The Inn at Manchester

3967 Main St, Manchester, Vermont 05254
Innkeeper(s): Frank and Julie Hanes
 
  • Introduction

    A great place to visit any time of the year. Enjoy our beautiful gardens, relax by the pool or take a nap in the hammock. Take in the wonderful foliage views from our front porch. Cozy up to the fire in our family room.

    We want our Manchester accommodations to become your little oasis in the Green Mountains. On four park-like acres The Inn at Manchester has welcomed travelers since the 1940′s and we look forward to welcoming you.

    We have 18 guestrooms, including 5 suites, which span three floors of the prominent main building plus the historic Carriage House. The variety of accommodations at our Inn offers something just right for everyone, making the B&B an inviting alternative to hotel lodging while in the Manchester, Vermont area.

    Beneath the first floor’s high ceilings you’ll find places to relax and visit -like the cheerful living room and friendly pub, or travel further into our inn and feel tucked away in our cozy Red Room. Guests also gather in our airy dining room, which is also located on the first floor.


    A little about the Inn and the Manchester Area:

    Originally built as a private home in the 1880′s, this beautiful, country home became an Inn in 1978. Both the Inn and its Carriage House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Each of the guestrooms and suites has a distinctive look with its own unique charm. A blend of casual elegance and warm hospitality makes the Inn a wonderful place for your Vermont getaway.

    Our Manchester, Vermont bed and breakfast is situated on four lovely acres of lawns and gardens with a meandering brook. Nestled in a valley between the Taconic and Green Mountains, we offer a country atmosphere with in-town convenience. Wonderful views of the mountains can be enjoyed in season while you’re relaxing by our pool or watching the world go by on the front porch. Great shopping, dining and recreation are just a short walk away.


    The southern Vermont area is a vacation mecca year-round, and our Inn is the perfect place to stay and enjoy all that the region has to offer. In summer there are craft shows, music & art festivals, golf, fishing and summer stock theater. Fall brings the glorious colors for which Vermont is famous. Winter offers plenty of outdoor activities from skiing to snowmobiling. And there’s plenty of antiquing, gallery hopping and shopping all year round! Whether you’re looking for that action packed vacation or quiet country retreat, we can help.

    Enjoy Manchester, Vermont lodging at its coziest and most inviting when you stay at our historic Manchester B&B Inn and Carriage House. We offer 18 thoughtfully appointed guestrooms, including 5 lovely suites, all with private baths featuring massage shower heads, distinctive toiletries and hairdryers. All bedrooms are air-conditioned, and for your comfort include flat screen TVs, luxurious linens and handmade quilts, reading lamps, full-length mirrors and alarm clocks. Some accommodations include fireplaces, and separate sitting rooms. Rates include full breakfast.


    You will enjoy these amenities:

    • Convenient Village Location
    • Ample country breakfasts in our inviting dining room
    • Complimentary hot and cold beverages available 24 hours
    • Fully licensed Pub serving your favorite beers, mixed drinks, and a hand-picked selection of wines
    • Gracious and comfortable public areas with fireplaces
    • Free Wireless Internet Access for your wireless-capable laptop
    • Free use of public computer station with internet access in the Inn
    • Games, puzzles, books – all here to help you unwind
    • Secluded Pool
    • Art and sculpture from around the globe
    • Unparalleled hospitality

    Rooms and suites appointed for comfort:

    • Private bath
    • Massage shower heads
    • Distinctive toiletries
    • Hair dryers
    • Air conditioning
    • Reading lamps
    • Luxurious pressed sheets and handmade quilts
    • Full length mirrors
    • Irons and Ironing Boards
    • Alarm clocks with iPod docks
    • Some suites have fireplaces
    • All rooms and suites have flat screen TVs
  • Breakfast


    Breakfast time is one of our favorite parts of the day –  it’s when in the span of just a few hours all our guests gather in one place and share with us their adventures, those from the day before or those that await the day ahead. On most mornings you’ll find Frank cooking in the kitchen and Julie in the dining room attending to your needs.

    Our breakfast menu philosophy is a lot like our approach to everything at the Inn at Manchester: uncomplicated comfort.

    So Frank’s menu is a collection of traditional comfort food favorites and hearty farmhouse classics: buttermilk pancakes, various quiches, french toast, omelettes and our popular Cottage Cakes.

    The selection changes daily with a rotation that gives you the opportunity to enjoy an egg entree one day and a syrup dish the next. If you prefer you can request eggs, prepared any style, on any day. We also offer a different breakfast meat each day: sausage, bacon, and ham. A fresh fruit garnish and toast, (usually made with locally produced Rupert Rising artisan breads) round out the meal. You’ll also find a selection of cereals, bananas, and homemade muffins available in the dining room to suit almost any taste. We proudly offer Vermont’s own, Green Mountain Coffee and selection of gourmet teas.

