Relax and enjoy the romantic ambiance of days gone by in this exquisite turn-of-the-century Victorian Inn located in the heart of historic Bennington, Vermont.

The South Shire Inn is only a block from the center of town with many fine restaurants and shopping.

The main house, formerly the private residence of Louis A. Graves, was the creation of architect, William C. Bull who designed many of the stately Victorian structures in Bennington.

Ten-foot ceilings, the mahogany-paneled library with ornately carved fireplace, leaded glass pocket door and bookcases, and the raised plaster moldings of the Louis Graves Room make the South Shire Inn a showpiece of the Victorian Era.

Choose from nine spacious and individually decorated guest rooms. All have a private bath and air conditioning. Seven rooms have working fireplaces and the Carriage House rooms also have Spa baths and televisions.


The South Shire Inn provides the perfect starting point for your day, whether traveling for business or pleasure. Enjoy a full breakfast including, juice, fruit and chef’s choice of entree before an exciting sojourn through Southern Vermont.

Explore historic Old Bennington with the Old First Church, the Old Burying Ground where Robert Frost rests, and Old Bennington’s many splendid examples of colonial architecture. Visit the Bennington Museum with its exhibits of Bennington Pottery and a gallery devoted to the work of Grandma Moses. Browse through the many antique and craft shops located nearby, or tour the countryside with its quiet charm and many covered bridges. Enjoy all Vermont has to offer the winter enthusiasts with 12 ski areas and many fine cross-country trails within an hour’s drive. and when touring is done, sit back and enjoy a summer performance by the Oldcastle Theater Company or nearby Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Special Services
Gift Certificates can be purchased for a romantic ‘getaway’ at the South Shire Inn. We can assist you in arranging a special gift for a friend, relative or, best of all, yourself.