We want you to have an epic time in Vermont and that starts with a perfect place to stay. Choose from boutique hotels and resorts, charming inns and bed and breakfasts, or classic motels. Ask us to help find the best fit for your staycation, long weekend, or family getaway!
Barrows House and its cluster of eight buildings are centered on six acres of lovely gardens, expansive lawns and venerable trees. Lodging options include luxury suites with whirlpool baths and fireplaces, cottages with multiple guest rooms, free-standing homes with living rooms and outdoor seating areas ideal for extended family & friends. In the summer, enjoy our pool and tennis courts. In the winter, warm up by the outdoor fire pit. Whatever the season…there’s always a reason to stay at Barrows House.
Golf is Open for the 2021 Season – Please reserve Tee Times in Advance Please Reservations Only. No Walk Ons.
Hours of Operation: Midweek 9-5pm and Weekends 8-5pm
See you on the course
Nestled at the base of Mount Equinox in the center of Manchester Village, Vermont, The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa embodies all that is quintessential New England. First frequented by Vermont’s Green Mountain Boys, who gathered at the Marsh Tavern in 1769, the Equinox combines a rich sense of history and tradition with superb service and contemporary amenities to make for an easeful, elegant stay. Rooms and suites feature gorgeous views of the mountains, gardens, and historic village center. The resort is year-round playground for lovers of the outdoors, there’s something to entice and engage just about everyone. World-class recreational activities take you from the gently rolling hills of the golf course to the 914 acres of mountain trails right in our backyard. Fly Fish with Orvis’ trained instructors, drive a Land Rover through mountain terrain in any kind of weather, paddle nearby rivers or lakes. The resort is family (and pet) friendly, so bring everyone along!
Dining options include the historic Marsh Tavern, with its sophisticated New-England style cuisine and extensive collection of single malts and craft brews, and the Chop House, with its clean and classic décor and steakhouse menu. For drinks and views, the Falcon Bar offers a panorama of Mount Equinox and open access to the outdoor patio and fire pit, with live local music each Saturday throughout the warmer months. Casual dining is also available in season across the street at the Dormy Grill, overlooking the golf course.
The resort is also poised to pamper with saunas, steam baths, a fitness center, and yoga studio, plus ten treatment rooms with an extensive menu of massages, facials, and body treatments. Schedule appointments well ahead! The resort includes an immaculate, par 71 Walter Travis golf course redesigned by Rees Jones, tennis courts, and access to fly fishing and hiking opportunities at Equinox Pond. Adventurous types, sign up for a Land Rover Driving Experience and Orvis Outdoor Adventure while you’re here.
Pet-friendly hotel near Bromley Mountain and the Appalachian Trail
Escape to the heart of the Green Mountains and enjoy an outdoor pool, sauna, and comfortable guest rooms at The Chalet Motel, A Travelodge by Wyndham. Off VT 11/30, our contemporary, non-smoking hotel is minutes from shopping and dining in the Village of Manchester as well as skiing and snowboarding at renowned ski resorts: Bromley Mountain is less than 10 minutes away and Stratton Mountain is less than 30 minutes away. We’re also close to hiking along the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail, and swimming and boating at Emerald Lake State Park. If you’re flying in, Albany International Airport (ALB) is 60 miles away.
Welcome to North Shire Lodge! Our setting in the historic Battenkill Valley affords sweeping views of the Green and Taconic Mountain Ranges. Guests delight in this special place of tranquility and natural beauty. Set on five-and-a-half acres and surrounded by mountain landscapes, North Shire Lodge is a great option for couples, families, and friends traveling together, family reunions, girlfriend getaways, and those attending events at nearby Manchester venues.
Each of our 14 “attached cabins” is appointed with unique rustic Vermont décor and provides lovely garden, lawn and mountain views, private patio, cathedral ceilings, comfortable beds, ensuite bathroom, coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, and all the conveniences you would expect from a top-rated lodging property. Other amenities include our outdoor swimming pool, onsite parking, free WiFi throughout the property, and the Lodge – a lovely gathering place with a fireplace, comfortable seating and dining tables for the morning meal.
