Whether you’re hiking through on the Appalachian Trail or planning a family adventure, Manchester and the Mountains has it all; world-class golf courses, yoga workshops, fly fishing lessons, and adventure parks. You can experience our valleys and mountains with an expert, or simply relax with friends. Take the bikes off-road, float all day on a lake, or hop a gondola to a breathtaking summit. Sky's the limit in MVT!
ARTS AND CULTURAL EXPERIENCES IN MANCHESTER
Whether you’re looking for adventure or just a quiet escape, Manchester is just the place. For a quaint mountain town, we’ve got all the big perks; world-class heritage sites, award winning cultural venues, incredible galleries and museums, and recreational activities to suit even the most ardent enthusiast.
Land Rover Experience Centers will resume operations and safely offer a range of physically distanced drive experiences from August 1, 2020.
We want to assure you that every precaution is being taken to protect the health and safety of our guests and local staff. In prioritizing health, safety, while still creating a day to remember, Land Rover Experience has implemented the following actions:
All guests will be required to undergo a temperature check and wear a face mask upon arrival and when outside their vehicle. Additional PPE equipment (gloves and hand sanitizer) will be provided complementary – or feel free to bring your own.
All vehicles will be sanitized before every experience.
Guests and staff will be physically distanced in separate vehicles. Instructors will coach guests and marshall the course via two-way radios.
Food and beverages will be boxed or pre-packaged and served in an open area while respecting social distancing.
We know that it has been a while and you are looking forward to your off-road experience. Please know that safety is our top priority while creating a memorable and exciting day. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your local Center.
If learning how to drive a really nice Land Rover through rough Vermont terrain sounds fun to you (and it should!), take a lesson or two from the new Land Rover Experience Driving School on their 80-acre, purpose-built course. Open year-round and offering off-road driving instruction in all conditions, drivers face numerous challenges and learn techniques on ascents, descents, side tilts, and rocky terrain. Course terrain and technique difficulty are matched to each driver’s skill, and more advanced drivers are invited to explore the school’s expansive trails through the Green Mountains.
Located on 412 acres in Manchester Village, the historic Lincoln family estate, built by Presidential son Robert Lincoln and his wife Mary, is a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or a fan of gorgeous architecture, Hildene offers amazing grounds and gardens, trails, Hildene Farm (including goat dairy, cheesemaking facility, and both animals and production gardens in the dene), informative tours, engaging exhibits, and a fabulous museum store. Don’t miss the restored 1903 Pullman railcar “Sunbeam” and the “Many Voices” exhibit (the southernmost stop on Vermont’s African American Heritage Trail). Particularly special times of year to visit include peony season from late-May through mid-June (thousands of flamboyant blooms in the formal garden) and a Victorian Christmas (the home is bedecked in holiday finery, as thought it were Christmas in 1912). Manchester’s most popular visitor destination, Hildene is a favorite of ours in every season. Not to miss!
Looking around town this past year, it is clear that many have rediscovered their bicycles, families, and local hidden treasures. Umbrellas and outdoor seating popped up everywhere, making it easy to spend the day biking, eating, and breathing outdoors in Manchester.
If you are slow to the movement and need a place to start – bike the River Road on a foggy morning to Hill Farm Road or the Chiselville covered bridge; meander on the Dorset West Road after lunch; or fly down Union Street in the early evening. Better yet, start with the newest edition in town . . .
Manchester Rec Path & Historic Marble Rail Trail
Downtown Manchester Center to North Road
There is a continuous path from Manchester Center’s Historic Business District to rural North Road. The wide crushed stone path starts to the right of the basketball court at Manchester Elementary & Middle School (MEMS) on Memorial Ave and ends at the North Road parking lot across from Squires Road. It is 5.5 miles roundtrip. Visit Bike Manchester VT for the map and more details.
The Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, also known as the Rec. Park by local residents, was named in honor of Police Chief Dana L. Thompson, who was killed in the line of duty in 1972. The Park encompasses more than 88 acres, the newly erected Park House, 6 lane swimming pool, diving board and kiddie pool, three baseball diamonds, multipurpose athletic fields, three playgrounds for kids of all ages, one-mile walking path, a dog park that is owned and operated by the Manchester Dog Park (a not-for-profit organization), skateboard park, outdoor basketball courts and three tennis courts. A trail in the northeast corner of the Park leads to Riley Rink and a trail in the southeast corner leads to Manchester Elementary-Middle School (MEMS) and downtown Manchester. Limited public WiFi is available near the Park House, including Applejack Field, Eckhardt Field and McClellan Field. Restrooms are available at the Park House, on the south side of the building. The Park is open daily until 10:00 PM and is located off of Bonnet Street (Route 30) on Recreation Park Road in Manchester Center. Click her to view a Visitors’ Map of the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park.
