The Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant is southern Vermont’s premier small luxury hotel. Situated in the center of Manchester Village, the Reluctant Panther has 20 rooms and suites of the highest quality and the top-rated gourmet dining experience in Vermont.  The Panther’s ample accommodations feature sophisticated design with antique furnishings, marble baths, fireplaces, museum quality artwork, 300 thread count linens, Malin + Goetz bath products, Frette robes to create a genuinely gracious and relaxing overnight stay.

Walk to world class resort spa, shopping, golf, and four-season activities, including biking, tennis, and hiking.

Stay in the heart of historic Manchester Village at Vermont’s premier small luxury hotel. With unparalleled views of Equinox Mountain from one of their twenty luxurious Rooms and Suites, each room features antique furnishings, fine art, luxury bathrooms and cozy fireplaces. Make a reservation at the restaurant and see why they won the coveted Gold Barn Award for the locally sourced menu featuring contemporary American cuisine paired with an extensive, award-winning wine list in a sophisticated atmosphere.

Whether choosing from their selection of packages or allowing the staff to curate your Vermont experience, The Reluctant Panther provides for all who call it home for a few nights. From fly-fishing to skiing, theatre and the arts, to shopping and farmer’s markets, the Panther takes great pleasure in making every day an unforgettable adventure!

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 signified the mindset of Vermonters, who fought against interference from the English King and their neighbors to the east and west. The Green Mountain Tavern, which stood on the site until 1897, Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys met and planned their resistance to the hated Foreigners. The name itself was conceptualized in the 1960’s when the hesitancy 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


deluxe_roomsNumber 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
MALIN + GOETZ Spa Products
Complimentary made to order Breakfast for two
Complimentary Parking
Daily housekeeping and nightly turndown service
Fireplace in each room


39 West Road Manchester, VT 05254 Phone: 802-362-2568 Toll Free: 800-822-2331

39 West Road
Manchester 05254
Phone: 802-362-2568

Best of Southern Vermont

Experience the richness of Southern Vermont at the Reluctant Panther.  Stay 2 nights in the luxurious accommodation of your choice, enjoy a plate of fine local cheeses with Chef’s selection of chilled white wine from our award-winning list.  Visit the historic Lincoln estate, explore our country roads, sample and take home the most unique local products – experience the very best that Southern Vermont has to offer!
  • 2 Nights accommodations in the luxurious room category of your choice
  • Complimentary chilled bottle of white wine and Vermont artisan cheese plate wine en suite
  • 2 admission passes to Hildene, the historic Lincoln estate
  • $25 gift voucher to HN Williams Store, an iconic Dorset Village landmark
  •  Automatic room upgrade at check-in if higher category room is available
  • Full breakfast each morning

Midweek “Best of Southern Vermont” Packages start at $405 + tax for a Superior Room (Sunday – Thursday)

This package is subject to availability and change and cannot be combined with any other package, special offer or promotion.  Taxes and gratuities are additional.  Please call the Panther to reserve your Best of Southern Vermont getaway package. 800-822-2331


Package valid: 5/10/2017 - 12/31/2017
Starting at: 405.00
How to Book

To reserve, call 1-800-822-2331


dining room

The Restaurant features the Reluctant Panther’s award-winning gourmet cuisine, under the direction of Executive Chef Sigal Rocklin, and offers a sophisticated dining experience that is among the highest rated in New England.  The Restaurant caters to events as large as 65 guests for a seated dinner.

The outdoor covered Patio is open seasonally offering Al Fresco dining and our Summer Raw Bar. With views over the gardens and Mount Equinox, the Patio is a picturesque venue for a casual dinner or drinks with friends.

The Panther Pub, with it’s two rooms and dedicated bar, is the perfect space for cocktails and holiday parties for up to 75 guests and seated dinners for up to 30 guests.


The Reluctant Panther has been carefully designed to provide the optimum luxury atmosphere for your dining event, corporate retreat or strategic planning session. We understand that flexibility is key and are ready to accommodate your needs, working to create environments in keeping with your objectives.

Capture-mtgsThe property is in close proximity to four-season team building activities and features twenty well-appointed guest rooms and suites. Our unparalleled food and beverage program offers the best in fine dining: local, sustainable cuisine paired with a multi-year Wine Spectator Award-Winning wine list means your group will enjoy nothing short of a delicious and elegant evening.

For Meeting Enquiries, call 802-362-2568


For intimate weddings from 2 to 120 people we can customize your day to create lasting memories. Wedding groups enjoy the ultimate exclusive experience: by reserving the entire hotel your group has a private estate in the heart of Manchester Village.

Capture-weddingFrom rehearsal dinner to bridesmaids’ luncheon, reception to after-party, or simply booking luxurious accommodations for you, your family and friends — we’re more than ready to handle every aspect of your wedding needs.

Superb service, elegant dining and unending attention to detail ensures the two of you can relax and enjoy one another in the first few days of your life together.

*One of America’s Top 10 Most Romantic Inns for 2008 by American Historic Inns and iLoveInns.Com

For Wedding Enquiries, call 802-362-2568


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  • 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