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Tap into Your Creative Side: 19 Things to do in Brattleboro VT

Tap into Your Creative Side: 19 Things to do in Brattleboro VT

Once a mill town powered by the Whetstone Brook, Brattleboro has evolved into an inclusive arts oasis budding with creatives interested in perfecting their craft. With a rejuvenated downtown and farm-to-table dining focus, this small town in Southern Vermont is perfect for those looking to pair outdoor activities with hands-on creative pursuits.

Brattleboro’s history in the arts goes when to tragedian Rudyard Kipling penning classics like “The Jungle Book” nearby. Today, you will find chocolatiers and circus artists, glassblowers and ceramicists, woodworkers and photographers, visual artists and chefs. And it isn’t just a place where you can go to watch or buy, you can moreover get hands on and express your own creativity through a variety of workshops and classes.

As many times as I’ve stopped in Brattleboro on my Vermont road trips, it took me staying a couple of days to dig underneath the surface of what seemed like a tomfool but sleepy town, to see the vibrant polity that lies beneath. And, this time I visited in the winter. Imagine how much increasingly there is to do in Brattleboro in the summer or fall when the farmer’s market, supplies truck festivals, and outdoor recreation are in full swing!

Greetings from Brattleboro VT mural

Things to do in Brattleboro Vermont

Editor’s Note: I recently revisited Brattleboro as part of a media stay to research this article. Portions of my stay, including accommodations and meals, were complimentary. All opinions are my own.

If you are ready to get crafty or just looking for an ungifted and outdoorsy weekend getaway, let me introduce you to a sampling of things to do in Brattleboro Vermont. Oh, and it is Vermont, so of undertow there is going to be some cheese and craft beer involved too!

Go to the Circus

New England part-way for the circus arts trapeze

Have you overly watched Cirque du Soleil and wished you could move like that? Or have you overly wanted to try the flying trapeze? Surpassing you run yonder and join the circus, requite circus arts a try at the New England Part-way for Circus Arts. This premiere circus training school is both a pre-professional school for those serious well-nigh careers in the circus arts, and a place where polity members and visitors can come and requite it a try.

You will need to trammels the timetable surpassing you visit to see if there is a performance you can watch or if you will be in town during one of the Friday Flight Nights to requite the flying trapeze a try. In wing to recreational classes in Chinese pole, straps, and trapeze, NECCA moreover offers workshops that are perfect for visitors.

If you are really interested in circus arts, you could sign up for an well-ventilated and circus skills week, which is kind of like a full-day circus zany for adults. NECCA moreover offers group events and executive leadership retreats for women.

Get Fired Up

Glass self-glorification at Fire Arts Vermont

Fire Arts Vermont has both hot glass and soil studios, withal with a gallery featuring the work of 25 local artists. It is a joint collaboration between Randi Solin, who is an topnotch master glassblower whose work is featured in the permanent collections of the White House, United States Embassies, and in the Metropolitan Museum Breuer Gallery; and Natalie Blake, who specializes in producing large public art and residential projects in sculptural tile.

The glass and soil studios are unshut to the public whenever the gallery is unshut so that you can observe the artists at work (it is fascinating!) Walking through the gallery, I started to finger guilty that I don’t have any hobbies or talents when it comes to working with my hands. But if you finger the same, you can sign up for workshops during your visit for things like beginner glass classes or “make your own” creature out of clay.

The Wheelhouse Soil Center in downtown Brattleboro moreover offers workshops and classes, many of which are weekly classes for residents but some are suitable for visitors too.

It’s Hammer Time

Hatchspace archway Brattleboro Vermont

Wood turning, carving, joining, and towers — if you have overly wanted to create something out of wood, HatchSpace is your place. This polity woodworking maker space offers the tools and training necessary to turn project dreams into reality. There are five shops that house tools and equipment from hand-held tools to industrial-scale machines.

