Manchester and the Mountains, VT Welcomes Visitors After Irene

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Manchester Vermont and surrounding towns are opening up after Irene, and encourage visitors to come stay a while, shop a bit, and relax in the beautiful hills of southwestern Vermont.

Our shops... are open for business-as-usual for the long Labor Day weekend. If friends from out of state want to help, we encourage them to come and stay

The Manchester and the Mountains region in the southwestern part of the state is returning quickly to pre-Irene status and is welcoming visitors for the Labor Day weekend and the promise of a fabulous foliage season. Many areas of Vermont were hit terribly hard by the rain and flooding caused by tropical storm Irene, but road conditions and infrastructure statewide are improving daily. The Chamber of Commerce has heard from Manchester friends from across the country and thanks everyone for their well wishes.

”Don’t change your plans, come, enjoy and relax in our special community for this last weekend of summer and the beginning of fall in Manchester, Dorset, Stratton and the other scenic towns in our region. Our shops—both national outlets and local specialty stores—are open for business as usual for the long Labor Day weekend. If friends from out of state want to help, we encourage them to come and stay,” said Chamber Executive Director Berta Maginniss.

Inns, B&Bs, motels and the venerable Equinox Resort and Spa all have chimed in to encourage people to come up. The Arlington Inn posted the same sentiment on their website as well. “We are open and thankfully unaffected by the storm. Roads to Manchester & Bennington are open.” A quick visit to our website or phone call (802) 362-6313 to the Chamber will clarify a business’s status.

Current activities and events in the area include a ground-breaking exhibition at the American Museum of Fly Fishing - “A Graceful Rise: Women in Fly Fishing Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”; an exhibition on the artistic process and the work of noted artist Elizabeth Torak at the Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Wilson Museum; and the Northshire Bookstore hosting historian Willard Sterne Randall on September 7 to talk about his new acclaimed biography Ethan Allen. The Maple Leaf Half Marathon is still open for registration, so if you are inclined to run, with 1,000 others, in the fresh air and rolling hills of Vermont, come up for that on September 10.

A full slate of activities for upcoming weeks is posted at our chamber website along with links to updated road conditions. Overall, the sentiment in Bennington County is that southwestern Vermont is still a great place to vacation, to get away from the city, and say goodbye to summer with an ear of corn in one hand and a ripe, farmer’s market tomato in the other. Visitors can also call the Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce at 802-362-6313 with any questions.

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