A freshly cooked breakfast is included in the nightly rate for those who book direct. Dishes include our celebrated cornmeal blueberry pancakes and other rotating options like omelets, frittatas, French toast, and freshly baked scones. Coffee and continental breakfast is also available throughout the morning for those looking for a light and quick start to their day.
Whether you spend the day hiking, golfing, fishing, shopping, enjoying local cultural events, or touring the many small towns dotting Southern Vermont, North Shire Lodge is your place to relax, unwind, and soak in a quintessential Vermont mountain view.
Located deep in the heart of the picturesque Green Mountains, the Econo Lodge® in Manchester provides travelers with access to all of the area’s renowned attractions. Spend a day in nature hiking at Emerald Lake State Park or driving along Mount Equinox Skyline Drive, where you will be greeted with panoramic views of three states and five mountain ranges. Skiers will welcome the many options to hit the slopes within an hour—Bromley Mountain is less than 10 minutes away and Stratton Mountain is less than 30 minutes away. Abraham Lincoln’s Family Home, the Hildene House, opens its gardens for Nordic skiers in the winter, and also offers daily tours. We are Pet Friendly!
A destination built on century-old tradition, guests at Seesaw’s Lodge have been celebrating special occasions and making memories for decades. Seesaw’s offers rustic yet luxurious lodging, upscale dining and boasts a unique event venue located at the foot of Bromley Mountain, nestled in the Green Mountains, just a short drive from Manchester. Lodging consists of three cabins and a seven-bedroom classic Vermont lodge with spectacular mountain views. All recently rebuilt with modern comforts in an old Vermont world setting that generously provide for your stay, whether for family reunions, intimate weddings or weeklong retreats. Johnny Seesaw’s Restaurant with its historical indoor firepit is onsite, serving up simple inventive food with deep connections to the surrounding area and inn’s heritage, celebrating Vermont with fresh fare rooted in tradition.
The Lodge & Cabins
Seesaw’s Lodge is all season destination built on century-old tradition of community and camaraderie. Renovated with modern amenities while keeping the style to continue the Seesaw’s tradition and heritage, including wood, slate, marble and exposed beams that have all come from the original construction.
Johnny Seesaw’s Restaurant
Newly restored and thoughtfully re-imagined, the iconic Johnny Seesaw’s Restaurant is back! Having been rebuilt to the original structure using all of the same logs, beams, carvings, murals, fire pit and bar. Come and experience the new Seesaw’s.
Open for snacks, cocktails and restaurant takeout. See website for seasonal hours of operation.
For over 120 years, The Wilburton has offered privacy, inspiration and the most breathtaking views in Southern Vermont. The 30-acre estate, in Manchester Village, is a respite from the world and offers vacation home rentals for your Summer and Winter adventures.
From 1-bedroom romantic guest studios, spacious 2-bedroom cottages, to grand 6 & 8-bedroom private homes or the spectacular turn-of-the-century 11-bedroom luxurious private mansion, the Wilburton offers a wide range of accommodations at affordable rates. Whether you’re an individual traveler, couples looking for a romantic getaway; family looking for larger accommodations or a group of friends or families looking to host your next reunion, the Vacation Home Rentals at the Wilburton have something for everyone.
All lodging features contactless, keyless entry. Our Canine Concierge, Jetson, welcomes dogs (for an additional fee) in all lodging except the Wilburton Mansion.
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As of right now, we are planning to reopen June 11th. We have spent the last 16 months rebranding ourselves to go above and beyond with our guests. The current regulations and guidelines by the state and the CDC are just not who we are. Please be patient with us as we choose to reopen a little later when we can give you the experience you love while staying with us! We will reopen with only our private entrance/exterior entrance rooms and suites for your safety as well. Keeping guests as socially-distant as possible.
