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Brattleboro, Vermont

Downtown Brattleboro -artist's impressionBrattleboro is the first Vermont city you hit when you head north on Interstate 91 from Massachusetts. Brattleboro also borders New Hampshire with its tax free shopping. (I like to call it duty free!)

Nestled between the West and Connecticut Rivers, Brattleboro and the surrounding villages, provide visitors with an extraordinary variety of indoor & outdoor activities, arts & entertainment. A short drive away, in the warmer months, enjoy hiking, canoeing, horseback riding or horse-drawn carriage and hay rides. In winter, downhill and cross-country ski areas are easily accessible, or take in the exquisite beauty of a fresh snowfall from a horse-drawn sleigh.

Of course, no matter what season brings you to Southern Vermont, the Brattleboro area offers the best in visual and performing arts, cultural events, unique gift shopping and dining to suit every taste.

Notable restaurants include Capers, Peter Havens, 39 Main, Max's and the superlative T.J. Buckley's. The fanciest bar in the area is the Metropolis Wine bar with its pricey, powerful martinis and extensive wine list. The local brewpub, McNeils, brews some of the best strong beer in the country, though it's uneven batch to batch.

Brattleboro hosts a number of art galleries and stores including Vermont Artisan Design, the largest store of original artworks in the area.

The Brattleboro Food Cooperative, a natural foods store and deli holds claim to being Vermont's first certified organic retailer. The Co-operative and is considered to be one of the biggest in New England.

Brattleboro is a unique town that is best savored slowly. This region hosts some of the best small inns and bed and breakfasts in the state in towns like Guilford, and Putney .

Preferred Lodging

Green River Bridge House
2435 Stage Road
Guilford, VT 05301

Built in 1830, this charming B&B once housed the Green River Post Office and is nestled against the meandering river that gave it its name. It is luxurious in comfort and sensuous in visual appeal. Every room is a warm embrace of soft colors, fine antiques and other unique furnishings. The Green River Bridge House offers three beautiful guest rooms; The Bridge Room, The River Room, and The Sunrise Room. Each room includes a private bath, unique decor, a lovely view, and a few interesting antiques. The house also includes a few other public areas including a living room, a formal dining room, a den/game room, and an afternoon tea and snack clutch.


From Interstate 91, Exit 1, Brattleboro.
South on Route 5 for 1.4 miles.
Right onto Guilford Center Rd.
Go 4.7 miles.
At fork, right onto Stage Rd.
GRBH is 2.5 miles on left, just before covered bridge.

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1868 Crosby House
175 Western Avenue
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Come "off the road to this Italianate Victorian home built in 1868 by mill owner Edward C. Crosby as a wedding gift for his son. Lovingly restored to grant you every amenity, we are committed to making your visit an occasion for relaxation and renewal by offering the perfect setting for a peaceful, romantic respite from the busy world. Each bedroom is a private retreat decorated to reflect the genteel lifestyle of the 1800's with family heirlooms and collected antiques. These replicas of the past are carefully coupled with the comforts of the present by offering working gas fireplaces, private baths, air conditioning, televisions and VCR's, cassette/CD players, personal bathrobes, specialty toiletries and luxurious bed and bath linens.

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