Faculty News

Places to Know in Bennington and Beyond

Bennington faculty and staff share their favorite places to explore in the town of Bennington and beyond.

Specialty Shops

Call or check websites to see how COVID-19 may have affected these retailers.

The Bennington Bookshop
467 Main Street
Bennington, VT 

  • First established in 1928, The Bennington Bookshop is the oldest independent bookstore in Vermont.

Bennington Potters
324 County St
Bennington, VT

  • Functional, durable, and beautiful stoneware pottery, handmade in Vermont since 1948. First begun by the late David Gil and Gloria Goldfarb ’52; currently owned by Sheela Harden ’69.

Hawkins House
262 North St
Bennington, VT

  • Exceptional quality handcrafted jewelry, crafts, and unique gifts. 

Jay’s Art Shop and Frame Gallery
Rte. 7, South St
Bennington, VT

  • The largest independently owned art supply store in Vermont. 

Food & Dining

Call or check websites to see how COVID-19 may have affected these restaurants and businesses.

Kevin’s Sports Pub and Restaurant
27 Main St
North Bennington, VT

  • Local sports pub and restaurant serving wholesome, nutritious, and homemade food for over 40 years. 

Pangaea Restaurant & Lounge
1-3 Prospect St
North Bennington, VT

  • The peak of Bennington’s dining scene—flavorful food and plate presentation that makes for a sensational experience. Founded by the late Bill Scully ’94.

Power’s Market
9 Main St
North Bennington, VT

  • Built in 1840, Powers is the oldest Vermont country store. While serving as a hub in the village, Powers Market has evolved over the years to now offer a cafe and deli inside the store.

Elm Street Market
251 Elm St
Bennington, VT

  • Beloved local deli, also offering catering. 

Market Wagon
1896 Harwood Rd
Bennington, VT

  • Menonnite-owned shop offering quality sandwiches, homemade breads, jams and relishes, fudges and chocolates, bulk items, and much more. 

Allegro’s
520 Main St
Bennington, VT

  • Eclectic-Italian cuisine, serving both locals and visitors alike since 2007.

Blue Benn Diner
318 North St
Bennington, VT

  • Classic 1950s-era diner serving an expansive menu. Recently purchased by John Getchell ’86 and reopening soon.

Madison’s Brewing Company
428 Main St
Bennington, VT

  • Popular spot in Bennington for craft beer and mouth-watering food—the area's first brew pub.

The Miller’s Toll Dinner Club & Lounge
716 Main St,
Bennington, VT

  • Locally inspired cocktails paired with small plates and desserts, served in a cozy ambience.

Taphouse at Catamount Glass
309 County St
Bennington, VT

  • Pub offering comfort eats and craft bar, situated inside a unique glass shop. Comfy setting offering weekly trivia nights.

Marigold Kitchen
25 Main St
North Bennington, VT

  • Top-notch vegetarian and vegan pizza and salad offerings.

Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza
519 Main St #2143
Bennington, VT

  • Fresh brick oven cooked New York-style pizza.

Apple Barn & Country Bake Shop
604 US-7
Bennington, VT

  • Pick your own berries, eat maple ice cream, and shop Vermont souvenirs and baked good at this can’t-miss farm stand. 

Billy T’s Northside Dairy Barn
217 Northside Dr
Bennington, VT

  • Great selection of homemade food and over 50 flavors of soft serve ice cream. Make an afternoon of it by checking out the nearby bowling lanes and HD golf simulator.

TJ’s Fish Fry
100 Depot St
Bennington, VT

  • Good to the last bite! Offering a variety of seafood, burgers, and more.

Lil’ Britain Fish and Chips
116 North St
Bennington, VT

  • Vermont’s only authentic English fish and chips shop, serving up classic fair and imported grocery items. 

Village Chocolate Shoppe
471 Main St
Bennington, VT

  • The home of Vermont’s most mouth watering chocolates, fudges, truffles, and buttercrunch. 

Arlington Inn Restaurant
3904 VT-7A 
Arlington, VT

  • Artfully prepared cuisine reflecting the freshest native agriculture, including authentic Vermont products. On site at the Arlington Inn.

West Mountain Inn Restaurant
144 West Mountain Inn Rd
Arlington, VT

  • Working directly with local organic farms and food producers, Chef Jeff Scott prepares delicious New England fare with the best seasonal ingredients. On site at the West Mountain Inn.

The Chocolate Barn
5055 Rte 7A
Shaftsbury, VT

  • Faculty member Sarah Harris recommends their excellent ice cream, as well as a trip to nearby Clear Brook Farm in Shaftsbury.

Clear Brook Farm
47 Hidden Valley Rd
Shaftsbury, VT

  • Boasting certified organic produce, pick your own berries, and a winter CSA program.

Activities

John C. McCullough Library
2 Main St
North Bennington, VT

  • Cozy community library nestled in the heart of North Bennington.