July 4th is not that far away! We had a wedding reschedule so our calendar has availability. Don’t you want the best seat in the house for the festivities?! Enjoy cocktails and small plates from Stonewall Tavern while you watch the fireworks! No stress of parking at the rec, just sit on our lawn or hill and enjoy!
The Barnstead Inn is quietly situated, yet just a leisurely stroll of two blocks from the Southern Vermont center of Manchester. This lodging property is loaded with warmth, hospitality and Vermont charm. Features locally sourced, farm-to-table, scratch-made Chef’s special of the day for breakfast.
14 wonderful rooms, spacious, yet cozy—each with private bath, air conditioning, cable television, individual thermostats, courtesy coffee, wireless Internet access, refrigerators, and comfortable beds, are all tucked into a New England carriage house built in the 1830s—its rugged, weathered beams remain as silent reminders of the past.
Guests at The Barnstead are just minutes from all area activities like skiing, shopping, dining, Mount Equinox, Hildene, and Emerald Lake State Park.
The property itself features a garden, terrace, and pool. A continental or buffet breakfast is available every morning at Barnstead.
Our newest addition, the Stonewall Tavern, is a boutique bar with a modern rustic vibe. We serve signature cocktails and craft beers with a light fare menu. Plus our outdoor patio features a fire pit to relax by, enjoy drinks and socialize. Local musicians perform live weekly.
We’ve also added the Local Market gift shop with vendors like Vermont Flannel Company, Dorset Daughters Skin Care, Dorset Maple Reserves syrup, Pitchfork Preserves and Barnstead Inn memorabilia.
Family-friendly, the staff at the inn love helping guests plan daily adventures into the surrounding Green Mountains.
Built in the 1880’s as a private residence, this historical country Inn and the four beautiful acres it resides on, provide visitors with in-town convenience in a lush, country atmosphere. Twenty-one thoughtfully appointedguest rooms, including twelve suites, span three floors of the Main House, Carriage House, and Celebration Barn. Wonderful views of the lawns, gardens, and mountains can be enjoyed throughout the seasons while relaxing on the front porch, sitting by the fire pit, or enjoying the swimming pool. Downtown Manchester and all of its shopping, dining, and recreation are just a short walk away, while wonderful hiking, fishing, biking, golf and more outdoor opportunities are within easy driving distance.
Our breakfast menu is a collection of traditional comfort food favorites and hearty farmhouse classics: buttermilk pancakes, various quiches, french toast, eggs to order, and our famousCottage Cakes. The selection changes daily with specials that give you the opportunity to enjoy a new dish every morning you wake up with The Inn at Manchester.
Offering the best views in Southern Vermont, The Manchester View is an award-winning, fine lodging property, combining the warmth and charm of a family owned, New England country inn with resort-style service and amenities. Seated high up on a hill with magnificent, sweeping views of the historic Route 7A Valley, it is just a mile and a half north of the center of Manchester Village, and two miles south of Dorset Village. The hotel offers convenient proximity to local shops and restaurants, as well as to some of Vermont’s best ski resorts; including Bromley, Stratton and Magic Mountain. Nestled on a tranquil property surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens, the 36 guest rooms, which include specialty rooms, and one and two bedroom suites, are all tastefully appointed, with attractive features like working gas or wood fireplaces, and deep-soaking spa tubs. Every accommodation has its own deck or patio from which the guests can bask in the beauty of the spectacular mountain views. In the summer, there is an outdoor heated pool to relax in, while in the winter, there is nothing better than enjoying the warmth of a cozy fire after an exhilarating day out on the slopes.
Pat and Tom Barnett, the owner-innkeepers of the Manchester View, since 1977, have earned numerous awards and accolades, including the prestigious Three Diamond Award from AAA , and they continue to take pride in offering each guest the best in country elegance and service.
Formerly the Silver Service Bed and Breakfast Inn, Greybourne House is now a whole-house rental available for friends and family to relax and celebrate together.
