6 Reasons Brattleboro Is The Best Vermont Vacation Spot

With scenic sights and adventures awaiting in our rugged Green Mountains, it should come as no surprise that folks flock from all over to embark on Vermont vacations year-round. While your options for a Green Mountain getaway are many, the choice is clear in our eyes: we believe Brattleboro is the best place for a Vermont vacation. Call us biased if you like, but first, take in our six favorite features of our town.

The Latchis Hotel in Brattleboro, an ideal spot for a Vermont vacation.

6 Reasons Brattleboro Is The Best Vermont Vacation Spot

1. It’s Easily Accessible From Everywhere

Pick a direction, and there’s a way to get from your neck of the woods to ours. Amtrak’s Vermonter train runs north all the way from Washington D.C. through New York and Connecticut, while Greyhound buses roll through regularly from Boston, Albany, and coastal Maine. On top of that, who doesn’t love to save on travel time and expenses? If you’re coming in from Connecticut, New York, or the Greater Boston area, Brattleboro’s your closest Vermont neighbor and the shortest trip by both car and public transit.

2. The Great Outdoors Is At Your Doors

There’s hardly a spot along Main Street where you can’t feast your eyes upon our favorite downtown mountain, Mount Wantastiquet, in its full Green Mountain glory. Aside from hiking to the summit of Wantastiquet for a bird’s-eye view of Brattleboro, other opportunities to stretch your legs include taking a stroll on the West River Trail or reveling in the rolling hills at Living Memorial Park — both of which are just a few miles from downtown.

3. Downtown Is Made For Shopaholics

Whether you’re on a holiday shopping bonanza or just nabbing some sweet souvenirs, stocking a Green Mountain goodie bag in Brattleboro is a cinch. You’ll find artisan handiwork, clothing, and textiles a-plenty at specialty stores like Experienced Goods, Galanes Vermont Shop, and Delectable Mountain Cloth. To crank out all of your craft shopping in one swift swing, take to the Saturday Brattleboro Farmer’s Market and shop dozens of local vendors.

4. We Always Have Something Going On

Picking the perfect day for your Vermont vacation is as easy as glancing at the Brattleboro events calendar. With twelve months of seasonal events like the Harris Hill Ski Jump in the winter, the Strolling of the Heifers cow parade in the spring, or the annual Literary Festival in the fall, there’s always a plethora of events to please every visitor. Aside from the headliners, more frequent functions like the monthly Gallery Walk, the foot-tappin’ tunes each Thursday at the Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery, and of course, live concerts and performances here at the Latchis Theatre make any day a solid choice to set off.

5. Every Season Is A New Adventure

If you’re a self-proclaimed ski bum, you already know about the world-class slopes here in Vermont. Mount Snow, Stratton, and Bromley Mountain are just a few of the ski areas within an hour of Brattleboro. If you’re just starting out on the slopes, we have a bunny hill (and $5 day pass) with your name on it here at Living Memorial Park.

These Green Mountains are made for more than just winter, however. Between legendary leaf peeping in the fall, all-you-can-sweet maple sugar house tours in the spring, and splash-worthy swimming holes in the summer, it’s safe to say Brattleboro is a four-season site of celebration.

6. There’s Only One

Downtown Brattleboro, a Vermont vacation destination.We have a little motto here in Brattleboro: “The one and only.” Sure enough, there’s no other Brattleboro in the world, but the statement expands beyond the name. It only takes one visit to see that the lively spirit of Brattleboro is truly one-of-a-kind — and it’s that charm and quirk (along with those action-packed Green Mountain itineraries) that keep people coming back year after year.

All Things Apple: 5 Apple-Centric Activities Ripe For The Picking in Southern Vermont

Fall fanatics, you know the drill — all it takes is one brisk September breeze and the apple craze shoots mountain-high. The crisp taste of those bright red beauties puts Vermont apple orchards in a league of their own, and with that comes a collection of macintosh-tastic autumn activities ripe for the picking in southern Vermont.

