Check out our Indie Bookstores
“Independent bookstores are important because they are havens of culture. They contribute to the fabric of a neighborhood. They’re gathering places for people who love books. They’re places where local authors can hold events to meet readers and new audiences. They’re places where you can get recommendations from people who love books so much, they’re working in a bookstore.” — Rob Hart
The Bennington Bookshop wins a blue ribbon for weathering the trends and times. First established in 1928, it’s of Vermont’s independent bookstores! Owners Linda Foulsham and Phil Lewis are celebrating their first year at the helm, and you’ll meet one or both when you visit. It’s located in the center of downtown Bennington, walking distance from great restaurants, cafes, and Oldcastle Theatre Company. Shelves are stocked with a wide range of new books, books by subject, popular and regional authors, plus an extensive selection of books on the region. They host author events year round and you can visit their website to see what’s happening now!
Misty Valley Books
Some say Misty Valley is the heart of Chester, a friendly little town north of Manchester along Route 11. The bookshop is located on the village green, in and among cool restaurants, cozy inns, a couple of retail shops, an art gallery. Down the street, MacLaomainns pub. Recently purchased by Michael DeSanto and Renee Reiner of Vermont’s famous Phoenix Books, the shop stocks favorites, classics, and current titles for every reader. DeSanto and Reiner intend to continue programming such popular events as “New Voices,” which annually highlights the works of promising first-time authors, and “Vermont Voices,” which focuses on writers from the Green Mountain State. Ask for recommendations, and for tips to explore historic Chester. Also, find them online.
The Northshire Bookstore was founded by Ed and Barbara Morrow in September of 1976. Over the years, it has expanded twice. Once to the Victorian building on Main Street (the historic Colburn House) and then again, under the management of their son Chris, to a second location in Saratoga Springs. The Manchester store is a local treasure, offering 10,000 square feet (that’s one-third shy a football field, folks) of special collections, books by subject, music, and media, pretty charming gift items, and places to sit quietly and enjoy the atmosphere. Staff recommendations are noted along the shelves. Plus, a café on the upper level does breakfast through lunch, and there’s an electric car charging station in the rear parking lot. Find Northshire on ManchesterVermont.com or visit their official website here.
Extra Credit: Robert Frost House
If you have a soft spot for Robert Frost, you can actually visit his farm in Shaftsbury. Between May 1 to October 30, tour his house and property and see where he penned his Pulitzer Prize-winning collection, New Hampshire, which contains the much loved “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” Be inspired by works in Frost’s own hand and explore the landscape the poet called home.
Main Street, Bennington
From the roundabout in Manchester, head south on Route 7A approximately 23 miles, past the Chocolate Barn and Clearbrook Farm (must stop!) to Bennington center. Just through the four-way intersection, you’ll see the bookshop at 467 Main Street on the left.
Misty Valley Books
Common Street, Chester
From the roundabout in Manchester, follow Route 11 for approximately thirty miles, past Bromley Mountain and (must stop!) the JJ Hapgood General Store, through Londonderry and on to the town of Chester. The Bookshop is located on the Village Green.
Main Street, Manchester
Find Northshire Bookstore on the corner of Routes 11/30 and 7A, at 4869 Main Street. Additional parking off Bonnet Street.
Robert Frost House
Route 7A, Shaftsbury
From Manchester Center, head south on 7A, through the blinking light in South Shaftsbury and up the hill – approx. 1 mile from light. Watch for the sign! Note: Open Seasonally, May through October.
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