Brattleboro, VT, USA

Brattleboro, VT, USA

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Beautiful border town wears its art on its sleeve

When you book a Brattleboro vacation rental, you'll find yourself in the midst of a charming New England town. Tucked away in eastern Vermont, at the confluence of the West and Connecticut Rivers, Brattleboro borders New Hampshire to the east and is just a 20-minute drive north of the Massachusetts state line. Budding artists call the picturesque village home, drawn by the siren sound of its numerous galleries, museums, and performance spaces. There's no shortage of outdoor recreational activities either, as nearby mountains offer ski resorts and area parks provide a variety of year-round activities.

Forts, festivals, and fun times in Brattleboro

Culture vultures will love downtown Brattleboro's monthly Gallery Walk, when local artists showcase their latest work. No matter what time of year you book a Brattleboro vacation rental, you're sure to coincide with a special event, such as the Winter Carnival, the Brattleboro Women's Film Festival, or the Brattleboro Free Folk Festival. Sports junkies should visit the Harris Hill Ski Jump, home to major competitions every year. Get your own workout in at Fort Dummer State Park, a 218-acre space with hiking trails, or at Stratton Mountain's ski resort, just 45 minutes away.

Bring the curtain down on a day filled with art and activity

The Vermont Jazz Center is a local favorite and stages concerts and workshops, so if you want to embrace your inner musician, it's the place to go. Kids will enjoy shows produced by the New England Youth Theatre, while adults will be entertained by the Vermont Theatre Company, which stages everything from classic to contemporary shows. Cultural excursions continue at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. If you're trying to be more active, Living Memorial Park features an Olympic-size pool, baseball fields, hiking trails, playgrounds, picnic facilities, and tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts. In the winter, the park also offers opportunities for ice skating and skiing.

Brrrrr! Blustering blizzards in Brattleboro

When it's time for winter, Brattleboro can get up to 92 inches of snow each year. Yes, you read that right. Daytime highs in the winter typically hover near freezing, with lows dipping into the teens. On the flip side, summers are hot and humid, with temperatures in the mid-80s, but heavy showers and thunderstorms are pretty common. Springs are mild with highs in the 60s and 70s, but you'll be dodging raindrops in May, typically the wettest month. Fall is a popular time for booking Brattleboro vacation rentals, as the region sees colorful foliage and comfortable daytime highs in the 50s and 60s.

Down on the farm and up in the mountains, nature runs wild

The town's 2 main waterways, the West River and the Connecticut River, flow past lush, fertile farmland. Some working farms in the area are open for tours, giving you the chance to see dairy cows at work and petting zoos filled with sheep, goats, chickens, and pigs. The surrounding countryside is also dotted with maple trees, which are tapped into to make Vermont's famed syrup. You could also check out the Green Mountains, a rugged region with waterfalls, cliffs, ponds, and lakes. While hiking through the mountains, keep an eye out for wildlife such as black bears, mountain lions, and elk, while falcons circle overhead.