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Manchester, VT

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Vermont's Green Mountains, whose scenery inspired the likes of Robert Frost, are truly an all-year destination. In summer and spring, hiking trails and swimming holes open, revealing the greenery that gave the mountains their name. Fall is simply spectacular, offering the unsurpassed leaf peeping Vermont is known for. And come winter, the slopes at Bromley Mountain offer downhill skiing, while it's possible to cross-country ski and ice skate in town. 

Key Highlights

Picnics at Hildene, the historic Lincoln family summer home

Seasonal fare from local farms and producers

Hikes in the Green Mountains, including the Appalachian Trail

Best Times to Visit

Year Round

Sample Trip Itinerary

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Manchester, VT

3 hours from Boston or 4 hours from New York City.

Accommodation in Manchester, VT

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Explore Hildene, the Lincoln family estate and gardens

At the turn of the century, Abraham Lincoln's son Robert built Hildene as his family's summer estate—a far cry from the log cabin his father grew up in. Now, Hildene is an essential stop in Manchester for its history, architecture, and impressive grounds. Visitors can tour the primary residence, visit the goat dairy farm, walk the trails, or simply picnic on the wide lawn. 

Hike to Lye Brook Falls

Venture into the wilderness on a moderate, out-and-back hike to Lye Brook Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Vermont. 

Stroll Dorset's Sunday farmers' market

Farmers' markets are particularly bountiful in this verdant corner of the country. Have a kitchen at your accommodation? Pick up produce for a homemade farm-to-table meal. If not, the fresh bread, pastries, and specialty goods are well worth a stop. 

Go swimming and cliff jumping at America's first marble quarry

Dorset Quarry is a swimming hole with history. Not only does it have the distinction of America's first marble quarry, but it also supplied the stone for the New York Public Library and Harvard Medical School. The quarry shut down in the early 1900s and filled with water from a nearby spring. Ever since, it's been a popular summer swimming spot. 

Pick your own berries at Wildwood Berry Farm

Celebrate the season at a nearby u-pick farm. Summertime means blueberries and raspberries abound, while fall travelers are treated to apples and pumpkins. 

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