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

PATIO RAW BAR

At Reluctant Panther, On through Labor Day

Join us for the final weekend of our RAW BAR. We'll be serving up oysters, ceviche, craft cocktails, gorgeous views of Mt. Equinox, and croquet in the backyard! Open Labor Day Weekend: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon starting at 4pm. The fire pit will be lit after dark!

Maple Leaf Half Marathon

At Dana Thompson Memorial Rec Park, On Saturday, September 6

The race will snake its way along backcountry roads, over to route 7 and then back to the Recreation Center for the finish at a certified 13.1 miles. There's also a 5-Kilometer run/walk. A celebration will be held with food, beverages, music & an awards ceremony following the races. 802-362-6313.