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Manchester, Vermont

Vermont: Exploring Manchester, the Mountains and the Shires

By Jody Sidle Short

As I look around me, all I can see are green mountains with the mist burning off them in the morning sun; it’s a breath-taking sight that has me momentarily silent. I have wanted to visit the area of Southern Vermont known as Manchester and the Mountains in the Shires of Vermont for many years, so when this opportunity arose I jumped at it.

Total Serenity at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

I start my explorations at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, located in Manchester at the foot of Mount Equinox. As I cross the dene on its floating boardwalk, the sun is getting warmer and I can now see the peaks of the mountains. There are butterflies and dragonflies fluttering about, and I feel a tranquillity that consumes me and makes me want to stay just a bit longer.

Soon, I remember that I have signed up for a tour of the estate, so I make my way toward the old home of Robert Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s son. Hildene is a beautiful historic home with one of the most gorgeously landscaped gardens I have ever seen. After the tour, I wander down to the Farm in the Dene where I can meet the resident goats, and witness them being milked as well as the cheese-making process. I’m in awe of how pet-like they are, and it takes me no time at all to fall in love with these playful creatures.

Thrill Rides at Bromley Mountain, Vermont’s Summer Adventure

After a short drive to Bromley Mountain in Peru, I’m greeted with the sounds of people having an enormous amount of fun. Laughter and screams fill the air, and the smiling faces match the sounds. From the giant swing and bungee trampoline to the alpine and water slides, there are so many thrill rides to try! The zip line eventually catches my attention, and after just a short wait, I board the ski lift that takes me up to what would be my thrill of the day! The Sun Mountain Flyer was a new concept for me; it’s a seated zip line that bursts through a gate before propelling you down the course of the mountain. The views of the surrounding mountains were quite spectacular, only adding to the rush!

Artsy Village Charm in Manchester

After my exhilarating time at Bromley Mountain, I head back into Manchester for a coffee, shopping and dinner. First, I browse the famed Northshire Bookstore; it has the biggest selection of books and gifts in a local book shop that I’ve ever seen. I even get to meet the owner, who couldn’t have been more accommodating. Just across the street, I notice a gallery called Epoch 18, so I make my way over to have a look. Not only do I discover an eclectic and beautiful collection of artwork, I also learn that every day, a different artisan runs the gallery and offers information about his or her creative process.

I spent a long time browsing then crossed the street to a Thai restaurant and ordered food to go. I make my way back to The Arlington Inn, my hotel for the night, where I enjoy my meal in a gazebo under the stars. What a perfect ending to my perfect day in Southern Vermont.

For more information, please visit us:

Official Manchester & the Mountains in the Shires of Vermont Travel Information

When you go


Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
Bromley Mountain, Vermont’s Summer Adventure

Exploring Manchester

Northshire Bookstore
Epoch 18
Arlington Inn

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Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Shires of Vermont

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