Brandon's natural beauty makes it a popular venue for weddings, sports and scenic outings. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy Lake Dunmore, Neshobe Golf Course and the close proximity to the Green Mountain Recreation areas. Hike, bike or enjoy a stroll through downtown. The most thorough resource to date is Brandon's Gateways project: a comprehensive collection of all Brandon has to offer from birding to architecture and everything in between. ( The Brandon Chamber of Commerce is also a fantastic resource.) You will find unique shops and inviting places to dine. Grab a copy of The Reporter-the local newspaper- for local listings of events. Don't miss the entertainment at Brandon Music. Dinner is available before the show which you are certain to enjoy....remember to reserve in advance. Brandon Music is the new home of Barn Opera. Opera enthusiasts are sure to enjoy opera in such an intimate setting. Compass Music and Arts Center is another must see. It is a hidden gem; art, music and food under one roof, a roof with quite a history of its own. If your timing is right, you may be able to take a cooking class with Chef Barral. Check the Cafe Provence site for more information. Gourmet Provence sells wine, baked goods and local food products. Stop in for a cafe au lait and a sticky bun....then climb the stairs to The Home Shop. You will enjoy the creative wares and design ideas for your home. ( Wonderful rugs. ) Visit the Brandon Artists Guild to view fine art and craft; wonderful place to browse and gift shop. And for those who want to maintain their yoga practice: www.brandonyogacenter.com . Located on Route 7 just north of Arnold District Road, basic, hot, restorative and chair classes are offered. Brandon is centrally located 75 minutes north to Burlington and its airport: www.btv.aero and 25 minutes to Middlebury College: www.middleburysnowbowl.
Killington Mountain: www.killington.com is approximately 35 minutes away. And for cross-country skiers: Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton. Shelburne is 45 minutes north. Visit Shelburne Farms for a special day of farm tours and cheese tasting. The Shelburne Museum is an all day affair-worth it just to view Monet's Haystacks in an intimate setting.
For a very special dining experience a short drive away is The Backroom. Located in the back of the Pittsfield General Store, two tables for ten are set in front of the open kitchen where chef Kevin Lasko cooks amazing meals. Make new friends in this communal dining experience but be sure to make reservations!! Dinner served on weekend nights beginning in November and ending in March.
Beer drinkers will love visiting the Foley Brothers Brewery here in Brandon: www.foleybrothersbrewing.com for hours and exact location. Also Red Clover Ale has opened downtown-bring your own food to enjoy with their selection of beers.
Like to drive? Use the Gypsy Guide app to tour route 100. You will be directed to stop at sites along the way including places to sample delicious Vermont made food products.
Crossing the border to/from Canada? Check usborder.com for up to date information about crossing points/documentation/regulations.
For something completely different: Visit Wilson Castle in Proctor. An unexpected 32 room home on 115 acres in rural VT.