I spent my childhood family vacations visiting relatives in Vermont and daytripping around the Green Mountain State. We would take scenic drives, scramble through rocky rivers, swim in Emerald Lake, look for “Champ” on ferry rides across Lake Champlain, and stop at stores selling everything from baskets to dollhouse furniture. In all these adventures, one of my favorite towns in Vermont was always Manchester. Yet it has been many, many years since I revisited this quaint, historic town.

But at the invitation of the Wilburton Inn, I spent yet another birthday away from home enjoying the scenic delights of Vermont. Located just outside of town, covering 30 acres of hillside, the family-owned and operated Wilburton Inn has the charm of a historic bed and breakfast, with the flexibility of a family vacation resort with its many kid and pet-friendly vacation home options. There are a few country inns in Manchester VT but none as unique as the Wilburton Inn.

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I connected right away with co-owner Melissa Levis, a former entertainer who returned from Manhattan not too long ago to help run the property full-time. Maybe it is the fact that we both have 13-year olds who recently had their bat/bar mitzvahs, or just her outgoing personality that welcomes you and draws you in, making you part of the family. It could also be the warm greeting from Jetson, Melissa’s dog and official greeter.WIlburton Inn dog Jetson

It truly is a family operation, with Albert, the father, contributing the sculpture trail and curating the on-site Museum of the Creative Process. Melissa and her sister also co-own the Inn’s growing property portfolio, which are ideal for corporate retreats, family reunions and large gatherings. The brothers are also involved, from the daily operations to the organic Earth Sky Time Farm, which operates out of the family’s original homestead. In fact, the farm also is the source for the Inn’s Farm-to-Table dinners, which I just missed by a day!

Inns in Manchester VT – The Wilburton Inn

Wilburton Inn Manchester Vermont Guest Room

Our guest room

We stayed in a double-queen room, one of eleven rooms in the historic main building Wilburton Inn building. In addition to the main inn in Manchester VT, the family operates seven other vacation homes with accommodation options up to 150 people. Many of these other properties are great options for birthdays, reunions, and retreats. Our room was spacious and comfortable, with the right mix of modern amenities (like air conditioning and WiFi) and historic charm.Wilburton Inn king bedroom

The Inn itself is stuffed full of family history and things to keep guests entertained, from a music room with a piano, bookshelves lined with books and board games, and a TV/game room.Wilburton Inn Manchester Vermont

Breakfast is served daily in the sunny dining room with sweeping views out over the mountains and valley below. Guests can help themselves to breads, fruit, juices and coffee before ordering a cooked-to-order hot breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon, potatoes, and more.Wilburton Inn bed and breakfast

Outside, guests can enjoy the pool, or stroll through the grounds. Melissa’s father has thoughtfully curated an interesting array of sculptures and arranged them through the grounds with a self-guided walking tour to tell the story.Wilburton Inn Manchester VT pool

Of course, you will also want to spend some time exploring Manchester and the surrounding areas.

What to do in Manchester, Vermont

  • Northshire Bookstore – you will want to spend some time strolling through downtown Manchester, but don’t miss a visit to this independent bookstore. They have an entire floor dedicated to children’s and young adult books (many a gift card were used up here stocking up for summer.) Plus, there is a café and ample parking behind the shop. I’m the kind of person who could lose herself for hours in a place like this.Northshire bookstore Manchester Vermont
  • Outlet shops – if you are a shopper, you may also enjoy the outlet malls scattered in and around Manchester.
  • Mount Equinox – you can hike it, or, if you are an intrepid driver, you can brave the switchbacks to drive to the top.
  • Hildene – visit the historic home of Robert Todd Lincoln, the only child of Abraham Lincoln to survive into adulthood. I remember a few visits here as a kid! Today you can take a self-guided tour and also visit the farms where you will find a goat dairy and cheesemaking operation.
  • Bromley Mountain – just about 10-15 minutes from Manchester, Bromley Mountain offers summertime and wintertime fun. We spent a few hours taking advantage of the Mountain Adventure Pass by riding the alpine slides, doing the giant swing (ok, that was just Hannah because I’m a chicken), and the trampoline bungy. Hannah even zoomed down the mountain on the zipline.Bromley Mountain zipline

Where to Eat in Manchester, Vermont

  • The Perfect Wife — whether you are looking for fine dining or casual tavern fare, indoor or outdoor, The Perfect Wife has you covered. We opted for the more casual “The Other Woman” tavern upstairs and love our tofu stir fry and fish tacos.
  • Zoey’s Double Hex — right by the entrance to Route 7, this casual country restaurant offered up an amazing salad and a burger bigger than you could finish.Double hex Manchester Vermont salad

For more dining options, be sure to check out the Manchester Tourism page or just ask your hosts at the Wilburton Inn, they are more than happy to help.

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Note: We were hosted by the Wilburton Inn for purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.

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