1. Pick Your Own At A Vermont Apple Orchard

Cutting straight to the core of classic apple activities, a trip to the orchard is an absolute must on a fall visit to southern Vermont. Apple picking means fresh air, magnificent mountain views (with or without a blanket of red and orange), and of course, the satisfaction of plucking the most flavorful fruits to take home with you. Pick-Your-Own (PYO) apple farms in our neck of the woods include Green Mountain Orchards in Putney and the Dwight Miller and Scott Farm Orchards in Dummerston.

2. Cater To Your Sweet Tooth

Apple pie, anyone? Brattleboro isn’t short on sweet treats during the fall. Grab a slice of apple danish at The Works Bakery & Cafe or take a short drive to Chelsea’s Royal Diner in West Brattleboro to indulge in a perfect piece of pie made with apples in their very own orchard. If you have too much leaf-peeping left on the agenda, you can even grab a whole pie to-go.

3. Sip Some Cider And See How It’s Done

Whether you fancy sweet, ice, or hard cider, you’d be hard-pressed not to find something fresh-pressed to sip on. While you can find in-season ciders of all types right here at the downtown Brattleboro Food Co-op, take to a local cider producer to sip the freshest samples on the spot. You can take a peek at the cider-making process at Green Mountain Orchards’ Cider Mill, where cider pressing happens from early September all the way into March — and you can even press your own cider at the demonstration mill!

4. Let Loose At An Apple Festival

Family-oriented festivities are year-round here in southern Vermont, but the sweet scents of apple and pumpkin spice evoke a whole new sense of spirit in the Green Mountains. No celebration of fall fruits and flaky crust is more spirited than the Dummerston Apple Pie Festival that takes place each October. In addition to the 1,500 pies in attendance, you can pamper your palate with homemade ice cream, hot cider, Green Mountain coffee, and Grafton cheese.

If you branch out a bit further, you can also pick from the higher-hanging fruit at the Vermont Apple Festival and Craft Fair up in Springfield, which has everything from a farmer’s market to live music to an apple pie contest.

5. Stay In A Town That Loves Apples As Much As You Do

With all the orchards and cider mills surrounding us, you may be surprised to discover that the apple activities don’t fall far from our front doors. If you’d rather get your apple fix by foot, you could say we’re at the core of a fall frenzy —  Brattleboro’s collection of downtown bakeries and food artisans land us just steps away from a taste of everything from apple pie to cider donuts.

Brattleboro Farmer’s Market Walkthrough: 6 Things You Should Expect To See

Call us biased, but we’re going to be bold and say it: the Brattleboro Farmer’s Market is Vermont’s very best gathering of cultivators, treat makers, and artisan craft creators. Although nothing beats the real deal, here’s a little taste of what to expect on a stroll through the foodie pride and joy of Brattleboro.

1. Fresh Fare From The Farms Next Door

Yes, it’s safe to say that the fruits and veggies at every farmer’s market are at least a touch more tasteful than those of a grocery store, but the Brattleboro Farmer’s Market harvests even more than your standard selection. Most of what you’ll see is grown almost literally in our backyard, often being cultivated just days and hours before the weekly market. Some of the most sought-after prizes are the organic apples from Dwight Miller & Son Orchards, garden greens and herbs from Lost Barn Farm, and grass-fed beef from Livewater Farm.

2. Sweets, Treats, and Delectable Delicacies

Skip the brown bag lunch — at the farmer’s market, you’ll be in the company of countless Brattleboro area foodie favorites, including (but not at all limited to) Anon’s Thai Cuisine, Taco Barn, and Sawyer’s Artisanal Cheese. You’ll also have plenty of chances to cater to that sweet tooth with some homemade goodies from Tavernier Chocolates or an authentic Vermont creemee from Spoonwood Cabin Creamery.

