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What We Love

  • A Vermont breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate: blueberry pancakes, fresh-baked muffins, oatmeal and more
  • Truly unique activities: falconry school, off-road driving classes and Orvis Fly Fishing School are all within walking distance
  • Rooms all have fireplaces and flat-screen TVs, and most have whirlpool tubs

What To Know

  • This is a small inn, and after 11 p.m. there’s no staff on-site (an innkeeper can be reached by phone)
  • The term “Suite” is used very loosely, as some are regular rooms with no extra sitting area
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Overview

Quintessential Vermont charm in a rehabbed colonial tavern with an award-winning farm-to-table restaurant

The Look

With its gabled good looks and butterscotch paneling, the 20-room Reluctant Panther resembles a supersized dollhouse, a brick-and-mortar slice of the Americana. Originally a colonial tavern dating back to the 1800s, a 2005 fire and subsequent revamp have garnered it a host of modern must-haves (flat-screen TVs, spa tubs) as well as an award-winning farm-to-table restaurant. Add the ambience people come to Vermont for in the first place, and a spot on a quiet residential street (just a few minutes from the Bromley ski resort), and this place is the quintessential New England escape.

Bed and Bath

Cozy guestrooms have a classic B&B style with just enough mod cons. All have least one gas or wood fireplace, a large LG flat-screen TV, free WiFi, a Keurig K-Cup machine and a marble-clad bathroom (where you can unwind in a large soaking tub with Gilchrist & Soames spa goodies).

Beyond

The inn’s award-winning restaurant is a sedate space of pumpkin-colored walls, royal purple curtains and views of Mount Equinox. Head chef Jonathan Cox is obsessive about cooking local finds, so much of the menu is the fruits of his partnership with the Vermont Fresh Network — such as the farmstead cheese plate (with gooey berry compote) and the succulent duet of duck leg and sausage, with acorn squash and sweet-and-sour slaw.

How to Get There

Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
39 West Road
Manchester, VT 05254 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 392 Reviews
Fabulous
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our fifth time returning to the Reluctant Panther. We stayed one night and had dinner at the Panther. The room was perfect with a nice fireplace and king bed. The local pheasant entree at dinner was amazing. Our waiter Lennie was fascinating to talk to and provided service above and beyond. Breakfast was also fabulous and again the waitstaff was exceptional . The front desk people were so friendly and helpful. We will definitely return again.

Great trip!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Couldn’t have had a better experience. Everyone was super helpful. Can’t say enough good things, will definitely be back soon. We had our 8 month old son with us and he had a blast as well. Thanks again!

Okay but not great
Reviewed 1 month ago

Limited menu and prices are too high.Drinks and the service was very good and the ambience is delightful. A nice touch with the violinist which certainly helped to make for a rather pleasant experience.There are so many great restaurants in Manchester that this will not be at the top of our list.

Our favorite starting place in New England.
Reviewed 1 month ago

This was our fifth time here. We come every winter kind of storm chasing. We stay in the Pond View Suite which I think is the largest one there. It is a wonderful room with a bedroom and living room separated by a see through wood burning fireplace. Bathroom has a jacuzzi tub with a gas fireplace. Restaurant is excellent and one of the best in town. Very good breakfast too.

Great Service
Reviewed 2 months ago

I was always reluctant to stay here being it's right next to the Equinox where we've always stayed in the past. The Reluctant Panther did not disappoint and met my expectations and beyond.
My wife and I arrived with our pet. During check in Pam, who was great at the front desk, noticed the room they had reserved for us was not one of their pet friendly rooms. But my heart was set on that room because of the wood fire place so it was difficult to accept another room offer. Assistant Manager did her best to accommodate us, thank you Susan, who was wonderful and was very helpful. We enjoyed our 3 night stay in the lovely room and service was top notch.
We ate at their restaurant twice and food was good. The Inn comes with breakfast so you don't have to go far. They serve at 8:00am. The room has a TV and bed was comfortable.
I can't say enough about the staff because they were all very attentive and just really made us feel special. I will be back.