Things to Do
Artsy. Charming. Historic. Now you can add “adventurous” to the list of adjectives that describe Brandon, Vermont. This small town nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountain National Forest has created Gateways to Adventure, a series of guides geared to aiding visitors and locals alike in the pursuit of exploration and enjoyment. Have a passion for road biking, hiking, or birding? Local experts have amassed all the insider info you need. How about music and the visual or performing arts, mountain biking, back country skiing, history, or architecture? They’ve got you covered. The same goes for the fiber arts, cross-country skiing, or in-town walking or running. There’s something for every taste and interest in Brandon.
Eleven different Gateway Guides are free and available at the Brandon Visitor Center, the Town Office, or the Brandon Free Public Library, along with many businesses around town. A dedicated website has all the information contained in the guides, plus lots of extras. Go to www.GatewaysToBrandon.com for downloadable pdfs and to see what all the excitement is about and to start adventuring!
Recreation can be found out the front door no matter where you are. Experience the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area, one of Vermont’s best-kept secrets located in the heart of the 400,000 acre Green Mountain National Forest, stretching from the western slopes of the Green Mountains to Lake Dunmore. Visitors to Lake Dunmore enjoy swimming, camping, boating, kayaking, and sandy-beached Branbury State Park. Golf one of the prettiest 18-hole courses in Vermont at the Neshobe Golf Course.
Winter activities include snowshoeing (you can do it anywhere), downhill skiing at nearby Killington and Pico Resort, or Sugarbush, Mad River Glen (“Ski it if you Can”), or Middlebury College’s Snow Bowl, and cross-country skiing just up the road at Blueberry Hill Ski Center. A romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through Vermont’s backroads is a favorite pastime.
The Arts in Brandon surround us, so much that the Governor called our town the “Art and Soul” of Vermont. Stop by and view the art of world famous Warren Kimble and +50 other talented artists at the Brandon Artist Guild in downtown Brandon. Check out our Arts and Antiques section for a full list and description of the area’s Galleries and Antique Shops. Two local wineries practicing the “art of the grape” have open wine tastings on a regular basis.
Music Events are held throughout the year at venues such as the Brandon Town Hall, Brandon Music, Compass Music & Arts Center and outdoors in our parks in the summer. The biggest festival of its kind in Vermont is held in July each year, the Basin Bluegrass Festival.
Every Wednesday night in July and August, the expansive lawn behind the Brandon Inn and next to the Neshobe River, will be the site of the Chamber of Commerce free concerts for our community. The warmth of the late-day sun on your face . . . the swell of music and the smell of popcorn carried on an evening breeze. We have an eclectic line-up of bands on tap. Come on out and relax with some quality music with your friends and neighbors. Let the kids run around while you relax on your lawn chair and listen to enjoyable and family-friendly performances!
In summer on Fridays, make sure you stop by Farmer’s Market for the freshest products and crafts. Brandon has a few active farms which welcome guests. Get close to alpacas or goats or pick up farm fresh goodies from Wood’s Market Garden and nursery items at Good Earth Farms.
History is everywhere here in Brandon. Since 1761, Brandon has been a destination town. The Brandon Museum at the historic Stephen A Douglas Birthplace is the best place to begin a self-guided historic walking tour and a way to see many of the 243 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Brandon is a study in early American architecture and Vermont history. When you are out driving or biking, see if you can find the area’s four covered bridges! The New England Maple Museum is a treasure-trove of all things “maple” including learning the history of making maple syrup and gift shop. There are a number of other nearby museums and historic sites. Visit the Phonograph Rooms at Compass Music and Arts Center– This exhibit offers fascinating insight into the history of recorded music in the home. The exhibit features “talking machines” from 1890 to the 1970s, with regular demonstrations and the opportunity to listen to great recordings of the past- both classical and popular. A display of antique radios and TVs is also included. http://www.phonographroom.org/
There is no better place to hold your special Celebration, especially a Vermont destination wedding, than in Brandon, Vermont. Brides and grooms are discovering Brandon for their special day at Brandon Inn, Café Provence, Swallow’s Nest or The Lilac Inn and families are holding reunions and special anniversary parties in the area. We have the chefs, activities, and lodging plus year round outdoor recreation activities to make everyone on your guest list happy! How about a massage or spa service? Join townspeople for Brandon’s terrific special events. Vermont’s largest Independence Day Parade is right here in Brandon. The Great Brandon Auction, Yard Sale Day, and Make Your Own Leaf Person Day are other favorites.
Relocate here. Brandon has an excellent inventory of available real estate, residential and commercial, historic and modern. Learn more about moving to Brandon, starting a new business, or moving your existing one. We have excellent prime retail space available for lease or purchase right in our high-speed-internet-accessed downtown. We offer the potential for financing opportunities. What do we need? What type of businesses are we looking for?