    By the way, don’t be shy if you have an especially robust appetite. Breakfast seconds, and um, even thirds, are never any trouble – just ask. Of course we always do our best to accommodate special requests or dietary restrictions, just tell us what you need.

  • Weddings & Retreats

    Whether you’re planning your own special event or you’re searching for Manchester, VT wedding accommodations, why not make the Inn at Manchester your home away from home? Our location is convenient to the Equinox Hotel, Hildene, The Congregational Church, & Southern Vermont Art Center. Many bridal parties have reserved the entire Inn for their close friends and family. We make your guests feel like they are each our personal guests too.

    Weddings

    Romance. Romance. Romance
    Inn at Manchester is the perfect location to host your Vermont wedding celebration and make a lifetime of memories. The Inn’s manicured lawns, canopied and surrounded by huge ancient pines and majestic birch trees, make for an ideal backdrop for this most important day in sharing your new life together.

    Whether an intimate affair for two or a lavish gala of 200, the Inn at Manchester along with your personal event planner, Janet Dunnington, will make sure your every need is met. Janet will meticulously guide you through every aspect of the planning stages, allowing you the opportunity to relax and enjoy the process. She will match you with top resources and services that will compliment your unique style and personality, and then will assist you to creatively enhance and personalize every detail. She and her professional staff will be behind the scene on your wedding day to coordinate time lines, calm nerves, and create a smooth-flowing, flawless event to remember.

    If you would like to hold your wedding on our romantic grounds please contact Janet Dunnington of Celebrations, Events and Occasions at 802-375-6818.


    Meetings & Retreats

    When you’re looking to gather your professional group or club in a quiet, comfortable setting look no further than The Inn at Manchester.

    Whether a full retreat or an afternoon meeting, we can offer you comfort, privacy and the underlying hospitality that will help make your next gathering productive, successful and stress-free.

    Let us know what you need and we can tailor a package that will meet your needs while providing an exceptionally relaxing atmosphere sure to motivate, reward and rejuvenate your attendees.

  • Area Information

    There’s no rule that says you have to leave the inn, but if you want to explore – and we know you will – here are some special Manchester area attractions and activities worth noting.

    Manchester Event & Attractions Fine Arts & Crafts
    Antiques Manchester Shopping
    Theatre & Music Request More Area & Inn Information
    Manchester and the Mountains

    Manchester Music Festival
    MMF celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year as a pre-eminent force in chamber music in the Northeast. For program: 800-639-5868

    Merck Forest & Farmland Center
    3270 Route 315, Rupert Mt Road – Rupert
    Merck Forest & Farmland Center has over 3,100 acres of fields and forest for environmental education and outdoor recreation. They offer educational programs, hiking, camping, organic certified maple syrup and organic certified produce(seasonal). Visitor Center open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, trails open dawn to dusk Info: 802-394-7836

    Vermont Antiques Dealers’ Association
    The Vermont Antiques Dealers Association will be presenting their 31st Annual Antiques Show Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 2005 at the Hunter Park Pavilion, Route 7A in Manchester Center, Vermont. 76 dealers represented. Sat 10am-5,pm Sun 10am-4pm Info: 802-365-7574

    Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show Beebe Farm – East Dorset
    Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show. Northern New England’s largest “AA” rated hunter and jumper show. Top riders throughout the United States and Canada compete for prizes and points toward national recognition. July/August.

    Backroad Discovery Tours
    “Experience” Vermont! Discover why we are called “The State of Mind!” Local guided tours, small groups, daily, Summer and Fall Foliage tours.

    Antiques

    Equinox Antiques Very high quality 18th and 19th century furniture and painting. Route 7A in Manchester Center.

    Center Hill Past & Present Antique Center Multi dealer center. Moderate priced furniture, glassware, lamps and more. Center Hill, Manchester Center.

    East Arlington Antiques Center Huge multi dealer shops. There are two sites near each other. They have a large choice of everything. Mostly small

    Great Golf

    The Green Mountains offer spectacular views from every hole. We can make tee times on behalf of our guests at any of the following courses.

    The Golf Club at Equinox
    Within walking distance. This beautiful course is part of The Equinox Resort.

    Stratton Country Club
    27 holes almost at the top of Stratton Mountain in Bondville. 30-minute drive.

