At-A-Glance Schedule

The schedule is subject to change.

Monday, March 27, 2023 

  • 2 pm – 6 pm – Arrivals throughout the day at Equinox Golf Resort & Spa (EGRS) and Kimpton Taconic Hotel (KTH) 
  • 3-5 pm – Conference Registration –  Battenkill Foyer, Equinox Golf Resort & Spa
  • 4 pm –  5pm Chapter Board Meeting– Battenkill, Equinox Golf Resort & Spa
  • 5:30 pm – 7 pm – Welcome Reception at Falcon Bar sponsored by Manchester Designer Outlets– Equinox Golf Resort & Spa

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 

  • 7:30 am – 9:00 am – Breakfast and chapter meeting for all registered attendees, Colonnade Room, Equinox Golf Resort & Spa  
  • 7:30 am – 8:30 am – Registration continues and Marketplace setup, Colonnade Room, Equinox Golf Resort & Spa  
  • 9:00 am – 11:00 pm – Marketplace at Colonnade Room, Equinox Golf Resort & Spa
  • 9 am – 10 am Group 1
  • 10 am – 11 am Group 2
  • 11:00 am – 11:45 – Free Time
  • 12-1 pm Lunch at Trillium Room, Kimpton Taconic Hotel provided for all attendees at KTH in Trillium Room provided by the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing
  • 1-2 pm – Keynote: Tonya Fitzpatrick Going deeper: Finding gold in the stories untold, Trillium Room, Kimpton Taconic Hotel
  • 2:15-3 pm Professional Development Session A- Panel- Working with Media Post-Pandemic
  • 3:15 pm – 4 pm Professional Development Sessions B & C 
  • Session B: Sara Broers: How to Pitch Both Sides of a Destination, Rockwell A
  • Session C: Robin Catalano: How to Craft an Irresistible Book Proposal, Rockwell B
  • 4:45 pm Board Shuttle to Pastime Pinball From Your Host Hotel 
  • 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm – Reception at Pastime Pinball

Pastime Pinball is Manchester’s home to over 60 pinball machines, with the oldest dating back to 1947. All games are set to free play so enjoy the fun and grab a drink at the upstairs snack bar in between rounds.

The Wilburton is a majestic destination resort crowning a 30-acre hilltop estate in Manchester Village, Vermont. It was built in 1902 as the largest private estate in Manchester for Albert M. Gilbert, a Chicago industrialist. Today it operates as an inn by Dr. Albert Levis and his family.

  • 8:30 pm Board Shuttle at The Wilburton to return to Host Properties

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 

  • 7 am – 9 am – Breakfast vouchers provided at each participating property for registered attendees, EGRS and KHT
  • 9 am – 10 am Private Shopping Event (Optional)  Gift Bag, Discounts and Hot Apple Cider + Treats, The Vermont Flannel Company – 426 Depot St, Manchester, VT 05255
  • Tours and independent exploration
  • 8:45 am – 10:15 am Land Rover Driving Experience / Group 1, Land Rover Driving Experience – 80 Union Street, Manchester, VT
  • 10:15 am – 12 pm Land Rover Driving Experience / Group 2, Land Rover Driving Experience – 80 Union Street, Manchester, VT
  • 11:45 am Board Shuttle to Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, From Your Host Hotel
  • 12 pm – 1 pm Lunch for All Attendees – provided by Pangaea, Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home – 1005 Hildene Rd, Manchester, VT
  • 1 pm – 3 pm Group Tour, Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home – 1005 Hildene Rd, Manchester, VT
  • 3 pm Board Shuttle at Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home, Return to Host Hotel
  • 3 pm – 5:15 pm Free time to shop and explore Manchester
  • 5:15 pm Board Shuttle to Southern Vermont Arts Center From Your Host Hotel
  • 5:30 pm – 7 pm Farewell Reception, Southern Vermont Arts Center, 860 Southern Vermont Arts Center Dr, Manchester, VT, provided by the Southern Vermont Arts Center/Manchester Business Association

Our closing event will be held at one of the region’s best arts facilities. Since opening its doors in 1922, the Southern Vermont Arts Center has been enriching the community with first-class cultural, educational, and creative opportunities on its 100+ acres. With a rotating calendar of visiting exhibitions, the largest sculpture park in Vermont, and a busy schedule of dynamic classes for all ages, the Southern Vermont Arts Center has something for everyone.

  • 7 pm Board Shuttle at Southern Vermont Arts Center, Return to Host Properties

Thursday, March 30, 2023 

  • 7 am – 9 am – Breakfast provided at each participating property for attendees provided by EGRS and KHT
  • 7:00am – onwards – Departure from Manchester, VT or stay for optional post conference activities
  • 12 pm check out of hotel

Packing List

The weather in Southern Vermont in March is chilly, with a chance of snow, so pack accordingly with warm clothing and shoes with a good grip to avoid falls. As with any other conference, you’ll also want business cards for marketplace. If you are an outdoor winter enthusiast, pack your skis, snowboards, snowshoes, or cross-country skis as Manchester is 15 minutes away from Bromley Mountain and 30 minutes from Stratton Mountain.