Fall Fun in Manchester

Fall Fun in Manchester, Vermont


We’re approaching that transitional time of the year again when the Green and Taconic Mountains provide visitors and locals alike with incredible colors, enhancing our already beautiful views. Our region offers some of the most scenic year-round vistas, even more unforgettable during the Fall. Even a simple drive on a backroad can unexpectedly lead to a picture-perfect scene. But the feeling of walking down the marble sidewalks as the colorful, fallen leaves crunch under your feet, will certainly make you feel like a kid again. Pile up the leaves and jump into Manchester, VT.

Manchester has many wonderful locations that can provide breathtaking views and memorable experiences. A local favorite any time of the year is Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home. The incredible historic preservation is a draw in itself, but the grounds provide another beautiful reason to visit. And during the fall the back gardens provide incredible views of the Green Mountains. Also, be sure to stop by the Hildene Farm to say hello to some of the animals! Another local year-round favorite, the Southern Vermont Arts Center, showcases some of the best art in New England and offers the perfect place to see Autumn in all its glory. Outdoor sculptures sprinkled in the fields and woodlands offer the perfect visual Fall experience.

Further opportunities for beautiful vistas await you at the American Museum of Fly Fishing thanks to their proximity to the Orvis fields and ponds. Take in the scenery with a walk around the beautiful grounds and be sure to stop in to learn a bit more about Fly Fishing! Coming up on September 1st, they will be hosting an outdoor screening of their Fly Fishing Film Tour right on the Orvis lawn. Click Here to find out more!

To fully immerse yourself among the changing leaves, try the Land Rover Driving Experience. You’ll get behind the wheel of a new Land Rover with a helpful guide at your side, as you traverse a few wooded backtrails in Manchester. Take it easy on some of the more open trails, or try your hand at some of the more challenging terrain to see those impressive machines in their element. If you’re looking for something with a little less of an adrenaline rush, check out the Historic Marble Rail Trail in the heart of town. This 2.5-mile scenic trail is nestled between the Green and Taconic Mountain ranges and offers some of the most breathtaking views as you walk or bike through the valley. Need a bike? Stop by Battenkill Bicycles to rent your ride.

Backroads Discovery Tours

Discover Southern Vermont’s history, beauty, local lore, and fun facts, all while being chauffeured around the region by the experts at Backroad Discovery Tours! Gather a small group of friends to be or go it alone and make new friends. Dick and Sharon will take you to some of the most popular drives and pit stops in our area.

Stretch your legs at the spacious Seven Springs Garden & Sculpture Park, just a hop, skip, and a jump from downtown Manchester. Relax in the serenity of nature and enjoy the beauty of art against the backdrop of the majestic Green Mountains. 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.

One of the must-stops is to the Equinox Valley Nursery where you can get everything you need to decorate and have your space looking festive! They offer wreaths, flowers, pumpkins, gourds, and even corn stalks! And, of course, you have to try “Roger’s Famous” Cider Doughnuts.  Enjoy hot & cold apple cider, pumpkin bread, pumpkin ice cream, pies, fall harvest apples, Vermont artisanal cheese, and more. Take a wagon ride out to the “North Field” for spectacular foliage views of the Green Mountains and majestic Mount Equinox. Then get lost in their crazy corn maze, filled with surprising characters to help you along the way, or help you get lost!




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