*Special thanks to Love Brattleboro VT for coordinating our hosted stay. As always all opinions are our own*
Located less than three hours outside of NYC, Brattleboro Vermont is one of New England’s best-kept secrets and one of the best places to visit in the US.
A visit to Brattleboro VT is an experience you won’t forget. It has all of the things that make it a great destination: beautiful views, delicious food and drinks, rich culture, and lots of things to do!
If you're feeling adventurous go on one of the many hiking trails or take a dip in the river on a hot summer day.
Take in the live music, or take a stroll through downtown Brattleboro and enjoy the art scene. And if you’re thirsty don’t forget to stop by Hermit Thrush Brewery to sample some amazing sour beers.
But this is just a sampling of what to expect on a visit to Brattleboro VT.
Keep reading to learn more about all the amazing things to do in Brattleboro Vermont.
- Catch a movie at the Latchis.
- Visit Hermit Thrush for a flight of Sour Beer.
- Check out Gallery Walk in the Summer.
- Visit the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
- Visit the Estey Organ Museum
- Check out a show at the Vermont Jazz Center
- Do a little shopping in Downtown Brattleboro
- Take a Hike on the West River Trail
- Brattleboro Food Co-op
- T.J. Buckley's
- The Works
- Brattleboro Farmer's Market
- Patio Coffee
- duo Restaurant
Things to do in Brattleboro VT
Brattleboro has so much to see and do for everyone. Here is a list of some of the top activities you should check out on your visit to Brattleboro.
Catch a movie at the Latchis.
Built in 1938, the Latchis theater is a unique place to catch a film while visiting Brattleboro VT. The Art Deco theater is a one-of-a-kind in New England.
Upon walking into the theater you will be greeted by the amazing greek inspired decor. With four screens the theater features both classics as well as first-run films to choose from. And don't forget to get your popcorn and snacks before the show.
And if you want to make a night of it you can book a room at the Latchis Hotel which is an amazing experience in it of itself.
Visit Hermit Thrush for a flight of Sour Beer.
Have you ever had sour beer?
Whether you're a sour beer lover or completely new to sour beer you are in for a treat. While in Brattleboro make sure to check out Hermit Thrush and grab a flight of some of their amazing sour beers.
Sour beer is truly a wine lover's beer and what they are doing at Hermit Thrush is truly incredible.
Be sure to check out the Ginger Gin Barrel Saison which is aged in Gin Barrels.
Check out Gallery Walk in the Summer.
On Fridays in the summer months, Brattleboro hosts a block party called Gallery Work where the town comes out to play. It's an amazing collection of arts and entertainment for all to enjoy.
From live bands to juggling with NECCA (New England Center for Circus Arts), Gallery Walk is a great way to kick start the weekend. Shop for gifts from local artists, grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks or just enjoy the music into the summer evening.
Visit the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Located in a former train station the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center host an amazing collection of contemporary art.
What makes the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC for short), special is that is a non-collecting museum which means that they rotate exhibits every few months. This results in every visit feeling like the very first.
The museum has a total of six galleries which makes it the perfect place to spend the afternoon enjoying the new exhibits. They also host events so be sure to check the calendar.
Visit the Estey Organ Museum
The Estey Organ Museum was founded in 2002 to collect, preserve, educate and share the history of the Estey Organ Company.
Visitors can visit the Engine House Gallery where they will find instruments and memorabilia from the last 100 years. One of the highlights of the Estey Organ Museum is that it is a hands-on museum which means that visitors can actually play the reed and pipe organs. Something you don't see happening very often at museums.
Check out a show at the Vermont Jazz Center
Live Jazz is always a welcome treat and Brattleboro is lucky enough to be home to the Vermont Jazz Center where you can enjoy an evening listening to world-class Jazz.
Do a little shopping in Downtown Brattleboro
Take a stroll down Main Street in Downtown Brattleboro and you cannot help but feel surrounded by all the warm smiles, art and just welcoming vibe of Brattleboro.
