Southern Vermont’s finest small luxury hotel Welcome to The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant

The Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant is southern Vermont’s premier small luxury hotel. Located in the heart of Manchester Village, the Reluctant Panther offers 20 rooms and suites of the highest quality and the top-rated gourmet dining experience in Vermont.

The Panther’s spacious accommodations feature elegant design with antique furnishings, fireplaces, marble baths and original, museum quality artwork combining with 300 thread count linens, Anichini coverlets and Frette robes to create a truly gracious and relaxing overnight experience.

The Reluctant Panther Restaurant features contemporary American cooking in a relaxed yet elegantly upscale atmosphere. With an emphasis on locally sourced products, our Chefs create a sophisticated dining experience that is unsurpassed in northern New England. A multiple year Wine Spectator award winning wine list complements the tasteful menu.

Manchester, VT offers a wide range of activities and events to satisfy any visitor. Golf, tennis, hiking, horse-riding, fly-fishing, shooting and biking are all summer recreational staples. Skiing at nearby Stratton and Bromley Mountains, cross country skiing and skating, and a warm cup of Vermont cider make for a great winter getaway. Shopping for America’s best Vermont cheeses or visiting the famous Manchester Outlets is a great way to spend a day any time.

The Reluctant Panther — The Panther name is founded on the historical significance of our area. Wild Panthers long roamed the nearby mountains, despite the encroachment of humans, and symbolized the attitude of Vermonters, who fought against interference from the English King and their neighbors to the east and west. At the Green Mountain Tavern, which stood on the site until 1897, Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys met and organized their resistance to the hated Foreigners. The name itself was conceived in the 1960’s when the reluctance of Panthers to come down from the mountains was paired with the historical symbolism of the property. The Reluctant Panther name is now a Manchester institution.

Events at the Panther What Is Happening at the Panther

Eco Tour at Hildene

At Hildene, The Lincoln Family Estate, On Sept 22, 3pm

The group tour will go out into the wetland on Hildene's 600' floating boardwalk to gain an understanding of the ecosystem. Invasive plants and small scale sustainable agricultural practices will also be discussed. Fee $15, $10 for Hildene members. Pre-registration is mandatory. 802-867-0111

Family Day: Art on the Hill

At Southern Vermont Arts Center, On Sept 20

Join Stacy Gates, "Create w/ Bogate", for face painting, button making; Don Knaack, "The Junkman", will have interactive jam sessions & Kelli Humphrey from "Tails in the Tub", will demonstrate hands-on dog grooming. Andy Gross Live @ 3:30pm. Call 802-362-1405.