Maurie’s guidebook

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Maurie’s guidebook

Food Scene

This is not a complete list of all the choices around. Just ask if you have a question about a certain spot and I'll tell you what I know. PLEASE DOUBLECHECK HOURS OPEN. They can be fluid based on staffing availability. Be patient with staff. They work hard and deserve your respect.
Open 7:30 AM to 4 PM but grill closes at 3. Closed Sundays. My favorite morning hangout - inside or outside. I recommend the cinnamon buns, scones, breakfast sandwiches quiche. Delicious soups and sandwiches for lunch. Gets busy, so go early or between meals.
Charlie's Coffee House
39 Bonnet St
Open 7:30 AM to 4 PM but grill closes at 3. Closed Sundays. My favorite morning hangout - inside or outside. I recommend the cinnamon buns, scones, breakfast sandwiches quiche. Delicious soups and sandwiches for lunch. Gets busy, so go early or between meals.
Open Thursday thru Monday 9 AM to 5 PM but grill closes by 4. I haven't met a sandwich here that I have not loved. It is located inside the Northshire Bookstore. The eating room is very large and comfortable. Great spot for a rainy day.
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Bonnet & Main Café
15 Bonnet St
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Open Thursday thru Monday 9 AM to 5 PM but grill closes by 4. I haven't met a sandwich here that I have not loved. It is located inside the Northshire Bookstore. The eating room is very large and comfortable. Great spot for a rainy day.
Friday thru Sunday 4-9 PM, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 4-8 PM. MAKE RESERVATIONS. Thursday night margarita special. Love the burritos. It's only a few hundred yards from the 1850 Marble Path House. Nice outdoor seating when weather is good.
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Gringo Jack's Southwestern Bar & Grill
5103 Main Street
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Friday thru Sunday 4-9 PM, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 4-8 PM. MAKE RESERVATIONS. Thursday night margarita special. Love the burritos. It's only a few hundred yards from the 1850 Marble Path House. Nice outdoor seating when weather is good.
Open 4:30-8:30 PM. Closed Tue & Wed. MAKE RESERVATIONS. It's a very short walk to my favorite dinner place in this historic building. Have the cranberry fritters w/maple butter.
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YE OLDE TAVERN
5183 Main Street
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Open 4:30-8:30 PM. Closed Tue & Wed. MAKE RESERVATIONS. It's a very short walk to my favorite dinner place in this historic building. Have the cranberry fritters w/maple butter.
Open 11:30 AM to 8 PM. My favorite pizza place for pizza or stuffed shells with garlic bread. Indoor and outdoor seating.
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Christos' Pizza and Pasta
4931 Main Street
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Open 11:30 AM to 8 PM. My favorite pizza place for pizza or stuffed shells with garlic bread. Indoor and outdoor seating.
Open Thursday thru Sunday 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM, Monday 7:30 AM-2:30 PM, Tuesday 7 AM - 2:30 PM. 5 minute drive to Bob's Diner - great variety of traditional diner favorites plus more updated meals . Fun spot to sit outside when weather is good.
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Bob's Diner
2279 Depot Street
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Open Thursday thru Sunday 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM, Monday 7:30 AM-2:30 PM, Tuesday 7 AM - 2:30 PM. 5 minute drive to Bob's Diner - great variety of traditional diner favorites plus more updated meals . Fun spot to sit outside when weather is good.
Open EVERY DAY 6 AM-6 PM. Bagel and sandwich joint. Great place to pick up a bagel sandwich to bring on a bike ride or hike. My favorite is the Farmer's veggie, which I request on a jalapeno cheese bagel.
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The Works Café
13 Riverside Heights
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Open EVERY DAY 6 AM-6 PM. Bagel and sandwich joint. Great place to pick up a bagel sandwich to bring on a bike ride or hike. My favorite is the Farmer's veggie, which I request on a jalapeno cheese bagel.
Open Monday thru Saturday 8 AM-2:30 PM seasonally. Just love this airstream food spot. My favorite is their breakfast burrito for any time - totally awesome. Say hi to Gary for me.
Amy’s on the Road
4361 Main Street
Open Monday thru Saturday 8 AM-2:30 PM seasonally. Just love this airstream food spot. My favorite is their breakfast burrito for any time - totally awesome. Say hi to Gary for me.
Seasonally open 5-8 PM Thursday thru Sunday. Big windows face west, so enjoy the sunset while dining. These busy owners run the Cold Cow Creamery (outdoor burger joint) in the summer. Can't be 2 places at once:)
Nipper's Cafe & Steakhouse
6458 Main St
Seasonally open 5-8 PM Thursday thru Sunday. Big windows face west, so enjoy the sunset while dining. These busy owners run the Cold Cow Creamery (outdoor burger joint) in the summer. Can't be 2 places at once:)
Tuesday thru Saturday 5-8 PM. If you don't have a reservation now, it's probably too late. Located in the old library, a unique historic building booming with atmosphere. I have not been there yet but it was rated the best "first date" place in the country! Perhaps you could go for just drinks?
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The Silver Fork
4201 Main Street
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Tuesday thru Saturday 5-8 PM. If you don't have a reservation now, it's probably too late. Located in the old library, a unique historic building booming with atmosphere. I have not been there yet but it was rated the best "first date" place in the country! Perhaps you could go for just drinks?
Open Sunday 12-8 PM, Tuesday thru Friday 4-9 PM, Saturday 12-9 PM. This is a cool place with both an outdoor gazebo above the river and a cozy basement pub with pool table. I haven't been here in a while but they have a really excellent 'beet burger'.
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Union Underground
4928 Main St
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Open Sunday 12-8 PM, Tuesday thru Friday 4-9 PM, Saturday 12-9 PM. This is a cool place with both an outdoor gazebo above the river and a cozy basement pub with pool table. I haven't been here in a while but they have a really excellent 'beet burger'.
Open Sat/Sun 3-10 PM, Thurs/Fri 5-10 PM. My gal pals could not find a place to eat on a busy holiday weekend and we ended up here and had a great time.
Haig's Restaurant & Sports Bar
4566 Main Street
Open Sat/Sun 3-10 PM, Thurs/Fri 5-10 PM. My gal pals could not find a place to eat on a busy holiday weekend and we ended up here and had a great time.
This very special cafe at the Southern Vermon Arts Center is in the Yester House and has indoor and outdoor seating with lovely views and fabulous food. Check for hours. Reservations recommended.
Curate
930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Drive
This very special cafe at the Southern Vermon Arts Center is in the Yester House and has indoor and outdoor seating with lovely views and fabulous food. Check for hours. Reservations recommended.