    Tater Hill Country Club
    Now 18 holes, this course is much recommended and has moderate rates, 30 minutes east on Route 11.

    Lake St. Catherine Country Club
    A beautiful half-hour drive through the Mettowee Valley. Moderate rates.

    Mount Anthony Country Club
    A somewhat challenging course. 30-minutes south in Bennington.

    The Practice Tee
    330 yard driving facility conveniently in Manchester. All grass tees, sand trap. PGA pros available for lessons.

    Hiking, Fishing & Outdoors

    Hiking in and around Manchester and The Mountains

    The Inn at Manchester is situated within minutes of some of southern Vermont’s most enjoyable hiking.
    Whether you’re up for a vigorous hike that takes you places few have gone or prefer a gentler stroll through Vermont’s pristine forests and meadows – you’ll find it nearby. Lye Brook Falls is a favorite easy to moderate hike with visiting and local trampers. More aggressive hikers aim for Prospect Rock.

    Frank Fishing

    Fishing

    For generations, the famed Battenkill and Mettawee rivers have been luring both serious and recreational fisherfolk to our area for some of the northeast’s best fly fishing. If you’re new to the sport or want some professional guidance to improve your skills we can recommend private guides for you. Plus, Orvis, the renowned fly fishing authority, is located just across the road.

    Nearby lakes for fishing (and swimming and picnicking!) include Emerald Lake in E. Dorset and larger lake St. Catherine in Wells.

    Fishing Guides & Services

    Orvis – Manchester is home to the authority on fly fishing: Orvis. The Inn is a short walk from the Orvis flagship store. There you’ll find the latest and essential gear, along with expert advice.

    Battenkill Angler – Tom Goodman, (802) 379-1444, 6204 Main Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255

    The Reel Angler – Wayne, (802) 362-0883, 302 Depot Street. Manchester Center, VT 05255

    Chuck Kashner - Fishing Guide Service – USA: (800) 682-0103, Local and Overseas: (802) 287-4000, P.O. Box 632, Wells,Vermont. 05774

    Area Tours and Guided Experiences

    Backroad Discovery Tours
    A local, guided tour service based in Manchester, Vermont. (The Shires of Vermont). The tours are designed for people who only have a day or two and wish to explore the region’s best-kept secrets! They’ve earned Editors’ Choice Award for Yankee Travel Magazine! Explore the region’s best-kept secrets & learn why Vermont is called “The State of Mind!” Summer, Winter & special Vermont Fall Foliage tours.

    Northshire Digital Arts Photography Walk Abouts
    Grab your camera for a professionally guided photo excursion filled with no-fail tips for getting great shots with any camera. Led by Professional Photographers. Choose village, rural or natural settings. All skill levels & equipment accommodated. Walks are low-stress, hi-fun. Available year round. Topic-specific excursions such as macro, action, landscape & portrait are available, Ask when you call.

    Theatre & Music

    Theatre

    Dorset Theatre Festival Acclaimed summer stock productions that have been bringing notable talent to the area for decades. Their historic barn theatre recently underwent a mutli-million dollar renovation making it even more enjoyable

    Weston Playhouse An area landmark that consistently produces top-shelf shows of all genre.

    Old Castle Theatre Company Bennington’s answer to quality entertainment. Known for producing intimate and accessible works.

    Music

    Manchester Music Festival celebrates more than 30 years as a pre-eminent force in chamber music in the Northeast.

    Skiing & Snow Sports

    Downhill Skiing

    Bromley Mountain hardly more than ten minutes from our Inn and boasts some of the best family programs in the east.

    Stratton Mountain about twenty-five minutes away, provides varied terrain for all skill levels. Stratton Village offers a variety of slopeside shopping and dining possibilities.

    Killington Mountain a quick hour to our north is the area’s largest alpine ski resort.

    Cross Country Skiing

    Hildene Ski Touring Center has 15 km of trails and historic house museum built by Robert Todd Lincoln as a summer home.

    Viking Nordic Centre in nearby Londonderry is a favorite with cross-country skiers for its combination of gently rolling woodlands and open fields.

    Wild Wings Ski Touring in Peru offers 25 miles of groomed trails for beginner through expert.

    Equinox Snowmobile Tours – a great choice for outdoor winter excitement.

    Fine Art & Crafts

    Southern Vermont Art Center A world-class campus that promotes an array of visual and performing arts.

    Bennington Center for the Arts Brings world-class fine art, history and theatre to the residents and visitors of Southwestern Vermont

    There is also an array of fine art galleries in our area and numerous acclaimed artists of all media living and working as our neighbors. Ask us.