Nestled in the trees off Route 11/Route 30 in Manchester, Vermont, Greybourne House is a six-bedroom, seven-bath colonial style home over 3 acres. Each bedroom has its own bathroom! Amenities include a chef’s kitchen and gas fireplace in living room; in-bedroom gas fireplaces; jetted jacuzzi tubs; high speed Internet wifi; Smart-TV enabled cable TVs in each bedroom, living room and den; central air conditioning and baseboard heat; oversized two car garage with ample room for ski equipment storage; and pool table, den and bar area in finished basement. Greybourne House is the perfect destination for families and friends looking for a real Vermont experience. Perfect for wedding parties/ family of the bride or groom so everyone can stay together.
Location – Location – Location! Greybourne House is close to:
Skiing at Bromley, Stratton, Okemo, Killington, Magic and Mt. Snow, less than 10 minutes to summer slides, ziplining and other fun at Bromley Mountain
Hiking the Equinox Valley, Prospect Rock (walking distance from Greybourne!) and Lye Brook Falls;
Fly-fishing the famous Batten Kill River;
Just 7 minutes to the Vermont Summer Horse Show and the home of the Vermont Fusion Soccer Team at Applejack Stadium;
Minutes to Hildene and the Southern Vermont Arts Center; and
Excellent restaurants in Manchester and Dorset, Vermont
Why stay in a room, when you can all stay in a luxury home! Our homes, require a one-month minimum stay, except for the months of April, May and November. Added bonus, we do offer discounted seasonal rental rates, for stays greater than two months or more, please inquire via the website. Special 10% discount to all Fire, Police, EMTs Nurses, Doctors, Active Military, & Veterans on a weekly or one-month rental. Please visit our website and take the virtual tour using your keyboard to navigate through every room. www.vermontvacation-rentals.com
We offer two homes, that we designed exclusively for vacation rentals, with fully equipped kitchens right down to an ice cream scoop. Homes have empty closets and dressers with no clutter, as we do not live in either of these homes.
Manchester Sanctuary 1, completed in December 2012, is a beautiful 2,600 sq ft home with 180 degrees views of the mountains and valley. Located just 2 miles from downtown Manchester, it’s nestled on 3.8 private, open rolling acres. With 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, this home is perfect for vacationing families or friends who are looking to enjoy time together without giving up the peace of secluded quarters. The house is ADA accessible with an access ramp and accessible bathroom, which includes zero-threshold tile shower and an accessible-height toilet and sink. Each floor of this magnificent home has a full suite with ensuite bathrooms and sitting areas. The large kitchen, living, and outdoors offer plenty of space for the whole group to eat, play, and enjoy. The lower-level family room features a foosball table, a sleeper sofa, and TV.
Manchester Sanctuary II, completed in 2015, is a magnificent 4-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom, 3,360 square foot home. Also located just 2 miles from downtown Manchester it sits on 2 beautiful, private acres. Perfect for the gathering of large family or a group of friends. The main level offers a wheelchair access ramp, primary bedroom, with ensuite accessible bathroom which includes a zero-threshold shower, accessible height, toilet, and sink. This level also includes a second bedroom with king size bed and ensuite bathroom. All other bedrooms feature ensuite bathrooms. The open floor plan makes gatherings easy and comfortable and the fully equipped kitchen makes cooking for everyone a joy. The lower-level family room has a foosball & air hockey table, plus a Wii, and a Bose surround-sound system. Enjoy the wrap-around deck and take in the fantastic mountain and valley views.
Rental rates include all utilities, electric, heat via mini-split or baseboard, A/C via heat pump, mowing, plowing, trash & recycling removal. We supply firewood for the outdoor fireplaces, and propane for cooking and indoor fireplaces. All linens, towels, starter toilet paper, paper towels, and soaps, shampoo & conditioners are provided for your use during your stay.
Tucked away in the heart of Green Mountain National Forest is the Palmer House Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection, a boutique hotel in Manchester Center, VT. Enjoy year-round activities on lush, 16-acre manicured grounds and expansive amenities that offer so much to do at our resort, you won’t find the need to leave. But should you venture out, we’re less than one mile from quaint outlet shopping and restaurants with a small town feel, and minutes from adventurous ski resorts.
