This was my third fall in Manchester, Vermont, and I swear it gets better every year! Mid- to late-October is the best time to go because the leaves are just brilliant – the vibrant shades of yellow, orange and red will blow your mind! I’m rounding up some of the outfits I wore on the trip, but at the bottom of this post you’ll find a full review of our resort and what to do & see in Manchester.
I wore this outfit for a morning spent in downtown Manchester (the downtown is so cute!!). I don’t think this sweater is meant to be worn as a dress, but it was long on me (I’m 5’3) so it went perfectly with over-the-knee boots!
My friends Jessica (@hapatime) and Nichole (@nicholeciotti) were in Vermont the same time as me – you have to follow them!! They’re the cutest girls. We found the cutest little house just a few yards down from our hotel – just look at those leaves!
Ok this sweater was also another favorite from my trip – I ended up going back and buying it in the cream color and olive green color when I got home because I loved it so much. I sized up to a medium for a looser, off-shoulder fit.
*Equinox Resort: One of my favorite hotels in the entire world! The Equinox Resort is located at the bottom of Mount Equinox in Manchester. The hotel is so dreamy and picturesque – picture a large white house with green shutters, lots of flowers and rocking chairs on the porch. The inn itself is historic (several Presidents have stayed there!) and so charming – although it is old, all of the rooms have been updated and are incredibly spacious and well-appointed. Our room had tons of windows (with a great view of the mountains) and super comfy beds. Plus, it’s DOG FRIENDLY! I brought Winnie with me this year, which was particularly special – during last year’s trip to Vermont, I was researching dog breeds the whole time and was so anxious to have a pup of my own! Some other notable features of the inn include a golf course, award-winning spa and a fire pit out back (where we enjoyed dessert and a glass of wine). Plus, it’s just insanely beautiful. You’ll want to bring your camera!
WHERE TO EAT
*Marsh Tavern: We ate at Marsh Tavern almost every day! This historic little restaurant located in the Equinox Resort has both indoor and outdoor seating (sit on the patio if the weather is nice!) and delicious food. I loved both the ham sandwich (on pretzel bread) and the grilled cheese and tomato soup combo.
*Gringo Jack’s: Located on Main St. in downtown Manchester, Gringo Jack’s is a Mexican restaurant with amazing atmosphere. I crave Mexican food almost every day, so it was essential that we find a Mexican restaurant, and this one did not disappoint! The guacamole was amazzzzing and so were the cilantro-lime chicken fajitas.
*Up for Breakfast: This local breakfast joint is a favorite – you have to go up a flight of stairs and it’s pretty small inside, but it’s worth it for the great breakfast, from the coffee to the omelets, bread and homemade jam.
*Ye Olde Tavern: This is a great restaurant for a dinner date – it’s a tavern that’s been around since 1790 and it’s known as having some the best food in town. You can feel the old colonial atmosphere and charm right from the start, and the staff is friendly and professional. The menu consists of many New England specials, like Yankee Pot Roast, Lobster Bisque and Crispy Duck.
*Spiral Press Cafe: I LOVE this place because it’s a cafe and bookstore, all in one (did someone say books?! I’m there!). They have really good coffee and sandwiches.
WHAT TO DO
*Equinox Pond: You have to visit Equinox Pond while you’re in Manchester (especially if you’re there in the fall). Located near the base of Mount Equinox, Equinox Pond and the surrounding land are part of the Equinox Preservation Trust, which was established in 1996 and includes more than 914 acres of protected land. The pond is beautiful and incredibly serene.
*Skyline Drive: There’s no better way to enjoy the splendor of Vermont and the fall trees than taking a little road trip down Skyline Drive. At 3,848 feet above sea level, the summit offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Green, White, Adirondack, Berkshire and Taconic mountain ranges. Again, bring your camera!!
*Outlet shops: Surprisingly, there’s a TON of good shopping in this little New England town! There are a ton of outlet shops, including Kate Spade, J.Crew, UGG, Ann Taylor, Armani, Michael Kors and more. You could easily spend a whole day shopping til’ you drop.
*Lye Brook Falls: The heavily wooded Lye Brook Falls trail runs for 2 miles through the Lye Brook Wilderness near Manchester. Near the southern end of the trail, you’ll find a cascading 125-foot waterfall, one of Vermont’s highest and most impressive.
*Fly into Albany and rent a car: We flew into Albany, NY, and rented a car to drive to Manchester. It’s about an hour and a half drive, but it flies by because its so scenic! The reason you definitely want a car in Manchester is so that you can take day trips to nearby towns and apple orchards, or head up the Skyline Drive to the top of Mount Equinox.
*Pack warm clothes: Despite what you may think, Manchester starts to get very cool in September (unlike the rest of the country which is still experiencing heat!). It was in the 60s during the day and dropped down into the 40s and 30s at night while we were there. We were worried we didn’t pack warm enough clothes – everyone else was walking around in beanies and had gloves on! If you go during the Winter, you’ll really want to bundle up.
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions!!
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