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The One and Only


The one and only Brattleboro dances on the edge of Vermont - an urban arts oasis nestled in the foothills, where you can find cows on parade, the Metropolitan Opera, and world-class aerial circus arts all living comfortably in a vibrant, historic downtown.

The heart of Brattleboro is the thriving downtown community of independent merchants offering the most unique combination of local and global retail, dining, and service experiences in a compact 3 block footprint that hugs the Connecticut River.

Brattleboro is consistently recognized as a top destination with Arts and Entertainment that rivals any big city and draws thousands of visitors every season. As a Designated “Historic Downtown” we have inspiring architecture and interesting stories around every corner, while numerous local colleges and a bounty of outdoor recreation keeps us young!

Downtown Brattleboro is host to some of the most unique festivals, parades, and experiences around, not just in Vermont, but anywhere. Whether it’s the “Strolling of the Heifers”, the annual Halloween “Littles on Parade”, the “Literary Festival”, Monthly Gallery Walks, or one of the many Art, Film, and Dance Festivals, Main Street is always humming with energy.

Noted for our fine jewelers, thriving thrift stores, high-end furniture, bookstores, eclectic galleries and nearly endless live music, there’s even more to be discovered. Award-winning chefs and an emphasis on high-quality and local foods make dining a priority. Local breweries and coffee roasters round out foodie delights, and for “DIY”, there’s the local year-round Farmer’s Markets and Food Co-op.

Bordering the Connecticut River, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, Brattleboro is an ideal day-trip or weekend getaway - an easy drive from NYC, Hartford, Boston, and Burlington just off I-91. For more information, visit The Downtown Brattleboro Alliance.

Brattleboro is accessible by train on Amtrak's Vermonter line, which now offers carry-on bike service. Click here to see local travel details and amenities that support a car-free vacation for train travelers.

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Brewery Challenge

Small state. Big beer. Vermont's brewers are making magic. The Vermont Brewers Association invites you to go on a tasting tour & discover for yourself.

Vermont Culinary Experience - Burger night at Bread and Butter Farm.

Vermont Culinary Experiences

Vermont’s scenic roadways lead to delicious, local cuisine by artisan chefs, creative food companies and passionate farmers.This six-day itinerary offers a sumptuous smorgasbord of Vermont agrarian and food experiences. Hungry for more? More Vermont culinary tours are at DIGINVT.COM.

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