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Brattleboro Museum and Art Center Displaying 5 Intriguing Exhibits

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Back view of woman looking at an interactive exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum and Art CenterThe Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, located in the heart of downtown Brattleboro, also serves as the art hub for the community. Founded in 1972, BMAC contains six very active galleries in its historic Union Station building. They take pride in rotating exhibits about every three to four months. This not only keeps a visit there fresh and exciting but adds up to 15 to 20 art shows a year. In addition to showcasing works of talented artist, the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center also hosts dozens of concerts, art talks, workshops and film screenings. When visiting charming Brattleboro for a vacation, be sure to check out the fascinating art and events at the museum.

The current exhibits display the wide range of styles and materials used to create an interesting art experience. The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center shows opening in the new year will immerse you in installation creations, sculptural abstract paintings, and a retrospective of an ever evolving landscape artists. Open your eyes and mind to some truly intriguing exhibits:

  1. María Elena González’s Tree Talk – The gallery is transformed into a multimedia experience using video, sound, drawings, and collage that celebrates the graceful birch tree.
  2. Doug Trump’s By Rail – A local Vermont artist repurposed window trim and sash boards into layered and textured abstract paintings with sculptural elements.
  3. Fafnir Adamites’s Interfere – Another installation piece, but created by sculpting textiles of felted wool and burlap. The large dark and weighty art conveys a sense of overwhelming oppression.
  4. Gordon Meinhard’s The Lives of Tables – While this is a series of still life paintings, done in an expressive style, the subjects come to life, vibrating with energy and personality.
  5. Observed/Abstract – This retrospective of painter Thelma Appel, a founder of the Bennington College Summer Painting Workshop, takes visitors on a journey through her artistic progression. 

Brattleboro loves its “artsy” reputation and there’s no better place to see this creative culture than the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. Whether you’re visiting to ski, hike, or bike while staying at our lovely New England town, the BMAC is a must see during your stay. The elegant Inn on Putney Road bed and breakfast offers superior accommodations within walking distance of Brattleboro’s lively downtown. Wake each morning to a gourmet breakfast with views of our serene wooded setting. Reserve your beautiful guest suite with us today for a picture perfect Vermont vacation in 2020.

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10 Best Things to do in Brattleboro VT for a Perfect Vacation

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Strolling the historic downtown and shop one of the fun things to do in Brattleboro VTWhen planning the best things to do in Brattleboro VT on your 2020 vacation, understand that each season offers its own unique attractions. However, Brattleboro’s charming, lively downtown always provides great shopping, entertainment and dining year-round. A winter vacation means wonderful snowshoeing and skiing on miles of scenic trails. The scent of sweet maple syrup wafts through the air at the beginning of Spring and the waterfall hikes are at their most stunning. As the days warm up, a biking tour through the countryside will keep you cool or enjoy activities on the water. Of course autumn means the most brilliant and stunning fall foliage covers the landscape, the busiest time of the year for our small town.

The list of wonderful things to do in Brattleboro VT makes an ideal vacation in the new year, no matter what your interests. At the center of all the great activites find a serene retreat at the lovely Inn on Putney Road bed and breakfast. Our guests enjoy a park-like setting that is walkable to Brattleboro’s fun downtown. Our unique French Provincial manor has everything needed for a perfect, relaxing vacation. Sleep in luxurious comfort each night in an elegant guest suite and wake to a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning. Reserve you room with us today and treat yourself to a romantic Vermont escape in the new year. 

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The Latchis Theater, Brattleboro’s Hub for Great Entertainment

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Rows of seats at Latchis Theater with lights on stage.The elegant Latchis Theater has been the hub of Brattleboro art, culture and creativity since 1938 and it continues this role today. The Latchis family built the theater with the vision of it becoming a “Town Within A Town—Under One Roof.” Not only did it bring the latest in art and culture to the Southern Vermont region, the building itself was a creation of artistic beauty. Brattleboro prides itself on the vibrant creative community and dedication to supporting the arts in all forms. When the old Latchis Theater became available in 2003, a group of committed volunteers seized this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save the historic building. The group, the Brattleboro Arts Initiative (BAI), worked tirelessly on the renovation. Today the Latchis Theater has been restored to its grand movie palace status. 

Brattleboro’s quaint, lively downtown is full of great cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops. The artistic and creative core of this wonderful town can be seen everywhere. Brattleboro galleries, art museum, and many live entertainment venues make it a wonderful place to vacation. At the center of it all is the Latchis Theater, an elegant space, for movie matinees and live performances. After a day exploring the beautiful Vermont countryside, cozy up in the red velvet seats at the Latchis Theater for a night of entertainment.

