SENIORS ENJOY VERMONT



Seniors Stop In Manchester

cropped-manchester-vermontNo, not Manchester, England, but Manchester, Vermont.  Senior visitors learn that Manchester is one of two shire towns (county seats) of, Bennington County, Vermont with a population of 4,500. As they say on their website, “There is always something happening in Manchester, Vermont.”

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Manchester Village, an incorporated village, and Manchester Center are settlement centers within the town. Manchester Village offers a tranquil old-world atmosphere, and Manchester Center is a shopper’s paradise.

The town was one of several chartered in 1761 by Benning Wentworth, colonial governor of New Hampshire. It was his custom to name new towns after prominent English aristocrats of the day, hoping they might adopt a patronly interest in their namesakes.

Wentworth named Manchester for Robert Montagu, 3rd Duke of Manchester. First settled in 1764, the town was laid out in 1784.

Seniors Take In Vermont’s Fall Colors

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This town in scenic Vermont is where senior visitors can experience All of Vermont. No matter what the season, Manchester and the surrounding communities have most everything you will want to see or do on a visit to the Green Mountain State.

The area offers beautiful Vermont fall foliage. In 2010, Yankee Magazine, listed several Vermont towns in their slideshow of “Top 25 Foliage Towns in New England,” including Manchester.

An article in the NY Times called “36 Hours in Manchester” noted that while the town may never be the ultimate Ski Town, U.S.A., its gilded mansions and upscale factory outlets continue to draw more shoppers than ski bums. But this bucolic town in southern Vermont is blessed with two nearby ski resorts and backcountry trails that meander through the picturesque Battenkill Valley.

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Manchester is emerging as a popular winter getaway among Bostonians, New Yorkers and even Europeans looking to get acquainted with Vermont’s unspoiled Green Mountains. Its most recognizable property, the stately Equinox Hotel, underwent a major overhaul a few years back.

Seniors, should  you choose to stay at the Equinox, you will find exciting diversions to suit every taste.

Seniors Discover The Picturesque Battenkill River Valley

Manchester, the quintessential New England community, is tucked into the Green Mountains in the picturesque Battenkill River Valley. Senior travelers can visit Hildene, the summer home of Robert Todd Lincoln and his wife Mary Harlan Lincoln. Then check out the Equinox Preservation Trust Preserve that consists of over 914 acres on the slopes of Mt Equinox.

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I would make it a priority to see Lye Brook Falls, a great waterfall, easily said to be one of Vermont’s finest. The hiking trail is 4.3 miles to the falls, so bring along your hiking shoes and enjoy the trail.

In Manchester’s historic walking village,  you will find “One of the Top Shopping Getaways in New England” as selected by Yankee Magazine’s Reader’s Choice and Editor’s Choice.

Your stop in Manchester VT will be a memorable visit. -jeb

 

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