Brattleboro is locked in the southeaster side of Vermont and is the oldest city in the state. It has an estimated population of 12,000 people, making it one of the larger cities in the state, and happens to be situated along the beautiful Connecticut River. No matter where you go in Vermont you’re likely to be impressed by the beauty of the region – and Brattleboro is no exception to the rule.
One of the biggest draws to Brattleboro for most visitors is the city’s thriving arts community. It has been called one of the best small arts towns in America, and boasts a population of artists to support the claim. If you happen to be in town during he first Friday of the month, you should definitely check out the Gallery Walk, where galleries, artists, and organizations all open their doors to the public so that anybody who would like to can stop by for free and check out the latest developments in the artistic community. The town also contains the Brattleboro Music Center, the Vermont Theater Company, the New England Youth Theater, the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus, the Brattleboro School of Dance, and the New England Center for Circus Arts! With so many artists in many different venues celebrating the myriad of art forms out there to be enjoyed, you are sure to find something that tickles your artistic side in Brattleboro.
In addition to the visual arts, there are lots of other things to be enjoyed in this beautiful, laid-back city. If you like books, be sure to check out the Brattleboro Literary Festival that’s occurred each fall since 2001 and is still going strong. Harris Hill is one of the more famous ski venues in the area, and it holds a ski-jumping competition every February. If you like to ski, it’s a great place to test your skills and enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere of the town during this time.
There are many things to see and do in Brattleboro. Be sure to make it a stop on your next trip to New England! You’ll probably end up staying longer than you originally expected!