3. Creative Crafts, Constructed By Neighbors

Jewelry, clothing, soaps, knickknacks… you name it, and our farmer’s market will probably have it. A walk through the craft vendor’s booths is just-right for getting a jump-start on your holiday shopping. Create  your own Green Mountain goodie bag with handcrafted creations from Long Bridge Woodworking, rustic-yet-refined jewelry from Lisa Flanders Studio, and the snuggliest scarves ever from Sunmeadow Alpacas.

4. Live Music To Tap Your Feet To

Leave it to a guitar or harmonica solo to liven up the morning! Every weekend, the farmer’s market welcomes a new musical artist, whose genres range from acoustic to bluegrass to jazz, rounding out the family-centric vibe of the Brattleboro Farmer’s Market. Take a peek at upcoming performers via the market’s events calendar.

5. Kid’s Corners (Around Every Corner)

If you were stuck on spots for your family outing in southern Vermont, the Brattleboro Farmer’s Market is your key to kicking off the weekend. Between the face painting and the arts and crafts tables, you may have trouble getting your little ones to leave among the colorful sights and sounds. The farmer’s market also hosts a number of “kid’s events” throughout market season that see everything from ice cream making to treasure hunts.

6. A “Fresh” Experience

Farmer’s markets are a dime a dozen in New England, but the wide variety of vendors, events, and the ever-changing nature at the Brattleboro Farmer’s Market keeps every visit as fresh as its heirloom apples and garden greens.

The next time you visit Brattleboro, don’t skip a trip to the farmer’s market — the main and downtown markets run May through October, but you can still get your fill of fresh fare all winter long at the downtown River Garden’s winter market.

The Freshest Flavors: Farm-To-Table Restaurants in Southern Vermont

Being surrounded by farmland comes with its advantages, and we’re talking beyond pointing out cows from inside the car. Thanks to our proximity, we can sink our forks into farm-fresh fare and enjoy spots that stand out with delectable dishes and a commitment to being green. Count on these farm-to-table restaurants in southern Vermont to serve up a taste of the Green Mountain State at its freshest.

A dish from Duo, a farm-to-table restaurant in southern Vermont.

1. Duo Restaurant (Brattleboro)

For farm-to-table finery without leaving downtown, dine at Duo Restaurant right here on Main Street in Brattleboro. The upscale menu includes grass-fed ribeye, fettucine, and fish that are sustainably caught (and Monterey Bay Aquarium approved), — making Duo a go-to for dinner date nights and family celebrations. You can also indulge in a little vino or bubbly from a lengthy list of fine wines and spirits and sample artisan cheeses and fresh bread at Sunday brunch.

2. The Gleanery (Putney)

Our neighbors to the north, Putney, have an all-green gem of their own in The Gleanery. Their primary mission of using ingredients from surrounding small farms builds community excitement around growing and preparing locally-sourced food, alongside creatively-crafted dishes and a menu that changes to reflect the seasonal ingredients that roll in. It’s not just the food on your plate that’s artisanally-assembled, either — from the plates themselves to the tables, bowls, and coffee mugs, everything come from a local craftsperson. The space is filled with stained glass wall hangings, carved porcelain vases, a rotating display of paintings, and other unique pieces from over 20 artisans.

3. Popolo (Bellows Falls)

Continue north on Route 30 past Putney and you’ll come across the “italian-inspired neo-rustic” cuisine of Popolo in downtown Bellows Falls. They make all of their sauces from scratch and cut vegetables fresh in their kitchen from farms around southeastern Vermont. In addition to a varied menu with everything from pasta to sea scallops, Popolo also hosts a number of spirited events that includes concerts, movie screenings, and comedy shows.

