Today we’re sharing a look at one of the most foliage-filled places in your guide to leaf peeping in Manchester, Vermont!
It’s officially peak foliage season in New England and our crew is here to assist in any and all of your leaf peeping plans! Last year, Matt and I shared our favorite scenic routes for leaf peeping, our go-to leaf peeping picnic spots, and apple orchards you’ll want to visit on your leaf peeping journey.
Where To Stay:
The Equinox hosted Matt and me during our recent trip of leaf peeping in Manchester, Vermont. The luxury golf course & spa hotel has been on my bucket list for years and far exceeded my expectations.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m interested in historical places. So, The Equinox was much more than just a place to stay for me. The picturesque New England landmark was established in 1769, served as a breeding ground for American revolutionaries. and was a popular destination for U.S. presidents. My favorite past president Teddy Roosevelt is on the visitor list!
Not only does the history run deep, but the resort features stunning views of The Green Mountains. This time of year, the peaks are all aglow with brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows. But, Vermont isn’t just a sight to see in autumn – the area has something for all visitors year-round.
After our stay, I can attest The Equinox has become one of my favorite places to stay in all of New England. It’s a luxury experience you won’t want to pass up!
Where To Leaf Peep:
Whenever I travel for leaf peeping, I always pack my L.L. Bean Boots and a pair of walking shoes. Whether you plan to walk down a leaf-covered street. hit the hiking trails for foliage, or take in the season change by car, here are my go-to leaf peeping spots in the area!
WALKING DISTANCE FROM THE EQUINOX:
Main Street | Route 7A
You can’t go wrong with a Main Street foliage walk! I love walking around historic districts like Manchester, Vermont. They’re often home to local businesses, colonial homes, and ancient trees crowned with vibrant foliage.
Equinox Pond | Hiking
There are several hiking trails lined with stunning fall foliage that lead to Equinox Pond. When you arrive at the pond, the view is incomparable! With bright red maple trees and crystal clear water mirroring the leaves – you’ll want to bring your camera to capture the moment.
SHORT DRIVING DISTANCE FROM THE EQUINOX:
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home | Musume & Estate
Delve further into the history of Manchester, Vermont while taking in stunning views of The Green Mountains at Hildene. You’ll learn about Robert Todd Lincoln’s life and have an opportunity to walk inside his family home.
Dorset, Vermont | Historic Town
The quaint town of Dorest is a quick twelve-minute drive north of Manchester. With beautiful historical homes and a historic union store, this town is great to explore by car on a rainy day. I’ll be sharing more images from this town later this week!
DAY TRIP DISTANCE FROM THE EQUINOX:
If you’re looking for Instagram-worthy backdrops in a historical village with delicious lunch spots then Woodstock is for you! The scenic route is an hour and twenty-minute drive from Manchester – making is a perfect day trip option. To fuel your foliage trek, I suggest you browse our winter guide to Woodstock and surrounding towns.
If you’re driving to The Equinox from Connecticut or Massachusets – I suggest a stop at Newfane, Vermont! It’s a great place to get out, stretch your legs, and capture historic foliage-covered buildings. Here’s a preview of what you’ll see during your stop!
Where To Eat:
The Colonnade is located on the Equinox property. Matt and I ate a delicious breakfast here! With indulgent dishes and views of Mount Equinox foliage – we couldn’t have asked for a more serene place to start our day.
Up For Breakfast is located in Manchester Center. The local favorite amongst Vermont natives is said to be the place to go if you’re looking for the perfect pancake.
Zoey’s Deli is a leaf-peepers dream! If you’re planning to go leaf peeping in Manchester Vermont by car I recommend stopping by Zoey’s Deli to create your ideal sandwich and grab a bag of chips or two for the road. Turn your to-go lunch into a picnic – it’s my favorite way to add extra romance to the day!
Marsh Tavern is perfect for leaf-peepers staying in town. With hearty New England dishes like chicken pot pie and french onion soup, you’ll be sure to enjoy the coziest of accommodations alongside mouthwatering food. Diners can learn the tavern’s role in the American Revolution by perusing the menu!
Thai Basil is the perfect dinner option for the hungry traveler. I love Thai food! So, nothing is more comforting than indulging in rice noodles and a steaming bowl of pho after a long day of leaf-peeping. Matt and I highly recommend Thai Basil if you’re looking for a quick, casual, affordable and delicious place to dine.
The Reluctant Panther Restaurant is a great place to eat if you’re celebrating a special occasion or pulling out all the stops for date night. My family often dines here when visiting Manchester, Vermont for special occasions like weddings, anniversary celebrations, and birthdays.
What To Do:
There is plenty more to do outside of leaf peeping in Manchester, Vermont.
If you’re looking for more outdoor activities there are several hiking trails and even fly fishing school! My favorite activity is the Green Mountain Falconry School. When I visited Ireland I had the chance to attend Falconry School, as you can see in this post here, and I must say it still to this day is one of my favorite experiences of all time.
If you’re looking for a more relaxing activity I recommend a day at The Equinox Resort Spa. When Matt and I arrived on Thursday we ran into some gloomy weather and decided to escape to the luxury spa for Swedish massages!
Lastly, if you’re looking to shop, or like myself forgot to pack extra layers – Manchester Center has several stores and outlet shops to fill your needs and afternoon!
Let me know below if there are any specific Vermont towns you’re looking forward to seeing this fall season. I love hearing your suggestions!
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Thank you to The Equinox, a Luxury Golf Course & Spa for hosting us!