A short walk from Brattleboro’s charming downtown, discover a tranquil retreat at the Inn on Putney Road. Our beautiful bed and breakfast, with expansive mature gardens, offers an elegant, contemporary French decor setting. Guests in our 6 luxury suites enjoy private baths, serene views and a gourmet breakfast each morning. Plan your romantic, Vermont escape this winter with your loved one today.

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3 Top Reasons to Dine at Whetstone in Brattleboro Vermont

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A flight of sample ales and beers at Whetstone RestaurantThe Whetstone restaurant has the distinction of being a local and visitor favorite in charming Brattleboro Vermont. The amazing location, overlooking the gorgeous Connecticut River, makes it the preferred hangout for residences and those vacationing in Brattleboro. However it’s also a destination and beloved for the dizzying choices of New England beer. With an on-site brewery of their own and a rooftop biergarten, they have created beer heaven on earth. Lastly the food exceeds pub food expectations, giving standard fare a gourmet twist. 

The co-owners of Whetstone, Tim and Amy Brady, were busy running Inn on Putney Road bed and breakfast when a rare opportunity popped up. The cherished Riverview Café became available for purchase. Joined by David Hiler the three decided to take the plunge and buy the restaurant. After a lot of hard work, remodeling and renovations, the new Whetstone restaurant opened. Its wonderful view, beer, food and reputation make it the place to go when vacationing in Brattleboro.

John & Cindy Becker, the current innkeepers at the Inn on Putney Road, invite you to stay at their elegant bed and breakfast when visiting Brattleboro. The tranquil setting is walkable to the city’s lively downtown yet feels like a private retreat. The 6 generous guest suites offer all the comfort and luxury expected in an exceptional bed and breakfast experience. Relax in the lush, mature gardens, play a game of pool or sip a glass of wine in front of the living room fireplace. Each morning wake to a two or three course gourmet breakfast that will have your ready to explore Brattleboro and the surrounding New England countryside. Reserve your perfectly appointed guest room today.

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Great Fall Hiking Trails Near Brattleboro, Vermont

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Sign pointing to great fall hiking trails in the autumn woodsEvery autumn Brattleboro prepares for a flood of visitors in search of great fall hiking. It’s no wonder since the glowing foliage transforms the landscape and enhances the natural beauty of the area. Mountain summits, riversides and wooded hikes become magical treks through the vibrant seasonal colors. When looking for a fall hiking vacation, Vermont has everything for an ideal getaway. Not only do visitors have endless choices of great fall hiking trails, but also quaint towns with history, culture and wonderful restaurants. Brattleboro offers the very best expected in a charming New England town and even more. The historic downtown, overflows with artsy shops, cozy cafes and excellent restaurants. After exploring the great fall hiking, treat yourself to a romantic dinner and a movie at the elegant Latchis Theatre.

At the center of miles and miles of scenic hikes and walking distance to lively Brattleboro, find the Inn on Putney Road Bed and Breakfast. This French Provincial manor, nestled in explansive, mature gardens that have direct access to the Hogle Wildlife Sanctuary trail. This picturesque, one mile trail leads to a 3.5 acre bird sanctuary. This lovely walk ends at the Retreat Trails with 9 miles of forested trails with views of a historic farm. Our guests also enjoy our large, comfortable rooms with private baths and classic decor. Wake to wonderful garden views and a delicious, gourmet breakfast. Book your great fall hiking getaway at the luxurious Inn on Putney Road Bed and Breakfast. 

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Plan Now for the 2019 Fall Foliage Season in Brattleboro

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Old barn in Vermont rural side surrounded by fall foliageThere’s no equal to the brilliant and beautiful fall foliage colors of New England. The quaint, historic towns, charming farms, and cover bridges create the most idyllic fall scenery. Bed and Breakfasts all across Vermont fill up quickly during the peak autumn color months and Brattleboro is a very popular destination. Here visitors have access to amazing fall foliage hikes, drives and views, along with a fun, lively downtown. After a day of soaking up the stunning landscape, spend the night at a romantic Brattleboro restaurant or cafe. Stroll the unique, artistic shops or catch a movie at the classy Latchis Theater. While the Inn on Putney Road is a pleasant stroll to the city’s center, the tranquil location feels like a secluded retreat. Wake up each day to lovely views of our mature garden with expansive grounds. Our generous guest suites and hearty breakfast create the perfect Bed and Breakfast experience. Reserve your fall foliage getaway with us today and see Vermont at its most magical.