4. Chelsea Royal Diner (West Brattleboro)

Put Chelsea Royal Diner on the top of your breakfast shortlist — with eggs hatched literally in their backyard, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more eggcellent omelet. Located right next door in rural West Brattleboro, you’ll get to see where they grow the greens while digging into delicious dishes full of garden-fresh veggies and grass-fed beef. Their eclectic menus offer a plate for every palate, but some of the fan favorites include the Great Greek Salad, the Blue Cheese & Canadian Bacon Burger, and the Royal Feast (1/2 Belgian waffle, short stack pancakes, and two eggs).

Here in Vermont, we’re as proud of our rural farmlands as we are of the rugged Green Mountains they’re nestled in. Before you take a bite at these all-green southern Vermont eateries, book a stay here at the Latchis Hotel — our Dinner & a Movie Package is a helpful way to kick-off your farm-fresh foodie tour.

The Art of the Movie Date: Crafting The Perfect Movie Date at The Latchis

With its cozy collection of classic theatres and an eye-catching art deco interior, The Latchis has helped write its share of cine-magic love stories in Brattleboro. We all know the movie theater is a classic date destination, but we’re no ordinary big screen — follow our guide to craft the picture-perfect movie date at The Latchis.

FIND THE RIGHT FEATURE

Carefully consider your cinematic selection. See what’s playing at The Latchis and weigh the options based on both of your personal preferences; a romantic comedy may encourage a little intimacy, but could be too much for a first night out. Try a comedy feature to release any lingering tension, or catch a horror flick for some potential snuggling if one of you gets a little too spooked.

Don’t forget — the Main Theatre also serves as a stately stage for live events. Take a look at the lineup and scope out a concert or stand-up comedy show for the most memorable date ever.

SNAG SNACKS AND CHAT LATCHIS

Grab a popcorn to share before the show starts (or a candied snack like Junior Mints — they won’t get stuck in your teeth). While waiting in line for your movie munchies, break the ice by pointing out one or more of our lobby’s art deco attractions. For instance, admire the gold-washed friezes in our foyer or snap a group selfie with the statue of Hebe, the Goddess of Youth. Instead of just asking your date what their sign is (boooring!), have them point it out on our lobby’s terrazzo floor or the Main Theatre’s sparking zodiac ceiling.

COUNT ON THE LATCHIS TO STAY THE SAME

As it always has, The Latchis stands as a symbol of Brattleboro’s historic nature and its quirky charm. This sentiment resonates with many folks in southern Vermont, so it’s no surprise to see couples returning to our doors to snatch movie tickets year after year. Not to jump too far ahead, but you never know — we’ve even seen couples return to The Latchis to say “I do.”

Take your movie date to the next level with our romance package at the Latchis Hotel — after all, what’s a date without fresh roses, chocolates, and some dinner downtown?

7 Things To Pack For Your Last-Minute Vermont Getaway

Easily accessible from the city, yet radiating with the rustic charm of southern Vermont, Brattleboro presents the perfect opportunity for that spur-of-the-moment vacation you’ve been promising yourself. Be sure to pack these must-brings to make sure your Vermont getaway goes off without a hitch.

The Latchis' downtown location makes a perfect place to book a last-minute southern Vermont vacation.

1. A LIST OF YOUR PERFECT PASTIMES

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or you’d rather enjoy a scenic stroll in the Green Mountains, there are plenty of ways to fill an outdoor itinerary in southern Vermont. In the summer, hiking, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding lead the list of popular pastimes, while others choose to strap on the skis or snowshoes for the winter. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, no need to worry — expect downtown Brattleboro to play to your passions as well (for example, a music maven will hit all the right notes with vinyl finds on Main Street).

2. YOUR BEST PHOTO CAMERA

Breathtaking mountains, serene river views, and eye-catching architecture mean many a photo op in southern Vermont. Words don’t do it justice, so take a few snaps with a good digital camera. If you don’t fancy yourself a stellar shutterbug, smartphones are also acceptable.

