Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Rejuvinate In Bennington, Vermont

If you like small towns with lots and lots to do, Bennington Vermont is just the place to go! I've visited 3 times and just adore it. The historic downtown area is right out of a 19th century painting and the charm is unparalleled- for sure! It would be easy to spend a week in Bennington, but if you and your gal pals have only a few days together, let me introduce you to some of my tested favorites.

Where to stay:

I can highly recommend the Sammuel Safford Inne historic bed & breakfast. Your friendly host, Sandy, welcomes you with a clean room, comfy bed & wonderful breakfast each morning. The Inne is within walking distance to the downtown area where you will find several quaint shops & local restaurants.

Where to eat:

We've enjoyed a local brew and 'pub fare plus' as I like to call it (with your typical burgers and bar type food but with some really amazing home cooked specials- yummy pot roast comes to mind) at the Madison Brewing Co. Peppermills of Bennington is a casual and very tasty place that is a 3 minute walk from the Inne. The cozy atmosphere of the restaurant combined with the friendly staff, decent prices and delicious food make this a place sure to please.

What to do:

Most of us chicks are shoppers & Bennington does not disappoint! There are numerous antique places in the area that are amazing - so much so that you could easily spend an entire day and not visit all of them. Another real treat in the area is the Bennington Potters which specializes in American Stoneware. A free, self guided tour of the on site factory is a great way to start & the best way to end is in their shop- very cool! If tours are your thing… Then you must check out the fabulous Park-McCullough estate. The mansion itself is worth the price of admission (they give AAA discount) let alone the magnificent wrap around front porch, stables, gardens and a doll house like you’ve never seen! Also, the Old First Church has magnificent architecture and a guide is usually on hand to explain the history of the over 200 year old church. The adjacent graveyard is the final resting place of famed poet Robert Frost. Frost’s local home, Stone House, is also open for tours where you can see the grounds that inspired him so.

If you want to learn more about this area and have us create an itinerary for you contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible!
Written By: Michelle Soukup, Explorer Chick