Mount Snow, VT, Guide and Information
Arguably known for its wealth of outdoor activities, the Green Mountain state delights visitors and locals alike surely as much for its historic character, local charms and pastoral landscapes. Add to that a wagon-load of Vermont-made products, bric-a-brac, arts, crafts and antiques and you have the components for some of the best shopping and touring in the United States.
Bennington, not far from the New York border, is a good place to start in southern Vermont. It’s the most populated town in this part of the state and also home to the renowned Bennington College, so it’s a happening place year round. Chartered in 1749, Bennington is also the oldest town in the state, and not surprisingly a veritable bastion of history. Let the Bennington Battle Monument be an integral part of your tour. This 306-foot obelisk, reminiscent of the Washington Monument, commemorates the Battle of Bennington, a pivotal event during the Revolutionary War. Opened in 1891, today this stone beacon still stands as the tallest manmade structure in Vermont. If you’re lucky enough to find the observation floor open, do take in the views from above. The gift shop here is worth a look, too.
Nestled within the bucolic landscapes of southern Vermont, the towns of Wilmington and West Dover have much to offer. And traveling between them and also to and from other nearby Vermont destinations is half the fun. The drive between Wilmington and West Dover along scenic Route 100 is only about ten minutes (unless you find yourself in a lot of leaf-peeper traffic, which is possible because there’s nothing like New England in the fall). Wilmington and West Dover are equidistant from Bennington and Brattleboro, two other picturesque southern Vermont towns. Those drives take about a half hour or so along Route 100 and Route 9, other scenic roadways.