Brattleboro & Southern Vermont
The Vermont state motto, “freedom and unity,” captures the spirit of what it’s like to live in the green mountain state.
Known for its open-minded attitude, independent shops and businesses, and sprawling natural landscape, Vermont is the kind of place where you can live and let live. It’s also the kind of place where you know your neighbors, where small-town events like harvest festivals draw big crowds, and where grassroots organizing is alive and well.
Marlboro College is located in southern Vermont, 90 minutes from Hartford, Connecticut (the nearest airport), two-and-a-half hours from Boston and four hours from Montreal and New York City. The campus is tucked into Vermont’s scenic hills in the small town of Marlboro, 10 miles from the vibrant community of Brattleboro, rated one of the “10 Best Small Towns in America” by Fodor’s.
Vermont offers students many opportunities for enjoying the rural flavor of New England throughout the year. Winter in Vermont means snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and sledding, while spring brings maple sugaring, wildflower walks, and whitewater rafting. In the summer there are swimming holes, mountain biking trails, and more farmers’ markets per capita than any other state. Autumn is time for pressing cider, local harvest fairs, gawking at the amazing fall foliage, and visiting Vermont’s more than 100 covered bridges.
Town of Brattleboro
The vibrant town of Brattleboro, Vermont, with a population just over 12,000, is 20 minutes from Marlboro’s rural campus. Brattleboro is a regional center for art, commerce, and technology, listed in the top 10 in the book The 100 Best Art Towns in America, with many galleries, music venues, bookstores, and performance spaces to experience. Among the blocks of historic red-brick buildings you can find cozy cafes and four-star restaurants featuring local fare and international cuisines, including Indian, Korean, Turkish, and Italian.
Some of the highlights in Brattleboro include a monthly Gallery Walk, and a lively farmers’ market every Saturday during the warmer months. The Latchis Theater is one of several popular venues for music in town, and also one of the few surviving art-deco theaters in New England. In February, there is a world-class ski jumping competition at Harris Hill, the only Olympic-size ski jump in New England and a Brattleboro tradition since 1922. In March, the annual Women’s Film Festival showcases documentary and feature films and events all over town, highlighting women’s issues and their place in the arts. In June, the town is the site of the Strolling of the Heifers, the world’s only parade of flower-bedecked calves led by future farmers, and in October the town is abuzz with the Brattleboro Literary Festival.