After our trip to Stowe last October, Karli, Brenna, and I knew we wanted to go back to Vermont this year! Although we loved Stowe and Woodstock, we decided to switch it up and travel to Manchester. Since it’s in the southern part of the state, it was closer for us to fly into Albany, NY instead of Burlington! After a delayed flight, I met up with the girls on Friday afternoon and hit the road to Manchester in our rental car.
Unfortunately, Vermont had record breaking rain so we quickly noticed that the leaves were lacking some color! Our adorable boutique hotel made up for it, though. Brenna had previously stayed there, and I’m SO glad she recommended it. I’d love to go back next year!
Once we were checked in, we went to dinner at Ye Olde Tavern! It was a really cool restaurant because it’s inside an old house with 1800s vibes. We ordered Almond & Brown Sugar Encrusted Brie, Not Your Mom’s Chicken Pot Pie, and they brought us Cranberry Fritters with Vermont Maple Butter! We also got the Flourless Chocolate Brownie and Apple Crisp desserts because we are BIG dessert girlies. The food was good, but it wasn’t the best!
On Saturday, we started out shooting content around the hotel. We stayed at the Kimpton Taconic Hotel in the heart of Manchester! It’s super picturesque, and I can only imagine how pretty it is when the leaves are actually peaking. They also give guests a complimentary glass of wine during happy hour each day which is important to note! After taking pictures, we had lunch at Mulligan’s! None of us were big fans between the Lobster Rolls and Chicken Tenders! Haha.
After lunch, we went to Equinox Valley Nursery for apple cider donuts, and they were SO good! I actually grabbed some extras to take back to the hotel. It was a cute photo opt too! I wanted to eat at The Silver Fork, but I waited too long to make reservations. We ended up at The Crooked Ram with margarita pizza and wine! FYI I think they’re a seasonal restaurant so check their website beforehand.
Sunday was our last day in Manchester, so we decided to eat breakfast at a popular restaurant called Up For Breakfast! This was my favorite spot we went to. I ordered the Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with a side order of bacon! It was SO crispy in the best way! Haha. We finished shooting our last few outfits and decided to explore downtown Manchester the rest of the afternoon!
If there’s one store you have to visit, it’s Northshire Bookstore! It has so much character. The entire town is incredibly charming for that matter! I bought Baker a few books, and we browsed around some other shops. We ate at Gringo Jack’s for lunch and had a casual dinner at our hotel’s restaurant The Copper Grouse!
Manchester is the perfect destination for a relaxing fall weekend in New England! We felt like it wasn’t nearly as chaotic as Stowe and Woodstock. Even though the foliage wasn’t as vibrant, we still had an amazing trip! It’s just the risk you take when booking months in advance! Lol.