Plan Your Summer Vacation Now

Downtown Bennington by Greg Nesbit
Downtown Bennington by Greg Nesbit

There’s nothing quite like the view of the Green Mountains under a bright blue sky to put you in the mood for summer explorations, and there’s no better place than beautiful Bennington for a relaxing Vermont weekend. 

As you start making your summer travel plans, we want you to know that Bennington is open for business. The state of Vermont, along with our local government, shops, restaurants, and lodging establishments, are working together to suppress the spread of COVID-19 with a phased restart of our economy. 

Yes, there are still restrictions in place, but our local shops and restaurants are welcoming customers, and our opportunities for outdoor recreation make it easy to discover trails, lakes, rivers, and parks while maintaining social distances

Ready to explore summer in Bennington, Vermont? Here are some ideas to help you plan your trip:

First, Find an Amazing Place to Stay in Bennington

There are plenty of lodging opportunities in Bennington.

Hotels, inns, B&Bs, and other lodging establishments can now welcome out-of-state guests with some restrictions. Whether you want a taste of Vermont luxury, a downtown motel within walking distance of shops, or even a local campground, you’ll find a perfect vacation home base in Bennington.  With accommodations to fit every budget, there’s no time like right now to escape to Vermont for a little rest and relaxation. 

Before making your reservation, we recommend reading about Vermont travel restrictions on the Vermont Department of Health website and then contacting the lodging establishment directly. Because the COVID-19 response is rapidly evolving, it’s important to take these additional steps before planning your trip. 

To help make planning easier, check out our Bennington lodging directory where you’ll find the best places to tuck in for the weekend.

Get Your Shopping Fix in Bennington’s Historic Downtown

The Owl’s Nest in Bennington

Discovering new and interesting shops is an exciting part of staying in a small town, and Bennington is full of surprises! From Vermont’s oldest independent bookstore to Bennington’s newest art gallery, you’re sure to find the perfect gift, outfit, or souvenir to bring home. 

Our local shops are mostly open and welcoming customers with some restrictions, including occupancy limits and in most cases, a face-covering requirement. A few shops remain closed with hopes of opening their doors very soon. If you have your heart set on visiting a specific establishment, give them a call first to make sure they’re open. Otherwise, head downtown and enjoy local shopping at its finest. You cand find a directory of our fabulous retail establishments here

Eat Your Fill, Indoors or Out

The outdoor patio at the Dutchman's Tavern in Bennington, Vermont
The Dutchman’s Tavern has patio seating

Wondering what’s for dinner? How about reservations at your favorite Bennington restaurant?

Vermont’s phased reopening allows for on-premise dining with limited occupancy, and many of our restaurants are thrilled to be back in business. If you are still feeling hesitant about indoor dining, there are several restaurants with gorgeous patios and decks for socially-distant indulging outdoors. As an alternative, take-out and curbside offerings are still going strong, allowing you to choose from a smorgasbord of Vermont dishes to enjoy on your outdoor picnic, at your hotel, or even in your car. 

Because of limited occupancy restrictions and modified hours, reservations are recommended at most Bennington restaurants. Visit our dining page to find exactly what you’ve been craving. 

I Scream, You Scream…

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Cool off with an ice cream or frozen yogurt in Bennington

It wouldn’t be summer in Vermont without ice cream! Embrace the season with a cone or a cup of something cold and frosty. While everyone in Bennington has their favorite spot, it’s good to know that you have plenty of choices. Here’s where to satisfy your need for something cold and sweet in Bennington.

  • Billy T’s Northside Dairy Bar – Cones, sundaes, and dinner specials. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 11:30 am – 9 pm 
  • The Village Chocolate Shoppe –  Homemade gelato. Open Monday through Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm
  • Stewart’s Shops – Small ice cream counter inside the shop. Open every day, 4:30 am – 12 am
  • Bringing You Vermont – Wilcox ice cream, plus lunch and dessert items. Open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 am – 3 pm
  • Leapin’ Cow Cafe – Frozen yogurt, Wilcox ice cream, and lots of fixings. Open Saturday 1- 8 pm, Sunday 1-7 pm, Tues thru Thurs 2-7 pm, and  Friday 2-8 pm.
  • Tastee Freez – Waiting to reopen

Get Your Art and Culture On

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Park McCullough House in North Bennington

You’ve been shopping, recreating, and eating your fill, but you still want more. Local museums and historical sites can’t wait to welcome you back to Bennington. Here’s an overview of art and cultural attractions that are either open or will be opening up soon. 

Ready to plan your summer trip to Bennington? Explore our site to find more things to do and places to discover, and don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list for updates on events and opportunities in and around Bennington.