HITS is pleased to announce its partnership with John Ammerman and the Vermont Summer Festival will continue into 2021 and beyond. HITS will be the acting Show Management for the Vermont Summer Festival that has been a mainstay of East Coast show jumping for decades.
The six-week USEF Premier/4*-rated Festival off ers a boutique-style horse show just outside picturesque Manchester, Vermont. Nestled between the Green and Taconic mountains, and known for its ‘small town charm’ and ‘big city style,’ Manchester boasts spectacular scenery, myriad cultural pursuits, premium shopping and recreational activities unique to every season.
Seven Springs Garden and Sculpture Park is located in Manchester, Vermont between the Green Mountains to the east and the Taconic Range to the west. The name “Seven Springs” refers to the seven springs that run on the surrounding property and figured prominently in its history. The land was first settled before the Revolutionary War and farmed for generations.
In the 1920s the Doubleday publishing family purchased the property as a summer getaway. In 1931, the Doubleday family sold the property to Lowrie and Hortense Childs. It remained in the Childs family for three generations.
Hortense was an avid gardener who designed and built the formal rose garden next to the main house as well as the border gardens around the house and the fountain garden in the front yard. Hortense’s grandson Pete and his wife Jane, the last of the Childs family owners, cared for and added to the gardens from 1976-1997.
The property was purchased by Stan and Sylvia Stroup in 1997. Over the years following their purchase, the Stroups converted the pasture behind the main house into gardens and added a Japanese and woodland garden. Their interest in sculpture led to the addition of a sculpture collection set in complementary garden rooms.
Seven Springs Garden and Sculpture Park is a labor of love that has been built and cared for by four generations of dedicated gardeners and art lovers. We hope that you love it too.
Book Your Visit
Seven Springs is open to the public on Thursdays and Saturdays from July 10 to September 25. Book your visit here.
For groups larger than eight people, or if you’d like a guided tour, contact us.
4 CHAMBER CONCERTS Thursdays in July • 7:30pm • Arkell Pavilion, SVAC
Manchester Music Festival presents four Thursdays of world-class musicians performing chamber masterworks spanning the classical period through the 21st century. Sit indoors or bring a chair and join us in the Grove for an open-air, casual listening experience.
SATURDAY SALON RECITALS Saturdays in July • 5pm • Yester House Gallery, SVAC These solo or duo performances provide the audience with an opportunity to experience renowned musicians in a different light. Stay after for a meet-n-greet reception with the artist(s).
YOUNG ARTISTS CONCERTS Sundays • July 10, 17, 24 • 5pm • Arkell Pavilion, SVAC
MMF Young Artists Concerts are an exciting opportunity to see the next generation of performing musicians. Featuring our Young Artists (ages 18-26) in performance of full chamber works.
WEEK5Shapeshifter Concert: AARON DIEHL JAZZ TRIO Thursday, August 4 • 7:30pm • Arkell Pavilion, SVAC
MMF’s Week5 shapeshifter concert features classically trained pianist Aaron Diehl, one of the most sought-after jazz virtuosi of his generation. The Aaron Diehl Trio will perform Mirror, a program reflecting two worlds of music across time, melding the improvisational spirit of jazz with the compositional technique of Bach.
AN ORCHESTRAL EVENING Thursday, September 1 • 7:30pm • Arkell Pavilion, SVAC From Carnegie Hall to the green mountains of Vermont, MMF is delighted to welcome the musician-led, Grammy-award winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to the stage.
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA Thursday, September 15 • 7:30pm • Arkell Pavilion, SVAC A Night at the Opera returns, featuring the extraordinarily talented singers of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, performing a dazzling selection of operatic works with piano accompaniment.
Manchester Music Festival is a non-profit organization that offers classical chamber music performances and music education of the highest caliber in order to engage the public and encourage the enjoyment of this art form.
The Festival’s artistic director, Adam Neiman, is hailed as one of the premiere pianists, composers, and entrepreneurs of his generation. He makes frequent appearances at prestigious festivals around the world, is an honors graduate of The Juilliard School, and is currently Chair of Classical Performance Studies and Assistant Professor of Piano at the Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts. His multifaceted career includes maintaining an active profile as a composer and serving as the founder and CEO of the Aeolian Classics record label.