8 Beautiful Historic Inns in Manchester Vermont

Hi there! I am squeezing in one last post before Christmas day. I thought you might like to see some of the historic inns that my sweet husband and I toured as part of a driving tour we took in Arlington and Manchester, Vermont. Twelve inns participated in this fundraiser and each provided snacks and beverages for the visitors.

We thoroughly enjoyed the history and beauty of each destination and certainly had our fill of hot apple cider and delicious Christmas cookies. Let’s begin.

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Of the twelve inns open for visitors, we managed to hit eight of them, which we felt pretty good about since the “program” ran from noon to 4 pm only. By 3:30, it had begun to snow lightly, making for a few lovely photographs.

West Mountain Inn

West Mountain Inn Arlington, VTLocated high atop a steep incline, West Mountain Inn sits in an idyllic location,  nestled in 150 acres of wooded mountainside.

fireplace at west mountain inn arlington vtA cheerful fire greeted us in their main sitting room.

christmas tree at west mountain innWe we enjoyed their expertly decorated tree and…

west mt. inn christmas treeOur first cup of hot apple cider–delicious.

The Inn at Covered Bridge


covered bridge in arlington
To find The Inn at Covered Bridge Green, one must cross the charming bridge in question.

pastures outside the inn at covered bridgeThe landscape is outlined with field stone walls and sprinkled with Vermont cows.

latch on out buildingThe property itself contains several outbuildings, including a small brick one of unknown purpose. I found the brick exterior and chipped door latch irresistible.

Norman rockwellInside, while taking a short tour, we learned that Norman Rockwell had lived in the house for a decade and that out back we would find his studio. [That’s him on the right.]

norman rockwell's art studioThey had decorated the interior for Christmas (loving that sleigh coffee table) and learned that it could be rented, in addition to the rooms available in the main house.

They took their time to create a festive atmosphere in each room.

The Arlington Inn

the Arlington InnMy sweet husband and I stayed at The Arlington Inn, built by railroad magnate, Martin Chester Deming, in 1847 in the Greek Revival style. They offer 16 rooms in four buildings; we stayed in the next door “parsonage.”

wreath at the arlington innWe found the entrance very inviting.

staircase garland at the arlington innThe Inn owners outdid themselves with their Christmas decorating, first with a fully decorated foyer, followed by elaborate displays in each room.

doorway garlandRichly decorated garlands festooned the entry into the sitting room off the foyer.

Their style leans toward pretty Victorian.

table setting at the arlington innThe magnificent dining room glowed with white lights, golden beads, and crystal.

The Ira Allen House

Down the road, on the way to Manchester proper, we made our fourth stop at the Ira Allen House. Built by Ethan Allen, a Revolutionary War hero, and named after his younger brother who also lived there at one time.

With a nod to Adirondack style, the owners hung a large, snowshoe-decorated wreath on the porch.

snowshoe and wreath

fireplace in the ira allen houseA roaring fire greeted us, along with Ethan and Ira, whose silhouettes sit on the mantel.

dining room ira allen houseIn a large gathering room the table was laid with Christmas cookies and other snacks. Just look at those gorgeous hand-hewn beams.

christmas cookiesSuch a nice gesture.

antique transferware
Some beautiful antiques, like these pieces of transferware, decorated shelves and side tables throughout the inn.

christmas decorated bedroom at the ira allen houseA peak into one of the guest rooms revealed more Adirondack style.

Hill Farm Inn

hill farm in manchester vtThe Hill Farm Inn, dating back to 1799, gave off a ranch sort of vibe with its large red barn and wrap-around porch.

pine wreathEveryone on Instagram fell in love with this simple but stunning wreath.

christmas treeInside we were met with another welcoming fire.

vintage shiny brightAnd a tree decorated with Shiny Brites!

the saratoga roomWe visited one of the rooms–the Saratogian; I really enjoyed the simplicity of the decor.

barn through the windowThrough the window we had a view of the lawn and fabulous red barn.

greenery and adirondack chairsPlenty of Adirondack chairs offered comfortable views of the landscape.

Hill farm Inn red barnAnd that barn!

hill farms in signWalking around back, we discovered this wonderful old sign, another big favorite on Instagram.

Equinox Resort

equinox resortThe Equinox Resort opened in 1767 as the Marsh Tavern, and today, over 200 years later, the resort includes 16 buildings with over 300 guest rooms among them.

