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The Bounty of Bennington

Spend a Fall Day in Southern Vermont's Gateway


Picture - View from Car on Fall Foliage

Fall is the perfect season for a New England road trip.

(c) 1999 Kim Knox Beckius
Located just 140 miles from Boston, 200 miles from New York City, and 125 miles from Hartford, Bennington, Vermont, tucked away in the Green Mountain State's southwest corner, is a perfect day trip destination, especially as New England begins to put on its annual parade of changing autumn hues.

So, with the sun shining brilliantly and the leaves outside my window still perfectly green, I decided to make a whirlwind eight-hour trip from central Connecticut to southern Vermont in search of more advanced signs of the impending fall foliage season on a late September day in 1999. And, of course, I'll take you along!

As you can see from the photo above, taken outside my car window as I cruised west along the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), there were hints of color along New England's highways and byways, but the best of fall foliage in New England was yet to come. You'll see more glimpses of autumn oranges and golds as our Vermont road trip takes us on a visit to the Bennington Battle Monument, to the Bennington Museum--home of the largest collection of works by Grandma Moses, to the Old First Church and the grave of poet Robert Frost, to The Apple Barn--home of the first corn maze in Vermont, and to Armstrong's--the perfect place to pick up your own Vermont pumpkin before heading for home.

Start the tour at the beginning or jump ahead! And remember Robert Frost's warning... "Nothing gold can stay," and plan your own fall drive to Bennington during fall foliage season.

Start Tour at the Beginning

The Bennington Battle Monument

The Bennington Museum

The Old First Church and Robert Frost Gravesite

The Apple Barn


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