Pack a Perfect Picnic

Pack A Perfect Picnic

Whether your idea of the perfect picnic is more Sideways or Sound of Music, it’s hard to beat enjoyable eats in a gorgeous outdoor setting. We’ve mapped your route through Manchester to pack a blissful basket. The location is up to you. Choose from well-manicured parks, destinations with views, or a secret spot where you can sip wine, nibble cheese, and read sonnets to your sweetheart.

Al Ducci’s Italian Pantry

This old school market is an MVT favorite for authentic Italian foods and amazing cheeses. Plus, freshly baked breads, gourmet crackers, and Pellegrino for the road.

Comollo’s Fine Wine & Antiques

Shop owners Clarke and Barbara are our local experts. You can tell them what you like, what you want to spend, and they’ll hook you up with something delicious. If it’s a bottle that should be chilled, head straight to Vermont Kitchen Supply for an insulated tote.

The Crooked Ram

Discover small batch craft beers and ciders from outstanding local, national, and international breweries. Peter Campbell, proprietor and guru of hops, will walk you through the shop’s draught selections before packing your picks in picnic-perfect 32-ounce “crowlers” to go.

Dutton Farm Stand

Paul and Wendy Dutton are famous for their home-grown produce. Swing by their place for the daily harvest — delish fruits and berries to round out your bounty.

Fortuna’s Sausage and Italian Market

Go for Fortuna’s famous all-natural, nitrate-free salami and even a picnic basket. A tip — owner Patti’s picks for a dreamy date include pre-sliced Finocchiona, Ubriaco (an Italian cheese aged in red wine) and buttery Castelvetrano olives. With a crisp, dry Pinot Grigio to boot.

Mother Myrick’s Confectionery

Mother Myrick’s is stocked to the hilt with handcrafted chocolates, melt in your mouth buttercrunch, and irresistible bakery items. You can sweeten your picnic with Lemon LuLu or tempting seasonal treats. Fresh fruit and key lime tarts, meringue cups to top with your berries, or just a hunk of delicious dark chocolate to nosh with your Pomerol.

Northshire Bookstore

With 10,000 square feet of book-shopping pleasure, you’re sure to find a title to suit the day.
Try Shakespeare, Byron, Rumi, Neruda, or our favorite – Emily Dickinson. Check out staff recommendations, too!

Vermont Kitchen Supply

You’ve got your blanket, your basket, your savories, and sweets. Now you need: corkscrew, cutlery (eco-friendly utensils a plus), shatterproof glasses, cutting board, linens, containers…and on. If you love to cook, be prepared. This is a magnificent shop. You’ll find everything you need for your picnicking pleasure. And then some.

 

Directions

Picnic in Manchester, Vermont

Al Ducci’s Italian Pantry

133 Elm Street, Manchester
From the roundabout, follow Route 11/30 approximately .6 miles, through the stoplight by Manchester Square. Turn left onto Highland Avenue by Firefly, and left again onto Elm Street to park.

Comollo’s Fine Wine & Antiques

4686 Main Street, Manchester
From the roundabout, head south approximately 600 feet. Comollo’s will be on your left.

The Crooked Ram

4026 Main Street, Manchester
Find the Crooked Ram on Main Street, approximately ¾ miles south of the roundabout. Next door to the American Museum of Fly Fishing.

Dutton Farm Stand

2083 Depot Street, Manchester
From the roundabout in Manchester, follow Routes 11/30 out of town approximately 2.5 miles and watch for Dutton’s sign on your left.

Fortuna’s Sausage & Italian Market

4943 Main Street, Manchester
From the roundabout, head north on Main Street approximately 500 feet. Find Fortuna’s on your left, just across from Thai Basil.

Mother Myrick’s Confectionery

4367 Main Street, Manchester
From the roundabout, follow Route 7A/Main Street south approximately .5 miles. Turn right onto Ways Lane and then hang a left into the Mother Myrick’s parking lot.

Northshire Bookstore

4869 Main Street, Manchester
Find Northshire on the corner of Routes 11/30 and 7A, at 4869 Main Street. Additional parking off Bonnet Street.

Vermont Kitchen Supply

4788 Main Street, Manchester
From the roundabout, head south approximately 200 feet. Vermont Kitchen Supply will be on your left. Park in the lot and note New Morning Natural Foods and The Vermont Butcher Shop, too.

PICK A PERFECT LOCATION

Skyline Drive takes you to the summit of Mount Equinox, the tallest of the Taconic Peaks. There are spots along the way up where you can pull off to set up your spread. A lesser commitment is the one-mile stroll to Equinox Pond which is a popular spot, but pretty close to perfection. A picnic at Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home is as good as a scene out of Jane Austen. Check in at the Visitors Center and stroll till you find the perfect perch.

If you’re going Sound of Music style with kiddos in tow, consider Manchester’s beautiful Parks & Rec Center or head to Emerald Lake State Park. If you’re looking for a secluded spot for two, explore Southern Vermont Art Center or brave the brush to find Deborah’s Falls. Just past Mistral’s at Tollgate, a little dirt road affords make-your-own parking. From there, climb down to the open rocks where you can snack, sip, and sunbathe together. Note: The road is rocky and not maintained. Best for jeeps, bikes, big trucks!

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