19 Things to do in Brattleboro VT


Once a mill city powered by the Whetstone Brook, Brattleboro has developed into an inclusive arts haven budding with creatives considering perfecting their craft. With a rejuvenated downtown and farm-to-table eating focus, this small city in Southern Vermont is ideal for these seeking to pair out of doors actions with hands-on artistic pursuits.

Brattleboro’s historical past within the arts goes again to creator Rudyard Kipling penning classics like “The Jungle Book” close by. Today, you can find chocolatiers and circus artists, glassblowers and ceramicists, woodworkers and photographers, visible artists and cooks. And it isn’t only a place the place you’ll be able to go to observe or purchase, it’s also possible to get palms on and specific your individual creativity by means of quite a lot of workshops and courses.

As many instances as I’ve stopped in Brattleboro on my Vermont street journeys, it took me staying a few days to dig beneath the floor of what appeared like a cool however sleepy city, to see the colourful group that lies beneath. And, this time I visited within the winter. Imagine how far more there’s to do in Brattleboro in the summertime or fall when the farmer’s market, meals truck festivals, and out of doors recreation are in full swing!

Greetings from Brattleboro VT mural

Things to do in Brattleboro Vermont

Editor’s Note: I lately revisited Brattleboro as a part of a media keep to analysis this text. Portions of my keep, together with lodging and meals, have been complimentary. All opinions are my very own.

If you’re able to get artful or simply on the lookout for an artsy and outdoorsy weekend getaway, let me introduce you to a sampling of issues to do in Brattleboro Vermont. Oh, and it’s Vermont, so in fact there’s going to be some cheese and craft beer concerned too!

Go to the Circus

New England center for the circus arts trapeze

Have you ever watched Cirque du Soleil and wished you would transfer like that? Or have you ever ever wished to attempt the flying trapeze? Before you run away and be part of the circus, give circus arts a attempt on the New England Center for Circus Arts. This premiere circus coaching faculty is each a pre-professional faculty for these severe about careers within the circus arts, and a spot the place group members and guests can come and provides it a attempt.

You might want to verify the calendar earlier than you go to to see if there’s a efficiency you’ll be able to watch or if you can be on the town throughout one of many Friday Flight Nights to provide the flying trapeze a attempt. In addition to leisure courses in Chinese pole, straps, and trapeze, NECCA additionally affords workshops which are good for guests.

If you’re actually considering circus arts, you would join an aerial and circus abilities week, which is type of like a full-day circus camp for adults. NECCA additionally affords group occasions and govt management retreats for girls.

Get Fired Up

Glass blowing at Fire Arts Vermont

Fire Arts Vermont has each sizzling glass and clay studios, together with a gallery that includes the work of 25 native artists. It is a joint collaboration between Randi Solin, who’s an award-winning grasp glassblower whose work is featured within the everlasting collections of the White House, United States Embassies, and within the Metropolitan Museum Breuer Gallery; and Natalie Blake, who focuses on producing giant public artwork and residential initiatives in sculptural tile.

The glass and clay studios are open to the general public every time the gallery is open in an effort to observe the artists at work (it’s fascinating!) Walking by means of the gallery, I began to really feel responsible that I don’t have any hobbies or skills in terms of working with my palms. But when you really feel the identical, you’ll be able to join workshops throughout your go to for issues like newbie glass courses or “make your own” creature out of clay.

The Wheelhouse Clay Center in downtown Brattleboro additionally affords workshops and courses, a lot of that are weekly courses for residents however some are appropriate for guests too.

It’s Hammer Time

Hatchspace entrance Brattleboro Vermont

Wood turning, carving, becoming a member of, and constructing — if in case you have ever wished to create one thing out of wooden, HatchSpace is your house. This group woodworking maker house affords the instruments and coaching obligatory to show undertaking goals into actuality. There are 5 outlets that home instruments and gear from hand-held instruments to industrial-scale machines.

While HatchSpace is primarily a member-based workspace, there are many courses and workshops for these seeking to check out or get higher at woodworking. Check the web site for choices resembling making a tiled serving tray, a sculpted stool, a French rolling pin, or charcuterie board. You can simply flip your go to to Brattleboro right into a weekend of creative workshops!

