315 Market St., Portsmouth
Yes, a day-trip to Vermont is doable.
Brattleboro beckons artists and country enthusiasts alike. Vermont’s oldest town, which sits on the southern tip of the Connecticut River Byway, is only a two-hour drive from Boston and lays claim to a vibrant visual and performing arts scene and lush local produce.
Galleries, studios, and museums in and around downtown Brattleboro open their doors to art aficionados on the first Friday of each month for Gallery Walk. Download a walking map and discover these artsy locales on foot.
Visit the Brattleboro Farmers’ Market on Saturdays (Route 9 near the covered bridge) and Wednesdays (Whetstone Pathway on lower Main Street) through October. You will find various vendors selling fresh fruits, organic vegetables, baked goods, and handmade accoutrements.
Grafton Village Cheese offers a daily sampling of specialty cheeses. While you’re there, take a peek at cheddar being made by hand. Next door, get in touch with rural life at Retreat Farm. The property operates an animal farm and holds history as being part of a large psychiatric hospital. Pet a pig and groom a horse through Columbus Day (weather permitting). For an outdoor experience year-round, bring your boots and bicycle to Retreat Trails for more than 9 miles of wooded recreation.
400 Linden St., Brattleboro
350 Linden St., Brattleboro
At Cortland Hill Orchard in West Brattleboro, you can expect to pick batches of Macintosh, Cortland, Empire, Northern Spy, and other heirloom varieties. “We’re small, but beautiful if you want a low-key experience,” said Nancy Miller, who owns the family-run farm with her son, Dean. Miller also sells ready-picked peaches which are grown onsite and homemade jams, jellies, and pickles.
72 Miller Road, West Brattleboro
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