Small Town; Big Character ~ Brattleboro, Vermont

Are you wondering what to do this Spring Break? How about taking the kids to a town not too far from your own house and do some exploring? I love exploring new towns and places, and especially ones with big character like Brattleboro, Vermont. My daughter had a gymnastics meet this weekend in Brattleboro, a small town in Vermont just over the border from Massachusetts. After the meet we decided to go downtown and check things out. It was such a small, quaint mountain mill town. There were shops along the Main Street. They had outdoor-wear stores, coffee shops, used bookstores, sports stores, restaurants, boutiques, antique shops, and much more.  Vermont definitely has its own  feel, and I love it!
The hilly streets and brick buildings added character to the town, along with the mountainous background and bridges over the river. I also saw Bed & Breakfast places close-by. This would be a great little getaway from the suburbs and city. It reminds me a lot like Eureka Springs, AR and Nevada City, CA. Both are quaint little mountain towns with shops and restaurants. 
Brattleboro is still recovering from the floods caused by Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. Some shops have flood pictures and recovery and renovation shots as well placed in their windows. As we live only 2 1/2 hours from here in Rhode Island, I’m sure we will be back again.
 What is your favorite quaint town to visit?


  1. that looks lovely ;) so peaceful

  2. Cute! I love Vermont!

  3. Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.

  4. downtown newport, RI

    we live closeby but never travel there to get out of the car and investigate the stores.

    spent a night in brattlebobo and remember the basket shop. they should offer a place to sit and watch them being made. i like to watch trades people do their crafts.

  5. I LOVE Brattleboro. You need to check it out in the summer. They do the painted animals like some other New England towns. I believe it is moose. Different painted ones with different themes all around town.

  6. How cool! We live not that far from Brattleboro and I agree is a nice town. Come check out Castleton some day!

  7. Small towns are quaint. How small is it, like population wise? I’d love to go to a very small town, like village size (under 200 people) sometime.

  8. Love finding small towns like this when we are out on our travels!

  9. That is a lovely small town. I love to visit Cannon beach, or seaside oregon. They are so much fun!

  10. OH my gosh how cute is that town!!
    Stopping by from the Alexa hop. I would love it if you could stop buy my blog when you have time.

  11. Looks like a wonderful place to visit. I love Helen GA. All time favorite small town to visit. I am stopping by via Alexa Tour. Following by GFC and Linky. Please come visit me too at

  12. What a cute town! I also love that you combine travel with kids’ activities. My oldest will be starting to look at colleges soon and I’m planning to combine travel with college visits.

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