Vermont may be a small state, but it packs a lot of appeal in its 9,600 square miles: maple syrup, covered bridges, down-to-earth residents, lush mountain landscapes. And coming this fall, you can add a Kimpton hotel and restaurant to that list.
Named after the nearby Taconic Mountains, The Taconic Hotel in Manchester, now open for bookings, will be Kimpton’s first foray into the Green Mountain State. Like any good New England debutante, she’ll be showing up in style. Think classic clapboard and shingle-style architecture reminiscent of the 1900s, a wrap-around porch, French doors, and expansive windows. You’ll want to spend plenty of time here, but the surrounding environs of southern Vermont hold just as much appeal.
It goes without saying that the leaf peeping is on point in autumn, but that’s only the beginning of Manchester’s seasonal delights. The 87-room Taconic Hotel will be in close proximity to both Bromley and Stratton ski resorts for plenty of wintertime thrills of the powder variety (fun fact: snowboarding pioneer Jake Burton crafted early snowboards out of his garage in Manchester). Spring is maple sugaring season, when the trees are tapped and the sweet condiment gets ready to grace pancakes everywhere, and summer is brimming with outdoor recreation — try peaceful paddling on green-hued Emerald Lake, reeling in a big one at the world-renowned Orvis Fly-Fishing School, or stretching your legs on the trails of the iconic Green Mountains. Year-round, Manchester is the picture-perfect backdrop for a wedding, and The Taconic will be adding to the venue options with an expansive event lawn by the pool and two stately ballrooms.
In the traditional style, a 110-seat tavern promises to be equal parts sustenance and social scene, welcoming vacationers and locals alike to linger over comfort food and good conversation. Like the heyday of taverns, the food will draw on rustic Vermont culinary traditions, but the drinks will go a step beyond the good ol’ days, with barkeeps slinging craft cocktails that are sublimely sippable. In nice weather, dine and drink alfresco on the large outdoor patio.
This little getaway spot is big on memorable experiences, punching way above its weight class in charm and postcard-worthy scenes. Pardon the syrupy sweetness, but Manchester and Kimpton look like a match made in Vermont heaven.
Ready to plan your trip? The Taconic Hotel & Resort is taking bookings online at taconichotel.com.
Photos: Emerald Lake — Vermont State Parks