HatchSpace is co-located within the High Street and Green Building together with different artistic ventures resembling First Proof Press, Wheelhouse Clay Center, and the Vermont Center for Photography. In the long run, they plan on providing weekend retreats, permitting guests to pattern workshops from every over the course of 1 to 2 days, together with group meals and celebrations.

Also on this house you can find Gravitate Pinball, the group radio station, and Vermont desk, a farm-to-table restaurant.

Take a Photo

Vermont Center for Photography gallery in Brattleboro VT

There are loads of Instagrammable spots round Brattleboro, from the “Welcome to Brattleboro” mural to the effervescent waterfall of Whetstone Brook. But if you wish to brush up your pictures abilities or buy some classic digicam gear, head to the Vermont Center for Photography. This gallery plus workshop options month-to-month displays, artists talks and workshops, plus a darkroom facility.

Get Artsy

Art exhibit at Brattleboro Museum
Aurora Robson exhibit

The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center is a stunning discover in small downtown Brattleboro. Located in a former prepare station, this small up to date artwork museum options simply 5 to 6 displays at a time they usually rotate the displays 3 times a yr, to supply a special expertise every time you go to.

The exhibits are curated from dwelling artists and the work is on mortgage reasonably than in a everlasting assortment. The displays are typically a mixture of well-known artists and native or regional artists.

Browse the Galleries

If you’re extra an artwork appreciator than an artist, it ought to come as no shock that Brattleboro has loads of artwork galleries proper within the downtown historic district. Vermont Artisan Designs has two flooring of work and sculpture, together with a big selection of wonderful hand-made crafts, together with glass, jewellery, pottery, wrought iron, fiber artwork, and extra.

The Harmony Collective Artist Gallery has 31 member artists throughout totally different media all exhibited in a collaborative gallery. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts is targeted on the regional New England arts scene and options artists who consciously interact with the myriad of challenges of private expression inside their chosen medium.

A good way to discover the native galleries is on one of many Gallery Walk occasions or annual occasions just like the LUV Crawl. Check the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance calendar for dates.

Snack on Artisanal Chocolate

Tavernier chocolate charcuterie

With a brand-new retail house within the coronary heart of downtown Brattleboro, it’s now simpler than ever to pattern the elegant, seasonally-inspired artisan confections at Tavernier Chocolates. These candies are domestically handcrafted utilizing conventional European methods blended with unconventional strategies that make the most of locally-sourced and foraged components.

These mouth-watering delights begin with the best, ethically sourced chocolate and are developed to perfection with an artistry that has been acknowledged nationwide. In addition to chocolate bars and truffles, you merely can’t miss the really distinctive chocolate charcuterie.

Meant to pair with a big selection of cheeses, fruits, sauces and cured meats, this pâté-style, ganache brick is constructed from single origin Latin American chocolate and blended with Vermont cheeses, uncooked honey and tree syrups. It is in contrast to something you have got skilled and positive to be the star of your subsequent get together.

Sip a Local Craft Cocktail

Espresso martini at Saxtons Distillery

It isn’t all about artwork in Brattleboro, it’s also possible to get pleasure from native craft spirits and beer. Saxtons Distillery began 18 years in the past by making a maple liqueur, within the model of founder Christian Stromberg’s Lithuanian ancestral traditions of flavored liqueurs. Today, Saxtons has three manufacturers: Sapling, which makes use of maple syrup from native farms to create flavored bourbons, rye, and liqueur; Snowdrop, which makes use of each native and unique herbs and botanicals to create vodka and gin; and Perc, which makes use of ethically-sourced Peruvian espresso beans from a neighborhood roaster to create a espresso liqueur that has turn out to be well-liked for espresso martinis.

You can discover Saxtons’ merchandise all through New England, however when you are on the town, cease in to the distillery for a tasting and cocktail and benefit from the spacious tasting room or out of doors picnic space with a stage for reside music. While in Brattleboro, you might also go to Saxtons on the downtown tasting room and store.