While HatchSpace is primarily a member-based workspace, there are plenty of classes and workshops for those looking to try out or get largest at woodworking. Trammels the website for offerings such as making a tiled serving tray, a sculpted stool, a French rolling pin, or charcuterie board. You can hands turn your visit to Brattleboro into a weekend of originative workshops!

HatchSpace is co-located in the High Street and Green Towers withal with other creative ventures such as First Proof Press, Wheelhouse Soil Center, and the Vermont Part-way for Photography. In the future, they plan on offering weekend retreats, permitting visitors to sample workshops from each over the undertow of one to two days, including polity meals and celebrations.

Also in this space you will find Gravitate Pinball, the polity radio station, and Vermont table, a farm-to-table restaurant.

Take a Photo

Vermont Part-way for Photography gallery in Brattleboro VT

There are plenty of Instagrammable spots virtually Brattleboro, from the “Welcome to Brattleboro” mural to the soapy waterfall of Whetstone Brook. But if you want to skim up your photography skills or purchase some vintage camera equipment, throne to the Vermont Part-way for Photography. This gallery plus workshop features monthly exhibits, artists talks and workshops, plus a darkroom facility.

Get Artsy

Art walkout at Brattleboro Museum
Aurora Robson exhibit

The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center is a surprising find in small downtown Brattleboro. Located in a former train station, this small trendy art museum features just five to six exhibits at a time and they rotate the exhibits three times a year, to provide a variegated wits each time you visit.

The shows are curated from living artists and the work is on loan rather than in a permanent collection. The exhibits tend to be a mix of famous artists and local or regional artists.

Browse the Galleries

If you are increasingly an art appreciator than an artist, it should come as no surprise that Brattleboro has plenty of art galleries right in the downtown historic district. Vermont Wright Designs has two floors of paintings and sculpture, withal with a wide variety of fine hand-made crafts, including glass, jewelry, pottery, wrought iron, webbing art, and more.

The Harmony Collective Versifier Gallery has 31 member artists wideness variegated media all exhibited in a collaborative gallery. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts is focused on the regional New England arts scene and features artists who consciously engage with the myriad of challenges of personal expression within their chosen medium.

A unconfined way to explore the local galleries is on one of the Gallery Walk events or yearly events like the LUV Crawl. Trammels the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance timetable for dates.

Snack on Artisanal Chocolate

Tavernier chocolate charcuterie

With a brand-new retail space in the heart of downtown Brattleboro, it is now easier than overly to sample the elegant, seasonally-inspired wright confections at Tavernier Chocolates. These chocolates are locally handcrafted using traditional European techniques composite with unconventional methods that utilize locally-sourced and foraged ingredients.

These mouth-watering delights start with the finest, ethically sourced chocolate and are ripened to perfection with an artistry that has been recognized nationwide. In wing to chocolate bars and truffles, you simply can’t miss the truly unique chocolate charcuterie.

Meant to pair with a wide variety of cheeses, fruits, sauces and cured meats, this pté-style, ganache brick is made from single origin Latin American chocolate and composite with Vermont cheeses, raw honey and tree syrups. It is unlike anything you have experienced and sure to be the star of your next party.

Sip a Local Craft Cocktail

Espresso martini at Saxtons Distillery

It isn’t all well-nigh art in Brattleboro, you can moreover enjoy local craft spirits and beer. Saxtons Distillery started 18 years ago by creating a maple liqueur, in the style of founder Christian Stromberg’s Lithuanian racial traditions of flavored liqueurs. Today, Saxtons has three brands: Sapling, which uses maple syrup from local farms to create flavored bourbons, rye, and liqueur; Snowdrop, which uses both local and exotic herbs and botanicals to create vodka and gin; and Perc, which uses ethically-sourced Peruvian coffee beans from a local roaster to create a coffee liqueur that has wilt popular for espresso martinis.

