“My husband and I moved here from Richmond, Virginia, to help run my family’s inn. Guests often ask us what we do around here for fun, and I think there are plenty of things—kayaking, hiking, going to the bookstore, or just going for a drive. For me, one of the nicest things is being able to slow down and not have to get on the highway to go to work. And I love my job because it doesn’t feel like work. It’s a lifestyle.”

-Nancy Hanes Ess, The Inn at Manchester


Happy Vermonters is a new series of vignettes that share why people love Vermont. My traditional travel stories about road trips and offbeat places to visit will continue on I’m just looking to mix things up a bit. I hope you enjoy! Drop me a line at and let me know what you think.  Thank you! -Erica


  1. Karen
    March 10, 2017

    Well, the Inn is beautiful, as is Manchester and the surrounding area. What an awesome way to work for a living – I like your new concept for the blog too!

    • Erica
      March 10, 2017

      Hi Karen — The inn is wonderful! And Manchester is a pretty special place to live, too. Nancy is clearly doing it right! Thanks for saying hello! -Erica


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