Taste Local Beer

Beer flight at Whetstone Beer Co

You can observe the Southern Vermont Beer Trail straight to Brattleboro. Whetstone Beer Co. affords a variety of craft beer and seasonal specialties together with Pale Ales, IPAs, Porters, Ambers, and Brown Ales. Sample a flight whereas overlooking the river and munching on some small bites or lunch.

If you’re keen on sours, like I do, be sure you cease at Hermit Thrush Brewery as a result of they focus completely on bitter beers. There is even a bitter IPA (Green SIPA) and collaborations with different Vermont breweries resembling Magic Hat and Lawson’s to create co-branded sours.

Shop the Boutiques

Downtown Brattleboro isn’t giant, however you’ll be able to nonetheless spend a while searching the assorted boutiques. If you’re into antiques, Twice Upon a Time affords a treasure trove of antiques and collectibles at this multi-dealer and consignment ship with an array of furnishings, collectibles, classic clothes, china, musical devices, and extra. Beadniks is a stunning retailer devoted to beads, rocks, crystals, artisan-made jewellery, and retro toys.

Cara Wolff Jewelry options handmade jewellery from pure and repurposed supplies, impressed by pure magnificence, from a metalsmith and wildlife biologist. Book lovers can try Everyone’s Books, a neighborhood impartial bookstore and Brattleboro Books, which is a used ebook retailer.

Sample Vermont Cheese

Grafton Village Cheese Company

Grafton Village Cheese Company, simply north of city and subsequent to the Retreat Farm, may be my favourite cheese store on the planet since I cease there each time I go to Vermont. One of Vermont’s legacy cheesemakers, Grafton Village Cheese creates award-winning, naturally aged and naturally flavored cheeses. You can style their cheese, together with dozens of others they provide within the store. The store can also be stocked with Vermont merchandise, charcuterie, and native beers.

Take a Hike

Bench on West River trail

Brattleboro isn’t simply in regards to the artwork. I imply, it’s Vermont in spite of everything. You must spend a while within the nice outdoor. The Retreat Farm performs a central half within the Brattleboro group. Located on conventional Abenaki homelands, the Farm encompasses 500 acres of conserved forests, farmlands, and waterways, together with miles of climbing trails. They additionally host group occasions together with the summer time Food Truck round-up and reside out of doors music occasions.

You may also benefit from the 3.5 mile West River Trail with views of the river and the golden Vermont hills. You may even see the place the path mattress was reduce from rock to construct the railroad in 1879, one among Vermont’s oldest transportation routes.

Visit a Maple Sugar Farm

The Robb Family Farm was established in 1907 and remains to be household run. This former dairy farm has been specializing in maple syrup manufacturing since 2011. Today, they’re completely satisfied to point out you round, let you know all about maple syrup, and you’ll fill up on all kinds of maple sugar merchandise.

Stroll the Brattleboro Farmers’ Market

The Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market is southern VT’s premier farmers’ market that includes over 50 agricultural, craft, and meals distributors. It wasn’t in season after I was final on the town, however the market occurs each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from May to October.

Watch a Movie

The Latchis Theatre is a Nineteen Thirties Greco Deco member of the League of Historic American Theaters. Movie goers have been watching movies there because the days of vaudeville and silent movies. Today, you’ll be able to nonetheless watch a film on the Latchis from indies to cinema classics.

Enjoy Live Music

There are a few spot to catch reside music in Brattleboro. The Latchis Pub and Underground Lounge has karaoke night time on Thursdays and reside performers on many weekends. The Stone Church is situated in a renovated Victorian Gothic church and includes a full calendar of reside music and occasions.

Eat Apple Cider Donuts

If you go to within the fall, be sure you cease by Scott Farm Orchard for some recent cider, cider donuts, and decide your individual apples. This can also be residence to Stone Wall Park, that includes grasp stone partitions created by craftspeople of the Stone Trust (and sure, in addition they supply workshops for stone masons!)