  • Guest Comments

    “Surely our finest and most hospitable stay during out three week B&B adventure throughout New England. It is sad to leave - but we will be back for sure.” by Roger & Susan, Delray Beach, FL

    “We stopped in to sleep for the night and discovered the most heavenly place. We will be back for sure.” by Bari & Michaek, New York, NY

    “Our first trip to Vermont will be unforgettable and ranks as one of the best vacations of our lives thanks to the warmth and hospitality of Innkeepers Frank and Julie Hanes. The Inn at Manchester is an experience not to be missed!” by A guest from Lancaster, PA, USA TripAdvisor.com

    “I have stayed in 3 other Inns in Manchester and by far this is the best.” by A guest from Connecticut TripAdvisor.com

    “We stopped in to sleep for the night and discovered the most heavenly place. We will be back for sure.” by Bari & Michaek, New York, NY

    “Wow, the Inn exceeded my expectations. Absolutely beautiful! I can’t thank you enough for being so welcoming.” by Casey, Lewisville, NC

    “You made our travels to Vermont for a special occasion even more special. We hope to travel here again soon.” by Kay & Peter, Havenford, PA

    “These people really care and it shows.” by A guest from Eastford, Connecticut, USA TripAdvisor.com

    “Our first trip to Vermont will be unforgettable and ranks as one of the best vacations of our lives thanks to the warmth and hospitality of Innkeepers Frank and Julie Hanes. The Inn at Manchester is an experience not to be missed!” by A guest from Lancaster, PA, USA TripAdvisor.com

    “I have stayed in 3 other Inns in Manchester and by far this is the best.” by A guest from Connecticut TripAdvisor.com

    “We came for one night, stayed two. Wanted to stay more if we could. Such a feeling of well being. Very good energy. Thank you for great hospitality. We will be back.” by Basma & Goovrick, Beirut, Lebanon

  • Travel Directions

    Our Address for your GPS Unit:
    3967 Main Street    Manchester, VT 05254

    From New York (Approximate Time: 4 hours)

    Take Route 87 North to exit 23.
    Then take Route 787 North to Route 7 East (Troy, NY).
    Follow NY 7 East to Route 279 East (Bennington Bypass), which bears left off Route 7 (do not take Route 9 towards Bennington).
    Follow Route 279 to the end, and follow signs to Vermont’s Route 7 North, towards Manchester.
    Take Exit 4, Manchester
    Turn left at the end of the ramp and follow Route 11/30 until you reach the “T” intersection with Route Hisotric Route 7A.
    Turn left, heading South on Route 7A
    Travel about one mile, the Inn will be on your right.

    From Albany Airport (Approximate Time: 1 1/2 hours)

    Take Route 87 North to Route 7 East (Troy, NY).
    Follow NY 7 East to Route 279 East (Bennington Bypass), which bears left off Route 7 (Do no take Route 9 towards Bennington).
    Follow Route 279 to the end, then follow signs to Vermont’s Route 7 North towards Manchester.
    Take Exit 4, Manchester
    Turn left at the end of the ramp and follow Route 11/30 until you reach the “T” intersection with Route Hisotric Route 7A.
    Turn left, heading South on Route 7A
    Travel about one mile, the Inn will be on your right.

    From Brattleboro (Approximate Time: 1 hour)

    Take Route 30 North to Historic Route 7A in Manchester.
    Turn left and proceed south, about one mile, the Inn will be on your right.

    From Boston (Approximate Time: 3 1/2 hours)

    Take Route 2 West to I-91 North.
    Take exit 2 in Brattleboro, Route 30 North to Historic Route 7A in Manchester.
    Turn left, heading South on Route 7A
    Travel about one mile, the Inn will be on your right.

    From Portland, Maine (Approximate Time: 4 hours)

    Take Route 95 South onto Route 101 West and Route 9 West in Keene, N.H.
    Then take Route 30 North in Brattleboro to Historic Route 7A in Manchester.
    Turn left, heading South on Route 7A
    Travel about one mile, the Inn will be on your right.

    From Hartford, Connecticut (Approximate Time: 2 1/2 hours)

    Take Route 91 North to exit 2 in Brattleboro.
    Then take Route 30 North in Brattleboro to Historic Route 7A in Manchester.
    Turn left, heading South on Route 7A
    Travel about one mile, the Inn will be on your right.

    From Montreal (Approximate Time: 4 hours)

    Take New York Route 87 South to exit 20
    Follow Route 4 East to Rutland and Route 7 South.
    Then, follow Historic Route 7A into Manchester.
    Proceed about one mile after the junction of Routes 11/30
    The Inn will be on your right.