Soul Food, Fall Flavors

Soul Food.

Raise your vibration this foliage season as you sample fall flavors, sip craft brews with a view, and embark on art-filled adventures.

Fall Foliage

Brews with a View.

Take in the excellent foliage with an excellent beverage. We like the Falcon Bar at Equinox Hotel and Kimpton Taconic’s Copper Grouse. The patio at The Perfect Wife is lovely as is the flight of brews at Raven’s Den.

Tasting Opps.

Crooked Ram proprietor Peter Campbell can walk you through his current menu and pack you a couple of crowlers to go based on your predilection and taste. If you’re more about grapes than hops put Comollo Fine Wines on your list. Owners Clarke and Barbara host fun, informative Saturday afternoon tastings (10/7, 10/14, 10/21).


Stratton Brewfest Festivities. Courtesy Photo, Hubert Shchriebl Photography.

For a microbrew marathon, trek to Brewfest at Stratton; that’s todayOver 100 craft beers to taste, plus eats, bands, wagon rides, and live music. Closer to town, try Peru and JJ Hapgood General Store. The scenery is lovely, they have kickass brews on tap, and a fab seasonal menu.

Hapgood Chicken and Waffles

Warm up with Chicken & Waffles at JJ Hapgood. Courtesy Photo, Luv Lens.

Art + Autumn.

Check out ART Manchester’s pop-up galleries in locations around town. Each gallery is staffed by an actual artist. On display and for sale, everything from handcrafted furniture to sculpted glass, to fine art and photography – all made in Vermont. Fri/Sat/Sun through October 15.


Douglas Flackman’s “Picking Pumpkins” Courtesy Helmholz Fine Art

Vermont Fall.

VERMONT FALL opened 9/30 to a fabulous public reception and continues to run through 10/15. Gallerist Lisa Helmholz has curated seven of her artists in a warm and memorable celebration of the season. Go for new works in seasonal themes in varying mediums from rare works on paper to impressionism, abstraction, bronze sculpture, and photography.

When you’re down in the Depot to visit Helmholz Fine Art, keep your eye out for Tilting at Windmills and Manchester Hot Glass. Then take a drive out to 3 Pears Gallery in Dorset.

Olaf Schneider’s Weekend Getaway. Oil on Linen, Tilting at Windmills Gallery.

Explore More.

You can make a little art yourself at Robert Carsten’s two-day workshop. Hosted by Southern Vermont Art Center, “Autumn Skies” is an exploration with pastels, guided by a master. Also, campus galleries are open daily. Grounds are gorgeous, surrounded by foliage, and home to Vermont’s largest outdoor sculptural park. Open Sun-Sat from 9-5.

Grandma Moses Paintings

“Bennington” by Grandma Moses. Courtesy Bennington Museum.

If you go south, plan a stop at the Bennington Museum to see the Grandma Moses exhibit. Open seven days from 10-5 thru October.

Unique Events.

Vermont Craft Council’s Open Studio Weekend (10/14&15) is timed just right. Slow it down, cruise the backroads, buy something gorgeous from the person who made it, and savor the last of the autumn leaves.

October also bring ITV-Fest. Think Sundance but for television. Industry peeps, creators, developers, and fans gather here in MVT for a week of media magic. October 11-15

Fall Flavors.

In this arguably “most delicious” season, our chefs are literally all-stars. As the thermometer falls, watch for cozy cocktails, hearty fare, and a whole new crop of local ingredients. From an array of roasted root vegetables to an irresistible tart tatin to a harvest burger heaped with Vermont cheddar and apple compote. Oh, it is delish wherever you go.

fall flavors

Kid Friendly.

With the family in tow, sample your way around SoVT. Visit historic Hildene for their chevre and say hello to the goats! Visit Taylor Farm in Londonderry and taste the creamiest, most delicious cow’s milk gouda on earth. If you want to pick apples (and we know you do) Mad Tom Orchard in East Dorset is tops. Soak up the pretty views while you pick a wagon load. Fresh cider and Mrs. Murphy’s Donuts on weekends! Check in ahead for picking schedules. Also fun, our farmer’s markets. Get the most complete local list here.

We hope you take a gigantic bite out of Vermont! Need recommendations, have questions — just ask.

Questions, comments, and suggestions welcome about anything and everything Manchester VT!

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    • We’ll be visiting Manchester, VT 10/27-10/30. What recommendations do you have for our family of 9 (ages 9-70). We enjoy outdoor activities (something a little different from…horseback riding, skeet shooting, ATVing, ). We also enjoy festivals, cultural events and shopping.
      Also, is there a good bakery that I could order a birthday cake from?
      Thanks for any suggestions you may have for us! Sally

    • What a great weekend to visit Manchester! Still pretty but a bit quieter than peak foliage. A perfect time to celebrate, Sally 🙂 In response to your questions… 1) Check out clay shooting with Covey & Nye ( ; 2) Plan a visit and tour to Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home ; 3) Book a Group Trail Ride with Deb Hodis ( ; 4) Take a guided tour of the area with Backroads Discovery Tours ; 5) Shop: Visit Orvis (& American Museum of Fly Fishing next door) , Northshire Bookstore (for all ages!!) ; tons of specialty foods shops ; locally owned boutiques, outlets too –> Le Creuset, Eileen Fisher, JCrew, Vineyard Vines, etc (you can find a big list under “shop” on our site. 6) Cake: Call Mother Myrick’s Confectionery at (802) 362-1560 or check out their site ( They’ll take great care of you & everything they make is delicious!! In terms of festive events, there’s a really funky, fun “Canine Howloween” Celebration at the Wilburton Inn. If you’re dog people, you’ll love it. Feel free to shoot us a note for more info. Have a fabulous stay in MVT!!

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