Local Area Attractions
This corner of Vermont, with easy access to northern Massachusetts and southwestern New Hampshire, offers attractions for all ages and lifestyles. Choose from places that create thrills, inspiration, relaxation, fulfillment, joy, and memories.
Retreat Petting Farm
How would you like to hold a newly hatched chick? Feed a one ton oxen? Groom a miniature horse? Play with baby goats and lambs? Feed the piglets? Visit with the farmer? Drive toy trucks? Play in the old silo? And receive a kiss from a majestic llama! You can do that and much more at the Farm.
Open Memorial - Columbus Day
Wednesdays - Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 pm
Sundays 12 - 4 p.m.
Also open Mondays over Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day weekends from 12-4 p.m.
Next to Grafton Village Cheese Co. and Retreat Trails
Grafton Cheese Company - Brattleboro
Our Brattleboro Specialty Cheese & Wine Shoppe is located close to Route 91, across from the river and next to the Retreat Petting Farm. A visit to our Brattleboro store includes an opportunity to watch our cheddar being made via our viewing area.
"The store is pretty big inside and has a variety of cheeses that they make on site and they have samples available of all of them. So no need to wonder if you will like it or not or if paying extra for the 2 year aged over the 1 year aged is worth it or not. They also stock a wide range of cheeses from other local Vermont companies and farms. I picked up some fresh goat cheese as well that was awesome.
In addition to cheese they had Vermont wines (which I never realized existed) and selections from every brewery in Vermont I have ever heard of. They also had lots of other food products and trinkets made in the area."
Gallery Walk in Brattleboro
The first Friday of every month is Gallery Walk in Brattleboro from 5 to 8:30 PM. Around 40 individual sites, including galleries, museums, and eateries show off local artist works. Those works include photos, paintings, sculpture, glass, and novelties.
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Make your Own Glass Creation at Brandywine Glassworks
Making your own piece of handblown glass can be an adventure. Robert Burch is an experienced teacher and will guide you through your first glassblowing attempts. Call him to schedule an hour to work with him in the studio. No experience necessary. Make a paperweight that you can pick up the next day. Located nearby in Putney.
Brandywine is one of seven local glassworks studios in southern Vermont. Others can be found at www.vermontglassguild.com.
Basketville and Putney Mountain Winery
Basketville is a vast old barn in Putney full of handcrafted items for the home. We specialize in the Vermont lifestyle and in baskets from around the world. Were also the home of Putney Mountain Winery wine tasters welcome! We hope youll make our landmark store part of your next Vermont vacation. Open 7 days/week. www.basketville.com
West River Trail - a New Biking and Walking Resource along the River
From the lower section of the West River Trail! In case you didnt know, the Friends of the West River Trail (FWRT) now has the right of way for the land from the old West River Railroad bed from the parking area near the Marina in Brattleboro to the old quarry on Rice Farm Rd in Dummerston!
Great area to see birds like this blue heron.
Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market
The Brattleboro Area Farmers' Market is Southern Vermont's premier farmers' market featuring over 50 vendors with agricultural products, crafts, live music and animals and ethnic foods from around the world. Whether you are local or a tourist, you can stop by to get your weekly produce and grab a quick lunch, or come with your family and stay for the day! Opens early May.
Southern Vermont Natural History Museum
The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum endeavors to foster an interest in nature, the environment and the natural sciences through exhibition, research and educational activities. The museum displays one of New England's largest collections of native species along with live animal exhibits, ecology, geology and natural history exhibits. With nearby access to over 600 protected acres of hiking trails, the family fun and adventure can continue outside.
The museum is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm seven days a week from Memorial Day to October.
Okemo Mountain Resort's Adventure Zone
A scenic hour's drive away from the Brattleboro North KOA you'll find Okemo Mountain Resort's Adventure Zone. This southern Vermont attraction excites kids and adults alike with its many Ziplines, Aerial Thrills, Disc and Mini Golf, Segway Trails, and the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster- Yankee Magazine's pick for Best Downhill Ride in New England. When planning your visit don't forget to check for festivals, fairs, live music, or any of the many other events held at Okemo Mountain throughout the summer.
Bromley Adventure Parks
Mountain Adventure Park encompasses all you've always loved about Vermont's Summer Adventure! The Alpine Slides, Trampoline Things, Climbing Wall, Mini Golf, Space Bikes, Giant Swing, Big Splash Waterslide, Twin Spin, Scenic chair lift rides and Kidzone fun park for the little guys are great for a whole day of fun on their own!
