Vermont Motel

Enjoy the natural, historic, and cultural sites, and that special Vermont atmosphere and scenery – Every day is a beautiful day in Vermont!

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How to get here

  • Closest Train Station: Amtrak station-Albany-Rensselaer, NY … 37 miles
  • Closest Airport: Albany International Airport, NY … 35 miles
  • Closest Bus: Greyhound stops in Bennington, VT (9 miles) and Manchester, VT (16 miles)
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We are happy to answer any travel questions you may have or help direct you to locate resources in order to make your stay more pleasurable.

Driving Directions

Historic Route 7A

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.

Green Mountains

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.

Our Favorite Cultural & Historic Sites

Bennington Battle Monument (Bennington, VT)…8 miles
306-foot stone obelisk with observation deck and views of 3 states

Robert Frost Stone House Museum (Shaftsbury, VT)…4 miles
Former home of Pulitzer prize winning poet

Hildene-The Lincoln Family Estate (Manchester, VT)…12 miles
Former home of Abraham & Mary Lincoln’s son Robert-tours, farm, gift shop

Jonas Galusha Homestead-Shaftsbury Historical Society (Shaftsbury, VT)…0.4 miles
Shaftsbury Historical Society & Museum at the former home of Gov. Jonas Galusha

Clark Art Institute & Museum (Williamstown, MA)…23 miles
European and American art from the 14th through the early 20th century

MassMOCA Museum (N. Adams, MA)…26 miles
Contemporary Museum & Performing Arts Center

Hemmings Motor News Filling Station & Museum (Bennington, VT)…8.5 miles
Classic car shop and museum

Normal Rockwell Exhibition (Arlington, VT)…7.4 miles
Gift shop and museum

About an hour’s drive or less to the following Educational institutions:  Bennington College, Berkshire Community College, Buxton School, Community College of Vermont, The College of Saint Rose, The Darrow School, Eaglebrook School, Emma Willard, Hoosac School, Hudson Valley Community College, Marlboro College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), Northeastern Baptist College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Russell Sage College, Siena College, Skidmore College, Union College,  University at Albany,  Williams College.

Our Favorite Restaurants

Publyk House (Bennington, VT) … 5.8 miles
Contemporary American with amazing views and full bar-indoor/outdoor seating

Market Wagon (N. Bennington, VT)…4.6 miles
Mennonite owned-fresh baked goods, deli, and country grocery store

Powers Market (N. Bennington, VT)…5.5 miles
Coffee shop, bakery, and deli

Pangaea (N. Bennington, VT)…5 miles
Casual and fine dining-creative sustainable American cuisine

Marigold Pizza Kitchen (N. Bennington, VT)…5 miles
Locally sourced fresh pizza and salads

Jensen’s Family Restaurant (Bennington, VT)…8 miles
Indoor/outdoor seating for American favorites-Wed night is pasta night!

Madison Brewing Company (Bennington, VT)…8 miles
American favorites and house-made draft brews

Allegro Ristorante (Bennington,VT)…9 miles
Locally sourced eclectic Italian Fine Dining

Fuji Hibachi & Asian Bistro (Bennington, VT)…6.6 miles
Deliciously fresh sushi, Hibachi & traditional Japanese cuisine

Elm Street Market (Bennington, VT)…8 miles
Boar’s Head deli, Soups, Salads, Beer & Wine, Eclectic Vermont Grocery

Lil’ Britain Fish & Chips (Bennington, VT)…8 miles
Can’t say no to the Fish & Chips or Bangers & Mash

Thai Basil (Manchester, VT)…16 miles
Fresh & delicious Southeast Asian Specialties

Man of Kent Tavern (Hoosick Falls, NY)…16 miles
British Pub with sports bar atmosphere


  • Manchester Designer Outlets (Manchester, VT) Upscale favorites at reduced prices
  • Chocolate Barn (Shaftsbury, VT) Homemade chocolates & Ice Cream
  • Clearbrook Organic Farm Stand (Shaftsbury, VT) Nursery & organic farm
  • Glastenview Maple Farm (Shaftsbury, VT) All Maple all the time!
  • Apple Barn Country Bake Shop (Bennington, VT) Vermont souvenirs & tasty treats
  • Bennington Potters (Bennington, VT) Vermont Stoneware Pottery
  • Hawkins House Craftsmarket (Bennington, VT) Crafts, art & locally made jewelry
  • Vermont Country Store (Weston, VT & Rockingham, VT) The best country store on earth!
  • Close to Walmart, Price Chopper, Hannaford’s, Aldi’s & Home Depot (Bennington, VT)
  • Antiquing throughout the area

Our Favorite Outdoor Activities

  • Lake Shaftsbury State Park-picnicking, kayaking, canoeing, & camping (Shaftsbury, VT)
  • Green Mountain National Forest-waterfalls, ponds, trails, camping & outdoor activities
  • Sunset Playground-mini golf and batting cages (Shaftsbury, VT)
  • The Long Trail (a part of the Appalachian Trail)
  • Bromley Mountain Summer Adventure Park-Mountain & Aerial Adventures, disc golf (Peru, VT)
  • Big Big on the Battenkill -Kayaking & Tubing on the Battenkill River (Arlington, VT)
  • Orvis Fly Fishing School (Mancheter, VT)
  • Numerous hiking trails, cycling trails, fishing holes, & horseback riding nearby

Please contact us directly for the best rates. (802) 442 4734

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