Relax in one of our cozy, yet spacious rooms or suites with mountain or golf course views. Enjoy complimentary breakfast and free high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the property. Plus, an outdoor pool, heated indoor lap pool, 9-hole golf course, 2 tennis courts, stocked trout pond, fitness center, game & vending room, 15-foot communal fire pit with surrounding seating, and a restaurant & bar with a seasonal outdoor patio. The Palmer House Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection provides you with all you need to create lasting memories and a new home-away-from-home.
At Kimpton Taconic Hotel heartfelt human connections are at the center of everything we do. We know when you stay with us, you‘re looking for an incredible travel experience as well as peace of mind. We’ve enhanced our health and cleaning protocols to make sure that our hotel, restaurant, and bar continue to be safe, welcoming spaces for everyone.
One of Manchester’s newest lodging options, Kimpton’s Taconic Hotel has set standards high in all areas of hospitality. Inspired by Vermont’s grand inns of the late nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, Taconic greets its guests with clapboard architecture and a grand front porch just begging to be relaxed upon. Soothing earth-tone palettes, curated local artwork and mountain vistas combined with gracious extras like luxurious Frette linens, plush bathrobes and local craft spirits make staying in any of the Taconic’s guest rooms, suites and cottages an unforgettable experience.
Also in the main house, the Copper Grouse Restaurant & Bar is a favorite with locals and visitors alike, offering a diverse blend of updated, yet unpretentious, classics in the regional New England culinary tradition. Locally sourced ingredients, hand-picked wines, craft-brewed beers and local spirits; need we say more?
Storied Stay is a full-service boutique Vacation Rental Management company serving Southern Vermont. Our primary focus has been on providing an exceptional guest experience at historic properties. We currently offer the following selection of private homes and cottages in Manchester, Vermont:
Enjoy a storied stay at the Wickham House, a postcard-perfect mansion located in the heart of Manchester Village. The house is designated historic by the Manchester Historical Society, within the Manchester Village Historic District, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The Wickham House was originally built in 1790 as a tavern and inn by Captain Peter Black. The inn was later purchased in 1837 by Rev. Dr. Joseph Wickham, legendary headmaster of Burr and Burton Academy. This is a four-bedroom house, which comfortably sleeps up to eight people.
In the mid-1800s, the mother-in-law suite (Novel House) was added to the original Wickham House to accommodate larger families which visited the elegant summer enclave. The home was recently renovated to meet the needs of a modern family, including main floor living, an open kitchen, luxury bathrooms with radiant-heated floors & an en-suite sleeping porch. This is a two-bedroom home, which sleeps up to four adults.
Lyman Cottage affords a completely private getaway, only steps from the Equinox Resort with lots of space to relax and unwind. The cottage is located deep in the backyard behind the Wickham House. This is a one-bedroom cottage, which sleeps up to four people.
One, of a select few, four-diamond lodging properties in Vermont, Ormsby Hill offers ten unique guest rooms and suites. Each is warmly decorated, with a fireplace to keep you cozy, a two-person whirlpool to help you relax, and a luxurious, plush bed to deliver the most restorative sleep ever. Mornings begin with fresh coffee, local fruit, and homemade bread, followed by an amazing main course that will start your day in the best way possible. Spoil yourselves with an indulgent escape to this gorgeous, historic inn.
Our doors are open and we’re accepting reservations!
We take great pride in our award-winning hospitality, guest satisfaction, and cleanliness, and your well-being is our highest priority. We want you to feel confident and rest easy when you stay with us. That’s why we’ve been hard at work implementing even more rigorous protocols including the new Hilton CleanStay program, so from check-in to check-out we’ve got you covered. Leaving you to focus on being outdoors in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont, and enjoying all the fresh air you need.
Hampton Inn & Suites Manchester is set in the picturesque Green Mountains of Southern Vermont. Centrally located in downtown Manchester, the 97 room hotel is within walking distance to local shops, retail outlets, and restaurants.
