In a pastoral valley between the Green and Taconic mountains, this town can serve as a blissfully peaceful refuge after a tough week. It’s a place where you can relax in one of many historic inns or B&Bs, hike or cycle country roads, or, in season, fish the Battenkill, a river well known among trout aficionados. And Arlington has history: It was a capital of the Republic of Vermont before statehood in 1791; it also was home to Dorothy Canfield Fisher and Norman Rockwell. For those seeking more shopping or cultural options, Arlington benefits from being a quick drive to Manchester and Bennington. But many will find little need to stray much beyond the borders of this quietly appealing village.