72 Hours in MVT

72 Hours in Manchester, VT

We’re a foodie town and we don’t fool around. We’ve filled a three day weekend with local treasures and culinary adventures — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Day One: Books, Boutiques, and Brews

Get a fix of true SoVT flavor at Up for Breakfast on Main Street. Go for Pear Pecan Buttermilk Pancakes or a Red Flannel Omelet bursting with corned beef brisket, peppers & onions, shredded potatoes, and sharp Vermont cheddar. Bring cash and expect a wait – it’s worth it. Explore 10,000 square feet of book-loving bliss at Northshire Bookstore. Then sift through your spoils with latte in hand at the adjoining Spiral Press.


From the bookstore, make a beeline to Kate Spade and Eileen Fisher. Stroll through SoRo (south of the rotary) for TSE Cashmere, lingerie boutique JOY All Things Underthings, and upscale consignment shop, Zippy Chicks. Whet your whistle with a stop at The Crooked Ram. End the day with Chef Vanessa Davis’ soulful seasonal menu at Kimpton Taconic’s Copper Grouse.

Day Two: Local Flavors

Mix in with the locals at the Works for bagels and lox. Load up on VT kitsch at Above All Vermont. Grab a lesson (book ahead) at Manchester Hot Glass. Lunch deserves a visit to Al Ducci’s Italian Pantry before exploring vintage-stocked Maiden Lane next door. Find inspiration at Tilting at Windmills (around the corner) and Helmholz Fine Art (across the street).


Furry friends in tow or at home? Pick out something special at Pet Etc before you loop back through Depot 62. Funky furniture, Turkish rugs, art and ephemera, and an incredible Mediterranean restaurant inside the shop  — a Yankee Magazine editor’s choice. But, save room for Silver Fork. Six tables, bar seating, and a tour de force menu by Chef Mark with consummate hosting and cocktails by his wife and partner, Melody.

Day Three: History & Habitats

Fuel up with a stack of good-as-grandma’s French Toast and pure Vermont syrup at Little Rooster Café before you tackle the mile-long trek to Equinox Pond. Get an official intro to the home of fly fishing at the Orvis Flagship Store.


Take a tour of Hildene the Lincoln Family Home (stock up on their chevre to take home) then on to Ye Olde Tavern for New England comfort fare and vintage cocktails. Call ahead for a spot by one of the cozy fireplaces. Cap the evening and weekend with cheese and chocolate at the Equinox Hotel’s Falcon Bar.

Want to share your adventure with us? Tag #ManchesterVT wherever you go!

Pictured (clockwise from top) Day One: Copper Grouse’s signature Burger, stock at Crooked Ram, fancies at Zippy Chicks. Day Two: Dining Room at Al Ducci’s, Stephen Schaub’s “Girl on the Dunes” at Helmholz Fine Art, Handcrafted Cards at Depot 62. Day Three: A winter walk at Equinox Pond, Historic Hildene, Baked Brie & Vermont Apples at Ye Olde Tavern. 


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

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