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Web Site: www.reluctantpanther.com


This elegant, romantic 21-room country inn at the foot of Mount Equinox in Southern Vermont's Manchester Village Historic District offers luxurious accommodations, fine dining, and a peaceful village setting convenient to great shopping and diverse four-season activities. The Inn is located in Southern Vermont, 4.5 hours from New York/2.5 from Hartford. Discounted seasonal packages are available.

Twenty-one upscale guest rooms and luxury suites in 3 historic buildings feature fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs (some rooms with Jacuzzi tubs à deux and 2 fireplaces--a Manchester exclusive!), private porches, antiques and stunning mountain views, staffed by experienced, hands-on owners (fluent in 4 languages) and an attentive staff.

Walk to the historic Equinox Resort and Spa, a RockResort, for luxurious spa services and world-class golf at discounted guest rates. Tennis, hiking, biking and horseback riding at regular guest rates are also available. Shop at Manchester's designer outlets (1 mile away). Skiing, theater, restaurants, arts and culture are all nearby.

Guests enjoy a sumptuous three-course breakfast and fine dining in a romantic setting, featuring contemporary European cuisine prepared by the Chef/Owner and a first-class wine list.


Open to the public as well as Inn Guests, fine dining at The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant is a memorable experience.

Hailed by both Fodor's and Frommer's, dinner at the Inn is served in an elegant setting. Contemporary European cuisine is prepared by Swiss-trained Chef/Owner, Robert Bachofen, and is complemented by a carefully selected first-class wine list of Californian and French boutique vintages.

New Dining Experience -- Fondue Stübli

Fondue Room Looking for something different? We're offering a unique new dining experience in addition to our usual candlelit fine dining, featuring exquisite Swiss and European comfort foods.

For an informal evening out in an intimate atmosphere, enjoy authentic Swiss Cheese Fondues and Racelette in our new "Fondue Stübli" with cozy fireplace and original 1850 marbled walls.

The huge fieldstone fireplace in the Main Dining Room is the focal point of our elegant restaurant. Warm yourselves by a romantic, blazing fire in cold weather. Decorated with rich upholstery, warmly colored hand-painted walls and hewn beams, broad windows offer views of lush manicured gardens.

Area Activities

* Bromley Mountain Skiing & Fun Park - winter downhill skiing and summer fun
* Gleneagles Golf Course at the Equinox Resort - challenging par 71 championship-quality course within walking distance of our Inn; specials and discounted rates available for Reluctant Panther Guests
* Stratton Mountain - world-class skiing in winter; tennis, golf, biking, hiking, trail rides and art, music events in summer
* The Vermont Golf Guide - information and links for golfing in Vermont
* Viking Nordic Ski Center - 35 kilometers of wooded trails in Londonderry; hiking, biking in summer

Music, Arts & Culture

* Frog Hollow - nationally known gallery featuring the work of juried Vermont artisans
* Hildene Mansion - a historic 24-room Georgian Revival estate of Robert Todd Lincoln, President Lincoln’s son, with walking trails and gardens
* Manchester Music Festival - offers concerts of fine chamber music performed by world-class artists
* Southern Vermont Art Center - ten galleries of classic and contemporary fine art, hiking trails, a botany trail, sculpture gardens and an indoor/outdoor café on 407 acres
* Vermont Symphony Orchestra - the oldest state-supported professional orchestra in the country, offering concerts throughout Vermont, several in Manchester
* Warren Kimble Folk Art - home of "America's best-loved contemporary folk artist"



Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
39 West Road, Manchester, Vermont 05254-0678. 802-362-2568. 800-822-2331
Web Site: www.reluctantpanther.com
Email: stay@reluctantpanther.com