Arlington Vermont Wedding Photographer
Arlington, located in the southwestern part of Vermont approximately half way between Bennington and Manchester, is a 42 square foot town that borders both the Taconic Range and the Green Mountains. Best known as the home of Norman Rockwell from 1939-1953, Arlington holds true to the era that Norman Rockwell lived here, still being void of any stop lights.
Whether you like to hike, climb, fly-fish, kayak, or swim, Arlington is a nature lover’s delight. One of the most spectacular aspects of Arlington is Mount Equinox. With an elevation of 3,848 feet, Mount Equinox is the highest peak in the Taconic range. From the summit, one is able to enjoy the views of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. There are various well-kept trails to hike, should you wish. Alternatively, you can reach the summit by driving up the longest, privately owned, paved toll road in the United State, Skyline Drive. This 5.2 mile drive boasts breathtaking views and is accented by many vistas and picnic areas along the way. There is no shortage of photographic opportunities along the way and truly is a photographer’s dream come true.
Avid fly fisherman are well aware of another great feature of Arlington, the Battenkill River. While best known as a fishing destination, this 60 mile river has also become a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Much to the fisherman’s chagrin, the river is used for kayaking, canoeing, and tubing adventures. If you are visiting Vermont and are not comfortable navigating the river without assistance, the Vermont River Runners can help with providing equipment/boats and tours.
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All of these outdoor activities are such to work up an appetite. For a quick snack and a true taste of Vermont, stop at the Sugar Shack. This quaint country gift shop offers a variety of Vermont maple products, cheeses, and mustards. The Sugar Shack is also home to a local Norman Rockwell exhibit which attracts visitors throughout the year. If your appetite is larger than cheese and maple syrup, Jonathan’s Table is a locally owned, cozy Vermont restaurant that is loved by locals and visitors alike.
Perhaps the reason you are visiting Arlington, Vermont is for a wedding. If so, that is likely to be happening at the gorgeous West Mountain Inn. This beautiful Inn, originally a farmhouse built in 1809, sits on 150 breathtaking acres of rolling hills. The West Mountain Inn Barn hosts quintessential Vermont weddings and, as rustic chic weddings are all the rage, the West Mountain Inn does not disappoint.
Similar in rustic charm is the Arlington Inn. The Arlington Inn, built in 1847, has 16 guest rooms in 3 separate historic buildings. The property sits on 3 acres of gardens and truly is a wonderful venue for weddings and other events.
Another loved spot to rest in Arlington is the former home of Norman Rockwell, now the Inn on the Covered Bridge Green. Where this intimate and small Inn lack in modern amenities, it gains in historic charm. The views from the Inn are beautiful, including a classic church and a red covered bridge.
Arlington is not typically a destination town, given its proximity to Bennington and Manchester. However, if you are seeking a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of life, Arlington is a beautiful choice.