Living in the Arlington, Vermont Area

The Arlington area of southern Vermont is comprised of Arlington, Sunderland and Sandgate.

Peaceful, Friendly and Convenient. It’s All You Want from Vermont! 

The towns of Arlington, Sunderland and Sandgate offer amazing beauty, quiet rural living, friendly neighbors and the convenience of proximity to the commercial centers of both Manchester and Bennington. 

Those who choose these three towns enjoy our quintessential Vermont beauty, friendly neighbors, small-town atmosphere and the peace and quiet that comes with rural living. At the same time, the Arlington area is convenient to Manchester and Bennington and the surrounding recreational areas that make Vermont a world-class vacation destination.

Four Active Outdoor Seasons

The Arlington region is filled with activity all year round. Spring is ushered in when you see the maple taps running and the steam from sap boiling rising from sugar houses. Summer activities are plentiful and much of the fun is centered on the historic Battenkill River that runs through the area, where residents and visitors enjoy fishing, boating, tubing, picnics and swimming. Fall is breathtaking and a time to hike, explore and take in the views that visitors come from all over the world to see. Winter starts with cold, crisp and clear days punctuated by the smell of wood-burning stoves, and the area is perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. 

While there is so much to do in Arlington, Sunderland and Sandgate, there are plenty of activities all year round in the neighboring towns, forests, lakes, rivers and mountains of the Northshire. From downhill skiing in winter to world-class golf in summer, everything you would ever want to do in Vermont is at your fingertips.

Rich in Culture and Amenities

Residents in the Arlington area can take full advantage of the amenities of Manchester, Stratton and Bennington. Living here gives one access to a wide variety of theater, music and museums. The Weston Playhouse, The Dorset Theater, The Southern Vermont Art Center, The Bennington Monument, The Manchester Music Festival, Taconic Chamber Music Concerts, special concerts and events at the Stratton Mountain Resort and Bromley Mountain Resort are all within easy reach. Residents also enjoy a wide variety of choices for dining out and staying out, easy access to full-service grocery stores and many country and convenience stores, banks, pharmacies, weekly farmer’s markets fairs and festivals, and every other feature one would expect from the Vermont experience.

The Home of Norman Rockwell

Arlington in the 1940s was home to five illustrators who were regular contributors to the Saturday Evening Post. The most famous of the five was Norman Rockwell, who used over 200 residents as models for his work. A visit to the Norman Rockwell exhibit gives visitors a fascinating and historical look at one of the most famous American illustrators,  and the gallery features a treasure trove of his work.

Wholesome Dining and Great Shopping

Farm to table is a way of life in Southern Vermont. Dine out for the best meals you’ve ever had, freshly prepared with local ingredients, and prepared by chefs who are passionate about Vermont-style cooking. The area supports thousands of visitors and needs enough restaurant capacity to handle it, so even residents have a tough time trying every one of them.

All the essentials are close by as well. Groceries, hardware, pharmacy, and sundries are all conveniently offered in Arlington, as well as in nearby Manchester and Bennington. Discover items you won’t find anywhere else in the many one-of-a-kind shops and craft stores. Just a short ride away is Manchester’s shopping, a destination for visitors, with well-known name-brand outlet stores. 

Excellent Public and Private Schools

Arlington, Sunderland and Sandgate all have a variety of excellent school options for children. 

Area Elementary Schools 

Arlington: The Fisher School is a K-5 public school that is the center of student life and activities in the town. With an average class size of only 12 students, teachers can provide an excellent environment for teaching and learning. 

Sandgate: The Fisher School in Arlington serves the town of Sandgate (see above)

Sunderland: The Sunderland Elementary School is an excellent K-6 public school with a student to teacher ratio of 12 to 1. 

Area Middle and High Schools 

Arlington: The Arlington Memorial School serves students from grade 6 to 12 and was recognized by US News and World Report as one of the top schools in the state of Vermont.

Sandgate: Students in Sandgate attend the Arlington Memorial School for middle and high school.

Sunderland: Sunderland students have school choice for middle and high school and the most popular choices are the Arlington Memorial School, Burr and Burton Academy (Manchester) and the Long Trail School (Dorset).

Getting Here and There

The Arlington area is one of the closest regions of Vermont to the metropolitan centers of the Northeast. About a 4-hour drive from New York City, Northern New Jersey, and Montreal, while about 3.5 hours from Boston.

The area is served by train in Albany, New York (1.25 hours away), providing easy and reliable access to New York City. The closest major international airport is also in Albany, but there are regional airports close by in Rutland, Vermont, and West Lebanon, New Hampshire with daily service to Boston and other major cities in the Northeast.

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