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Shires of Vermont

Quintessential New England

The Shires of Vermont Byway is named for the scenic region it passes through in southwestern Vermont. This beautiful region - nestled between the Taconic and Green Mountains - has the unusual distinction of having two shire towns, historically referred to as county seats. Anchored by Bennington, the South Shire, and Manchester, the North Shire, 15 quintessential Vermont towns and villages are connected by the scenic ribbon of highway known as Historic Route 7A. Surrounded by mountains and enriched by the waters of the famous Batten Kill that runs through the valley, The Shires has long been a popular four-season destination for those seeking the authentic Vermont experience. 

United by a common sense of place, history and culture, the region also possesses abundant recreational resources, a proud agricultural heritage and numerous opportunities made possible by a robust entrepreneurial spirit. A wide range of culinary, lodging and shopping experiences await curious travelers along the highways, byways, country roads, and main streets. 

The people of The Shires of Vermont eager await your visit.

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Skiing at dusk Shires of Vermont

Outdoor Recreation

Golfing, walking, camping, swimming and winter snow sports – this region has it all. There are also biking routes, naturalist walks, and the Mt. Equinox Skyline Drive – so much to do during all four seasons.

Hildene Farm

Chews & Brews

Classic and artisanal cheese, yummy chocolates and sweet confections anyone? Craft brews too? What about apples and maple syrup? You'll find it all in The Shires. Pictured here are the goats that make Hildene Farm Artisanal Cheese possible.

Silk Road Covered Bridge Bennington

History & Heritage

Whether it’s exploring historic villages, cemeteries, or the region’s five covered bridges, or visiting museums or the likes of historic Bennington Potters, there is a wealth of opportunity that brings to life 250 years of New England history.

Southern Vermont Arts Center

Arts & Culture

The Shires is a region rich in the arts and culture. Museums focus on Robert Todd Lincoln, Robert Frost, American fly fishing, Norman Rockwell, and (at the Bennington Museum) Grandma Moses. There’s also contemporary art, craft and classical music – and more!

Learn more about the Shires of Vermont Byway.