3. AN EXTRA SUITCASE OR SHOPPING BAGS

With all the specialty stores lining Main Street, chances are you’ll be headed home with more doodads than you brought in. Plan ahead, and you’ll be stuffing your spare suitcase full of vintage clothing from Boomerang, outdoor gear and equipment from Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, and Green Mountain gifts for friends and family from Galanes Vermont Shop.

4. YOUR READING GLASSES

At the end of the day, nothing beats curling up in your room with a good read, and Brattleboro boasts a bounty of specialty bookstores to find your next novel. Browse some lost stories and out-of-print novels at Brattleboro Books, get your super-sleuthing on at Mystery on Main Street, or peruse the family-owned collection of social and environmental publications at Everyone’s Books.

5. YOUR TRAIN OR BUS TICKET

North, south, east, or west, Brattleboro is a trouble-free trip. With daily Amtrak trains headed our way north from New York City and south from Burlington, you can land at our downtown station and walk to The Latchis in three minutes. If you’re headed our way from Boston or Albany, catch one of the daily Greyhound buses and enjoy rolling mountain views all the way here.

6. FIDO

We get it, dog owners — that sad stare you get from your furry friend when you start packing your suitcase is a real heart-wrencher. They’re part of the family, after all, and we welcome small dogs to room with you here at The Latchis for a one-time fee. (Note: If you’re hopping aboard a train or bus to Brattleboro, be sure to check its pet policy.)

7. READINESS FOR GREEN MOUNTAIN ADVENTURE

Whether you’re squeezing in a summer retreat before school starts or you just feel the need for a spur-of-the-moment vacation, Brattleboro has all the essentials of a picture-perfect last-minute Vermont getaway. Make a reservation here at The Latchis and keep close to downtown shops and attractions — we’ll be your resident guides to anything and everything Brattleboro.

Get to Know the Neighbors: Retail Businesses at The Latchis

A good roommate can make or break the living experience, and we’re lucky to share 50 Main Street with three outstanding retail businesses: Positive Geek, Evan James, LTD, and Express Fluency. Get to know our Latchis neighbors — with these three, a stay at The Latchis means far more than an art deco-adorned room and a movie.

POSITIVE GEEK

Self-proclaimed geeks, you’ll find yourself in paradise at Positive Geek. This specialty shop sees every kitschy, nerdtastic item you can imagine: comic books, action figures, board games, vintage clothing, and more. They also host a wide variety of events for the public — everything from Magic tournaments to screenings of classic films at our theatre. Whether you’re looking for a family fun spot or you’re just a diehard Star Wars or Doctor Who fan, Positive Geek is the place to geek out in Brattleboro.

EVAN JAMES, LTD

It’s no contest — our Most Glamorous Neighbor award goes to Evan James, LTD, our very own diamond destination. As southern Vermont’s only American Gem Society certified jeweler, these diamond artisans and goldsmiths are truly the gems of downtown Brattleboro. If you’re in the market for an engagement ring, eternity band, or diamond accessory bracelets or earrings, don’t skip a trip to Evan James. Step outside our theatre doors and the entrance is just to your right.

EXPRESS FLUENCY

Looking to learn a new language? Express Fluency, located next door to Positive Geek at 8 Flat Street, offers lessons in Spanish, French, and Latin. Don’t expect to put your nose in a textbook, however — these stress-free programs are all about learning the “natural” way through engaging games, conversations, and stories. Immerse yourself in a weekend or week-long program, and come home from Brattleboro ready to talk in a new tongue.

We all know downtown Brattleboro is chock full of specialty shops that contribute to our trademark quirkiness, but the members of our Latchis family hold a special place in our heart (and, well, our building). Be sure to stop in and say howdy to our neighbors during your visit to Brattleboro — and, perhaps, grab a comic book or diamond ring before your language class.

