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Tour The Shires of Vermont

Contributed by: Amie Emmons, Arlington's West Mountain Inn

Surrounded by mountains and enriched by the waters of the famous Batten Kill River that runs through the valley, Bennington County has historically been a popular four season destination for those seeking the authentic Vermont experience. With a breathtaking landscape littered with quaint communities, the two Shire-town county is aptly named The Shires of Vermont

Best Season to Visit

Spring, Summer, Fall

West Mountain Inn
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West Mountain Inn

Nestled on 150 mountainside acres overlooking the Battenkill Valley, the century old West Mountain Inn has been welcoming travelers with warmth and hospitality for the...

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Merck Forest and Farmland Center
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Merck Forest and Farmland Center

Merck Forest and Farmland Center (MFFC) is a nonprofit educational organization with the mission to teach and to demonstrate the benefits of innovative sustainable management...

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Hildene Farm
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Hildene Farm

The barn at Hildene Farm is designed specifically to house Hildene’s herd of Nubian goats and for public viewing of cheese production from milking to...

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Mad Tom Orchard
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Mad Tom Orchard

Mad Tom Orchard is a family owned pick your own apple orchard. Bring your family and enjoy the fruit and the views. They are located...

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Dorset Farmers Market
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Dorset Farmers Market

The Dorset Farmers Market is a producer only market located in beautiful Dorset Vermont. We are committed to the following principles: grow, create, buy and...

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Manchester Farmers Market
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Manchester Farmers Market

Over 20 vendors bringing fresh-picked produce, local meats, cheeses, wine, fruit, preserved and prepared foods, alongside quality handcrafts. Join us Thursdays, rain or shine, 3pm-6pm,...

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Bennington Farmers Market
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Bennington Farmers Market

Fresh greens, root vegetables, delicious baked goods, dairy products, meats, crafts and more! All produced locally! What better way to spend a morning? Visit with...

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Madison Brewing Company
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Madison Brewing Company

If you enjoy fine craft-brewed beer and delicious food, then we invite you to come and discover what the locals already know… we are a...

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