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The town of Arlington is steeped with Vermont history. It was the first capital of Vermont, is home to the same pine tree featured on the State's seal, and was home to the Allen brothers, Ethan and Ira, as well as many of the Green Mountain Boys. Our most famous resident was famed artist Norman Rockwell. Rockwell lived here for fourteen years (1939 - 1953), and painted one of his most famous paintings, The Four Freedoms, while living in Arlington. In town there is a gallery featuring his many Saturday Evening Post covers, various other prints, a gift shop, and a brief movie about his life in Arlington. His home and studio still stand in West Arlington along the famous Battenkill River.

The Battenkill River is another attraction to Arlington, luring many experienced and novice fly-fishers to test their skills. The river also offers swimming, canoeing and tubing for summer relaxation and fun. Nearby East Arlington offers our guests a true feeling of Vermont with its quaint shops, antique centers, cascading waterfalls, and charming restaurants. The Southern Vermont region also offers numerous historical sights; the Bennington Battle Monument, the Park-McCullough House, and Robert Todd Lincoln's Hildene. The Southern Vermont Art Center, the American Fly-Fishing Museum and the graceful and impressive Equinox Hotel are also located in Manchester In Bennington, the Bennington Museum houses an extensive collection of local artist Grandma Moses' work, a re-creation of her studio, and an interview with Edward R. Morrow. The impressive museum also has a wealth of information for anyone doing genealogy.

The area is also fortunate to have many quality and diversified dining establishments. The area dining choices runs the spectrum from hot dog cart, church suppers, and family dining to exceptional intimate restaurants/inns. Visitors (and locals) are never at a loss for truly rewarding and satisfying dining experiences.

While staying at the Candlelight Motel, visitors can also take advantage of three area summer theaters offering superb plays and musicals throughout the summer and early fall. Within an hour drive is Williamstown, Massachusetts, which offers a summer theater, the renowned Sterling & Clark Art Museum, the Williams College Museum, quaint shops and restaurants. A pleasant hour's drive west of us is Saratoga, New York offering day horse racing in August, SPAC and a bustling downtown reminiscent of a 19th Century City.

The area offers four seasons full of activities. Along with many river activities, in the summer we have biking and hiking trails and back roads to explore; antiquing year-round; golf, swimming and sunning poolside; year round shopping in nearby Manchester where there are over 75 outlet stores; or just plain relaxing or taking in the local sights in the local communities of Arlington, East Arlington, Shaftsbury, Bennington and Manchester.

In the fall we have our foliage to savor; Vermont foliage cannot be beat - it must be something in the air and soil. In the winter we have, of course, downhill and cross-country skiing and snowboarding within 30 minutes or less from the motel. There is also sleigh riding, ice skating and snowmobiling. In the spring we have sugaring (making the incomparable Vermont maple syrup) and the opening of trout season. No matter what the season, Vermont has something to offer every visitor.

Come visit us anytime during the Year. Let the CANDLELIGHT MOTEL be your host and have our fine reputation be one you can share. Explore all that Southwestern Vermont has to offer and discover why Arlington is the "VERMONT THAT LIVES IN YOUR IMAGINATION"


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Candlelight Motel
4893 Historic Route 7A
Arlington, Vermont
Phone: 802-375-6647

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