From vintage finds to some of the best Middle Eastern food you'll ever have (we'll talk about that more later) there is so much right on Main Street it is hard to believe how they have managed to pack all these experiences into such a small area.
Be sure to visit the River Gallery School of Art. The school offers workshops and classes for children and adults. Its a great place to let your artistic juices flow. However, if you're lucky pop in for an opportunity to purchase one of the artist's works which are sometimes offered for sale to the public.
Take a Hike on the West River Trail
Vermont is one of the prettiest places to visit in New England. And one of the best ways to enjoy what Vermont has to offer is by going on a hike.
There are amazing opportunities for hiking in and around Brattleboro but one of the highlights of a visit to Brattleboro is the West River Trail.
What makes the West River Trail is that is easily accessible for anyone that is staying in Brattleboro. The trailhead is located right near The Marina Dockside restaurant.
The West River trail spans 36 miles from Brattleboro to West Dummerston and it takes you right along the West River.
During the summer there are several spots along the trail where you can actually access the river to cool off.
About three and a half miles from Brattleboro you will find a swimming hole where locals gather to cool off.
In the fall the West River Trail is a great place to connect with nature and enjoy the beautiful fall foliage.
Brattleboro Vermont Restaurants: Where to eat in Brattleboro
With so much to see and do in Brattleboro, I am sure you will work up a bit of an appetite. Luckily Brattleboro is a food lover's dream. So you will not be disappointed.
With so many amazing restaurants and eateries to choose from you will be delighted by the options.
So let's go on a food tour of Brattleboro, Vermont.
Brattleboro Food Co-op
Our first stop in the Brattleboro Food Co-op. Formed in 1975, the Brattleboro Food Co-op is community-owned and the perfect place to find amazing foods from in and around Brattleboro.
In addition to finding all the food items you may need to cook up the perfect meal, the Brattleboro Food Co-op is a great place to stop for lunch. The deli offers everything from warm food items, to freshly made sandwiches.
Right outside of the Brattleboro Food Co-op there are picnic tables where you can sit and enjoy your lunch with friends with a great view of the town of Brattleboro.
If you're looking for a unique and upscale dining experience then be sure to make reservations for T.J. Buckley's.
T.J. Buckley's is housed in a restored 1925 Worcester Dining Car, and with only 8 tables it is a great place to enjoy an intimate meal.
If eating in a dining car isn't cool enough, T.J. Buckley's offers a seasonal menu that features local and organic ingredients.
The menu changes so often they don't even have paper menus. Once you are seated the amazing staff at T.J. Buckley's will share with you what is on the menu for the evening.
During our visit to T.J. Buckleys, we had the opportunity to have the steak and scallops which were one of three entree options.
T.J. Buckeleys also has a great wine selection that goes very well with all of their meals.
They say breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and I have to agree. Before heading out to explore all that Brattleboro has to offer be sure to check out The Works. The Works Cafe offers quick service food items such as breakfast bowls, breakfast burritos, and egg sandwiches.
It is the perfect place to spot by for a quick bite however if you have time to kill grab a cup of coffee (and a book) and get comfy in one of the many nooks they have available.
They are also open for lunch where you can find a wide variety of options from macaroni and cheese to grain bowls.
Brattleboro Farmer's Market
If you are in Brattleboro on a Saturday the make sure to head over to the Brattleboro Farmer's Market located in West Brattleboro. The Farmer's market is open every Saturday from 9 am-2 pm through October 30th.
This is the perfect spot to spend a Saturday morning and early afternoon. Take some time to check out all the vendors. And come hungry. The farm tacos are absolutely amazing and a must-try.
Visiting Yalla is like visiting your favorite grandmother. You know the one that made all the yummy food. And I don't say that lightly.
Yalla brings Middle Eastern home cooking to the heart of downtown Brattleboro and both visitors and locals will agree that they have some of the best falafel you have ever tasted.
