Lodging in Manchester, Vermont

by Joy Uyeno

Manchester, Vermont, offers a handful of lodging options for visitors who come to experience the area's four distinct seasons. The town is located in southwest Vermont, and each year tourists flock to Manchester to shop, dine, relax and enjoy nature, particularly during the fall season.

Wilburton Inn

The Wilburton Inn is located on a 20-acre property in Manchester Village. It is the largest privately owned estate in town, and it contains the main property (the mansion), two villas, three cottages and a large house called the “reunion house.” While the property is Victorian, the furniture and decor is country cottage. The Wilburton Inn Restaurant is a fine dinng establishment serving a revolving menu of food made with locally grown ingredients. The inn also provides wedding planning services for guests who wish to hold their celebration on the property.

The Battenkill Inn

The Battenkill Inn is a bed-and-breakfast located on the banks of the Battenkill River. The property is a converted farmhouse with nine guest rooms and one suite. Each room is uniquely decorated, with beds ranging from wood sleighbeds to four-poster canopies to classic iron, and all beds are covered in country cottage-style quilts. All guest rooms have private baths, and the suite and three of the bedrooms have fireplaces.

Toll Road Inn

Located just over two miles from Manchester Center, the Toll Road Inn is a motel-style establishment with 16 guest rooms. Guests can play in an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub during fine weather, and they can gather around the lobby fireplace in the chillier seasons. The guest rooms are spacious and feature either a single king bed or two queen beds, as well as a seating and a television. Wireless Internet and a daily continental breakfast are complimentary.

The Equinox Resort and Spa

The history of the Equinox extends back more than 200 years to its beginnings in 1769, when it was called the Marsh Tavern. Today, the luxury hotel maintains much of its old grandeur, though renovations and updates have kept the space contemporary. The 179 guest rooms and suites are tastefully decorated with elegant, dark wood furniture, leather armchairs, down comforters, and accents in turquoise and navy. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the hotel’s award-winning golf club or take lessons at the British School of Falconry. The hotel also hosts a Land Rover Experience Driving School and Orvis Fly Fishing and Shooting schools. The on-site gym, spa, pool and hot tub share one building, which is just across the lawn from the main building. The glass fire pit on the outdoor deck and large library fireplace keep guests toasty. The Equinox Resort is within two miles of the shops and outlets in Manchester Center.

About the Author

Joy Uyeno has been writing about travel, food, fashion, culture and finance since 2005. For three years she wrote a column for the "Honolulu Star-Bulletin" aimed at young and first-time travelers. Her writing has appeared in several local and national publications, including the 2008 anthology "Honolulu Stories." She holds a Master of Arts in writing and publishing from Emerson College.