Posted June 26, 2015

Manchester: A Postcard-Perfect New England Getaway

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United States of America, Vermont, Fall colours and country road

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.

Taconic Hotel - Exterior FINAL

A dreamy rendering of The Kimpton Taconic Hotel

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.

A covered bridge on Emerald Lake

Tranquility on Emerald Lake

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

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26 Comments

  1. John Golob says:

    You’ve done it again, surprising us with a hit we never expected. Kimpton in Vermont? Why not?! I look forward to welcoming your latest addition. Great news, for all four seasons.

    • Faith Yi Kimpton says:

      We’ve always got surprises up our sleeves and are just as excited about Vermont as you are John. Can’t wait to welcome you soon!

  2. Chris Moskey says:

    Can we presume that pets will be welcome as they are in other Kimpton properties? When will the new hotel open?

    • Faith Yi Kimpton says:

      Hi Chris, The Kimpton Taconic Hotel will be just as pet-friendly as our other properties. We’ll be opening our doors this fall so keep an eye out!

  3. Rick Weber says:

    How close are you to great bike riding trails for the fall season? And when will you start taking reservations? My 60th is coming up and it sounds like the perfect way to spend it.

    • Faith Yi Kimpton says:

      Hi Rick, we love the local cycling recommendations from Bike Manchester: http://bikemanchestervt.com/. As for reservations, we’ll be taking those later this summer so stay tuned to our website for availability. Happy early 60th birthday!

  4. Anne & Jay Degen says:

    Kudos to this incredible property and to the folks who made this a real dream for the Village of Manchester.
    As an introduction to whom it may concern….

    Anne and Jay Degen bought the Old Worthy Inn in 1985, we transformed the 3 story 77 room, 80 seat dining
    room and 30 seat bar into “Our Dream” as THE VILLAGE COUNTY INN. We were blessed and happy for 24
    years of the best employees, and guests ever. The guests came from 30 times on down to at least 3 times.
    It was beyond our wildest dream…the old bldg., needed a complete renovation, and we chose to create a
    “Fantasy Theme for the reason of so many federal style buildings, and the inn really looked like a larger than
    life institution, there were no shutters on sides, the porch was falling in and the rooms were plain white plaster. The halls were daunting and it seemed to go on forever…red and black industrial carpeting ran
    up and down three floors and hall and stairs…(we said “oh my gosh” they must have gotten a hell of a deal”

    We were only able to do this miracle by having two separate crews working under us, they would not work
    together and to have at least 2 floors by foliage done…one crew used front door other crew used backdoor. It
    worked and October 1985 we opened our doors to a new look. The outside with Crème, dusty rose shutters
    and celery green trim. Front porch gave way to those bouncing off the curb an idea of what the inside must be.As an Interior Designer w/ my own company for 30 years, this was the most fun to have people coming
    in and seeing the same colors in the miles and miles of rose chintz curtains and upholstery with Axminster Carpets from England.
    It was my honor to see the Taconic rendering and was on local TV stating that I was so proud to see the
    beautiful hotel that would take the place of The VCI…Wishing you every success, Anne and Jay Degen

    The reward

    • Faith Yi Kimpton says:

      Wow, thank you for sharing your story about the history of the Village Country Inn Anne and Jay! We hope you visit us at The Taconic come fall and that we’ve lived up to expectations. The honor is all ours and thank you again for the warm welcome to Manchester.

  5. Jennifer Freeberg says:

    Just returned from Vermont – as a construction manager who works on boutique hotels, I am excited to have experienced this area pre Kimpton and look forward to following Kimpton through this process! Exceptional brand in a highly desireable area. WELL DONE on site location and style!

  6. Anna Buss says:

    My girlfriend turned me on to the Kimpton style of travel. My first was in Miami, and fell in love with its warmth, charm, and amazing coffee!! I didn’t feel like I was staying at a hotel, but rather a lovely friends home. It was hard to leave. Being from Maine, the closest Kimpton is in Boston, however I saw that Vermont is in the plans for this fall!!! When can we expect its grand opening? My husband and I were hoping to do a little baby moon adventure.

    • Faith Yi Kimpton Hotels says:

      Hi Anna! We’re super excited for The Taconic, but have no set date just yet. We’re looking to open sometime in the fall, and we’ll be sure to announce it on social! Hope to see you both soon.

  7. Liza Demars says:

    When can we make a reservation?

    • Faith Yi Kimpton Hotels says:

      Hi Liza, The Taconic isn’t available for bookings just yet. We’ll be sure to announce its grand opening and availability on kimptonhotels.com and our social channels. Stay tuned!

  8. General Manager says:

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  9. Sue says:

    I love Kimpton Hotels and eagerly await the opening of your Vermont property! I am excited to visit and see what you’ve created this time.

  10. Abby D says:

    I love you guys so much that my family (my husband+me+lab+doxie+shihpoo) always visit places where you guys exist! Yay, another pet friendly hotel!

  11. Orwell says:

    We’re HUGE Kimpton fans and this news is very exciting for us. Will you be open by November do you think?

    • Faith Yi Kimpton says:

      Hi Orwell – that’s the goal but keep an eye on kimptonhotels.com for more real-time updates on the hotel’s availability. Can’t wait to welcome you to Manchester!

  12. Odile says:

    I’m from Quebec and really happy that you will be in Vermont. I’m actually planning a fall (colorful) weekend getaway. Can you advise as to when you will open?
    Thank you and really hope to come visit you!

    • Faith Yi Kimpton says:

      We’re equally excited Odile! The Taconic will open its doors around Nov or Dec this year. Stay tuned to kimptonhotels.com!

  13. Anna says:

    I’m looking forward to this opening! As an inner circle member, will this hotel be offering a free night deal? Looking forward to checking it out!

    • Faith Yi Kimpton says:

      Hi Anna! We like to give our new hotels a little time after its grand opening to get spic and span to welcome VIP guests like you. Please check back on your Karma account in a few month to see which new hotels become available for the free night. 🙂

  14. kathleen says:

    very excited to visit – I love Vermont and Kimpton. What will you have for outdoor recreation on site?

    Good luck

    • Faith Yi Kimpton Hotels says:

      Hi Kathleen, we’re just as excited to start spreading some #KimptonLove in Vermont. Stay tuned for some more updates on the hotel! We’ll be sure to post anything new on our website. See you there! 🙂