Modernized Manchester motel set to reopen after renovations

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MANCHESTER — A once-shabby, 1970s-era motel, following extensive renovations by its new owners, will reopen with a different name and more contemporary look as soon as this weekend.

"Rest," as the former Red Sled Motel at 2066 Depot St. will be known, consists of 17 refurbished rooms, some with jacuzzis on newly constructed back decks partitioned with corrugated aluminum sheets.

Rooms feature paper-lantern lamps hanging from elevated ceilings,

mid-century-style bedside tables, portable YETI coolers and TVs linked to streaming services. Showers in the all-new bathrooms sport marble-tiled floors.

The new owners, Philip Carter and Jamie Nolan Carter, a married couple who became full-time Manchester residents more than two and a half years ago, started work on the project this past winter. They purchased the property about a year and a half ago.

"Green Mountain modern, we were calling it," Nolan Carter said of the complex's new aesthetic. "Sort of a little rugged, but youthful."

The couple said the first phase of their effort, which included the installation of new windows and an HVAC system, was largely

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complete.

Future work will include a new roof and the conversion of a mothballed indoor pool to a kind of lounge area. A pre-existent outdoor pool will remain accessible to guests.

"The bones" of the motel "are good," Philip Carter said. "The brickwork is solid."

The pair hopes that the motel's modern vibe and relatively modest prices — $150 for a room with a jacuzzi, $125 without — will attract guests, including leaf peepers and snowmobilers, throughout the year. Several rooms intended for families with children include bunk beds.

The motel's website was in the final stages and will be launched soon, but as of press time was not yet live.

Nolan Carter, who has a background in hospitality, said the couple may embark on similar upgrades of other motels in the future.

Contact Luke Nathan at lnathan@benningtonbanner.com.


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