A Local's Look at All There Is To Do in Manchester Vermont


Tricia Cunniff|Vermont Weddings

December 1, 2020

Manchester, Vermont is a popular destination for weddings, romantic weekends and bachelorette parties - and for good reason! With several amazing venues, accommodations and a plethora of activities, Manchester provides the perfect backdrop for a weekend in Vermont.

"Manchester offers visitors a chance to escape and enjoy small town charm with options for year round outdoor recreation and unparalleled shopping and dining options," says Leah Young, Catering Sales Manager at the Kimpton Taconic Hotel, which was recently awarded  "Top 10 Resort Hotel in the Northeast" by Travel + Leisure. Leah sat down with Vermont Weddings to share a few tips for making the most of your vacation in Manchester, Vermont.

"Guests at the Taconic enjoy an experience of staying in a boutique hotel that showcases all that Southern Vermont has to offer," says Leah. "The hotel is surrounded by beautiful mountains and breathtaking views year round!" 

"Each room in the Taconic has a walking stick that encourages our guests to get outside and explore beautiful southern Vermont," Leah explains. "You can explore Lye Brook Falls and Equinox Preservation Trust, and then cool off in the Dorset Quarry or Emerald Lake. There's also canoeing and kayaking and fly fishing on the water." Back on land, hotel guests can also golf or take a Land Rover out. And, during the winter there's access to skiing, snowshoeing and more. Don't forget fido at home - the Taconic is pet friendly so you can bring your furry companion along for the fun.

Looking for adventure in retail? A trip to the local shops is in order! In addition to finding locally made one of a kind finds at shops such as The Vermont Country store, you can hit up the outlets in downtown Manchester Village.

Love history? Check out Hildene, the stunningly gorgeous 412 acre Lincoln family estate (also a Vermont Weddings member venue!).

After a long day of exploring the town, Leah suggests booking an in-room spa service to unwind before enjoying a meal at in-house Copper Grouse, which serves up inventive takes on tavern fare, all made with local, seasonal ingredients.

Learn more about Kimpton Taconic Hotel in the vendor guide.