If that's not enough, our NEW Aerial Adventure Park is scheduled to open in July! Climb, glide & slide through the canopy on 5 different courses of ropes, ziplines & bridges. Explore Bromley from a whole new angle!
Sun Mountain Flyer is a 50 mph, half mile long thrill! They have 4 tracks of straight up awesome flight to satisfy your craving for adventure!
Visit their website for more information and e-coupons.
White Water Rafting and Funyaks
Crab Apple Whitewater is pleased to bring you five different white water rafting adventures. River rafting trips range from mild to WILD, full or half-day in rafts and inflatable kayaks. From beginners to more experienced rafters, they will enjoy taking your family down these beautiful rivers. Their beautiful base camp is located on the banks of the Deerfield River along the Mohawk Trail in Charlemont, MA which is 45 minutes from the campground.
Vermont Country Store, Rockingham, Vermont
"The Purveyors of the Practical and Hard to Find" This second Vermont Country Store in Rockingham dates from 1967. Conveniently located just off Interstate 91, Exit 6, it too contains intriguing merchandise, antiques and curiosities. Explore the grist mill, water wheel, and covered bridge, and then walk nature trails that wind through 81 acres. See www.vermontcountrystore.com for hours.
Connecticut River Cruise
Just 20 miles from the Brattleboro KOA is Northfield Mountain, MA. There you can board the Quinnetukut II, Northfield Mountains 44-seat riverboat. The "QII" makes 12-mile round trips through the enchanting French King Gorge, and on to historic Barton Cove home to nesting bald eagles and the site of a former dinosaur track quarry. An on-board interpreter narrates each cruise, offering information on the culture, habitats, and natural history of this spectacular stretch of river.
Monadnock Region in SW New Hampshire
The focal point of the region is Mount Monadnock. It is known as the most hike mountain in North America and the second most hike mountain in the world. (Japan's Mt Fuji is #1) There are also great attractions and tax-free shopping in the area. The small city of Keene has a great downtown and is home to the fall famous Pumpkin Festival the last weekend we are open for the year.
Gaines Farm Corn Maze
The maze is a fun, family adventure sure to challenge all ages. It is an intricate design of pathways in which you navigate through to find the end. Come out to the beautiful farm and marvel at the amazing agricultural feat as you make your way through 7 acres of living walls of corn stalks over 10 feet high!
Admission to the maze includes the corn maze, baby animal barn, pumpkin bowling, corn toss, hay jump and a ton of family fun!
Haunted Version Weekend Nights in October- Vengeance in the Valley in 2014.
Spofford NH The lake offers two public beaches: North Shore and South Shore. The North Shore beach offers lifeguards during part of the summer and is open from 9 am to 9 pm daily - there is no admission. The sandy beach offers both sun and shade and is rarely crowded. There are bathrooms, grills and picnic tables. If you prefer the south shore, and more amenities, choose Wares Grove Beach. The large sandy beach is great for toddler and teens with shallow water for a long way out. You'll find a concession stand, volleyball court, basketball, tetherball and a swing set. Wares Grove is open from 9 am to 9 pm, with lifeguards on duty until 6 pm. There is a small admission fee. In addition to swimming, Spofford Lake is a favorite destination for boaters, with one boat launch and a yacht club. It also boasts an island to visit with no houses, only a rope swing.
Harriman Reservoir, also known as Lake Whitingham, on Route 100 near Wilmington, is the largest body of water completely within Vermont's borders. It was built by New England Power Company as part of their hydro-electric system and finished in 1923. Over eight miles long, with 28 miles of winding coastline, the lake provides hours of relaxing fun for swimmers, boaters and fishermen alike.
High Country WaveRunner & Water Sport Rentals. Owned and operated by local residents Mark and Wendy Pederson, visitors can rent waverunners, jet boats and pontoon boats for use on Harriman Reservoir. 802-464-2108
Brattleboro Country Club
With roots stretching back to its founding in 1914, but a feel as contemporary as its 2000 remodeling, the Brattleboro Country Club is a 18-hole jewel of southern Vermont, member-owned but open to all who care to stroll its inviting fairways.
The Wayne Stiles-Steve Durkee design offers golfers the best of all possible worlds--variety as well as challenge, in a routing that skillfully blends short and long holes, elevated tee shots and daunting uphill treks, one potentially drivable par-4 and exciting par-3s, all in routinely superb conditioning in the wooded beauty of Vermont.
