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Old 01-17-2007, 07:38 PM
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OK all you out there: We are stuck between these two. Both have their virtues, but we want to learn as much as we can. If you had to choose, which city and why?
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Old 01-17-2007, 07:56 PM
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Default Brattle vs. Burlington

oops I'm tired, meant Brattleboro...
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Old 01-18-2007, 06:42 AM
Location: Vermont
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Bratt & Burlington are completely different. Burlington is more of a "city". The city itself only has about 40,000 folks, but the metro area is somewhere between 150-200K.
Burlington has an great airport - Jet Blue, Delta, Continental, United, and USAIR serve the airport. It's easy in and easy out. Burlington has fairly good shopping opportunities with a couple malls and your typical big box development. Burlington is the economic "hub" of Vermont - most of the state's banks are HQ'd here. Job opportunites are best here.
Burlington is also home to the University of Vermont, Champlain College, and St. Mike's College. Awesome skiing within an hour. The Lake in the summer.
Brattleboro is a small town of approx. 12,000 people. There is a small hospital and a couple big boxes - Home Depot and a WalMart just across the river in NH. Brattleboro has a very artsy, liberal feel - moreso than Burlington IMO.
Brattleboro sits on the CT River and is on the border of both NH & MA. For major shopping most people head south to the Holyoke area.
Hopefully someone more local can chime in on Bratt.
Don't know where you are coming from, but if it's a city, I think you'd have much less culture shock in the Burlington area.
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Old 01-18-2007, 07:04 AM
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I don't think you can go wrong with either place, both are beautiful. Burlington does offer more ammenities if that is what you are after, but it's colder too. Brattleboro definately has more of the small town feel. What are you looking for?
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Old 01-18-2007, 09:47 AM
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Having visited both I'd take Burlington hands down. Both are charming, but Burlington has more potential: skiing is better in northern Vermont (think Stowe) than southern (think Stratton). Burlington has a cool airport, Brattleboro doesn't. From Burlington $50 one way and an easy one-hour hop flight on JetBlue puts you in NYC. From Brattleboro the drive to NYC is over three hours easily and not much cheaper with the cost of gas. Burlington is also two hours from Montreal which is a city maybe more interesting than Boston which is two hours from Brattleboro. The Connecticut River is beautiful for Brattleboro, but the views in Burlington across Lake Champlain of the Adirondack Mountains is mind-blowing. Brattleboro has some cool independent stores, but so does Burlington on Church Street, plus it has all the great national stores in an indoor shopping center downtown. There are many more high paying jobs in Burlington. I could go on.
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Old 01-18-2007, 09:57 AM
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I have spent considerable time in both Bs.

Burlington is larger, for sure, but not as quaint as Brattleboro. Burlington's shopping is spread out considerably, although the downtown, once a pleasure is walkable. It now seems to be one name-brand after another. Yes, good schools, and probably far more jobs, but I prefer Brattleboro--10 to 1.

Brattleboro still retains that New England feel and although it is smaller has most of what a person needs or wants. Just down the highway is Western MA with lots of great shopping, with nothing to spare. Just up the road you have places like Putney with a great art community.

It's all a matter of what you prefer in ambiance
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Old 01-18-2007, 12:15 PM
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Thanks everyone for your input. Originally we were looking in OR, and I was browsing that forum daily, but it seems like meth is a big problem there. Also, there were many complaints about education being underfunded.
The truth is, we have family nearby in other states (we live in RI), so VT is more realistic. We enjoy hiking, the arts (esp. dance), baseball(and there is a Washington Senators team right near Burlington). One of my kids is autistic, so I am looking for services. My other child has a lot of experience acting, so I am looking for film/theatre opportunities. I thought Burlington might be better in that regard, since it is close to Montreal (we drive 3.5 hours to NY often for filming, or Boston, which is only an hour).

I like the small town feel of Brattleboro, yet it seem to have plenty of culture right there, without having to drive far. Then again, my husband needs to be near an airport for his job, so Burlington is probably a better choice. It does seem like we can get a bigger piece of land in/near Brattleboro. Burlington, though colder, seems to get more sun, which is a big plus. I've been there years ago and loved the walk along the water downtown. My husband also wants to be near hospitals and colleges/universities for future work opportunites. So we have a big list!
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Old 01-18-2007, 12:46 PM
Location: Vermont
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Sounds like the Burlington area is what you are looking for. You don't have to live right in town...you can look in outlying areas. Richmond is nice, Jericho, Underhill, Hinesburg.
The Flynn Center for the Arts has lots of programs for kids, including acting. There was just an article in the Burlingotn Free Press about Burlington High's drama program and some their alumni who are now successful stage actors in NY.
We do have the Vermont Lake Monsters, a single A affiliate of the Washington Senators. The team is very popular and the games are a lot of fun, especially for kids. UVM also has a baseball team. UVM's basketball teams and hockey teams pull in large crowds as well.
Can't help you with info about Autism, though I know there are some "support" groups (for lack of a better term) in the area. I bet if you google "autism" and "vermont" you'll find some info.
Re: about the sun...I'm not so sure of that. It's pretty dang gray here all winter, though today is nice and sunny. I read somewhere that the Burlington National Weather Service Station is the 2nd cloudiest in the country.
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Old 01-18-2007, 01:13 PM
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Brattleboro baby:

The best Farmers Market in the world

a ski hill in a town park

a great co op

awesome movie house

awful veggie restaurant

great coffee houses


near putney vt and the best diner in the world, Putney Diner and the bookstore there is great too, ok bbq

near the forests and hiking and skiing
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Old 01-18-2007, 01:44 PM
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Vter: I got my precip. info off this website: http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/pcpn/vt.gif

If someone wants to check out other states, just delete vt in the address and substitute another, i.e. OR.
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