Welcome to the Manchester View
The Perfect Lodging in Southern Vermont
Offering the best mountain views in southern Vermont, the Manchester View is a 36-room fine lodging property combining the warmth of New England with superior service and amenities. Nestled in a tranquil valley between the Green and Taconic Mountains and surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens in spring and summer, autumn colors in the fall, and a snowy wonderland in winter, our award-winning hotel features guest rooms and one- and two-bedroom suites appointed with cozy features like working gas and wood-burning fireplaces and deep-soaking spa tubs.
Tour beautiful historic Hildene, Robert Todd Lincoln’s Manchester home. Robert was the only child of President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to maturity. He first visited Manchester as a young man in the summer of 1864 when he came to the Equinox Hotel to meet his mother and his brother Tad. Abraham Lincoln had not visited with his wife and children, and didn't live to see Hildene, nor did his wife. Decades later Robert returned to purchase hundreds of acres of land upon which to build what he would call his ancestral home. Built in 1905, Robert and his wife Mary, called their stately new home Hildene.
Start your day or end it after a strenuous day of shopping or seasonal outdoor activities with a one-hour massage, in the privacy of your room, by one of our local therapists. With ample advanced notice, we will arrange a massage for one, a couples massage, or massages for a Girlfriends Retreat.
We Love Calvin Coolidge
We went up to the Manchester View on 10/17 only to find a storm related power outage throughout the town. We opted to reschedule rather than wait for the power to be restored. When we arrived last week on 11/14/19 we were so pleasantly surprised by not only an upgraded room but a complimentary upgraded room. It was the Calvin Coolidge room with fireplace, king size bed, fabulous mountain view. We enjoyed our little getaway immensely and couldn't have been more pleased with the accomodations!
Best Romantic Couples Getaway
If your looking for a stress free getaway look no further. We come to the Manchester View at least twice a year to relax and unwind and we have never been let down. The rooms are spotless and the grounds are kept well manicured. Every room has a great view of the grounds and mountains. We get a room with a working fireplace and everyday the fireplace is cleaned and restocked with wood. I highly recommend the Manchester View to everyone looking for a quiet relaxing getaway.
Perfect Place for 15th Anniversary
I surprised my wife with a trip here for our 15th anniversary. It's clean, the breakfast more than adequate, the staff is very friendly, and you cannot beat the views! We will definitely be coming back.
The Manchester View sits high up on a hill with magnificent sweeping views of the historic Route 7A valley and the Green and Taconic mountain ranges, just a mile and half north of the center of town and two miles south of Dorset Village in southwestern Vermont. 'The View' is close to so many local attractions, dining options, galleries and museums, sports venues, and natural sights that you'll be busy non-stop, or choose to relax in the comfort of your room or suite. Some of Vermont's best ski resorts (and summer adventure parks) — including Bromley, Stratton and Magic Mountains — are just a short drive from the hotel. A visit during any season will be memorable!
Check out our amazing aerial video of the Manchester View.
Known for winter fun, the Viking Nordic Center offers a relaxed atmosphere that embraces all types of skiers, young and old, those going out for an easy tour and those going out to train for a race. It's an especially great place to introduce your kids to the joys of cross country skiing. Youngsters can participate in our 'Great Cookie Search', skiing our trails looking for enough hidden snowflake signs so they are rewarded with a cookie for their day of skiing.
615 Little Pond Rd., Londonderry, VT.
To pick the freshest crispiest and juiciest apples in late summer and autumn, visit the Mad Tom Orchard east of Route 7. Varieties of apples have different maturation periods within the growing season, and the orchard has 14 varieties! Bring a picnic and eat outside, amongst the trees, during your fruit harvest adventure. The scenery around the orchard is beautiful with views of the mountains and refreshing breezes.
Located at 2615 Mad Tom Rd., East Dorset, VT
Rent a bicycle from Battenkill Bicycles to ride the hills and dales in the area. Not only is cycling great exercise, it'll give you the experience of seeing southern Vermont in a unique way, up close and personal. At Battenkill Bicycles, you'll have your choice of bike sizes and styles - choose a road bike for street travel or a mountain bike to trek the more difficult terrain. Whatever adventure you're looking for, Battenkill Bicycles will set you up and send you on your way for a day you won't forget!
Located at 99 Bonnet St., Manchester Center, VT
Searching for your true north? Look no further than this annual weekend-long retreat with the best of the best: yoga instructors, meditation gurus, amazing musicians, organic chefs, transformational speakers, and limitless outdoor adventure. Wanderlust is experienced in the summer at Stratton Mountain Resort, about 20 minutes from Manchester. Go for a day or stay for the weekend!
