The Grafton Peace Pagoda is one of 80 in the world and 2 in the United States. It is also the home of Jun Yasuda a Buddhist nun in the Nipponzan-Myohoji order. Visitors are welcome to walk the grounds, including the Peace Pagoda and gardens and to attend services.
The historic Blue Benn diner in Bennington. Conveniently located next door to Wassick's Tire Service. I frequented this gem at the beginning of winter while my snow tires were mounted and yesterday while they were removed. The building is a Silk City Design creation prefabricated in 1948 at The Patterson Vehicle Company in Patterson, New Jersey. Sonny and his wife Marylou have been running the place since 1973.
I feasted on a gigantic shitake mushroom and broccoli omelet, home fries and coffee for $10 (incl. tip). The menu is extensive with many varieties of pancakes, omelets, french toast and more. When I was there in December, eggnog french toast was on the holiday menu. Lunch and dinner are also served (the offerings are displayed in a bit out of control fashion as 1-page Microsoft Word print-outs along the entire length of the wall behind the counter). The ambience will take you back in time. Old mini-jukeboxes at each table.
Everyone these days talks about diversity. Well the Blue Benn Diner has its own unique diversity offering: attorneys and bankers sitting side by side with loggers, Bennington College students and truck drivers.
When I moved here, I knew I was going to need a 4-wheel drive vehicle. This prompted the acquisition of a Subaru Forester (which I've been very happy with). What I didn't know was that I was also going to need studded snow tires -- or so the janitor at work who lives in Petersburgh advised me. So I researched studded snow tires. All the mechanics at Carbone Subaru said to go with Nokian's Hakkapeliitta 5 studded snow tires. Made in Finland. OK, I figured if they're good enough for the tundra in Finland, they gotta be good enough for here. I went to Nokian's website, used their online dealer locater and was pointed to Wassick's Tire Service in Bennington. Off I went to Bennington and had them mounted on the car. Wassick's is in a 1950 vintage garage. They know tires. Mr. Wassick told me that the Hakkapelitta's on my Forester would enable me to climb a cliff. They were a hefty price but, based on a brutal winter's use, he was right. Today I had them removed and enjoyed breakfast at the Blue Benn diner which is right next door to Wassick's -- another unique experience.
A friend who lives in Petersburgh told me about bald eagles who have a nest just off State Route 22. As you drive on Rt. 22 from Petersburgh to Route 7, the nest is visible from the right (east) side of the road about 1/4 mile north of the intersection of State Route 346 and Route 22 and a bit south of a bend of the Hoosic River along the north line of trees in an open field.
Someone posted this nice video of this nest and the eagle on YouTube.