Book tee times on line.
Pine Grove Springs Country Club
Located near Spofford Lake on Route 9A in Spofford, New Hampshire. We offer the most affordable golf
in the region. Open to the public, this old-style 9-hole course will test the best golfers abilities and nurture
the beginning golfers development. Come play the game as it was 110 years ago and enjoy the scenery,
the wildlife, and the friendly atmosphere.
Family Fishing Opportunities in Southern Vermont
Your kids are growing up so fast it wont be long before theyre on their own. What memories will you be able to share with them? Chances are they wont remember their best day of watching television, but take them fishing and youll make memories you can share for a lifetime.
Vermont offers many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors while fishing with family and friends. Weve asked our experts, our fishery biologists, to compile this list of family-friendly fishing opportunities. Weve chosen locations across the state where kids can take their parents fishing and have an excellent chance of catching some fish using simple techniques.
Kids under the age of 15 can fish without a license and there is a special fishing license for youths 15 to 17 years old. Free Fishing Day, June 14th, 2014; anyone can fish in Vermont without a license.
On-line license link: https://www.vtfwdsales.com/online/index.php
Open Once Again! Adams Family Farm
The petting farm and farm store will be open Wed-Sun 10am-4pm. Come visit, pet, feed and interact with our various animals including: chickens, sheep, turkeys, horses, goats, pigs, rabbits and kittens! Agricultural demonstrations will include; bottle feeding kid goats, cuddling with kittens and baby bunnies, sheep herding with our Border Collie-Flash, and other activities!
Scenic Tractor Pulled Wagon Rides
Rainbow Trout Fishing Saturday mornings
Evening Wagon Ride and Bonfire Parties
Arts and Entertainment
Brattleboro has been voted among the 25 best arts destinations in the cities under 100,000 category by American Style Magazine for numerous years and is listed in John Villani's book, "The 100 Best Art Towns in America." Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Vermont Theatre Company, New England Youth Theater, Brattleboro Music Center, Yellow Barn Music Festival, Friends of Music at Guilford, Vermont Jazz Center, Marlboro Music Festival, many art galleries.
Kringle Candle Company
The original Kringle Candle retail store opened in October 2010; the destination shopping experience now includes Kringle Christmas Barn, the Farm Table restaurant and the Chocolate Cottage. Michael Kittredge II, the 59-year-old father of the family, and his 21-year-old son Michael Kittredge III are collaborators in the new company. The father is formerly of Yankee Candle, which he founded, turned into a booming business, and later sold.
The complex is in Bernardston MA, just one exit off of I91 into Massachusetts from Vermont.
Yankee Candle Company and Bavarian Christmas Village
South Deerfield, MA is the birth place and flagship store for this famous candle company. There you will find an unbelievable mix of history, shopping, entertainment and dining. A visit here combined with Historic Deerfield is a full day of fun! See their website for hours and events.
Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens Monarchs Restaurant The newly expanded 8,000-square foot conservatory houses nearly 4,000 native and tropical butterflies year round. It is also home to many plants and a pond with a small waterfall and brilliantly colored Japanese carp, called koi. Visitors are delighted with the many different varieties of butterflies swooping gracefully amidst the plants and flowers.
Old Deerfield Village
Situated on a 330-year-old, mile long street, Historic Deerfield preserves and interprets the architecture, artifacts and lifestyle of a prosperous early New England town. Historic Deerfield is a family friendly museum with many offerings for "kids" from 8 to 80. The Children's History Workshop provides a variety of learning experiences, as well as a space where children and grown-ups can relax. See their website for schedule.
Green Mountain Spinnery Mill Store
Welcome to Green Mountain Spinnery Natural Fiber Yarn - A Worker-Owned Cooperative in Putney, Vermont.
Since our founding thirty years ago we have been designing and producing richly colored, must-touch classic and contemporary yarns. To this day, our goals remain unchanged: to create yarns of the highest quality, to help sustain regional sheep farming, and to develop environmentally sound ways to process natural fibers.
Store, guided tours, and special events.
Weekend Flea Markets
The Wilmington Antique & Flea Market Routes 9 and 100 SouthWilmington, VT
Saturdays and Sundays, seasonal. This flea market is open weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from May through October, weather permitting. It's been in operation for more than a quarter century. About 50 vendors.
