The Shires of Vermont is a collective of 15 quintessential Vermont towns and villages connected by a scenic ribbon of highway known as Historic Route 7A. Anchored by Bennington, the South Shire, and Manchester, the North Shire, the Shires are surrounded by mountains and enriched by the waters of the famous Batten Kill that runs through the valley.
The first settlement in Vermont was in The Shires, which is a popular four season destination for those seeking the authentic Vermont experience. The Shires are just 4 hours drive (or less) from New York City, Hartford, Boston, New Jersey, and Canada.
United by a common sense of place, history and culture the region also possesses abundant recreational resources, a proud agricultural heritage and a robust entrepreneurial spirit.
A wide range of culinary, lodging and shopping experiences await curious travelers along our highways, byways, country roads, on mountainsides and busy main streets. The people of The Shires of Vermont look forward to welcoming you soon to this place we call home.
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