The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant - Manchester Hotel: Southern Vermont Hotel, VT

The Reluctant Panther Inn & RestaurantManchester, VT
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.
Walk to world class resort spa, golf, shopping and four-season activities, including hiking, biking and tennis. Drive one mile to Manchester designer outlets, the Southern Vermont Arts Center, galleries, live theatre and restaurants, or travel twenty minutes to skiing at Bromley or Stratton Mountain. Seasonal and romantic packages available.

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. 


  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplaces
  • Gardens
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Historical Features
  • In-Room Jacuzzi Tub
  • In-Room TV
  • Lakes & Mountains
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Pet Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Romantic
  • Wireless Internet Access


  • Antique Shopping
  • Biking
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cultural Activities
  • Falconry
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Skating
  • Mountain Biking
  • Shopping
  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing


The Reluctant Panther Restaurant features contemporary American cuisine in a relaxed yet elegantly upscale atmosphere. With an emphasis on locally sourced products, Executive Chef Nick DeLauri creates a sophisticated dining experience that is unsurpassed in northern New England. A multiple year Wine Spectator award-winning wine list complements the tasteful menu, along with a generous selection of wine and champagne by the glass.



39 West Road
Manchester, VT  05254



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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. 


Number of Rooms: 20
 The Reluctant Panther offers 4 categories of accommodations: Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites and Deluxe Suites.
Each accommodation offers:
Private en-suite bath
300 thread count linens, Anchini Coverlets and Plush Frette Bathrobes
Flat Panel color TV’s and Complimentary Wi-Fi
Gilchrist & Soames Spa Products
Complimentary made to order Breakfast for two
Complimentary Parking
Daily housekeeping and nightly turndown service
Fireplace in each room