The Newfane Flea Market is open from 6am through about 2 pm on Sundays only. It is located a short and beautiful scenic ride up Route 30 after crossing the W. Dummerston Covered Bridge. Just north of the town center, the market comes up on your right hand side. Parking and admission is free and plentiful and food is available. No pets are permitted on the grounds. Over 50 vendors.
Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home, Manchester VT
His father was born in a log cabin and called from the humblest rank in life to preside over our nation during the most momentous period of its history. One generation later, Robert Todd Lincoln, the only child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to adulthood, became Chairman of the Pullman Company, the largest manufacturing corporation at the turn of the 20th century. He built his Georgian Revival mansion in 1905 in the scenic village of Manchester. It became home to only Lincoln descendants until 1975, longer than any other Lincoln residence. It is the Great American Story. The estate includes the mansion, farm, trails, and gardens. Tours daily.
The Battle of Bennington took place on August 16, 1777, during the Revolutionary War. A victory for the American forces, the Battle of Bennington marked a turning point for America in their quest for independence it was the first of several triumphs that forced the surrender of the British forces. Although the battle is named for Bennington, the fighting took place just over the border in New York.
Visitors and locals alike can ride an elevator to the top of the Bennington Monument for panoramic views of the valleys and the hills of Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. The stone monument, which is about 306 feet (about 93.3 meters) above the streets of Bennington, marks the site of a critical supply depot during the Revolutionary War.
American Precision Museum, Windsor VT
This museum celebrates the invention of industrial design and production. It is housed in a large brick armory built in 1846 for the manufacture of guns and machinery using the "American System" of precision mass production. 2011 Exhibits include "From Muskets to Motorcars" Combine this with Fort #4 for a complete day of history and adventure.
L.A. Burdick Chocolate Flagship Store, Cafe, and Restaurant
Our homebase café on Main Street in arcadian Walpole, New Hampshire offers an extensive variety of pastries and drinks in a serene environment - the perfect setting for reading, writing, and visiting with friends. Walpole is also the location of our chocolate and pastry production.Step into the café and you just might find yourself walking out with one of our elegantly striped bags, filled with chocolates and pastries - perhaps a classic wooden box of chocolates or our signature chocolate ganache birthday cake or one of our whimsical holiday gifts.Next door, The Restaurant at Burdicks presents quality ingredients, an imaginative menu and impeccable service along with a distinctive wine list.
Walpole Mountain View Winery
Wine tasting at Walpole Mountain View Winery can be quite a learning experience, whether it's your first ever sipping or ever visiting a winery, or whether you've traveled the world of wines for many years. The varieties that have become available for cold-climate areas have just begun their voyage, and you can be on the cutting edge of the many new wines that are now possible in one of the places that was formerly deemed too cold and harsh for such activity.
In the winery, you will have the opportunity to do a wine tasting. After entering, you can purchase a wine glass with our custom logo. With the purchase of our glass, you will receive six complimentary samples from any of our available wines. To help guide your decision, you will be given a tasting sheet which will describe each wine available. The tasting sheets go from dry to sweet and white to red.
Might you enjoy the experience of picking grapes in an amazing New Hampshire vineyard with mountain vistas? They invite a limited number of people into the vineyard each September/October to help harvest. Begin the day approximately 8:00 am, pick grapes for a few hours while enjoying the breath-taking views, and end work some time between noon and 1:00pm with a hardy harvest lunch and wine tasting. You must be 21 to participate, and be fairly able-bodied to walk our hillsides throughout the vineyard.
Fort #4, Charlestown New Hamphire
The Frontier of the 1730's Flowing 410 miles from the north all the way to the Long Island Sound, Connecticut means Long River in native Algonquian. Along with the Indians, colonists utilized it as a major route for trade. European powers also used it for the movement of troops during the French and Indian War era. Land grant No. 4 was located where the Black River comes in to the Connecticut, about 60 miles north of Deerfield, Massachusetts. Squarely in the path traveled by Indian hunters, the Massachusetts Land Grant No. 4 was positioned at a crossroads of rivers and overland routes; a strategic location that would give the settlement a key role in the events from its establishment through the American Revolution. Experience a day in the life of an 18th century settler at The Fort at No.4 Living History Museum. See their website for schedule including encampments.
Windsor VT Take a guided tour of the brewery on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. The recently renovated Harpoon Riverbend Taps and Beer Garden, located in the same building as the brewery itself, offers a full selection of beers straight from the source along with delicious food. The Brewery Store has a wide range of Harpoon apparel and merchandise.
