Whether you are lucky enough to live here, or just visiting, there is always something happening in Manchester, Vermont. From shopping and dining, to cultural, recreational and community events, Manchester is the quintessential New England community. Ideally located in southwestern Vermont, Manchester is easily accessible to the rest of the Northeast but tucked into the Green Mountains in the picturesque Battenkill River Valley.
Manchester is a Town on the MOVE!
In 2012 and 2013 the Town rebuilt its downtown and replaced Malfunction Junction with Function Junction. As a result, downtown Manchester is now graced with two beautiful roundabouts that provide better traffic and pedestrian flow, even on the busiest days. However, Function Junction is about more than traffic flow. Downtown Manchester now features attractive landscaping and streetscaping with historic style energy-efficient LED streetlights and plenty of new benches to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee. Even The New York Times is noticing “the new and improved Manchester.”
Visit Here. Manchester has over forty fantastic eateries. From casual to formal, international to American cuisine, we have a restaurant you’ll love. And with over a thousand hotel and motel beds, from family-friendly to four-star resorts, you are sure to find lodging to suit your needs. For more information about local businesses and events contact The Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce or visit the Town’s Facebook page for the most up-to-date information about what’s happening in Manchester.
Work Here. Manchester is a great place to start, grow or relocate a business. The Town encourages growth and business development, and year after year Manchester has one of the lowest municipal tax rates in Vermont, without sacrificing important services. Join the growing number of businesses, including Vermont County Store, WCW, Orvis Company, Ai squared, The Equinox Hotel and Resort, McBride Design, Battenkill Technologies, The Northshire Bookstore, food producers Wagatha’s organic dog biscuits, Gringo Jack’s southwestern food and Mother Myrick’s Confectionery, and financial services Manchester Capital Management, that call Manchester home. Larger companies got their start in Manchester, too. Burton Snowboards was founded in Manchester in a garage in the late 1970s. To learn more about business in Manchester visit UCanVt.com, a partnership between the Town, the Chamber of Commerce and the State of Vermont.
Live Here. Looking for a new place to call home? Manchester is a great place to live and raise a family. From our world-class parks system to first-rate educational opportunities, Manchester is all about quality of life.
Learn Here.You will find an education system that encourages innovation and personalized learning. Most Manchester students attend Manchester Elementary Middle School (MEMS) through eighth grade, although private options are available. As part of a long-standing tradition, local schoolchildren are dismissed early once a week for ski lessons at nearby Bromley Mountain. This is just one example of how living in Manchester provides the perfect balance.
At the high school level families are provided school choice. Most Manchester families choose historic Burr and Burton Academy, located in Manchester Village, which is renowned for its academics, high SAT scores and college admission rate, and extracurricular and athletic activities.
Whether you are interested in visiting, living or doing business here, you’ll find a warm welcome in Manchester. We encourage you to explore all the possibilities that Manchester has to offer!Ivan Beattie, Chair of the Selectboard
John O’Keefe, Town Manager