If you’ve had your fill of maple syrup and cheddar cheese and could go for a hot latte and the New York Times crossword puzzle, then Manchester is your place. Vermont’s Madison Avenue in the Mountains, the winding path of Route 7 is lined with outlet shops bearing the names of top designers such as Coach, Escada, and Ralph Lauren. There’s more to the town than shopping , however. Its location between the Taconic Range and Green Mountains  makes it the perfect jumping-off point for outdoor pursuits .
Manchester began taking shape as a resort community in the 1850s, when Franklin Orvis began touting the Equinox House  as one of the most fashionable hotels in Vermont . Located at the base of Mount Equinox, the highest peak in the Taconics, the hotel and the town drew moneyed guests from New York  and Massachusetts  to hike , ski , and fly-fish  for trout in the Batten Kill River. Thanks to Franklin’s brother Charles, the Orvis name is synonymous with fly-fishing, which is still avidly practiced in the area.