Sometimes the best day trips are the ones where the drive is as awesome as the destination. The drive from Albany to Brattleboro, VT is an unexpected treat. It’s about a 90-minute drive, which you might imagine as being a typical drive along a highway. But as you make your way along the NY-7 E, you’ll begin a drive that makes you feel lucky, special, as if you were let in on a secret. You may have seen books and pictures of the amazing fall foliage of New England but it is something to be witnessed! The drive continues through NY for about an hour and then you head into Vermont, winding through part of the Green Mountain National Park along the VT-9. It's a drive so serenely beautiful that it should be experienced without concern for cars passing you, without news radio reporting on our economic woes, and definitely without cell phone conversations. Instead, put on your favorite music and take in the Northeast fall.
You'll pass through several small towns that may or may not indulge you to stop. One stop that cannot be missed is the Hogback Mountain Gift Shop. There, you can see a 100-mile view, and in the fall; it's the epitome of fall foliage. The gift shop is open year-round and it's a great place to pick up all things Vermont.
Once you arrive in Brattleboro, you’ll find a very small town that offers unique charm with fun shops, coffee houses, and bakeries. Mocha Joes, located at 82 Main Street, is a bohemian coffee shop that is the perfect place to sit back and relax. It offers a great atmosphere for people watching, conversation, or just to read the paper. Afterwards, walk down Main Street and wander in and out of shops offering local artwork and food specialty items, such as maple syrup and a variety of cheeses. Amy’s Bakery Arts Café, located at 113 Main Street, is nice stop for lunch where they make sandwiches on homemade bread, a selection of salads and soups, and of course, delicious baked goods.
After your exploring comes to a close, unwind and make the journey back home. After all, the drive is at least half the fun of this day trip.