Why You Need to Visit the Vermont Country Store

Arlington Inn Vacation GuideAre you ready to take a step back in time? There’s nothing that says “classic New England” more than a trip to the Vermont Country Store. The shop is filled with old-time charm and unique souvenirs of the area. You won’t want to miss a visit here! If you’re looking for more can’t-miss attractions in the area, access your free copy of our Vacation Guide today. It’s the only tool you’ll need to plan a trip you’ll never forget.


What You Need to Know About the Vermont Country Store

Visiting the Vermont Country Store is one of our favorite things to do in Southern Vermont. Read on to discover what treasures lie inside!

History of the Store

The Vermont Country Store is, hands down, the most quintessential general store in the United States. The store opened in 1945, but it existed solely as a mail order catalog at first. When the business prospered, their first brick and mortar store opened in Weston, VT, in 1946. The storefront in Weston was the first restored general store in the country.

Products for Sale

Penny candy, housewares, clothing, beauty products, and more. If you can imagine it, the Vermont Country Store probably sells it! While you can still shop from the mail-order catalog, we prefer taking a trip to one of the two brick and mortar locations. Get lost in the displays of childhood toys, novelty food items, and maple-themed goodies. You can easily spend hours here reliving America’s past.

In addition, the two locations offer public events you won’t want to miss. From cheese tastings to book signings, there’s a reason everyone will want to visit the country store.

Hours & Locations

The Vermont Country store has two locations. The first and most well-known location is in Weston, VT. View directions from the Arlington Inn and set off on the 30-mile scenic drive through the Green Mountain National Forest. Or, if you’re traveling on Interstate 91, make a pit stop at the store’s Rockingham, VT, location. The Weston location is open every day from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., and the Rockingham shop is open every day from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Are you ready to journey into the past at our favorite country store?

Plan Your Southern Vermont Getaway

sarah's room bedFrom shopping at the Vermont Country Store to touring gorgeous gardens and sampling local craft beer, you’ll never be bored in Southern Vermont. When planning your next vacation here, consider booking Sarah’s Room. This room, located on the first floor of the Parsonage House, features a plush queen bed, a raised hearth fireplace, and a private bluestone patio. The room can accommodate two guests, but if you’re visiting with a larger party, it can be combined with the adjoining Justin James Suite. No matter what room you book, you’ll enjoy premium amenities such as complimentary concierge services and freshly cooked breakfast every morning. Are you ready to book your stay at our romantic inn?

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