The Magic of Brattleboro Vermont…
Despite its tumultuous past involving the Dummer’s War, which led into the French and Indian War of (1754–1763), Brattleboro Vermont has long been a community for creativity and the arts, including the foundation of the Estey Organ company in 1852. The upshot is that there is plenty do in this great Southern Vermont town, and we outline it here in our Guide to Brattleboro Vermont.
Oh the Places You’ll Go
1. Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, 104 Cheney Rd., Brattleboro, Vermont
AVG. Price: $28
Founded in 1972, BMAC is an independent contemporary art museum, whose mission is “to present art and ideas in ways that inspire, educate, and engage people of all ages.” With frequently changing exhibits, education programs, and public events the center seeks to enhance cultural richness.
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2. KidsPLAYce, Brattleboro Vermont
AVG. Price: $5/child
KidsPLAYce is a community, storybook-themed play space for children and their caregivers established in 1983. Handmade by local craftsmen and artisans, structures include a two-story playhouse, a castle and ship, and a book nook.
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3. Retreat Farm, 350 Linden Street, Brattleboro Vermont
AVG. Price: N/A
For 180 years, Retreat Farm has been bringing recreation, education, and sustainability to the Brattleboro area. With more than 550 acres of conserved forest and farmland, trails and waterways, the sprawling seven-barn farmstead on Route 30 offers a petting zoo and more.
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4. Creamery Covered Bridge, 500 Western Ave., Brattleboro, VT
AVG. Price: $Free
The Creamery Bridge is an 80 foot long covered bridge that is an example of the lattice truss system used in the late 1800’s. Built in 1879, a sidewalk and slate roof were added in 1917.
Fat and Happy
5. Moca Joe’s Cafe, 82 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont
AVG. Price: $7
Located at a bustling intersection in the heart of downtown Brattleboro, the entrance to Mocha Joe’s looks like it leads to some Medieval dungeon. About halfway down, the smell is what gets you first. Dark roast, medium roast, light roast, toasted caramel, cocoa, tea, coffee, coffee, coffee.
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6. Hazel, 75 Elliot St, Brattleboro, VT
AVG. Price: $40
Established in in 2014 by two carpenters who love food, Hazel’s smokes all their meat in-house. This includes their chicken wings, which are locally famous in Southern Vermont. First, the wings are applewood smoked, and then they are deep fried to perfection before receiving the housemade sauce of your choice – Buffalo, Asian, Sweet BBQ, etc.
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7. Saxton’s River Distillery, 85 W River Rd, Brattleboro, VT
AVG. Price: $50
Known primarily for their hand-crafted, locally-sourced Sapling (maple whiskey), Perc Coffee Liqueur, and Snowdrop American Dry Gin, SRD started out in a barn. There is also a rye-based version of Sapling which is worth a try… or two, as the samples are generous.
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Turn in for the Night
8. Naulakha (Rudyard Kipling House), Dummerston, Vermont
AVG. Price: $425
Although it is just outside Brattleboro, Naulakha was the home of Rudyard for three years, and, built in 1893, it saw Kipling pen Captains Courageous, The Jungle Book, The Day’s Work, and The Seven Seas. It is available to rent through the Vermont Land Trust.
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9. Forty Putney Road Bed and Breakfast, 192 Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT
AVG Price: $200
Meander on paths in back of the B&B and descend to the romantic river’s edge. The city lights of Brattleboro beckon just 10 minutes away. A full 2-course gourmet breakfast awaits your morning appetite, and a dip in the hot tub will soothe your aches and pains.
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10. Fort Dummer State Park, 517 Old Guilford Rd, Brattleboro, VT
AVG. Price: Free
Fort Dummer State Park is located in the Connecticut River Valley with 217 acres of forested land and was named after Fort Dummer, the first permanent white settlement in Vermont. The campground has 50 tent/trailer sites and to lean-to sites to enjoy.