Just up the road from us is the Bennington Museum, where you can walk back through history and view Revolutionary artifacts, 1776 Bennington Battle flag, as well as the Grandma Moses Schoolhouse Museum Collection of fine originals. Just around the bend is the beautiful Old First Church with its historic cemetery, including the gravesite of the poet, Robert Frost and his beloved wife (and if you are an enthusiast of Frost's poetry, allow time for the Robert Frost Stone House Museum in nearby Shaftsbury). Monument Avenue, with its stately old colonials, will lead you to the Bennington Battle Monument. A short ride in the monument's elevator will provide breathtaking views of our tri-state area, where you can gaze northwest toward the Bennington Battlefield in nearby Walloomsac, NY or south toward Williamstown, MA (where you can visit the campus of Williams College, enjoy Williams Theatre during its show season, or gaze upon original oils of the Masters at the Clark Art Institute).
We're just across the way from a car lover's dream.....Hemmings Motor News with its vintage car display and their Old-Fashioned Filling Station. At Hemmings you'll discover a free auto display of 25 special interest classic cars, muscle cars, vintage commercial trucks, pickup trucks and panel wagons plus engine displays, automobilia and antique test equipment (10am--3pm May--October; by appointment November--April; phone 1-800-227-4373).
The Car Lover's Store is filled with models, books, signs & clothing and has New England's largest collection of vintage automobile signs for sale. Hemmings' old fashioned full-service Sunoco filling station is where you can "fill'er up" just like in the good old days.......
How about 18 holes of golf at Bennington's panoramic Mt. Anthony Country Club or a drive back into history through Bennington's three covered bridges, enroute to the historic Park-McCullough House? Don't forget the Bennington Potter's, so you can purchase a wonderful memory of your visit! Antique, craft and gift shops will lure you by day; and in the evening, visit Bennington's Center for the Arts, which presents live theatre throughout the year (and of course, art exhibits by day) including the new Covered Bridge Museum!
To the north of us, near Manchester, there's Equinox Skyline Drive for truly outstanding views, and perhaps a picnic lunch high above the valleys where Hildene (the mansion-home of Robert Todd Lincoln) can be toured. Norman Rockwell fans love the museum in Arlington. During Summer and Fall, the Green Mountain Railroad's clickety clack along the rails will let you enjoy Vermont's pastoral scenery!
Then there's hiking the Long Trail, or perhaps a swim in Lake Shaftsbury. If you stay long enough there's the excitement of taking a snow mobile tour in nearby Woodford or cross-country skiing at nearby Prospect Mountain, just one of the well-known slopes within 30 miles of the Bennington Motor Inn (including downhill-alpine skiing at Bromely, Stratton and Mt.Snow)!