Sightseeing around Manchester

Something for every mode of transportation or recreation - car, bike, mountain bike, walk, hike, snowshoe, nordic ski, downhill ski, kayak, canoe. Let me know what you want to do. There is a yellow binder of maps and ideas when you get to the 1850 Marble Path House. Here are some helpful web links: bikemanchestervt.org dorsetvt.org/hike.html
Plan to spend at LEAST a few hours here. You won't regret. Stunning beauty any season. Make sure to go see the Pullman railroad car. Go visit the goats at the fam if you have kids. The view of the gardens from the second floor of the Lincoln home is stunning. Outside, make sure go to the southeast corner of the gardens and take in the view. I also highly recommend visiting the wetlands area down on River Road. Tall grass, deer, birds - very quiet and relaxing. In winter, you can rent corss country skis there and ski the trails.
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Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
1005 Hildene Road
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Plan to spend at LEAST a few hours here. You won't regret. Stunning beauty any season. Make sure to go see the Pullman railroad car. Go visit the goats at the fam if you have kids. The view of the gardens from the second floor of the Lincoln home is stunning. Outside, make sure go to the southeast corner of the gardens and take in the view. I also highly recommend visiting the wetlands area down on River Road. Tall grass, deer, birds - very quiet and relaxing. In winter, you can rent corss country skis there and ski the trails.
The Yester House is a free art gallery with stunning views. There is also a lovely cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. Check the hours. Check out what the current display in the building where the gift shop is. It is usually worth the money. There are also walking trails that connect to the Equinox Preserve - trails to Equinox Pond but there are closer places to park for that on West Union Street.
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Southern Vermont Arts Center
930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Drive
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The Yester House is a free art gallery with stunning views. There is also a lovely cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. Check the hours. Check out what the current display in the building where the gift shop is. It is usually worth the money. There are also walking trails that connect to the Equinox Preserve - trails to Equinox Pond but there are closer places to park for that on West Union Street.
It is closer to walk or bike here than drive. It has a 1 mile loop around the perimeter of the park and connects to the Historic Marlbe Rail Trail (map is included in the yellow binder in the living room). To get to the start of the trail, walk across the street to Nature's Market, go west to the crosswalk by Maplefiels Mobil station. Go up Memorial Ave to the end (in front of the school), The trail starts at the basketball court.
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Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park
340 Recreation Park Road
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It is closer to walk or bike here than drive. It has a 1 mile loop around the perimeter of the park and connects to the Historic Marlbe Rail Trail (map is included in the yellow binder in the living room). To get to the start of the trail, walk across the street to Nature's Market, go west to the crosswalk by Maplefiels Mobil station. Go up Memorial Ave to the end (in front of the school), The trail starts at the basketball court.

