The Inn at Manchester changes hands

Maggiotto family buys inn from Hanes family for $3.99M

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MANCHESTER — The Maggiotto family wanted to make a long-term investment to the community and settle in Manchester.

The Hanes family, after 15 years of welcoming guests to The Inn at Manchester, wanted to pass on the business to new owners who would carry on the tradition of hospitality.

Both families got their wish, as the business changed hands late last month.

The Maggiotto family purchased the 21-room inn and its adjacent special event venue from the Hanes family for a total of $3.99 million, with the inn selling for $2,537,600 and the adjacent celebration barn selling for $1,454,000, according to property transfer  records filed with the Manchester town clerk's office. The transaction closed on June 26.

"All I can say is the stars lined up and brought us together and the outcome is exactly what Julie [Hanes] and I worked so hard to see: a very special inn has been passed on to another family that will continue to bring energy and passion to that Inn, to the hospitality business and to the community," Hanes told the Journal. "I also believe that someone was looking down on me and told me it was time to move on."

Brian Maggiotto and his wife Gabriella Torres are taking over management duties, while the inn's core team, including Celebration Barn manager Nancy Hanes Ess, will remain on board. The Maggiotto family plans move to the innkeeper's house on the property from Dorset, where they now reside.

"We have such an incredibly special team and one that I have great respect and pride for," Hanes said of the team at the inn, and his happiness that they're staying on. "I will never forget all that they have done for us over the past 15 years."

What made Hanes decide the Maggiottos were the right heirs for the Inn? "Their commitment to family and community, their appreciation for private business, and their energy and passion for hospitality and Manchester," he said.

Growing up, Brian Maggiotto split his time between New York City and the Manchester and the Mountains region for summers and vacations. Over the past 30 years the family has built ties to the area. Rocco Maggiotto and wife Kathleen Fisher have served on the boards of local organizations including the Weston Playhouse Theater Company, Hildene, Dorset Field Club, Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning, and Southern Vermont Health Care.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our family, and we're proud to become the new innkeepers of this stunning and successful inn," Brian Maggioto said. "We look forward to tapping into our hospitality and guest service backgrounds both in Vermont and around the country to help deliver an artfully crafted and approachable experience for our guests."

A University of Vermont graduate who has worked at the Hotel Vermont in Burlington and the Kimpton Taconic Hotel in Manchester, Brian Maggiotto serves on the Board of the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, and has held various roles within the Aloha Foundation in Fairlee. Prior to his hospitality experience, Brian worked in sales and marketing with NBC Universal in New York and Los Angeles.

Torres is a graduate of Barnard College at Columbia University, with a background in merchandising and international buying. Her tenure in Vermont has included managing two retail stores for The Vermont Flannel Company in the Burlington area, and more recently working in product development for The Vermont Country Store.

"My wife and I decided to move back because we both had a true passion for Vermont," Maggiotto said. "We've got a young child. It was a wonderful situation for myself ... we wanted to have a long term future in Vermont."

Taking over The Inn at Manchester is "stewardship, more than anything else," he said. "It's continuing the tradition of what people here have come to expect from and experience at The Inn at Manchester."

As for Hanes' plans?

"I'm heading south to take some time and then I'll see where I may go next! I have a long standing and special interest in working with seniors and in traveling," he said in an email. "I know that there are no guarantees in this life, so I plan on making it happen! I will miss Manchester and all the folks here that have been so incredibly supportive and loyal to my family, the Inn and to me! It has been an honor to live here!"

Reach Journal editor Greg Sukiennik at gsukiennik@manchesterjournal.com or at 802-490-6000.

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