Downtown Bennington, Vermont Transforms This Memorial Day Weekend for the 34th Annual Mayfest!

Downtown Bennington, Vermont is transformed this weekend into a bustling street festival as it hosts the 34th annual Mayfest. The event, which takes place this Saturday (May 25th, 2019), is put on every year by the Better Bennington Corporation, in partnership with over 100 local artists and craftspeople, local nonprofits, downtown businesses, and street food vendors.

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A Day of Health and Healing at the Annual Bennington Wellness Fair

Imagine one place where you could learn about the newest holistic healing practices and places locally to receive them. Wouldn’t that be great? Well, the community of Bennington, Vermont does just that! One weekend focused on the newest and coolest practices and practitioners of holistic health in one location!

Bennington Holistic Healing Practitioners (BHHP) has announced that their 2nd Annual Wellness Fair will be taking place on Saturday, April 27th from 11am-4pm at the Mount Anthony Country Club at 180 Country Club Drive.

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Robert Frost In The Shires of Vermont: Robert Frost was here. Moreover, he still is.

It was national news on Jan. 1 when the 95-year-old copyright expired on the poems in Robert Frost’s 1923 Pulitzer Prize-winning volume New Hampshire, including “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” You can now buy a $15 dollar mug on Etsy with the famous concluding quatrain overprinted on a photo of a pine forest. But if you’re in search of a more authentic Frost experience this year, come to the Shires of Vermont…

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Why Visit The Shires of Vermont During Mud Season?

Perhaps you’ve heard of it?  The “Fifth” season in Vermont?  This “informal” term describes the period in late winter/early spring when dirt paths such as roads and hiking trails become muddy from melting snow and rain. It’s usually between March and Memorial Day in May that we see mud season. It can be fun though!  It’s a time when Vermont starts to thaw out, the sap begins to run, and buds begin to spring.

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Foodies Paradise: Best Plates This Year In The Shires

This week is Taste of The Shires Spring Restaurant Week in Southwestern Vermont! As you enjoy the specialities that our chefs and culinary masters whip up, don’t forget that this food haven doesn’t only exist during Restaurant Week. 24/7, 365 if you want to discover the food mecca of the northeast, it's time to check out The Shires of Vermont.  Take in the scenery and stop every so often to sample craft brews, eclectic cafés, comfortable bistros, and upscale fine dining restaurants.  Here are the best plates this year in The Shires of Vermont:

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5 Brew Tasting Tips from Last Weekend's Winter Homebrew Festival

The Winter Homebrew Festival was always meant to be a sign of spring and shaking off the cabin fever.  Many hundreds did just that as they piled into 10,000 square feet of homebrewers and wing purveyors.  You could see friendships, that perhaps had been packed away in hibernation, again rekindled as they joined together to taste, sample and laugh their way through the festival.

Here are some tips to get your taste buds truly appreciating the eclectic brews that are emerging this spring!

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Town Meeting Day - A Vermont Tradition

Straight out of a Rockwell painting it seems.  Vermont Town Meeting Day is a special day exclusively to Vermont and its residents.  On the first Tuesday of every March, Vermont observes Town Meeting Day, a day on which the people of Vermont gather in public forums all over the state to “speak their mind” to their government officials, hold local elections, approve budgets, and conduct other town business. Town Meeting Day marks a special event in which residents meet in about 40 towns across Vermont. They discuss the business of their town and any issue is open to debate. They also elect local officials, approve a budget for the following year, and conduct other local business.

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What Lovers Do in The Shires During Valentine's Day

Robert Frost, famed Shires’ poet once wrote, “All thoughts, all passions, all delights, Whatever stirs this mortal frame, Are all but ministers of Love, And feed his sacred flame.”  The Shires of Vermont, located in Southwestern Vermont, provide that whimsical notion!  Take a break from the hustle and bustle to show your lover just how much you care for them.  In The Shires there’s plenty to do either with others or if you need some alone time.

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Access to Government is Key to Vermont's Charm

It should come as no surprise, that the key to Vermont’s charm in terms of politics is it’s unfettered access to governmental leadership.  Perhaps in this day and age it is a surprise! A marvel held by many new Vermonters or transplants from other regions of the country is the access state representatives, senators, house speakers, lobbyists and yes, even the Governor, who can be seen driving to work just like the rest of us.

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New Finds about the Battle of Bennington

A week from this Saturday, on February 2 during free Community Day at the Bennington Museum, join the Curator of the Bennington Museum Jamie Franklin at 2:00 pm when he presents “A Battle of Bennington Veteran’s Portrait Rediscovered – and Acquired” followed by a talk given by Phil Holland and Lion Miles on “Sipp Ives – a Black Green Mountain Boy Killed at the Battle of Bennington”  

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From NY To VT, Why Now Is The Time To Travel To Vermont

Like the website says, “Set your wanderlust free, with over 550 exhibitors representing more than 170 destinations. Travel smarter, with globe-trottting tips from a huge variety of experts. Watch unforgettable cultural performances, savor tastes from the world's most delicious destinations. And make yourself comfortable, anywhere you roam.” The NYTimes Travel Show is an unforgettable experience which sees over 50,000 people over three days every year. In the world of travel and tourism, this is the Super Bowl! So if you’re reading this and either a). You’re going to the NYTimes Travel Show or b).  You’re just interested in visiting Vermont this year…

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Get To The Shires Early This Weekend and Enjoy The Epic Storm for The Long Weekend!

Winter has come!

Pack up, suit up and join us in The Shires to hit the slope! Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend is going to be epic with Winter Storm Harper predicted to drop 2-3 feet! Thanks to Winter Storms Dylan and Ethan, close to two feet of snow has already fallen between Christmas and New Year’s and allowed for Vermont’s ski and snowboard resorts to operate close to 100% of their terrain. 

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