You can find Saxtons’ products throughout New England, but while you are in town, stop in to the distillery for a tasting and cocktail and enjoy the spacious tasting room or outdoor picnic zone with a stage for live music. While in Brattleboro, you may moreover visit Saxtons at the downtown tasting room and shop.

Taste Local Beer

Beer flight at Whetstone Beer Co

You can follow the Southern Vermont Beer Trail straight to Brattleboro. Whetstone Beer Co. offers a wide range of craft beer and seasonal specialties including Pale Ales, IPAs, Porters, Ambers, and Brown Ales. Sample a flight while overlooking the river and munching on some small bites or lunch.

If you love sours, like I do, be sure to stop at Hermit Thrush Brewery considering they focus exclusively on sour beers. There is plane a sour IPA (Green SIPA) and collaborations with other Vermont breweries such as Magic Hat and Lawson’s to create co-branded sours.

Shop the Boutiques

Downtown Brattleboro isn’t large, but you can still spend some time browsing the various boutiques. If you are into antiques, Twice Upon a Time offers a treasure trove of antiques and collectibles at this multi-dealer and consignment ship with an variety of furniture, collectibles, vintage clothing, china, musical instruments, and more. Beadniks is a lovely store defended to beads, rocks, crystals, artisan-made jewelry, and retro toys.

Cara Wolff Jewelry features handmade jewelry from natural and repurposed materials, inspired by natural beauty, from a metalsmith and wildlife biologist. Typesetting lovers can trammels out Everyone’s Books, a local self-sustaining bookstore and Brattleboro Books, which is a used typesetting store.

Sample Vermont Cheese

Grafton Village Cheese Company

Grafton Village Cheese Company, just north of town and next to the Retreat Farm, may just be my favorite cheese shop in the world since I stop there every time I visit Vermont. One of Vermont’s legacy cheesemakers, Grafton Village Cheese creates award-winning, naturally weather-beaten and naturally flavored cheeses. You can taste their cheese, withal with dozens of others they offer in the shop. The shop is moreover stocked with Vermont products, charcuterie, and local beers.

Take a Hike

Bench on West River trail

Brattleboro isn’t just well-nigh the art. I mean, it is Vermont without all. You have to spend some time in the unconfined outdoors. The Retreat Farm plays a inside part in the Brattleboro community. Located on traditional Abenaki homelands, the Sublet encompasses 500 acres of conserved forests, farmlands, and waterways, withal with miles of hiking trails. They moreover host polity events including the summer Supplies Truck round-up and live outdoor music events.

You can moreover enjoy the 3.5 mile West River Trail with views of the river and the golden Vermont hills. You will moreover see where the trail bed was cut from waddle to build the railroad in 1879, one of Vermont’s oldest transportation routes.

Visit a Maple Sugar Farm

The Robb Family Farm was established in 1907 and is still family run. This former dairy sublet has been focusing on maple syrup production since 2011. Today, they are happy to show you around, tell you all well-nigh maple syrup, and you can stock up on all sorts of maple sugar products.

Stroll the Brattleboro Farmers’ Market

The Brattleboro Zone Farmers’ Market is southern VT’s premier farmers’ market featuring over 50 agricultural, craft, and supplies vendors. It wasn’t in season when I was last in town, but the market happens every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from May to October.

Watch a Movie

The Latchis Theatre is a 1930s Greco Deco member of the League of Historic American Theaters. Movie goers have been watching films there since the days of vaudeville and silent films. Today, you can still watch a movie at the Latchis from indies to talkie classics.

Enjoy Live Music

There are a couple of spot to reservation live music in Brattleboro. The Latchis Pub and Underground Lounge has karaoke night on Thursdays and live performers on many weekends. The Stone Church is located in a renovated Victorian Gothic denomination and features a full timetable of live music and events.

