Fall Life in Manchester

Fall Life in Manchester


Manchester, Vermont is a beautiful place to visit all year round – and an even more wonderful place to live! Autumn’s crisp air, colorful trees, and scenic beauty make it one of the most sought-after locations to visit and to live. Whether you’re visiting for the first time, returning, or are already living here, there is nothing quite like the Autumn experience in Vermont.

Locals know that being nestled between the Green and Taconic Mountain Ranges provides majestic views and the best outdoor adventures. They relish in all that Manchester has to offer while they TASTE, SHOP, and EXPERIENCE this quintessential New England town. With world-class recreational activities, state-of-the-art facilities, award-winning schools, and premiere arts & cultural events, it’s easy to understand why folks have made Manchester, VT their home, and why visitors flock back year after year.

Want to know what Manchester Living is all about? Come STAY at one of our boutique hotels, charming inns, or re-inspired motels to experience it for yourself. Browse our designer outlets and locally-owned shops. Walk our marble sidewalks. Dip into New England history. Get to know the people and personalities that make Manchester unique. Connect with any number of our talented real estate agents, professional service providers, and school and civic leaders. Once you visit Manchester you will find it hard to leave. Never miss the Autumn glory again.

Locals love the Manchester Farmers Market – a chance to be downtown every Thursday. Local farmers, artisans, and food makers fill Adams Park while live music spills out into the surrounding streets. Be sure to stop by soon because it only lasts through October! While in downtown Manchester, locals and visitors enjoy the Manchester Riverwalk. It loops around the Factory Point Green and offers a peaceful trail along the river in the heart of Manchester.

Locals love to walk and have lots of options. From downtown, take the walking path up Bonnet Street to the Dana Thompson Memorial Park. There you’ll find the mile loop around the park which expands another 2 miles north along the historic route of the old Marble Rail trail. Walk or bike especially during these autumn months as the trails provide for a beautiful adventure. Learn more at BikeManchesterVT.com!

Fall means winter is not that far away and many of those already in the area look to fall as a sort of “last call” for outdoor chores before winter takes over. Install that mudroom you’ve always wanted, build that firepit, and make sure you’re prepared for when it’s time to turn the thermostat back up.

There are many helpful and talented service providers around town to help with all types of projects. rk Miles. There you will find a staff that is knowledgeable and who will know how to help. They have hardware and tools, paint, lumber, and so much more. No job is too big or small.

When it comes to backyard landscaping or building a new structure, Vermont can provide some difficult terrain. Let Holt Gilmour Survey Associates help! They assist with construction layout, boundary surveys, and wastewater design! Now that you have the design, don’t forget to visit Equinox Valley Nursery for all your plants and Fall décor.

Another important chore not to overlook is to ensure your heating is ready to go for the coming months of winter. Luckily, there are some options to how locals heat their homes. For oil and propane heating systems, get in touch with Cota & Cota Oil who can help take the worry out of heating your home! They also help with water heaters, space heaters, and thermostats; and if you have a hard-to-heat area, talk to them about their direct vent heaters! For those of you looking for renewable sources, and Vermont Renewable Fuels is here to help. Their softwood pellets help with carbon footprint reduction and are easy to use!

equinox pond fall boat

Equinox Preserve In Fall

Ready to move to Manchester? There are a number of local realtors who can help. Located in the old Kimball Gristmill in the middle of town is the Wohler Realty Group. The Wohler Realty Group team’s personal experience as second homeowners and Vermont property owners gives them a keen insight into the Vermont Lifestyle. Their knowledge and experience with resort and second home real estate is extensive with a strong record of referrals and repeat clients.

Just across the street is TPW Real Estate. TPW is a family-owned company that provides real estate sales services, seasonal & annual rentals, and professional community and property management. TPW’s team of accredited managers have a comprehensive understanding of the maintenance, management, and overall needs of all types of residential and commercial properties. They “Know Just the Place”!

From homestead to historic, Village convenience to endless acreage, the real estate in Manchester offers spectacular options for a family home, second home, or investment opportunity, in one of the most beautiful and convenient areas in Southern Vermont. Explore the feature listings of Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty to find the perfect Manchester home for you.

Josiah Allen Real Estate is another great option and is Southern Vermont’s oldest continuously-operated real estate brokerage, serving home buyers and sellers in the Dorset, Manchester, and Stratton Region for six decades.

Choosing a home among the many beautiful properties around Manchester will be a fun adventure, but it’s always best to be prepared. There are a number of helpful agencies around town to offer guidance and support. Located on bonnet street, W.H. Shaw Insurance Agency offers home, business, automobile, and life insurance. Just around the corner on Main Street is Finn & Stone Insurance who can help you manage and plan for all your potential risks. Another family-owned independent insurance & financial services firm close by is The Richards Group which was founded back in 1867.

Manchester’s historical architecture adds a special allure to go along with the changing of the seasons knowing that many of the buildings have weathered through fall hundreds of times. Vermont’s beauty during autumn is so captivating, you’ll be asking yourself why you haven’t settled in Manchester sooner. So maybe now is the time to look at Manchester and consider joining us as a local!


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

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