Today in VT: Part III Incredible New Welcome Center! Bennington 279 Overpass Location

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Today in VT: Part III Incredible New Welcome Center! Bennington 279 Overpass Location

Postby ctyanky » Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:14 pm

Lastly, although this Welcome Center opened 23 months ago, this is the first time I have stopped here. And wow, wow, wow. This is THE nicest rest stop in the state! I always thought the Guildford Rest Stop as you enter VT from the south on 91 was gorgeous but this one is the most architecturally designed beauty yet! (The circling around the stop from 7 and 279 a bit confusing at first and we were not the only ones who had to give the entrance a second try! :?)

"Located at the junction of Routes 7 and 279, the building is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is designed to show off the Vermont landscape, showcasing the Bennington Battle Monument from its large windows."

Anyways, the woodwork inside is awesome, this is the cleanest, most user friendly tourist stop with state of the art bathrooms! Granite countertops with under counter hidden faucets! A no touch anything in and out! :lol:

The best part is the view of the Bennington Monument from the full ceiling to floor glass window. Whomever the architect was, they made this place a showcase. There is a beautiful full sized model horse in front of the window celebrating the constitution with paper mache construction around the torso with inscriptions and photos of the wars. Outside, is a granite WWII memorial stone which was dedicated last month! Just so impressive! I'm soooo glad we stopped here. Lots and lots of pamphlets on everything Vermont you can think of. Helpful employees of the Bennington Chamber of Commerce, not state employees this time.

Really folks, this place is worth a stop! If not for the architecture, then for the view of the Bennington Monument in the distance. They have set up Adirondack chairs in different colors with a picnic table outside overlooking the monument for nice weather viewing.

The 279 bypass is so well thought out. Vermont tourism at its best! ... me-center/ ... me-center/
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