5 Reasons to Travel to Brattleboro by Train

From the loud whistle that announces its arrival to those rolling countryside landscapes through its windows, the train is a nostalgic and enjoyable travel option for many. With a station stop just steps away from downtown, there’s more than a few reasons to skip the wheels in favor of hopping aboard a train on your next trip to Brattleboro.

The Amtrak Vermonter is the main train to Vermont, with a station stop in Brattleboro.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

1. HANDS-FREE TRAVEL THROUGH SOME SCENIC SPOTS.

When you’re behind the wheel, your eyesight mostly belongs to the road… at least, we hope so. Not the case on the train. Depending on where you’re coming in from, you’ll get to see the cascades of Bellows Falls, or the mountains just north of Greenfield, Mass., all while sipping on a hot cappuccino from the café car.

2. THERE’S A VIEW WAITING FOR YOU.

View of the Connecticut River and NH mountains from the Union Station in Brattleboro, VT.

Many station stops are located in desolate patches or busy junctions — not the case in Brattleboro. When you step outside the train, expect to be welcomed by a spectacular view of Mount Wantastiquet and the Connecticut River. Start your vacation off right by trading in the taxi ride for an unbeatable view.

3. YOU’LL LAND RIGHT IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN.

Brattleboro’s Union Station is located at 10 Vernon Road, a whoppin’ 400 feet from the Latchis Hotel. By electing to take the train, your adventure in Brattleboro starts the minute you step out onto the platform. Not to mention you probably won’t have to worry about missing your train on the way back!

4. GETTING AROUND IS NO PROBLEM.

Don’t worry about journeying through town without your beloved wheels. Most of downtown Brattleboro’s sights and attractions are well within walking distance of the Latchis, including restaurants, local shops, and art galleries like the Vermont Center for Photography. There are even plenty of hikes nearby, with trails just on the other side of the Connecticut River and just up the road.

If you’re looking to venture a little further afield, catch The Current bus, which has three in-town bus lines and routes that access surrounding towns. Sites set west towards Mount Snow? You can hop aboard the DVTA MOOver for service right to the base of the mountain.

5. EXPECT A WHOLE NEW EXPERIENCE ON FOOT.

Brattleboro is a town unlike any other, and ditching the car lets you take in 100% of its unique style and quirkiness. By spending more time on foot, you’ll get to take in more of its remarkable downtown buildings, locally-sourced restaurants, and artisan shops. After all, Brattleboro isn’t a town where you just want to take the express lane from one destination to the next. It’s a place to relax, explore, and enjoy the experience in its entirety.

The train tracks outside the Union Station in Brattleboro, VT.

Clearly, there’s no shortage of reasons for us to advocate train travel. It doesn’t hurt to save a little gas by relying on public transportation, but there’s also a little nostalgia for us when it comes to Amtrak’s Vermonter. Here at the Latchis, it makes our day to hear that train roll by each and every afternoon, just as it has for many years.