Reminiscent of a historic New England farmhouse, this uniquely designed hotel embodies tradition with modern sensibilities. Outdoor seating areas with a fire pit and lush landscaping welcome you and make you feel right at home.
The property offers both traditional rooms and studio suites all under one roof, with microwaves, small refrigerators, and coffee makers in every room. So whether you’re traveling as a couple, family, or group, they’ve got you covered!
Along with complimentary hot breakfast and free wi-fi, the hotel also offers coffee and tea 24-7 to get started on your busy days in Manchester.
Stay in the heart of historic Manchester Village at Vermont’s premier small luxury hotel. With unparalleled views of Equinox Mountain from one of their twenty luxurious Rooms and Suites, each room features antique furnishings, fine art, luxury bathrooms and cozy fireplaces. Make a reservation at the restaurant and see why they won the coveted Gold Barn Award for the locally sourced menu featuring contemporary American cuisine paired with an extensive, award-winning wine list in a sophisticated atmosphere.
Whether choosing from their selection of packages or allowing the staff to curate your Vermont experience, The Reluctant Panther provides for all who call it home for a few nights. From fly-fishing to skiing, theatre and the arts, to shopping and farmer’s markets, the Panther takes great pleasure in making every day an unforgettable adventure!
A VERMONT EPICUREAN EXPERIENCE
Enjoy 2 nights accommodation and one memorable dinner in the Panther’s top-rated gourmet restaurant. The Panther’s award-winning chef Sigal Rocklin, recently honored as 2018 Chef of the Year, prepare a tantalizing menu with locally sourced ingredients that deliver a wonderful epicurean adventure.
• Two Nights accommodation in the luxurious room category of your choice
• Three-course dinner for two in the delightful Reluctant Panther Restaurant*
• Complimentary bottle of red or white wine and Vermont artisan cheese plate en suite
• Complimentary in-room breakfast basket for two
*Alcoholic beverages, taxes, and gratuities are additional.
This package is subject to availability and change and cannot be combined with any other package, special offer, or promotion.
Now completely refurbished, The Dorset Inn is renowned locally and nationally for its gracious, welcoming atmosphere and exceptional cooking. Careful attention to the finer details in restoring the Inn are in evidence throughout the historic building: period furnishings and new carpeting and wallpaper amidst well-preserved architectural details in the Inn’s common rooms including wide pine board floors in the living rooms, the restored tavern and the pronounced character of the candlelit dining room. Now and for the past century, Dorset has attracted writers, artists, sports enthusiasts and vacationers to its high meadows, hardwood forests, golf courses and clear, trout-laden streams.
Choose a location for overnight accommodations as unique as the city of Manchester, Vermont. Rustic and eclectic décor matches perfectly with the Vermont experience. Aspen at Manchester is ideal for all travelers; hikers, leaf-lookers, passerby’s, even weddings and events, featuring newly refreshed:
Double Bed Guestrooms
Green Mountain Cottage – Sleeps 10
The grounds include a seasonal outdoor pool with a sundeck area, Aspen outlook with unobstructed views of Equinox Mountain & Green Mountain National Forest, and a gazebo with beautiful views.
Amenities include complimentary breakfast, high-speed internet, and parking. Seasonal firepits featuring smore’s package upon request, onsite guest laundry, boot cleaners throughout property, Serenity Spa and Wellness Center services onsite, complimentary Aspen House bicycles, yoga mats for sunrise or sunset yoga, Meet the Innkeeper Events – Special Meet & Greet for onsite guests, every Friday.
Dear friends, Our 35th anniversary as family innkeepers is the weekend of October 8th! Join us this fall to bask in the spectacular Vermont fall colors and enjoy our Bed & Breakfast Special for Indigenous Peoples Day/ Columbus Day Weekend. Discover Innkeeper Dr. Albert Levis’s monumental Greek God sculptures in collaboration with Vermont artist, Piper Strong.