Located at Stratton Mountain, 5 Village Lodge Rd., Stratton Mountain, VT
Wildwood Berry Farm is a pick-your-own blueberry and raspberry farm nestled in the rolling hills of East Dorset, Vermont. They have the sweetest and juiciest berries due to the unique growing conditions in the Vermont mountain air. The picking season is early July to late August.
Located at 2977 Mad Tom Road, East Dorset, VT.
The Land Rover Driving Experience is open year-round and features off-road driving instruction in all conditions. Experience numerous challenges on the 80-acre purpose-built course with extensive trails. Here you will learn techniques on ascents, descents, side tilts and rocky terrain. The degree of difficulty is matched to the driver’s skill, and more advanced drivers are invited to explore our expansive trails through the stunning Green Mountains.
Located at 80 Union St., Manchester Village, VT
Backroad Discovery Tours® is a local guided tour service based in Manchester, Vermont. The tours are designed for people who only have a day or two to spend in the area, and who wish to explore the region's best-kept secrets! You will discover Vermont's history, beauty, local lore, and fun facts. Experience the real Vermont! Backroad Discovery Tours excursions offer wonderful insight into what makes Vermont the perfect "State of Mind!"
Located at 21 Bonnet St., Manchester, VT
No need to drive far...there's a working farm in Manchester! At North Meadow Farm, meet bovines Dolly, Dopey, Mocha and Margaret who roam the green meadows. Pet a baby calf. Take home some Vermont cheese from the milk of their cows; the fromagers make Northshire Blue, Farmstead Gouda, and our Farmstead Cheddar, and cheese curds and farmstead spreads that are udderly delicious!
Located at 726 North Rd., Manchester, VT.
Located in Stratton's Sun Bowl, the Coca-Cola Tube Park features four lanes of lift-serviced snow tubing, warming hut with light refreshments, and fire pit. Play by day or under the lights at night!
Located at Stratton Mountain, VT
This is a great waterfall, easily one of Vermont's finest! The Lyebrook Trail is completely straightforward with 2.3 miles to the falls, gaining about 800-900 feet in elevation, then losing about 200' to the falls. The climb is very steady and only mildly steep in a couple of places. At the falls there is little to do other than look at the falls. There is an unprotected overlook near the base of the falls, and a short rough path leading to the rocky streambed. The view alone is worth the effort.
Located off Glen Rd. in Manchester Center, VT.
Pick your own pumpkins and enjoy cider donuts at the Equinox Valley Nursery during the autumn season, choose holiday trees and greenery in winter or visit in the spring and summer for bursts of color.
Located at 1158 Main St., Manchester, VT.
Equinox Golf Course is a scenic 1927 Walter Travis design. It will test a player's ability to hit shots to well-manicured, undulating greens. Enjoy the crisp Vermont air and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains at this par 71, 18-hole 6,423-yard gem of a course.
Located at 108 Union St., Manchester Village, VT.
Manchester Country Club is located on some of the most beautiful countryside in southern Vermont. Founded in 1967, the course was originally designed by Geoffrey Cornish of Amherst, Massachusetts. Cornish is a golf course architect of excellent reputation. A total back nine renovation was completed in 2003 by Geoffrey Cornish and Steve Durkee, and resulted in a course that has quickly been recognized as one of the finest in New England.
Located at 229 Beech St., Manchester Center, VT.
Bromley Mountain, always family friendly fun! In the winter there are 178 skiable acres, 47 trails and award-winning ski programs for kids of all ages. In the summer the Mountain comes alive with the all-fun Adventure Park featuring ziplining, Alpine Slide and Sun Mountain Flyer, and a special "park" just for the little ones!
Located at 3984 Rte. 11, Peru, VT.
The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is a nonprofit, member-supported, environmental education, research and avian rehabilitation organization headquartered at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont. Open year-round, the 47-acre campus, adjacent to Quechee State Park, features 17 state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, 4 exhibit spaces, 2 classrooms, and ¾ miles of interpretive nature trails.
Located at 6565 Woodstock Rd., Quechee, VT.
Visit Historic Hildene, the summer estate of Robert Todd Lincoln, the only surviving child of President Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. Built in 1905, this beautiful mansion is open for tours year-round. Walking trails wind through the beautiful grounds and gardens. In June, the peonies are spectacular! Cross-country ski and snowshoe in winter. Visit the goats at the onsite farm, and board the fully-restored Pullman train car. There are many special programs and events throughout the year.
