Nestled in the heart of the Green Mountains, this former iron-mining town today is the quintessential Vermont getaway, complete with a white steeple church, antique shops and cozy country inns. Manchester is a true all-season destination. In winter, skiers arrive to hit the downhill slopes at nearby Bromley and Stratton Mountains or the cross-country trails at Hildene. Spring and summer bring hikers who can opt for easy treks through Merrick Forest or more challenging ones like Prospect Rock, a three-mile hike, mostly uphill, that offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains as reward to those who make it. Manchester fly-fishing is also a popular pastime, drawing enthusiasts from around the country who come to learn or hone their skills. Big name outlet stores in Manchester Center draw shoppers year-round. In the fall, it's all about foliage. Enjoy the vibrant colors from a canoe on the mighty Battenkill River, a bicycle along a scenic path or kick back and take it all in from a comfy rocking chair on the porch of a historic inn. No matter what your vantage point, the show is always spectacular.
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4.5 based on 133 reviews
We stop in occasionally for a dozen donuts and an egg sandwich. It's not fancy, but the food is fresh and the staff is friendly. It's so much better than a chain donut.
5 based on 568 reviews
Small unique restaurant run by the chef/owner and wife. Wonderful selection of starters and entrees. Bread pudding with coconut anglaise is a winner. Wine selection is small but completely compliments the menu. The service is friendly and knowledgeable. By far my favorite restaurant in Manchester for one or two couples.
4.5 based on 65 reviews
Open since 1977, Mother Myrick’s Confectionery, with their famous buttercrunch toffee, caramels and chocolate assortments, is a local landmark to all who know Manchester, Vermont. Owners Ron and Jacki have cultivated a robust and popular catalog of artisanal chocolates, gorgeous pastries and decadent cakes, using only the finest of ingredients. Their famous Buttercrunch is made with Vermont’s own Cabot Creamery butter.<br><br>The retail shop is bright, fun, and makes people of all ages “a kid in a candy store.” Imagine the aroma of just-baked pies, sample the beloved Lemon LuLu Cake, and try a bite of Ron’s signature buttercrunch with its crisp toffee center, dipped in chocolate and rolled in fine almonds and cashews. Open every day!<br><br>Through their 40 years, Ron and Jacki have hosted memorable events to bring residents & visitors together. Their annual Summer Reading Program for kids K-6, their monthly Buttercrunch giveaway, and their Easter Egg Decorating Contest are all favorites.
Not a bunch of care going into these creations - but some. I always go in expecting to find something exciting or beautiful, but haven't had that experience yet. Just lacking creativity maybe. You can always get their homemade chocolate in the case - it's fine.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Ye Olde Tavern is open daily... Cocktails start at 4:30pm and Dinner is from 5:00pm with last seating at 9:00pm. Reservations are always suggested. Our Tavern is handicapped accessible and attire is casual neat. Ye Olde Tavern has private rooms for meetings and special events, such as Brunch, Lunch, Dinner and Cocktails. We can serve up to 90 people in the entire circa 1790 Colonial Inn.The State of Vermont has recognized our circa 1790 Colonial Inn as a 'Green Restaurants'. Wine Spectator & Wine Enthusiast Magazine have recognized our Wine List as one of the best in the country. Minna & Michael Brandt- Proprietors Cassandra Bender- General Manager Cliff Cooper- Executive Chef Reservations are suggested.
With a roaring fire blazing on a winter’s night, there’s nothing quite like the coziness of the historic Ye Olde Tavern. This is not a restaurant for nouvelle cuisine, but rather American comfort food. The dinner menu boasts American favorites such as Roasted Turkey with Dressing, Twin Lobster Tails, Liver with Bacon and Onions, Yankee Pot Roast, etc. All entrees are served with salad, a hot loaf of bread, and cranberry corn fritters with housemade delectable strawberry butter. Ye Olde Tavern has a charm all its own that hasn’t diminished since we discovered it on our first trip to Manchester more than eight years ago.
