Bennington is a town in Southwestern Vermont. Boasting five covered bridges it is a classic Vermont country town, and is also home to Bennington College. This article also encompasses the neighboring town of North Bennington.
Bennington is a historically important town that contains many 18th- and 19th-century buildings, as well as much greenery in season. Its skyline is largely dominated by the Bennington Battle Monument, a large obelisk jutting into the sky that honors the achievements of the Green Mountain Boys, who fought effectively for the Revolutionaries in the American War of Independence. By so doing, the Green Mountain Boys also were able to make an effective case for Vermont to be admitted as a separate state from New York, and they were admitted in 1791 as the 14th state.
Bennington is the second-to-southernmost town in Vermont on US Route 7 and as a township, it borders on New York State.
Bennington's downtown is at the intersection of US Route 7 (which goes south through the Massachusetts Berkshire Hills and north to Rutland) and Burlington) and Vermont Route 9 (which goes east to Brattleboro and to the west, beyond the New York State line, becomes New York State Route 7 and connects with Troy). Although these routes have short stretches of limited access, they are mainly one lane in each direction, with stoplights. New York State Route 7 even has some hairpin curves a few miles to the west.
The closest major airport is in Albany.
The closest Greyhound Bus stop is in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Downtown Bennington is walkable, but you'll probably need a car if you plan on doing much.
- The Bennington Battle Monument, 15 Monument Circle, ☎ +1 802 447-0550. Open daily 9AM-5PM, mid-April through Oct. A 306 ft stone obelisk commemorating the famous battle.
- Bennington Center For The Natural & Cultural Arts, Route 9 West Road (at Gypsy Lane), ☎ +1 802 442-7158. Art galleries.
- Vermont Covered Bridge Museum, Route 7 (at Gypsy Lane), ☎ +1 802 442-7158.
- Bennington Potters, 324 County St, toll-free: +1-800-205-8033.
- Bennington Museum, 75 Main St, ☎ +1 802 447-1571. Collections of American furniture, paintings and glass; military history and historical artifacts. Grandma Moses Gallery & Schoolhouse and Bennington Pottery Gallery.
- North River Winery, 56 Colgate Heights, ☎ +1 802 442-9463. Daily 10AM-5PM. Tasting room.
- Shops at Camelot Village, Rte 9. 9h30-5h30. Northeastern antiquing at its best. Somewhat expensive but fun to peruse if nothing else.
- The Grille at Mount Anthony Country Club, 180 Country Club Dr, ☎ +1 802 442-2617. Classic country club dining. Pub menu, kids menu, lunch menu, and dinner menu. Full bar and Sunday brunches with complimentary champagne. Patio service with beautiful views of the southern Vermont landscape.
- Gimme Pizza, 748 Main St, ☎ +1 802 442-6609. The Bennington pizza place.
- Marigold Kitchen, 25 Main Street, ☎ +1 802 445-4545. Organic pizza, salad, bread. Vegetarian & Vegan friendly and gluten free selections. Lunch & dinner.
- Kevin's at Mike's, 27 Main Street, ☎ +1 802 442-0122. Much-loved local sports bar. Great burgers and sweet potato fries.
- Izabella's, 351 West Main St, ☎ +1 802 447-4949. Breakfast and lunch. Seasonal local and organic fare. Very good soups, salads, & sandwiches.
- Carmody's Irish Pub, 421 Main St, ☎ +1 802 447-5748.
- Jensen's Restaurant, 332 North St, ☎ +1 802 442-3333. Family restaurant, moderate.
- Panda Garden, 141 West Main St, ☎ +1 802 442-3399. Chinese.
- Pangaea, 1 Prospect St, ☎ +1 802 442-7171. Fine dining.
- Izabella's, 351 West Main St, ☎ +1 802 447-4949. Seasonal, organic fare. Mostly soups, salads, and sandwiches. Good breakfast food. Breakfast and lunch only.
- Greenwood Lodge and Campsites, VT Hwy 9 and Prospect Access Rd, ☎ +1 802 442-2547, fax: +1 802 442-2547. Hostel accommodations and campsites in the Green Mountain National Forest
- Williamstown, MA is about 30 minutes away (Williams College, Williams College Museum of Art, more shopping and dining).
- North Adams, MA is about 40 minutes away (Mass MoCA).
- Albany is about one hour away.
- Brattleboro is an hour's drive via Route 9 East.
- Saratoga Springs is about 1 1/2 hours' drive
- Boston is 3 hours away.
- Montreal and New York City are about 4 hours away.
|Routes through Bennington|
|Rutland ← Manchester ← Jct W ←||N S||→ Williamstown → Pittsfield|
|Manchester ← Arlington ←||N S||→ END|
|Troy ← becomes ←||W E||→ Jct S → Wilmington → Brattleboro|