Things to do

Ask and you shall find. There is a blue binder of ideas when you get to the 1850 Marble Path House.
There is something for everybody at this beautiful library which is only a few hundred yards away at the corner of Cemetery Ave and Main St. Hang out on the marble patio or take part in one of their many events. Inside, there is a large space for each age range. Check for COVID rules.
Manchester Community Library
138 Cemetery Avenue
There is something for everybody at this beautiful library which is only a few hundred yards away at the corner of Cemetery Ave and Main St. Hang out on the marble patio or take part in one of their many events. Inside, there is a large space for each age range. Check for COVID rules.
Browse the bookstore on a rainy day. It is independently owned and constantly adjusts to the times yet keeps its original feel. It has a great kids section on the second floor with books and toys - a great place for gift shopping for any age. The Bonnet & Main Cafe is located here, which is very handy.
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Northshire Bookstore
4869 Main Street
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Browse the bookstore on a rainy day. It is independently owned and constantly adjusts to the times yet keeps its original feel. It has a great kids section on the second floor with books and toys - a great place for gift shopping for any age. The Bonnet & Main Cafe is located here, which is very handy.
Dorset is very close and has many good walking, hiking, and mountain biking trials, short and long with awesome views. Check out https://dorsetvt.org/hike.html form maps and more information.
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Dorset
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Dorset is very close and has many good walking, hiking, and mountain biking trials, short and long with awesome views. Check out https://dorsetvt.org/hike.html form maps and more information.

Groceries

No plastic grocery bags provided in stores. Bring reusable bags located in 1st floor closet, or pay for paper bags at store.
Open Mon - Sat 9 AM-6 PM. CLSOSED SUNDAYS. It is right across the street!! Owner, John, can help you pick out wine in the price range and taste you choose. Interesting beers. They have a nice assortment of organic vegetables and excellent local meats. Be alert when crossing the street as cars are pulling out and not looking for pedestrians crossing.
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Natures Market
303 Center Hill Rd
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Open Mon - Sat 9 AM-6 PM. CLSOSED SUNDAYS. It is right across the street!! Owner, John, can help you pick out wine in the price range and taste you choose. Interesting beers. They have a nice assortment of organic vegetables and excellent local meats. Be alert when crossing the street as cars are pulling out and not looking for pedestrians crossing.
Go down Center Hill Road, take right at the lights. It's on the right, next to TJ Maxx. This is a small Price Chopper so stuff is easy to find. It is cheaper than Shaws and has good vegetables.
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Price Chopper
Vermont 11
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Go down Center Hill Road, take right at the lights. It's on the right, next to TJ Maxx. This is a small Price Chopper so stuff is easy to find. It is cheaper than Shaws and has good vegetables.
Less than a mile, go south on Route 7A (Main Street). It is on the left. It is the largest supermarket in town with the most variety.
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Shaw's
64 Equinox Terrace
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Less than a mile, go south on Route 7A (Main Street). It is on the left. It is the largest supermarket in town with the most variety.