Park-McCullough Historic Governor’s Mansion
1 Park St
North Bennington, VT

  • One of the finest and best preserved Victorian Mansions in New England, offering house tours and expansive grounds to explore.

Vermont Arts Exchange
48 Main St
North Bennington, VT

  • Offering art education programs and workshops, as well as exhibitions and performances. Oceana Wilson, Acting Dean of the College and Dean of the Library, recommends their Halloween parade as an annual event not to miss.

Bennington Monument
15 Monument Circle
Old Bennington, VT

  • Standing over 306 feet, this monument was dedicated in 1891 to commemorate the Battle of Bennington on August 16, 1777, considered to be the turning point in the Revolutionary War.

Bennington Farmers’ Market 
Summer: 150 Depot St
Winter: 601 Main St
Bennington, VT

  • Held on Saturdays from 10:00 am-1:00 pm downtown. A producer only, year round farmers’ market in southwestern Vermont.

Bennington Museum
75 Main St
Bennington, VT

  • Home to the largest collection of Grandma Moses paintings in the world, the Bennington Museum champions Vermont’s art, history, and innovation. 

Blueberry House
589 Apple Hill Rd
Bennington, VT

  • Pick your own blueberries and apples at this seasonal orchard, recommends Technical Instructor John Umphlett.

Mount Anthony Country Club
180 Country Club Dr
Bennington, VT

  • Established in 1897, Mount Anthony offers a spectacular golfing green, a grill menu of exciting regional and global cuisine, weddings and events, and more.

Robert Frost Stone House Museum
121 Historic Rte 7A
Shaftsbury, VT

  • Gifted to Bennington College in 2017, this literary landmark was Robert Frost’s home from 1920-1929, during which time he composed many of the pieces that became part of New Hampshire, his first Pulitzer Prize-winning volume that included “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”

Explore the Outdoors

Ninja Path
Bennington and North Bennington, VT

  • This trail system, ideal for biking, connects downtown Bennington to North Bennington via a series of public and private paths.

Highlander Bike Shop
160 Benmont Ave
Bennington, VT

  • Specializing in performance, custom, and unique bicycles and components. 

The Tubbs Water Holes in Pownal
Hemlock Hill Rd
Pownal, VT

  • Holly Andersen, Project Manager in the Planning Office, recommends these waterfalls and swimming holes. 

Lye Brook Falls 
Lye Brook Access Rd
Manchester, VT

  • 1.8 mile out-and-back trail leading to the 125-foot high Lye Brook Falls. Alex Dery Snider, Director of Communications, also recommends the swimming hole at the entrance, near the bridge.

Manchester Dog Park
340 Recreation Park Rd
Manchester, VT

  • Heather and Sarah Blizzard recommend this dog park, situated in Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park. Faculty member Sarah Harris also recommends the connecting Rail Trail path, available inside the park.

Battenkill Bicycles
99 Bonnet St
Manchester Center, VT

  • Professional bike shop for parts, service, supplies, and gear.

Arlington Dog Park
Rte 313
Arlington, VT

  • Located in Arlington Recreational Park, this dog park is nearby the playground, putting green, nature trail, and more.

In New York

Enjoy Troy

  • Just 45 minutes west of Bennington, Troy, NY, boasts a great outdoor farmers' market every Saturday, recommends Academic Services and Study Away Counselor Xiomara Giordano. 
     
  • For restaurants, Judith Enck, President of Beyond Plastics, recommends Sunhee's Farm and Kitchen (Korean) and Nighthawks (farm-to-table), and Holly Andersen recommends Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. 

Benson’s Dairy Bar and Restaurant
175 Rte 67A
Eagle Bridge, NY

  • Featuring an extensive menu of hard and soft serve flavors and other ice cream treats. 

Moses Farm
128 State Rte. 67

Eagle Bridge, NY

  • Technical Instructor John Umphlett recommends picking tomatoes and peppers at this farmstand’s fields.

Hubbard Hall
25 E. Main St
Cambridge, NY

  • A thriving arts center dedicated to cultivating, sustaining, and promoting the cultural life of the surrounding rural community. Offering classes, music, performances, and more. 

Cambridge Food Co-op
1 W Main St
Cambridge, NY

  • Aila West, Assistant Director of CAPA, recommends this shop, serving the Cambridge community and surrounding towns with wholesome, affordable, nutritious foods for over 40 years.

In Massachusetts

MASS MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA

  • One of the largest centers for Contemporary and Performing Arts in the United States. Noelle Murphy, Assistant Dean for Academic Services, suggests grabbing a bite to eat at nearby Public after exploring the gallery.

The Clark Art Institute
225 South St
Williamstown, MA

  • The institute’s dual mission as an art museum and distinguished center for research and higher education dedicates it to advancing and extending the public understanding of art. 

 

Have a favorite local hike, restaurant, store, or attraction to add to this list? Share it with Communications@bennington.ed