Manchester Village – Vermont, U.S.A.
An Archetypal New England Town for Sportsmen and Shoppers
In the heart of a picturesque valley ringed by the Green Mountains, the maple-shaded streets of this charming New England town have lured visitors since before Abe Lincoln’s family started spending summers here.
Manchester Village’s stately white mansions, marble sidewalks, and smart shops continue to draw visitors for its idyllic setting, year-round sports opportunities, and raft of high-end factory outlets. For golf, the prime local destination is the white-columned, Federal-style (and very Anglo) Equinox Resort and its championship golf course, part of the revered Gleneagles group based in Scotland. Established as a premier summer resort in the 1860s, the 2,300-acre property has been a favorite of U.S. presidents from Taft to Eisenhower.
For sport of another kind, Equinox is also home to the first American branch of the Scottish-based British School of Falconry, and is just down the road from the original Manchester headquarters of famous fly-fisherman and fishing outfitter Charles Orvis. Orvis’s present-day company offers day trips to trout-rich Battenkill. Afterward, repair back to Equinox’s wonderfully atmospheric Marsh Tavern to compare fishing tales.
Built in 1769, the tavern was where Vermont’s famous Green Mountain Boys met during the Revolutionary War. For your night’s sleep, the most charming of Equinox’s 183 beautifully appointed rooms are in the Charles Orvis Inn, an early 19th- century residence that was once Orvis’s home.