The Wilburton is a majestic destination resort crowning a 30-acre hilltop estate in Manchester Village, Vermont. With two turn-of-the-century mansions, spacious vacation homes, romantic suites, and marble celebration pavilion, The Wilburton is a canvas for the Vermont vacation of your dreams. We specialize in destination weddings, family reunions, corporate retreats, ski season rental homes and destination celebrations.
The hilltop resort accommodates 100 lodging guests. Another 35 guests can stay nearby at The Battenkill Valley Mansion and more at Levity Mountain Farm. The Marble Pavilion hosts catered celebrations for up to 225 guests.
Four hours from New York City and 3.5 hours from Boston, The Wilburton transports you to a world away.
We provide keyless check in and deep cleaning between guests. We are only offering breakfast for group events and special packages. Most rooms have refrigerators, coffee machines and outdoor seating. Manchester’s shops and restaurants are only 1 mile away. Call family innkeeper, Melissa at 917-680-6739 to find your perfect lodging.
As we sing in The Wilburton theme song, “We didn’t buy it to run it like a Hyatt.” Our family bought The Wilburton 35 years ago to share our love of Vermont and hospitality with you. We look forward to welcoming you to Vermont!
—The Levis Family Innkeepers: Albert, Tajlei, Melissa, Oliver, Max & Jetson, the Canine Concierge
To create relationships that enrich the experience of recovery and preserve our history as the birthplace and childhood home of Bill Wilson.
To be the destination for people in recovery.
In his role as co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Wilson was by far one of the most influential people of the 20th century. In creating this program, Bill has been instrumental in literally saving the lives of millions of people across the globe and created a transformative, universal support system for those in recovery. The Twelve Step program he and Dr. Bob founded continues to do the same in the 21st century.
Bill’s story starts with his birth in East Dorset on November 26, 1895, in the Wilson House, his paternal grandparents’ hotel in East Dorset, Vermont across the street from the train station He lived nearby for the first five years of his life. The family then moved to Rutland, Vermont, until his parent’s divorce in 1906. That same year, his mother made the decision to go to Boston to train as an osteopath. She left Bill and his younger sister Dorothy with her parents in their East Dorset home across the street from the Wilson House. The grandparents’ home, complete with Bill’s second floor bedroom, is part of the Wilson House property and open to the public.
Bill spent a happy childhood and adolescence in and around East Dorset. He hunted small game, fished in small streams and at nearby Emerald Lake, and learned to play the violin. His grandparents had the means to send him to the then-private high school, Burr and Burton, a few miles away in Manchester. He was class president, captain of the baseball team and played lead violin in the school orchestra. From this, one can perhaps gain an early glimpse of Bill’s drive to be the best at everything he did. During his senior year, following the death of a young woman with whom he was in love, he suffered his first bout with depression, which delayed his actual graduation for a few months following commencement exercises. While nobody could foresee what was to come, Bill Wilson went on to become the most consequential person ever to graduate from his high school alma mater.
When Bill attended Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, he frequently returned home to spend time with his grandparents. This is a pattern that would continue for the rest of his life. He and his wife Lois, who had her own connections to East Dorset, visited for extended periods of time every year. This was home. Naturally, when Bill died, he was buried here.
Today, East Dorset remains the small town of Bill’s childhood. The main street still contains most of the tidy colonial homes he walked among for so many years. . Stately Burr and Burton Academy, nearing its two-hundredth year of operations, and where Bill spent four formative years, is a stop for any visit. Emerald Lake, where Lois’s parents owned a summer cottage, is a beautiful Vermont State Park. The East Dorset Cemetery where Bill, his mother, sister, grandparents, and his wife Lois are buried in a family plot, is just a couple of minutes away and a pilgrimage for most Wilson House visitors.
Bill Wilson’s soul resides at the Wilson House, where he was born, where his work continues, and which remains at the heart of the town he never really left. Just as the Wilson House gave birth to Bill W, it remains a life-giving refuge for those in recovery. You will feel welcome, and leave enriched by the experience of your visit.