Antique Stores in Southern Vermont
.As it turns out, Southern Vermont has a lot of them. From 18th and 19th century formal and country American furniture to quilts, hooked rugs and other textiles, drive around the area and youll come across many storybook towns rich with serenity and antiques. 50 miles from Manchester are more than 75 dealers, hidden in the Dorset, Arlington, Bennington, Danby, Wallingford, Wilmington, Chester, Newfane, Brattleboro, and many others, on and off routes 7, 9, and 30. Though the trend is American and fine country furniture, youll also find tramp art and similar rustic items, European, as well as Scandinavian items.
Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts, Chester Vermont
Grand Opening May 5th, 2012.
VTica is a Gallery-Museum-School dedicated to supporting the innovative contemporary artist, creating an inviting space to engage the community through diverse thought-provoking art works and events.
The Gallery provides artists the opportunity to exhibit their finest works to collectors and art enthusiasts in a newly modernized facility located in Chester, the heart of South Central Vermont.
The Museum holds and celebrates a growing permanent collection of work that speaks to the creative impulse in us all.
The School offers art instruction to youths and adults, as well as residential studios for artists who are looking to participate in small group retreats.
Cheshire Fairground Antiques and Bargain Center
From Yankee magazine:
Our favorite flea market is at the Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey, New Hampshire, and we think of each visit as a treasure hunt. Youll park on an unpaved, often mud-laden driveway, walk on cement floors in low-ceiling rooms, get blasted by a heating/cooling unit that is itself an antique and inadequate for the space. But youre there for the hunt. This unpretentious multidealer shop holds an endless variety of stuff: toy trucks, tables, tools, tins, toasters, lanterns, linens, lamps, quilts, paperweights, pottery, prints, hatboxes, furniture, fishing tackle, cookie jars, jewelry, bottles, model boats, even baby shoes. And what the locals know is this: The dealers have to vacate the premises every July for the six-day Cheshire Fair, when the building is used for food and flower displays. Rather than move everything out and back in again later, they give serious discounts: 25, 30, even 50 percent off! Still, any time of year, its worth a visit, or, depending on what youre looking for, a treasure hunt.
Stone House Antique Center
Stone House Antique Center is Southern Vermont's largest and most active antique consortium with an ever-changing array of antiques, from the rustic to the refined. Join us for our "Dealer Day" on the first Tuesday of every month, featuring special, one-day sales with many of our in-house dealers on hand ready to wheel and deal!
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.
Closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Bonnie's Bundle Dolls
Handmade dolls, doll-making classes in this charming Stone Village home.
Since 1968, Bonnie Watters has been designing and making old-fashioned cloth dolls with hand-embroidered faces dressed in layers of calico. Each is one-of-a-kind, signed and registered.
Her gallery typically has 100 dolls for sale. Bonnie also creates special occasion, holiday dolls and teaches doll-making courses. She has made and sold more than 13,000 dolls.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Gallery at the VAULT, A Vermont State Craft Center, Springfield
The Gallery is housed in a restored 1908 bank and showcases the work of 125 artisans from Vermont and the region.
"We serve the community as an educational resource with our schedule of workshops and lectures. We serve our artist community by providing a venue for their work. Both the gallery and the gift shop carry only original, juried, handcrafted local and regional artwork."
Shelburne and Turners Falls, MA
A great and inexpensive day can be spent in Shelburne and Turners Falls, MA. (About 45 minutes from the campground)
The Bridge of Flowers: www.bridgeofflowersmass.org
Trolley Museum: www.sftm.org
Great Falls Discovery Center: www.greatfallsma.org
Lexington and Concord - History of Freedom and Culture in New England
One of the best places to visit in the fall is the Lexington and Concord area in Massachusetts. The American Revolution began here on April 19th, 1775 when the Minute Men challenged the British. Paul Revere was arrested by the British here on his famous ride to warn the colonists of approaching British. The natural landscape is beautiful and the preserved historic homes, battle road, and museums offer a full day of exploration. Concord also has the maintained homes of literary greats Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Nathaniel Hawthorne that are open to visitors. This area is less than two hours from the campground.
Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top 10 Events and Other Festivals for 2014
Come and be a Vermonter for a weekend, or more, and celebrate with us the finer things in life such as the seasons, sustainable agriculture, visual arts, music, and literature. See the complete listing under Events - local. The list is current as of January, 2014, so be sure to use the given websites for updated information.