Decades of Art Deco: The Latchis Theatre Through The Years

You could snap a pic at the Latchis Theatre, throw on a vintage filter, and walk away with an Instagram-worthy shot that could pass for a 1938 throwback. We’re proud of our timeless Art Deco aesthetic, but make no mistake — we’ve come a long way in 80 years. From resilient recoveries to remarkable renovations, The Latchis has not only survived, but thrived against the test of time.

DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, & GRAND OPENING

The Latchis was built during the height of the Art Deco movement. Greek sculptures, friezes, and hand-painted mythic murals make up some of the Art Deco decor that adorns The Latchis to this day. Since fire was an ever-present danger in the 1930s, architect Steven Haynes used steel, concrete, and glass while laying down the terrazzo floors.

After a two-week delay following the Great New England Hurricane of 1938, the Latchis Memorial Building and its state-of-the-art theatres opened on October 6th in an extravagant gala event. The Main Theatre was built with a balcony, stage, and oversized screen (that’s right, the same trio you see today).

65 YEARS & A NEW GENERATION

The Latchis Theatre remained successful as a business throughout and until the ‘60s. It served as a diversion during the events of World War II, and survived a television boom that came late to Brattleboro — the first TV sets didn’t arrive in town until the mid-1950s. The rise of drive-in theatres, an oil crisis that made the theatre impossible to heat, and multiple fires at other Latchis family theatres contributed to the Latchis Theatre’s decline during the ‘70s. When Spero Latchis took over the building from his father in 1985, the theatre was at its lowest point.

Spero and his future wife, Elizabeth, embarked on a last-ditch project to save the business.  It involved renovating the hotel room by room, and later hallway by hallway, as hotel occupancy grew and profits finally started to rise. Spero Latchis also took on a loan to build a second theatre screen that replaced the old ballroom on the upstairs level.

THE LIGHT IN OUR STARS: 2013 RENOVATIONS

In the late summer of 2013, The Latchis underwent major renovations to restore the theatre to its 1938 glory. The seating in the Main Theatre was replaced and the famed Zodiac ceiling was restored with new balsa wood pieces and an enhanced “starry night” effect that swapped light bulbs with LED lighting to illuminate the heavens above. Ramps in the lobby and elevator upgrades were also included in the project, bringing The Latchis up to code for ADA accessibility guidelines.

The 2013 renovations were substantial, but not just because of the polished aesthetic and improved functionality of The Latchis. The nature of the project left a huge mark — funding for the $550,000 renovations was entirely community-powered through grants and donations.

The Latchis Theatre, a historic Art Deco theatre in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Photo: Wayne Fawbush.

LOOKING AHEAD AND STAYING TRUE

We can’t predict what the future will hold, but some things will never change. As one of only two genuine Art Deco buildings left in Vermont, the Latchis Theatre continues to serve its original purpose: as a place to gather, celebrate, and enjoy the latest in cinema in a building as storied as the feature films it shows.

Green Mountain Cone Zones: 4 Amazing Ice Cream Parlors in Southern Vermont

Maple syrup isn’t Vermont’s sole claim to dessert fame — farm-fresh ingredients and picturesque mountain backdrops make southern Vermont an ice cream lover’s paradise. Non-natives, keep in mind, however: what you call soft serve, we call creemees. Once you get used to our vocab, fulfill your ice cream dreams at these ice cream parlors in southern Vermont.

1. THE CREEMEE STAND (WILMINGTON)

Located right off Route 100, locals and visitors have been frequenting Wilmington for over 15 years to get a taste of the Creemee Stand’s rich, flavorful cones. For the full-fledged Vermont experience, try one of their signature maple creemees, made with pure Vermont maple syrup from Wilmington-area sugar houses.

2. WALPOLE CREAMERY (KEENE, NH)

Don’t think we’re cheating on our beloved Green Mountain State — the Walpole Creamery in Keene, New Hampshire is worth a trip across the border. With a “super premium” product that has 70% less overrun (that’s air to you and me) than your standard grade of ice cream, you’d be hard-pressed to find a creamier scoop in the area.