4.5 based on 359 reviews
A casual dining experience offering exceptional meals at breakfast and dinner. All of our sauces, soups and dressings our handcrafted on our property. We serve prime cut steaks, fresh seafood, pork loin (one of the favorites after the steaks and seafood) at dinner, along with hamburgers, salads and panini's. Nipper's has become popular amongst the locals and tourist for serving up outstanding fresh food. Whenever possible we use all local produce or preferably the vegetables come from our own organic or hydroponic gardens. At breakfast we offer 11 different kinds of eggs benedicts and you are able to choose from 2 or 3 eggs. We offer a variety of griddle items (cinnamon french toast, pancakes and more) with mix or max options. Of course our corned beef hash is homemade. We have a variety of omelettes and you are able to have them prepared with egg whites if you like. We are located 1.5 miles North of town on route 7A - Go the extra mile, we do.
We came here on a whim and both thought the food was pretty good for the money. Our waitress was also the server, hostess, busboy and probably cook. The only odd thing about Nippers is the unusual policy of automatically tacking on an 18 percent gratuity. Mind you, this was not for large parties only. Our 31.00 check was inflated to cover the "expected" tip. Since I usually tip 20 percent it was their loss though. Still, I hated the concept and will not be returning,
4.5 based on 381 reviews
Owned by an ACF "Vermont Chef-of-the-Year", serving quality food for a moderate price & open 7 nights a week! Patio seating available in warm weather. Choose from a lunch, bar or dinner menu in a casual atmosphere. We also carry a late night menu on Friday and Saturday and will gladly do take-out food anytime. STEAK, SEAFOOD, SALAD BAR, SPIRITS, SPORTS BAR...Raven's Den Steakhouse and Taproom has been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews. The restaurant is spacious and welcoming with its simple, clean rustic/industrial design. Some unique features are: an all-you-can-eat salad bar with seasonal local produce (included with your dinner entrée), craft cocktails, relaxing seating area in front of a large stone fireplace in the taproom, wines-on-tap, award-winning wine collection with one of the largest (& guaranteed fresh) wines-by-the-glass list. There is an attractive taproom (lodge-like) ambience offering craft cocktails, 11 beer taps & hard cider, 5 wine taps, plus 4 HD televisions to watch the game. We have a professional & friendly staff who look forward to serving you.
Stopped in for a quick lunch. Onion soup was fantastic, as was the house salad. Service was friendly and accommodating. A bit pricey, but the quality, service and atmosphere provided for a nice experience overall.Hi Anthony - thank you for the great review. Please stop by again and try us for dinner sometime. We serve dinner 7 nights a week and lunch on the weekends. ~ Nancy
4.5 based on 235 reviews
I really enjoy their burritos, whether with one of the standard proteins or the daily special. It's a filling, affordable place to either eat in or get a take out meal for the whole family.
4.5 based on 754 reviews
Very unique menu with choices such as venison and elk sausages. We went for breakfast one day last week, and it's good we got there early because it's a small place and after a short time, there was a long wait to get in. I ordered an omelet with Brie, apples and bacon. It was fabulous. Fresh raspberry jam was served, which was an extra special touch. I will definitely go back if I ever vacation there again. Would love to try out more from their menu.
4.5 based on 115 reviews
We stopped in hungry before an afternoon hike. We left satisfied. Zoey's has a great array of specialty sandwiches which are made quickly while you wait in line. It's not one of those places where the bread is thick and the stuff inside is skimpy. No, the bread is good and there's lots of good stuff to make your sandwich delicious. We took our food outside and ate in our car since the tables outside were filled. This is a very good place to know about, and it's right off the main road near the heart of town.
4.5 based on 329 reviews
It's often hard to choose between the daily special and the excellent regular menu items. My wife and I will often have a hard time choosing two items to split. Service is friendly, and the food is always good.
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