebrates age, quality (over quantity), imperfection, and the natural world. Sabi is a modern homewares shop and apothecary located in Manchester Center, Vermont. Shop owners Ramiro Garay and Serena Jenkins created Sabi out of an appreciation of cool, quality products and a desire to bring them to their community in Vermont. At Sabi, you’ll find a wide variety of goods ranging from chic ceramics and Japanese textiles to an assortment of olfactory products, sheepskins, notebooks, specialty pencils, and more.
Head to ManchesterVermont.com to see more of the wonderful places to shop around town!
What to TASTE
Before, during, or after your shopping excursion, don’t forget to fuel up! The Little Rooster Café’s breakfast offerings will get you primed and ready for the day’s activities, whether it’s shopping, skiing, or hiking. Don’t forget to refuel during your day’s adventure. Grab-and-go or dine-in options are always available at Charlie’s Coffee House or The Works Café. Both offer delicious, locally sourced and made sandwiches, paninis, soups, and salads. Be sure to grab a lite bite or drink at Union Underground or The Crooked Ram. There is nothing like an Après Ski or Après Shopping experience to end your fun-filled day.
For a complete list of Vermont’s best cafes, bakeries, confectionaries, or restaurants please visit manchestervermont.com/taste.