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Summer Happenings

Manchester Vermont Summer Activities

Local Activities To Fall In Love With

During the Summer, Vermont truly comes alive. Visitors will fall in love with the lush greenery and exploring stunning nature trails just moments away from Kimpton Taconic Hotel. Prefer to participate in local events? Check out the Vermont Summer Festival to watch a world class riding competition.

Outdoor Activities

It’s in the summer that you really see where Vermont got its name… The Green Mountain State flourishes with green trees, babbling brooks, and pleasant days. Try Lye Brook Falls , The Equinox Preserve , Prospect Rock or the Bromley Mountain Trail , or the famous Long Trail to get moving in the fresh air.

Prefer a set of clubs to a walking stick? We’ve got you covered – contact our front desk for exclusive preferred rates on tee times at Manchester Country Club . MCC is also a great place to play tennis, on their signature red clay courts.

Bringing the family? Choose your own summer adventure at Bromley Mountain Adventure Park . They offer family fun activities from water rides to climbing walls to a scenic chair lift (and more!). All this just 15 minutes from the Taconic…

If you’re ready to depart dry land and spend the day traversing the waters in a kayak or canoe, our friends at Vermont River Runners will help you plan your ideal day on the Battenkill.

Some adventurers prefer to forge their path behind a steering wheel. If this sounds like you, the Land Rover Driving Experience is your opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Land Rover and head off-road for an exciting, challenging drive.

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Arts + Culture

The arts come out to play in summer in Manchester! There’s no better time to catch some live music, to see some fine paintings up close, or to experience the thrill of live theatre. From festivals to concerts to shows, sometimes the hardest part is choosing. The Southern Vermont Arts Center offers a world-class arts experience of the arts to Manchester locals and visitors. Situated on 100 acres of pristine forest, you’ll find permanent and rotating gallery exhibitions, workshops and programs for all ages, performing arts, and Vermont’s largest sculpture park. What’s more, most summer weekends you can purchase tickets to live music performances across diverse musical genres, including SVAC’s popular annual “Friday Night Live” concert series. Art galleries nearby include Helmholz Fine Art , Epoch 18 Vermont Artisans Gallery , and the recently-opened stART Space in Manchester, as well as the Three Pears Gallery in neighboring Dorset.

The Green Mountains will be alive with the sounds of music for five weeks this summer, as the Manchester Music Festival returns for its 44th season. A celebration of classical music, the festival kicks off July 12 and runs through August 11.

Theatre aficionados always find something to love by The Dorset Players or at Weston Playhouse . From community theatre to Broadway’s hits performed by nationally recognized artists, summer is a great time to see a comedy, tragedy or musical in Manchester – often in the same week.

Banjos, mandolins, and fiddles – oh my! New in August of 2018, the Green Mountain Bluegrass Festival makes its debut at Hunter Park right here in Manchester. Day tickets and weekend passes are available now to see acts like Mandolin Orange, Peter Rowan, Donna the Buffalo, and too many more to list here! Click link for full line-up and details.

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Shopping in and around Southern Vermont is a great way to find interesting, unique local finds, as well as some amazing deals on internationally recognized brands. Without even leaving the Taconic, you can explore a carefully-curated collection of memorable keepsakes, practical Vermont items, and luxury gifts at our own Shop Taconic boutique. This is not your typical hotel gift shop! The key word here is curated.

In the summertime, you can have a great time walking up and down charming Depot Street exploring at the Manchester Designer Outlets , featuring values on designer brands including Brooks Brothers, Johnston & Murphy, Marimekko, Le Creuset and so many more. Be sure to stop by the River Walk on the North side of Depot for some great photo ops!

When you reach Main Street at the Northeast end of Depot Street, you’ll find even more boutique shopping. Manchester local businesses offer outdoor apparel and gear at The Mountain Goat , all of your cooking needs met at Vermont Kitchen Supply , and upscale consignment apparel for women at Zippy Chicks .

A visit to Manchester would not be complete without a stop in the sprawling yet cozy Northshire Bookstore , boasting multiple floors of books, keepsakes, gifts and souvenirs in an eclectic classic-Vermont setting.

In 1856, Charles F. Orvis founded the Orvis Company in Manchester, Vermont, offering superior fly-fishing equipment, and priding himself on customer satisfaction and service. Today, Orvis is the trusted source of discover and adventure in the natural world. Manchester is home to the the Orvis Outlet Store.

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History + Sightseeing

Summer in Manchester means one thing – the Vermont Summer Festival . Come celebrate their 24th Anniversary and watch equestrians from all over take part in the world class riding competition. The sprawling show grounds are easy to get to, near East Dorset. 2018 Festival dates are from July 4 – August 12. Spectators are welcome.

Mount Equinox Skyline Drive is the only place to capture expansive views of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. From its 3,848-foot summit, you can see the best views in all of Southern Vermont. This is a true Vermont instagrammable moment! This 5.2-mile drive will take your breath away. Feeling adventurous? How about a hike to the top? The trails are just a short drive from the hotel.

Let the experts take the wheel while you sit in comfort for a fun and informative ride with Backroad Discovery Tours . If you want a relaxing and educational experience of picturesque Southern Vermont, these affordable tours come highly recommended – and will help you decide what to do on your next visit!

Merck Forest & Farmland Center is a truly special experience just a short drive from the Taconic. With a mission to teach and demonstrate the benefits of innovative, sustainable management of forest and farmland, Merck truly has something for everyone. From walking trails to workshops and demonstrations, seasonal maple sugaring, to camping and purchasing farm-produced goods at the visitors center, Merck is a great way to spend a Vermont summer day.

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Taste of Vermont

The best starting point for your summer Vermont culinary tour is right here at the Taconic, at our year-round breakfast, lunch, and dinner restaurant, The Copper Grouse . Let Executive Chef Daniel Black guide you through a veritable edible map of the region, with his take on farm-to-table Vermont goodness.

You can’t come to Vermont without trying the locally-made artisanal cheese. We’re not sure, but we think it’s a law! One great place to start is in quaint West Pawlet at the memorably named Consider Bardwell Farm . At Bardwell, they produce award-winning handmade cheese from goat and cow milk… from happy animals grazing organic pastures. Their raw milk cheese is antibiotic and hormone free, and of course delicious. Visit Consider Bardwell Farm for tours, cheese making workshops, farm dinners, and – most importantly – to buy some cheese to take home as the tastiest possible souvenir of your Vermont visit.

See, feel and taste the bounty of Vermont this summer, at two unforgettable farmer’s markets near the Taconic. Our own town’s Manchester Farmer’s Market is open Thursdays 3PM-6PM, May 24-October 4, at nearby Adams Park. In our neighboring town of Dorset, the Dorset Farmer’s Market is open year-round on Sundays 10AM – 2PM, operating out of the HN Williams General Store during the summer months.

One of the things visitors love about the food community in Vermont is the array of small local businesses producing unique, delicious products that can be taken home, shipped to friends & family, or of course consumed on the spot. One such local Manchester gem is The Crooked Ram . Just down the street from Taconic, The Crooked Ram is Manchester’s only dedicated craft beer shop. They offer free tastings daily, crowlers (not a typo!) to go, and a wide selection of local, regional, and national craft beer, cider and wine.

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