In case you didn't know, I love Vermont. There's just something about that state. Okay, so there are a lot of things: its progressive leanings, the incredible food scene, the scenery, the hiking, and so much more.
Living in northern Connecticut, we're pretty close to the Vermont border, so I'm hoping to do more exploring in the area now that the weather's warmed up. We recently headed up there for the day to do some food shopping and to get a bite to eat.
Brattleboro's one of those Vermont towns that has a small population with an urban feel. You can walk around town and take in a meal, some shopping, and a good cup of coffee. Over the last few years, Josh and I have made many stops in Brattleboro, since it's often been the halfway point on our road trips.
We've found a bunch of little spots that we've enjoyed over the years:
Mocha Joe's Roasting Company: 82 Main Street, Brattleboro VT
Coffee comes first. Stop at Mocha Joe's to fill your cup, then sit and enjoy the cozy space. If you don't do caffeine (I wasn't the last time we went to Mocha Joe's), grab a rooibos latte. The peanut butter fudge is also excellent.
The Works Bakery Cafe: 118 Main Street, Brattleboro VT
A bright and sunny atmosphere, good people-watching, and good bagels. They make a tasty hand-whipped cream cheese in lots of flavors, and we like the Works bagel, which is essentialyl an everything bagel.
Brattleboro Food Coop: 2 Main Street, Brattleboro VT
This coop is fairly new and really beautiful. Some favorites: the five pound bags of LoveBuzz coffee (yes, we bought a five pound bag of coffee beans), the bulk section, the local cheese options, the Red Hen Bakery breads, and the two local brands of kombucha on tap.
Brattleboro Village Pizza: 1155 Putney Road, Brattleboro VT
Two words: eggplant grinder. When Josh and I lived in northern Vermont we always stopped at Brattleboro Village Pizza to share a large eggplant grinder. This place is super casual and a great stopping point, as it's right off I-91.
Putney Food Coop: 8 Carol Brown Way, Putney VT
Okay, so this technically isn't in Brattleboro, but if you drive a little bit north of town, you'll find yourself in cute little Putney. We've stopped at this coop to grab lunch and a few provisions for the road, and also to visit the farmers' market that takes place right outside on Saturdays in the summer.