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Visit the Madame Sherri Forest in Brattleboro

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forest trail leading into spooky foggy woodsAdd a little mystery when hiking near Brattleboro, Vermont and visit the Madame Sherri Forest. The Ann Stoke Loop Trail offers an easy 2-mile hike through a hemlock forest and leads to the ruins of Madame Sherri’s Castle. Once a grand home built in the 1902’s, that hosted many wild parties in its heyday. Now the mansion’s massive stone staircase reaches only to the treetops and makes for very interesting photographs. After exploring the other remains of the home, extend your day of hiking on other linking trails that lead to wonderful overlooks and views. 

Return from your trip through the forest, and relax at the tranquil setting of the Inn on Putney Road. Our exceptional Bed and Breakfast is a unique French Provincial manor with 6 luxury guest rooms. Wake each morning to a delicious full breakfast and enjoy the beautiful garden views. Our peaceful retreat is just a short walk to lively downtown Brattleboro with great shops and restaurants. Reserve your suite with us today and discover the region’s colorful past. 

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Hiking at Wantastiquet Mountain Natural Area

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Hiker at summit arms outstretched The Wantastiquet Mountain Trail offers Brattleboro visitors everything needed for a perfect day hike. This short round trip hike, just under 4 miles, packs a lot into it. Located within 520 acres of beautiful woods, the path features a waterfall, unobstructed panoramic views at the summit and opportunities to connect with several other trails. A day of hiking can be as long or short as you like and the exploration possibilities are endless. At the Inn on Putney Road, our private location surrounded by mature trees and gardens offer a serene, tranquil setting. However, guests will find the lively Brattleboro downtown just a short walk from our front door. Spend your days hiking the mountain trails or relaxing at our quiet retreat, then explore the fun Brattleboro bars and restaurants in the evening. Our unique French Provincial manor has 6 luxury guest rooms each with private baths and a classic, comfortable decor. While our wonderful gourmet breakfasts will have you ready for another day of exploring. Reserve your beautiful guest suite with us before the summer months slip away.

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Peach Melba French Toast ala Inn on Putney Road

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One of our signature breakfast dishes is our Peach Melba French Toast.  This guest favorite is a twist on a classic dessert with an interesting back story.

The Peach Melba is a classic dessert, invented Nellie-Melba_lgin 1892 by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel in London to honor the Australian soprano, Dame Nellie Melba.  Escoffier created his new dessert, and displayed it in an ice sculpture of a swan. The swan carried peaches which rested on a bed of vanilla ice cream, topped with spun sugar. In 1900, Escoffier revised his creation for the occasion of the opening of the Carlton Hotel, where he was head chef.  In his updated version of the dessert, he omitted the ice swan and topped the peaches with raspberry purée.

We have taken inspiration from this wonderful ice cream treat to make a special breakfast for our guests.  So, here is the recipe for you to make this delicious breakfast at home.peaches and raspberries

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 Tsp water
  • sliced peaches (fresh or canned)
  • sliced bread (enough to cover 9×13 baking dish)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon, or to taste
  • fresh raspberries
  • Raspberry coulis

Peach Melba French Toast

  1. In a saucepan, melt butter and add water.  When melted, add brown sugar and bring to  a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Pour the brown sugar mixture into a 9×13 baking dish and spread to cover bottom of dish completely.
  3. Place peaches in layer over brown sugar and cover completely with sliced bread
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon.  Pour mixture over bread.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, or until bread is golden brown.
  6. Carefully cut and lift out pieces, flipping them over so that peaches are face up.
  7. Drizzle raspberry coulis over french toast and place fresh raspberries on top.

 

When selecting bread for this recipe, I recommend that you choose a heartier bread with a little more body than white bread.  I commonly use 12 grain, oat nut, or thick cut french bread.

I hope you enjoy serving this dish to your family and friends!

– John

Scenic Cycling Tours from Beautiful Brattleboro Vermont

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Close up of hand on bike handles looking out at a serene valleyDiscover the freedom and flexibility of self-guided cycling tours in the stunning Vermont countryside around Brattleboro. Unlike expensive, rushed guided biking tours, Diverse Directions offers the ease of setting your own pace and choosing your own accommodations. Cyclists get all the support of big tours but without being locked into limited start or end dates. In other words, you get to choose your own schedule, route and who cycles with you. And all the routes are well researched, with easy-to-read written instructions, and downloadable GPS map.

It’s no surprise they offer a large selection of tours that begin in and around Brattleboro. The Brattleboro-Bellows Falls Hub & Spoke Tours takes advantage of this lively town’s proximity to the pristine landscape. The Inn on Putney Road is proud to offer our wonderful guest suites through the tours’ list of Brattleboro Bed and Breakfasts. Our park-like setting is very private yet only a short walk to the energetic downtown of Brattleboro. Our relaxing, luxurious rooms and gourmet breakfasts will have you rested and ready for another day of biking. Book your Brattleboro summer vacation filled with scenic cycling tours through the lovely Vermont countryside.

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