Scott Farm Orchard can also be used for occasions and you’ll hire out one of many 5 in a single day rental properties which are maintained by the Landmark Trust USA. This even consists of Naulakha, Rudyard Kipling’s 1892 residence and the place he wrote The Jungle Book.

Hit the Trails

The Brattleboro Outing Club affords 4 recreation applications together with tennis, rowing, cross-country snowboarding or snowshoeing, and paddling. The group maintains 33 km of groomed trails as snow and climate situations warrant.

Take a Sleigh Ride

Fair Winds Farm affords seasonal sleigh rides and hayrides, both personal or group rides by means of the woods and fields.

Where to Eat in Brattleboro

For a small city, Brattleboro affords a variety of eating choices for varied budgets and tastes, from the pub grub at Whetstone Station to wonderful eating at Peter Havens, Mediterranean specialties at Yalla Vermont to on-the-go choices on the Brattleboro Food Coop. Here are a number of to take a look at throughout your keep:

Coffee Shops

If you want a decide me up, Mocha Joe’s serves up specialty grade domestically roasted espresso, which is roasted recent simply down the road. Coffee lovers may also cease into the Latina-owned Duchess Coffee for a style of her fashionable espresso mix.

Guilford Country Store and Cafe

Guilford Country Store tables in cafe

Located simply south of downtown Brattleboro, the Guilford Country Store and Cafe is a neighborhood hangout. This cozy historic constructing is a component nation retailer, half espresso store and deli serving up scrumptious sandwiches, tempting baked items, breakfast choices, and recent espresso.

Whetstone Station

Combine your beer tasting with lunch (or dinner) at Whetstone Station. This brewery restaurant serves up award profitable fries and burgers, together with wholesome vegetarian and gluten free choices. On a pleasant day, seize a desk on the terraces overlooking the Connecticut River for a meal with a water view.

River Garden Marketplace

Brattleboro river garden marketplace

The River Garden Marketplace combines meals, craft beer, leisure, and a craft market underneath one glass roof. The Marketplace additionally serves as an occasion house and has each indoor and out of doors seating, which overlooks Whetstone Brook. This is ideal for an off-the-cuff lunch or drinks.

The Oyster Bar at Peter Havens

Oysters and wine at Peter Havens Oyster Bar

This small bar serves up recent oysters, small plates, and signature cocktails in a small, cozy however stylish setting. The Oyster Bar at Peter Havens is the proper cease for a pre-dinner drink or completely satisfied hour.

Echo Restaurant & Lounge

Echo Restaurant and Lounge has a various menu of sandwiches, pizzas, and conventional entrees such because the pan-seared ribeye at affordable costs for these that may’t determine what they’re within the temper for however need a cool vibe and good meals.

Peter Havens

Palm cake at Peter Havens in Brattleboro VT

Just across the nook from the Oyster Bar, Peter Havens is a full-service, wonderful eating restaurant, which is ideal for a date night time or particular night. As it’s possible you’ll anticipate, the menu options an array of recent seafood, but in addition American classics like a New York strip steak or Long Island duck breast. There are even artistic choices for vegetarians resembling the center of palm cake starter, which is sort of a crab cake however makes use of coronary heart of palm.

Where to Stay in Brattleboro

If you’re on the lookout for a basic Vermont expertise, keep on the charming Inn on Putney Road. This French Baronial model, six room mattress and breakfast is completely located subsequent to the West River and miles of strolling trails, whereas additionally being solely a five-minute stroll from downtown Brattleboro.

Each room is uniquely appointed, with 4 rooms and suites in the principle inn and two extra within the carriage home. In addition, there’s a giant lounge with a hearth and billiards desk, a second flooring sitting room overlooking the gardens, and a conservatory with stunning unique home windows and a tin ceiling.

The innkeepers additionally excel at offering a two or three-course home-cooked, gourmand breakfast every morning. You can be fortunately fueled up for a busy day exploring the realm! In addition, espresso, tea, and cookies are at all times obtainable and there are complimentary snacks in every visitor room.

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Things to do in Brattleboro VT from the artsy to the outdoorsy, Brattleboro attracts creatives, foodies, beer lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

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