– 74 – SOUTHERN VERMONT AttrActiOn Bennington Welcome Center Gateway to Vermont’s southwest corner “The Shires of Vermont” Stunning views including that of the iconic Bennington Battle Monument to the south and spectacular sunsets to the west greet travelers arriving at Vermont’s newest state welcome center in historic Bennington. A staff of friendly and knowledgeable Vermonters assists with reservations, travel information, and directions. The modern design of the center with its post and beam construction and abundance of windows confirms that the visitor has arrived in The Green Mountain State. Displays in the center reveal a wide range of Vermont made products, as well as recreational, cultural, agricultural and natural attractions available in every region of the state. The center is located at the junction of Routes 7 and 279, near both the New York and Massachusetts borders. It is also easily accessed from Rte. 9 east and west. Buses welcome. Clean facilities and local/regional/state information. Open 7 am to 9 pm daily. Contact: BenningtonWelcome Center, Operated by the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce for the State of Vermont, 100 VT Route 279, Bennington, VT 05201 • 802-447-2456 • 802-447-2399 AttrActiOn Brattleboro Vermont Welcome to Brattleboro, Vermont – named by Smithsonian Magazine #11 of the 20 Best Small Towns in America!* As Smithsonian put it: We think any best place worth traveling to should have one quality above others: Culture. In naming the “Best Towns in America” Smithsonian Magazine sought small communities with high concentrations of museums, historic sites, botanic gardens, resident orchestras, art galleries and other cultural assets common to big cities – Reinforcing the truth that big cities and grand institutions per se don't produce creative works; individuals do. And being reminded of that is fun. So is Brattleboro – fun and much, much more! A small town with everything a big city has – good people living in a combination edgy and bucolic, uniquely Vermont setting. Mother Earth News in 2008 selected Brattleboro one of “8 Great Places You’ve Never Heard Of,” citing our “vintage Vermont” qualities and “artsy, intellectual” character. We invite you to include the “One and Only” Brattleboro in your motor- coaching plans. Catch our vibe in our historic downtown on the banks of the Connecticut River. But beware: Come for a day and you may come back for a lifetime! Group Policy & Rates: Groups always welcome. Coaches can disengage passengers in a lot near the Transportation Center — convenient to downtown. Handicapped-accessible public restrooms are located at The River Garden at the intersection of Main and High Streets smack in the center of downtown. Contact: Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, 180 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301 • 802-254-4565 Toll free 877-254-4565 • www.brattleborochamber.org *May 2012 issue.