Located on Historic Route 7A, the Ethan Allen Road, the Motel is sited at the famous Governor’s Rock, a gigantic glacial erratic boulder named for former Vermont Governor and Shaftsbury resident Jonas Galusha (1753-1834), who had a distinguished military record in the Revolutionary War and later farmed our property in Shaftsbury. The Rock has served Native Americans and colonists alike, for numerous millennia, as a monument and marker, and today it remains a significant feature on Historic Route 7A.
You can relax in the peaceful serenity of our large, carefully landscaped, park-like surroundings, where you will find patios, rustic tables and chairs, and picnic facilities. You will enjoy stunning views of the Green Mountains, and have ready access to nearby cultural and recreational areas such as the Battenkill River, Lake Shaftsbury State Park, many hiking trails, the Robert Frost Stone House Museum, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Lincoln family home at Hildene, and many more. Nearby Bennington and Manchester offer outstanding opportunities for cultural, recreational, and sporting events, and shopping.
Bennington is especially famous for its educational and cultural resources, including Bennington College and the Bennington Museum, famous for its Grandma Moses collection, and many other attractions. Manchester is well-known for its outstanding factory outlets that sell designer clothing and accessories at attractive prices, as well as major cultural events in theatre, music, historical education, and sporting/recreational events such as craft shows, horse shows, and antique car shows.
No matter whether it’s spring, summer, or fall, the Governor’s Rock Motel will provide you with comfortable, hospitable accommodations, from which you can explore our beautiful region of Vermont.