We learned that Ethan and Ira Allen confiscated the Tavern from its loyalist owner and used it to benefit the Patriots during the Revolutionary war.

christmas treeOne of the staff gave us a tour of the first floor of the main building.

poinsettia wreath at the equinoxBright red and white were a decorating theme throughout.

equinox resort christmas treeThe foyer just outside the Tavern was especially lovely, all in white.

deer ornamentAnd featuring still trendy deer.

fawn decoration at the equinox resortIn a tiny decorated alcove we happened upon this darling fawn.

The Taconic Hotel

christmas tree Taconic HotelWe didn’t learn a lot about The Taconic during our visit, but the Christmas decor was lovely and a quartet was singing carols when we arrived in the lounge.

sitting room taconic hotelAlso in the lounge, we found a hot cocoa bar and cookies (for the road) decoratively wrapped in cellophane.

deer christmas decorationsWhile this hotel did not fall into the category of “historic inn” as the others did, it had a very inviting atmosphere and the rustic wood floors were to-die-for!

The Reluctant Panther


the reluctant panther manchester vt
Just as we arrived at our last stop, The Reluctant Panther, which dates to about the 1860’s, it began to lightly snow–so romantic!

front door of the reluctant pantherWe were met by a beautiful entryway and a panther-decorated doormat. I found a short article that gets to the bottom of their unique name: Reluctant Panther.

sitting room at he reluctant panterTheir Christmas decorations tended toward the understated, which I like.

gold ornamentMostly gold bulbs and pine cones decorated the tree in the dining room where we found a delicious spread–pumpkin soup, mini carrot cupcakes, a cheese platter, and more. Everything was outstanding.

ginger bread house at the reluctant pantherFinal Fabulous Photo: Someone has some serious gingerbread house skills at the Reluctant Panther! It’s simply the loveliest I’ve ever seen. UPDATE: The gingerbread house was created by Dawn Christman.

I hope you enjoyed taking the Manchester historic inn tour with us. As I’m sure you can tell, we loved every minute of it and hope to return to one or two of the inns for an overnight someday.

I can’t sign off without mentioning our dinner at Christo’s Pizza & Pasta, a small Italian eatery in Manchester, where we literally ate the best pizza we’ve ever had, along with some show-stopping lasagna. We chowed down on the many leftovers for several days 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad, Terry! Thanks for the encouragement 🙂 Hildene wasn’t on the tour, but we want to go sometime–at this point we’ve only ever driven by–

  1. Our daughter lives an hour or two from there. I know they’ve been to a b n b there because we babysat the granddaughter when they went. Wonder if it was any of these. Thanks for the lovely tour.

  2. Great pictures, and some beautiful trees! Loved the one with red poinsettias and loved the sled table and the little fawn. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Thank you Diana for sharing your lovely pictures. I too am in love with the sled coffee table, and the little fawn! Each of the Christmas trees is beautiful. I could not choose my favorite! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  4. Thank you for the lovely tour. Wish I had your photography skills. The fawn was cunning! Loved the roaring fires and vintage ornaments on the trees! Still can’t beat a tree at home with 35 years of ornament memories! Merry Christmas to you all!

    1. You’re so welcome, Kathy! Thank you for the encouragement about my photos–it means a lot 🙂 Happy New Year, friend!

  5. Fabulous photos, Diana! I wonder how far it is from Michigan to Vermont! I want to go! Have to wait ’til next December, though, so I can see it all decked out for Christmas.

    Merry, Merry!

    1. Thanks Naomi!! If you do come out this way next year, be sure to stop off in Albany–we are on the way to Manchester!! Happy New Year, friend 🙂

  6. Thanks for the virtual tour! I lived in the Hudson Falls area years ago and visited Vermont but didn’t think to visit there during Christmas. You’ve shown the holiday Vermont I imagine. So many beautiful photos but my absolute favorite photo if I had to choose one is the fawn in the alcove! I guess I have a thing for them – I’ve kept a large flocked vintage one on my work desk for more than a year. My friend who works at the thrift saved it for me and I love it.

    I’ll be visiting the Adirondacks again come summer so I’ll make sure to visit Christo’s when we take a ride to Vermont. I hope to visit your booth this time around.

    I haven’t commented as much as I should but your blog is one of my favorites. You are just precious. Keep up the good work and thank you for sharing!

    1. That fawn really was something. And what a sweet friend to gift you something so special 🙂 When you pass through be sure to give me a shout and I’ll meet you out at my shop if the timing works.

      I’m so glad you like my blog–you put a big smile on my face, thank you!! Let’s be sure to stay in touch, and Happy New Year, friend–

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