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A flight of sample ales and beers at Whetstone Restaurant

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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Sign pointing to great fall hiking trails in the autumn woods

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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Old barn in Vermont rural side surrounded by fall foliage

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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Historic Downtown Brattleboro

Explore Downtown Brattleboro

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Historic Downtown BrattleboroThe heart of Brattleboro lives in its vibrant downtown filled with quirky shops, excellent restaurants and artsy vibe. Surrounded by beautiful forests, mountains and the shimmering Connecticut River, there’s plenty of outdoor activities here. However, the charming historic downtown is worth many days and nights of exploration. The shopping choices are way beyond the usual fare and invite treasure hunting for unique gifts. While fantastic dining options include coffee shops, cafes and romantic restaurants. For evening entertainment choose between catching a movie, relaxing to live music or enjoying a play. An artistic flare is seen everywhere, and Brattleboro not only has a monthly gallery walk but an impressive art museum. There’s always a new cafe or shop to discover in the alley nooks or hidden upstairs in the classic brick buildings.

Just a short walk from downtown Brattleboro find a tranquil retreat at the Inn on Putney Road Bed and Breakfast. Our expansive gardens creates a peaceful sanctuary that’s still close to all the attractions. Visitors can’t help but relax in our French Provincial manor with 6 luxury guest rooms. Reserve your private suite and plan a spring or summer Brattleboro getaway.

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Block Of Aged Cheddar Cheese

Visit the Grafton Village Cheese Company in Vermont

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Block Of Aged Cheddar CheeseVermont cheddar cheese is known to be one of the best in the world. Come visit where it all started in 1892, at the Grafton Village Cheese Company. Sample their award-winning cheddars, made with local raw milk and cave-aged for up to four years. Step back in time at the historic Village of Grafton, and learn about the centuries old cheesemaking traditions. The quaint town is a picture postcard of an idyllic New England village. Stroll the tree-line streets, and explore the two covered bridges over babbling brooks.

The Grafton Village Cheese Company makes a great day trip from the charming town of Brattleboro. It’s only a 45 minute trip to Grafton Village and it’s a lovely drive. Then find the Inn on Putney Road Bed and Breakfast just blocks from Brattleboro’s lively downtown. This beautiful, French provincial manor has all the comforts and elegance expected in a premium Bed and Breakfast. Book your luxury guest suite with us today and plan a Vermont getaway this spring.

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farmers market supplied by farms in Vermont in the winter

Explore the Brattleboro Winter Farmers Market

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 farmers market supplied by farms in Vermont in the winterBrattleboro doesn’t let winter shut down their bountiful farmers market. In fact, it becomes the community gathering place every Saturday to warm up and support the local farms. Dozens of vendors from area farms, food producers, and artisans set up stands in this welcoming indoor market. Stroll through the festival-like atmosphere with live music, and the delicious aroma of bread, coffee or even dim sum wafting through the air. It’s a great place to pick up snacks before hitting the ski trails, or a unique gift to take home. The Inn on Putney Road offers a serene setting, just a short walk from the farmers market and downtown. Guests enjoy luxury suites with private baths and a gourmet breakfast every morning. Plan a winter getaway to Brattleboro and explore the ski slopes, snowshoeing trails and our amazing winter farmers market.

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