3. HIDDEN SPRINGS MAPLE (PUTNEY, VT)

If you want authentic Vermont, you’d be best off heading straight for the source. Hidden Springs Maple is a family farm that offers only the finest organic maple syrup around, and, with it, maple creemees that are legen-dairy in southern Vermont.

4. CHELSEA ROYAL DINER (WEST BRATTLEBORO)

Photo: Cathy Stanley-Erickson / Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0.

If you’ve grown tired of chocolate and vanilla, take a short ride over to the Chelsea Royal Diner’s Royal Madness Ice Cream Stand for a scoop of Cherry Remy, Toasted Coconut, or Rum Raisin. Pro tip: homemade ice cream goes best after a meal of homestyle french fries and local, grass-fed beef. (Hint, hint.)

Here at The Latchis, we, too, scream for ice cream — and it’s just one of many reasons to fall in love with southern Vermont. After all, a scoop is best served after a day of hiking, biking, or relishing in those breathtaking mountain views.

Across the Border: New Hampshire Day Trip Ideas

Don’t get us wrong — we bleed maple syrup here in the Green Mountains, but we have to give credit where it’s due. Art museums, specialty shops, and riverside trails make it easy to grow a soft spot for Keene, New Hampshire. Just thirty minutes away from The Latchis, the Elm City is a perfect day trip destination for everyone from art enthusiasts to nature lovers.

Keene is the perfect town for a New Hampshire day trip from Vermont.
Photo: Doug Kerr / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0.

For The Shopaholic

Specialty shops run rampant in Keene’s central square. Seek out some good reads at Toadstool Bookshop, or stop by the Hannah Grimes Marketplace to peruse locally-made glassware, woodworks, and other artisan crafts. Looking to add to your wardrobe? One walk on Main Street reveals fashionable options for every style, including (but not limited to) Moe Clothing, Linda’s Closet, and the Willow Tree Boutique. Fellas, head over to Miller Brothers-Newton for the most dapper menswear around.

For The Museum-Goers

Keene’s collection of historic sites and art museums speak to the storied nature of this very New England-y town. Put yourself back in 1805 with a trip to the Horatio Colony Museum, a house that dates back to when Keene’s population barely brushed 1,600. Or, go back even further at the Historical Society’s gallery of local relics, dating back to the 1700’s. Art lovers, admire the fine work of local painters and photographers at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, the hub for visual arts in the Monadnock region.

For The Young Families

If you’ve got little explorers in your party, treat them to a Granite State adventure in Keene. Start with a visit to the Cheshire Children’s Museum, whose exhibits showcase the Monadnock region’s best and brightest — they can walk through little farms and markets, or play talk-show host at a pint-sized radio station. Afterwards, grab a few scoops at Walpole Creamery, and knock down some pins at the Yankee Lanes Bowling Alley.

For The Nature-Lover

The Granite Gorge in Keene, a day trip destination for nature lovers in Vermont.
Photo: Dennis Jarvis / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0.

Conquered the Green Mountains? Don’t worry, there’s a whole new set of scenic trails to explore in southern New Hampshire. Hike, bike, or blade down the Ashuelot Rail Trail’s meandering country roads, and catch some panoramic views of the Ashuelot River. If you’re looking to keep closer to home, explore Madame Sherri’s Forest in Chesterfield, located smack dab between Brattleboro and Keene. The forest is a jumping-off point for several trails that loop around brilliant views of the East Hill, Indian Pond, and the fascinating (albeit spooky) remnants of Madame Sherri’s Castle.

We’re sorry for those who don’t like their neighbors, because we sure love ours. With so many things to do in New Hampshire, it’s no wonder that so many Brattleborians are equally as familiar with the Elm City. Make a reservation here at The Latchis, and stay close to scenic nature trails, shop-portunities, and family attractions (in Vermont and New Hampshire alike).