Eat Apple Cider Donuts

If you visit in the fall, be sure to stop by Scott Sublet Orchard for some fresh cider, cider donuts, and pick your own apples. This is moreover home to Stone Wall Park, featuring master stone walls created by craftspeople of the Stone Trust (and yes, they moreover offer workshops for stone masons!)

Scott Sublet Orchard is moreover used for events and you can rent out one of the five overnight rental properties that are maintained by the Landmark Trust USA. This plane includes Naulakha, Rudyard Kipling’s 1892 home and where he wrote The Jungle Book.

Hit the Trails

The Brattleboro Outing Club offers four recreation programs including tennis, rowing, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, and paddling. The organization maintains 33 km of groomed trails as snow and weather conditions warrant.

Take a Sleigh Ride

Fair Winds Farm offers seasonal sleigh rides and hayrides, either private or group rides through the woods and fields.

Where to Eat in Brattleboro

For a small town, Brattleboro offers a wide range of dining options for various budgets and tastes, from the pub grub at Whetstone Station to fine dining at Peter Havens, Mediterranean specialties at Yalla Vermont to on-the-go options at the Brattleboro Supplies Coop. Here are a few to trammels out during your stay:

Coffee Shops

If you need a pick me up, Mocha Joe’s serves up specialty grade locally roasted coffee, which is roasted fresh just lanugo the street. Coffee lovers can moreover stop into the Latina-owned Duchess Coffee for a taste of her modern espresso blend.

Guilford Country Store and Cafe

Guilford Country Store tables in cafe

Located just south of downtown Brattleboro, the Guilford Country Store and Cafe is a local hangout. This cozy historic towers is part country store, part coffee shop and deli serving up succulent sandwiches, tempting baked goods, breakfast options, and fresh coffee.

Whetstone Station

Combine your beer tasting with lunch (or dinner) at Whetstone Station. This brewery restaurant serves up ribbon winning fries and burgers, withal with healthy vegetarian and gluten self-ruling options. On a nice day, grab a table 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 food, craft beer, entertainment, and a craft market under one glass roof. The Marketplace moreover serves as an event space and has both indoor and outdoor seating, which overlooks Whetstone Brook. This is perfect for a unstudied lunch or drinks.

The Oyster Bar at Peter Havens

Oysters and wine at Peter Havens Oyster Bar

This small bar serves up fresh oysters, small plates, and signature cocktails in a small, cozy but swish setting. The Oyster Bar at Peter Havens is the perfect stop for a pre-dinner drink or happy hour.

Echo Restaurant & Lounge

Echo Restaurant and Lounge has a varied menu of sandwiches, pizzas, and traditional entrees such as the pan-seared ribeye at reasonable prices for those that can’t decide what they are in the mood for but want a tomfool vibe and good food.

Peter Havens

Palm confection at Peter Havens in Brattleboro VT

Just virtually the corner from the Oyster Bar, Peter Havens is a full-service, fine dining restaurant, which is perfect for a stage night or special evening. As you may expect, the menu features an variety of fresh seafood, but moreover American classics like a New York strip steak or Long Island duck breast. There are plane creative options for vegetarians such as the heart of palm confection starter, which is like a crab confection but uses heart of palm.

Where to Stay in Brattleboro

If you are looking for a archetype Vermont experience, stay at the mannerly Inn on Putney Road. This French Baronial style, six room bed and breakfast is perfectly situated next to the West River and miles of walking trails, while moreover stuff only a five-minute walk from downtown Brattleboro.

Each room is uniquely appointed, with four rooms and suites in the main inn and two spare in the transport house. In addition, there is a large living room with a fireplace and billiards table, a second floor sitting room overlooking the gardens, and a sunroom with trappy original windows and a tin ceiling.

The innkeepers moreover excel at providing a two or three-course home-cooked, gourmet breakfast each morning. You will be happily fueled up for a rented day exploring the area! In addition, coffee, tea, and cookies are unchangingly misogynist and there are complimentary snacks in each guest room.

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

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