What to do – Rainy Summer Weekend


So you’ve finally arrived on your vacation… but it’s raining.  Don’t worry though, Southern Vermont has plenty of indoor rainy-day activities to keep you occupied in less-than-ideal weather situations.  In Wilmington, check out Memorial Hall Center For The Arts.  Featuring local live music and arts in a beautiful historic hall, MHCA’s schedule of performers is sure to include something to please everyone’s taste.  While in Wilmington, be sure to visit Bartleby’s Books, an independent bookstore located right in downtown, which offers books for every interest, and a regular schedule of visiting authors and children’s activities, and grab lunch from one of Wilmington’s many restaurants.


Visit the town of Brattleboro, named one of Smithsonian Magazine’s Best Small Towns of 2012.  Experience the richly artistic atmosphere: Brattleboro is full of art galleries, boutiques, antique shops, and a wide variety of restaurants.  Catch a movie at the beautiful art-deco Latchis Theatre, check out one of the many unique exhibits at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, or get a drink and see live, local music at one of Brattleboro’s bars, (such as Barnaby’s).  For a fantastic theatre experience, visit the New England Youth Theatre, or the Actors Theatre, just 20 minutes outside of Brattleboro in Chesterfield, New Hampshire.


In the other direction, the town of Manchester offers a mix of designer outlets and local stores for a unique shopping experience that combines the convenience and sophistication of a city with the picturesque, classic feel of a New England village.  Manchester is also home to the Northshire Bookstore and Cafe, one of Vermont’s largest independent bookstores, as well as numerous gourmet restaurants and museums such as Hildene, the historic home of Robert Todd Lincoln.

ROADTRIP – For those who want to travel a little further, the Yankee Candle Village and Flagship Store in South Deerfield, Massachusetts, offers a variety of activities.  Mass MoCA North Adams, Massachusetts, one of the premier contemporary art museums in the country, and always has something captivating, regardless of weather.


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