Manchester Vermont Lodging: Great New England Vacation Spot

One weekend, our blended family of six piled into the car and road-tripped north for a weekend getaway to Manchester Vermont. Our destination? The Wilburton Inn, a hilltop Tudor-style mansion with several private villas, was a great Manchester Vermont lodging option for us.

The Wilburton Inn is a beautiful throwback to the architectural craftsmanship of yesteryear. It offers fifteen well-appointed, romantic rooms in the main mansion. In addition, several private vacation villas are nestled within the 30 hilltop acres.

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Visit The Wilburton Inn

Built by a wealthy industrialist in 1902, the Wilburton Inn was once the largest privately held estate in the region. Now, it is enjoyed by many. It hosts pampered guests, retreats and reunions, destination weddings, murder mysteries, and conferences. Guests are welcome to enjoy the curated sculpture gardens, swimming pool, tennis courts, and the Museum of the Creative Process.

On arrival, we thought the brick exterior of the mansion appeared austere but found creature comforts and welcoming touches inside. We were warmly welcomed as we stepped back in time to the fine details of the mansion, a hub of activity at the Wilburton Inn.

I especially delighted in the seasonal flower arrangements, bursting with color. A rose centerpiece showcased the beauty of the season, one of the many elegant touches of hospitality at the Wilburton Inn. I couldn’t help but smile and take in the heady fragrance.

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The Wilburton Inn in Manchester VT
Rose flower arrangement Vermont bed and breakfast
Colorful floral piece at Manchester VT inn

Ideal Manchester Vermont Lodging in the Mountains

We stayed in two adjoining rooms on the outskirts of the sprawling property. Each spacious room had two double beds, a private bathroom, a south-facing patio (yay, morning sunshine!) and a large picture window with stunning views of the Green Mountains Vermont. These accommodations were simple and private. They were ideal for our blended family of six.

We briefly explored our surroundings and discovered cosmos blooming among other wildflowers in this natural setting among the mountains. The grounds were so peaceful and restorative!

Manchester Vermont lodging in the Green Mountains Vermont
Cosmos Wildflowers in Manchester VT

Enjoy Farm-to-Table Dining & Hosted Events

After taking naps to recover from our long drive from Boston, we were all hungry! Luckily, we didn‘t have to go far. The Wilburton Inn sponsored a delicious alfresco farm-to-table dinner sourced by the nearby family farm and bakery. (Mmm…Roasted Garlic, a sweet, creamy appetizer served with warm bread. My favorite!) This was a great

We noticed a small group of tables set up nearby, presumably prepared for a private event. Can you imagine a wedding here? Inn addition to being a perfect destination for Manchester Vermont lodging with expansive grounds and several private vacation villas, it would make a perfect destination wedding. Plus, they cater up to 250 guests.

Explore the Wilburton Inn’s Diverse Sculpture Collection

Next, we explored the Wilburton Inn’s dramatic and diverse collection in the Sculpture Garden. I treasured the moment to take pause and reflect.

After dinner, we loved socializing with other friendly guests among the candlelit Mason jars glowing into dusk. As our day came to a close, Jim and I selected from delicious wines and listened to live entertainment. What a great way to end our first day in Manchester, Vermont! .
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Manchester Vt Inns - The Wilburton
WIlburton Inn - Manchester VT bed and breakfast
Sculpture at Manchester VT bed and breakfast
green mountain national forest backdrop, Manchester VT lodging
Wine tasting in Vermont

Climb Mount Equinox

Feeling rejuvenated, we did a little exploring of the Manchester Village and the local area the next day.

Main Street Manchester is a quintessential New England experience lined by quaint shops. As we meandered, we encountered friendly shopkeepers and unique offerings.

Just down the road is Mount Equinox, the highest peak of the Taconic Range. We ventured the 5.2-mile drive up Skyline Drive to climb Mount Equinox.

Pro Travel Tip: It can be windy at the summit of Mount Equinox! Bring a jacket.

The mountains roll as far as the eye can see, reminding me of the Scottish Highlands. As we climbed, each turn revealed a new vista to behold. In fact, we stopped multiple times in awe for photos, only to find the next corner held even more beautiful scenes to behold!

And finally, we reached the top to see the most incredible views from the top of Mount Equinox! I can only imagine what this looks like in Autumn‘s peak foliage season!

Pro Travel Tip: There are indoor and outdoor picnic tables at the top if you want to pack a lunch.

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Manchester Vermont Lodging | Mount Equinox Summit

Check Out the Saint Bruno Scenic Viewing Center

In addition, we visited the Saint Bruno Scenic Viewing Center. Here we found artifacts and videos about the Carthusian Monks, a meditation/prayer chapel, and cover from the day‘s high winds.

Pro Travel Tip: Public Restroom!

I highly recommend this attraction. It’s more than worth the few dollars donation collected at the bottom. (It even impressed our teenagers.)

Our trip to the top of Mount Equinox is one I’ll never forget. It felt as though we had reached the top of the world! I found great comfort knowing largely undisturbed areas of nature, like the Wilburton Inn and Mount Equinox, still exist in the world.

It was truly restorative and relaxing, and one of the few opportunities we could all get away together—right here in New England.

Learn More About the Wilburton Inn

The multi-talented Levis family owns and runs this charming Vermont resort. They are on-site and always happy to engage in conversation that makes you feel like an old friend.

If you’re curious about Dr. Albert Levis’ work, here’s his TED Talk about Creativity and science.

Learn more about the Wilburton Inn and or explore more lodging options in Vermont here.

Are you a Vermont lover, too? What are your favorite things to do and see in Vermont? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Jackie Gately

Jackie Gately is a seasoned travel writer, photographer, and marketing consultant who is passionate about travel. She loves casual-luxury experiences, coastal getaways, cultural attractions, and local, wholesome food and wine pairings. A perfect day ends with her toes in the sand or by chasing the sunset with her camera--ideally both.

10 thoughts on “Manchester Vermont Lodging: Great New England Vacation Spot

  • December 29, 2018 at 11:40 pm
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    Oh 🙂 reminds me a lot of the country I live in now – Finland. Green fields, lovely views, but most notably – almost no people. A good place to relax.

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    • December 31, 2018 at 9:00 am
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      Finland sounds right up my alley, Alexander! I am a big fan of relaxing in peaceful destinations! 😀

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  • December 29, 2018 at 2:57 pm
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    What I like the most about Wilburton Inn is its stunning hilltop location. The views are awesome. A breakfast taking in the natural scenery and breathing in the crisp morning air would be a wonderful way to start the day. I can only imagine how beautiful it must be in the warmer months.

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    • December 31, 2018 at 9:03 am
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      That location is ideal, isn’t it? Vermont is beautiful year round (especially if you ski!), but you are right–the summer months are great. There are lots of waterfalls and refreshing lakes to enjoy!

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  • December 29, 2018 at 6:42 am
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    Very nice indeed! Very scenic! Perfect for those who want to try out outdoor adventures and traveling but aren’t ready for going full blast.

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  • December 28, 2018 at 5:08 pm
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    This place looks absolutely adorable! And some of those views from Mount Equinox were incredible. I would love to visit here.

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    • December 31, 2018 at 9:05 am
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      The views from the Summit of Mount Equinox made me feel as though I was on top of the world! I hope you get the chance to check it out yourself sometime, Ben.

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  • December 28, 2018 at 1:12 pm
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    The Wilburton Inn looks like a beautiful weekend getaway! The grounds seem like they would provide a nice respite from life in nature.

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    • December 31, 2018 at 9:05 am
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      Yes, the Wilburton Inn was such a restorative place to stay. 😀

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