This article is about Manchester Vermont, a nice little town about 1 1/2 hours east of Albany New York. We recently visited for our anniversary and enjoyed a relaxing weekend. I will tell you a little about Manchester and it’s surrounding area, some good places to shop and eat, and a really nice place to stay should you visit.
Manchester is the quintessential New England Town, and is a four-season resort destination. We stayed at Palmer House Resort a motel surrounded by the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont. Palmer House has an indoor and outdoor pool, 2 tennis courts, a 9 hole, par three golf course, a jacuzzi and several suites which have their own private jacuzzi’s and fireplaces. They have a small breakfast room where they serve a continental breakfast for $2.50/pp. They also have patio breakfast dining in the summer. On our visit, our cost for a king suite with jacuzzi, fireplace and dinner for two at Ye Olde Tavern was $500 for 2 nights,a pretty good deal, especially for an Anniversary weekend.
Most shops in Manchester are located on Route 7A, Main Street, Depot Street or on Routes 11/30. For the most part there are outlets a few of which (Tommy Hilfiger for example) that have closed since we were last there. However, there are still a great many to choose from. Our main complaint was that there were hardly any open past 5pm. It may have been since we were visiting before Memorial Day, but I am not sure.I have listed some here to give you an idea what is still available.
Northshire Bookstore (open until 9)
Reed and Barton
Bass (good prices)
Rockport and Reebok (good prices)
Mother Myrick’s Confectionary
Crabtree & Evelyn
The dinner included in our package was at Ye Olde Tavern which was built in 1790 and was originally called the Stagecoach Inn. Eventually it became a hotel and then was finally renovated into the Ye Olde Tavern back in the 1976 for our country’s bicentennial.
It was an excellent meal that included a delicious French Onion Soup appetizer, delicious cranberry fritters and warm bread. The main entree was steak in mushroom gravy with potatoes and vegetable and our choice of an ice cream sundae or apple crisp.
Our other night in Manchester we visited Mulligan’s Restaurant. Having visited a sister restaurant in nearby Stratton Vermont a few years ago, we decided to give this one a try. Mulligan’s has a relaxed family-friendly rustic atmosphere featuring prime steaks, fresh seafood, poultry, pastas, crisp salads, burgers, sandwiches & of course children’s menu. My husband had the delicious New England Clam Chowder and the scallops and I had a Shepherds Pie with sirloin beef tips instead of the usual ground beef. Our meals there were delicious, the service efficient and the cost around $30, which included drinks, very reasonable.
In addition to visiting the outlets, we also visited the Cheese House on Rte 7A in Arlington Vermont a cute little place shaped like a wedge of cheese. At the cheese house, you can find all types of cheese, maple syrup, and of course sweets. You can visit them online and place an order at http://www.thevermontcheesehouse.com/index.html.
We also stopped at the Benington Potters in Bennington Vermont, about 20 minutes from Manchester. Here you can find beautiful, durable handmade pottery that the potters’ have been making since 1948. They also have an outlet store near the New York, Vermont border.
This is just a little taste of what you will find in Manchester Vermont in the spring/summer time. There is more to see and do that we weren’t able to do in a weekend.