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.
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
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.