Located at 1005 Hildene Rd., Manchester Village, VT.
Located in a beautifully restored barn-like playhouse built in 1929, the Dorset Theatre stages a diverse range of musicals and dramatic productions in the summer to the start of autumn. Enjoy world-class performances and award-winning productions during the summer. Relax before the performance with a plate of tapas and a glass of wine or beer in the gallery café. And during the rest of the year, the Dorset Players put on their own shows at the theatre.
Located at 104 Cheney Rd., Dorset, VT.
The Equinox Preservation consists of over 914 acres on the slopes of Mount Equinox in Manchester Village, VT. There are various trails to choose from: hike the easiest, Flatlanders, or a trail that is more challenging like Mountain Bluff. Equinox Pond is the ultimate goal as it is a pleasant walk-around. Make the trek up to Robin's Lookout for spectacular views of the pond, Battenkill valley and the Green Mountains. This site is exceptional year-round.
Located on West Union St., Manchester Village, VT.
The Mountain View Ranch is located on an amazing piece of southern Vermont in a breath-taking spot. It is set in a valley surrounded by mountains, making horseback riding here truly spectacular, quiet and serene.
Located at 502 Easy St., Danby, VT.
Riley Rink is a premier, nonprofit civic center that hosts sports, events & exhibitions providing quality athletic, cultural and social programming for children, teens, adults and families. The annual Barn Sale is held here in September, as well as many concerts and festivals.
Located at 410 Hunter Park Rd., Manchester Center, VT.
Located in Vermont's scenic Lake Champlain Valley, Shelburne Museum is chock-full of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 38 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated onto the museum grounds. Take the day to travel up Route 7 for an amazing journey through history, art, and nature.
Located at 6000 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, VT.
Explore the history, heritage and traditions of fly fishing from its origins in the early 16th century to the present day. The American Museum of Fly Fishing is home to the largest collection of fly fishing memorabilia in the world.
Located at 4070 Main St., Manchester Center, VT.
Vermont’s oldest professional theatre company, the original Weston Playhouse showcases Broadway-style plays and musicals in the summer and early autumn. Enjoy dinner and the after-theatre cabaret! The Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm is a newer venue featuring more productions.
Located at 703 Main St., Weston, VT.
Cross country skiing and snowshoeing at Hildene offers approximately 12 miles of walking trails. They offer ski and snowshoe rentals for children and adults. Their ski season typically runs from mid-December to mid-March weather permitting.
Location is 1005 Hildene Rd., Manchester Village, VT.
The highest peak in Vermont, Stratton Mountain offers winter skiing with 97 trails over 600 acres of terrain. Eleven lifts include a summit gondola and four high-speed six-passenger chairs. The Mountain offers summer and Fall activities including special events, concerts, gondola rides and an 18-hole golf course.
Located at 5 Village Lodge Rd., Stratton Mountain, VT.
Manchester Merriment has begun with six weeks of Holiday Charm. Manchester is filled with festive, fun events lasting through the end of 2019. See the Community Tree all lit up in Adams Park. (The Tree will be joined in the park by the annual Chanukah Menorah, scheduled to be lit at 4:30 pm on December 26). On December 7 a Lighted Tractor Parade will course through town to the delight of all. See how majestic the Historic Inns are during the Holiday Inn Tour; the homes are decked out for the holidays and you're invited to explore them on December 14. Celebrate Christmas in 1912 at Hildene, Robert Todd and Mary Lincoln's Manchester home, throughout the month from now until January 1, 2020. Musicians will play the Lincolns 1908 Aeolian organ and Steinway piano. On December 7 and 8, the Hildene Museum Store brings the spirit of the season to its space in a 115-year-old Carriage Barn with hot apple cider, Vermont tastings & fresh cider doughnuts, with a festive air of crisp pine bough fragrance. And to top it all off, The Elf Express Train will choo-choo it's way into the hearts of children of all ages. Get your tickets for this whimsical December 21 & 22 journey and meet jolly Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves before the train chugs out of town.
And come to the Green Mountains in southern Vermont anytime for all-year-long attractions and seasonal events in the area, for the dining and shopping, and for the majestic view. Where best to stay to enjoy the view, but the Manchester View, where the name says it all. One of the most awarded hotels in Manchester, the lodge has held the prestigious Three Diamond Award from AAA for over 35 years. It has been lauded in “The Discerning Traveler” newsletter and featured in "Weekending in New England" and "The Yankee Traveler."
To see the beauty of the area in the fall season, view photographer Kevin Armstrong's beautiful video "Autumn in Vermont."