Nestled in the Green Mountains of southern Vermont, Brattleboro has been named to Fodor’s list of 10 Best Small Towns in America. Brattleboro’s vibrant downtown is home to a thriving arts and culture scene and the nearby mountains offer a picturesque playground for outdoor recreation. This quintessential New England town offers the best of both worlds.
This progressive arts community boasts a downtown packed with fun coffee shops, bookstores, and art galleries. If you are interested in festivals, concerts, and performances, you will enjoy the year-round parades and celebrations. For outdoor enthusiasts, the Green Mountains offer plenty of opportunities for scenic hikes, kayaking, fishing, boating, and skiing. Brattleboro even has its own annual ski jump competition!
In addition to Brattleboro’s beautiful scenery and flourishing downtown, Optimum Permanent Placement happens to have a current medical position available here. When you explore the area (and, hopefully, consider relocation), be sure to check out one of the restaurants or attractions from the “top 10” list below!
Top 5 Dining
Dosa Kitchen – Chef Nash Patel met cookbook author Leda Scheintaub and together they forged a relationship of culinary perfection! Dosa, Chef Patel’s passion, is a South Indian crepe with a light, crispy texture and a slightly sour flavor. Huffington Post recognized it as one of 10 foods to try before you die, and CNN put it on its list of the World’s 50 Best Foods. After moving to Vermont, Patel and Scheintaub opened Dosa Kitchen. Here, they have brought together their love for dosa and locally grown food. The entire menu is gluten-free and GMO-free, with an emphasis on organic ingredients, humanely raised meat, and a plentiful supply of vegetarian and vegan options!
The Marina – Enjoy delicious waterside dining with a sunset backdrop. This restaurant offers a menu of fresh seafood, steak, burgers, and vegetarian options (not to mention homemade desserts)! Even if you aren’t hungry, they still have a fabulous selection of local beer on tap.
Peter Havens Restaurant – Check out this warm, tasteful restaurant that features wonderful cocktails and delicious entrees—with the perfect wine list for ideal pairings!
J. Buckley’s – This unique restaurant is in a restored 1925 Worcester Dining Car. Chef-owner Michael Fuller combines his classic French training with his own fresh twist! The rotating menu depends on ingredients that are local and in season. Enjoy a full menu of seafood and classic New American fare with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.
Whetstone – This beautiful, industrial-themed restaurant features a high-ceilinged dining room and two outdoor decks with views of the Connecticut River and Mount Wantasiquet. The menu is set to match the atmosphere. The amazing medley of homebrewed and international beers pair well with tasty appetizers, comfort meals, and perfectly grilled masterpieces.
Top 5 Attractions
Brattleboro Area Farmers’ Market – Explore this premier market featuring over 50 vendors of agriculture, handmade crafts, and tasty food. Enjoy the atmosphere, support local businesses, and delight in live music on Saturdays!
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center – This contemporary art museum focuses on living artists and cultural education. With six galleries of rotating exhibitions, there are about 15 to 20 total exhibitions each year. Beyond the contemporary art shows, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center hosts artist talks, workshops, film screenings, and family events.
Living Memorial Park – There is truly something for everyone here. Enjoy a perfect four-season playground for all outdoor enthusiasts! In the winter, visit the ski lift and indoor skating rink. Otherwise, check out the Olympic-size pool, baseball fields, and tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts. Then explore plenty of hiking trails and relax at one of the picnic tables.
Retreat Trails – This nine-mile trail network is open year-round for hiking, running, biking, and horseback riding. In the winter, bring your cross-country skis or snowshoes and hit the fresh powder!
Saxtons Distillery – Enjoy free spirit tasting at this locally sourced distillery that perfects small batches of Vermont spirits! The grand tasting room is open all week, and whether you’re interested in maple syrup, bourbon, or a coffee liqueur, you are sure to find something for your palate.
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