Around Town

There are plenty of things to do and sites to see in the Bennington area. You may be an art enthusiast, a history buff, an outdoors person, or a shopping guru. Whatever your tastes, you are sure to find an outing that suits you in Bennington and the surrounding areas.

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Local Eats

Although you’ll eat most of your meals on campus, every now and then you’ll want a change of pace. Whether you’re looking for a quiet place to grab a cup of coffee, or the best burger in town, you won’t need to look far. From breakfast to dinner, these student favorites are perfect for a college budget.

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Bennington, Vermont, is at the foot of the Green Mountains on the New York and Massachusetts borders, in the southwest corner of the state. Bennington is a short drive to some of the nation’s major cultural attractions including the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA, Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, Williamstown Theater Festival, among many others. The region also offers some of the best skiing in the East—Killington, Stratton, Mount Snow, to name a few, biking and hiking trails, as well as designer outlet shopping and antiquing, critically reviewed restaurants and eateries, and plenty of farm-fresh produce and local specialties.

Many students choose to bring their car to campus, but for those without one, there are plenty of ways to get around. The Office of Student Life offers a bike share program, and the Green Mountain Express operates a shuttle into the town of Bennington, as well as to Manchester and Wilmington, Vermont; Williamstown, Massachusetts. Students often use this service to get to grocery stores, restaurants, and the movie theater. At times when the Green Mountain Express does not run, the College offers a shuttle service. The College also offers a weekend van service to Williamstown to visit the Williams College library and other locations in the area. Both vans leave from the flagpole in front of the Barn.