Bennington Journals

Passing Through

A September 2006 trip to Bennington by lharri

Untitled by Reza Pike Photo, Bennington, Vermont More Photos
Quote: A significant town in a New England state with a small-town atmosphere, Bennington is a nice place to stay.

Passing Through

Overview

Untitled by Reza Pike Photo, Bennington, Vermont
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We stayed in Bennington on our way up to and back from Niagara Falls. The weather was not really bad considering it was cloudy and showers were all around. We stayed at the newest hotel in town, the Hampton Inn at the Hannaford Plaza and we stayed at one of the local oldies, the Knotty Pine and we were pleasantly surprised. We ate at the Hunters American Grill, which has chang...Read More

Hampton Inn

Hotel

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The Hampton in Bennington is a new hotel. It is located in North Bennington near the Bennington College area. It is situated in a fairly new Hannaford plaza. There is a new Chili's restaurant across the adjacent parking lot. We did sample this Chili's and there is a review in this journal for that as well. We were on our way through Bennington to Niagara Falls Ontario by way of Albany and so wanted to stay close to the new bypass leading to New York and there is nothing closer than this hotel. We were not looking to settle down for a few days but wanted a comfortable nights rest. We stayed in a double queen bed room. The room was large and nicely furnished. The beds were extremely comfortable. I us...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 22, 2006

Hampton Inn
51 Hannaford Square
Bennington, Vermont 05201
(802) 440-9862

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The Knotty Pine is a local fixture in Bennington. It is a very nice example of the old American roadside Motor Lodge. We stayed here on our way back from Niagara Falls. One advantage from the design of those days is you can park your car at the door and walk right in. No steps or stairs, no lobby, no elevators. We stayed in a front corner room with two large bay windows. This motel has stayed in the current owners family for over 31 years and has recently been taken over by the daughter of the previous owners and her husband. They are in the process of modernizing some aspects. The room was good sized with two que...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2006

Knotty Pine Motel
130 Northside Drive
Bennington, Vermont 05201
(802) 442-5487

View From Above Photo, Bennington, Vermont
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We ate at Hunter's- An American Grille during our stay in Bennington on our way back from Niagara Falls in Canada. It is located on historic route 7A. The atmosphere is cozy and the view of the Bennington Monument is spectacular. It is at the site of the old Publyk House restaurant. With both the Tavern and the formal dining room to choose from, the setting was intimate but the seating was varied. We hadn't had a decent meal all the time we were in Canada, where two burgers at Fridays had cost us $45. We were starved and hoping for something that was worth the money. We found...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 22, 2006

Hunter's An American Grille
782 Harwood Road
Bennington, Vermont 05201
(802) 442-7500

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My usual preference between Wal-Mart and KMART is Wal-Mart but that is not the case in Bennington. The Wal-Mart there is a renovated retail store that has changed hands many times. It was redone and a new plaza was built adjacent to introduce a Price Chopper. A new Wendy's was built on a pad site in front of Wal-Mart. However the Wal-Mart is dirty inside and out and not well laid out at all. The aisles are always cluttered. The eatery (Subway) is toward the back instead of the front as you come in. It was dark and not inviting at all. The bathrooms are near the eatery but you actually walk into a stockroom entry area to have access to them. They are dirty and not stocked properly. This was neither ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 22, 2006

KMART is the right choice over Wal-Mart
19 Kocher Dr.
Bennington, Vermont 5201
(802) 442-6305

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