Northeast of Bennington, the Stratton Mountain ski area has 30km of groomed cross-country ski trails.
For nightlife, try Mulligans Pub or Grizzlys in Stratton.
To reach Stratton from NYC, NJ, PHILADELPHIA AND POINTS SOUTH, follow I-87 NORTH to Albany to Exit 23 for I-787. I-787 to Route 7 EAST. Rt. 7 becomes Rt. 9 EAST at Vermont border. In Bennington, Turn Left onto Rt. 7 NORTH. In Manchester Center, take Exit 4. Turn Right onto Rt. 11/30. Continue about 7 miles until Rt. 30 splits to Right. Turn Right onto Rt. 30 SOUTH. Continue about 7 miles into Bondville. Directly after the 7-11, Turn RIGHT onto Stratton Mountain Road. Stratton Resort is 4 miles up.
Overall, Stratton Mountain is the 20th most popular cross country ski area of all 29 Nordic ski destinations in Vermont.