And if you're interested I will tell you why?
Everything is homemade, made fresh daily, and once it's gone it's gone.
Yalla specializes in vegan and vegetarians meals and is a lunch-only restaurant. They open at 11 am so make sure to get there early because they do sell out.
Make sure to get a pita stuff with falafel and hummus. You can also add a selection of veggies to your pita to really round out your meal.
And don't forget to grab a tub of their homemade hummus to take home. It is like nothing you've ever had.
Be sure to tell Zohar and Elle I said hi! They are absolutely amazing.
Hidden away behind an alley just off of Main Street, Patio Coffee is a local favorite. Not only are the coffee drinks absolutely phenomenal but it is a great place to meet and chat with the locals.
Overlooking the river the view isn't half as bad as well. Patio Coffee is the perfect spot to have your morning cup or to stop by for an afternoon pick me up.
Hands down the best brunch in town. Shhhh. Don't tell the others. This farm-to-table restaurant in downtown Brattleboro has taken brunch to another level.
Make sure to try the Two If By Sea Benedict which is made with Panko Crab Cakes. Or the VT Bacon Scramble which is absolutely amazing (and very filling).
If you fancy a beverage Pack Mule will make you never want to have a mimosa at brunch ever again. It is made with kombucha and lemongrass making it an amazing cocktail.
duo Restaurant also has a fantastic wine list and everyone is very knowledgeable.
Brattleboro VT Hotels: Where to Stay in Brattleboro
So you made it to Brattleboro. You have the perfect weekend planned. You know exactly where you're going to eat.
But where are you going to sleep?
There is only one place.
The Latchis Hotel
The Latchis Theater opens its doors in 1938. And since then it has entertained thousands with movies and live performances. The Latchis was designed to be a destination where visitors could visit and stay for the night.
Today the Latchis is one of a few art deco-style buildings in New England, making a stay at The Latchis a real treat.
The rooms at the Latchis embrace their art deco style throughout. From the hallways with terrazzo floors to the vintage-style tiled bathrooms.
The rooms are spacious and great for families and couples alike. If you can book a room with a mountain view where you will wake up to the sun rising over the mountain right across the river.
Things to do near Brattleboro Vermont: Visiting Grafton Vermont
With so much to do in the Brattleboro area, you may not have much time to venture elsewhere but if you are in Brattleboro for an extended weekend then be sure to head north to Grafton, Vermont.
The Grafton Inn
The Grafton Inn, located in the heart of Grafton Inn is not just a place to stay. It is an experience. Be sure to set aside for dinner here as their farm-to-table season menu is a true treat. And don't forget to have a little cheese and wine from Grafton Village Cheese Company.
Grafton Village Cheese Company
With locations in both Brattleboro and Grafton, the Grafton Village Cheese Company has been producing amazing Vermont cheddar and other cheeses since 1892.
While you can find Grafton Cheese in stores like Whole Foods all the cheeses are hand-made right in Grafton. They have a variety of cheese from aged cheddars to cave-aged cheese and even a Smoked Cheddar Chili (yum).
Brattleboro VT Weather
If you're wondering when is the best time to visit Brattleboro VT we will be voting the summer months. When it is warm and you can enjoy the outdoors. While it does get warm the mornings are relatively cool and great for hiking, while the warm afternoons are perfect for a lazy day on the river.
The Fall is also a great time of year to visit Brattleboro when the foliage puts on an amazing show. During the fall temperatures drop between 60-70 F.
A weekend getaway to Brattleboro Vermont
The time has come for you to get out of the city and visit someplace new. And, if it's a weekend getaway that sounds like fun to you, then we have just what you're looking for! Brattleboro Vermont is a small town with plenty of natural beauty on offer. You'll be able to spend your days exploring the outdoors or enjoying the amazing food scene. So let's go on a weekend getaway.
We have included the map below to help you plan.
What are you waiting for? Pack your bag. It's time to visit Brattleboro, VT!