Marlboro is considered to be an isolated, cloistered, and somewhat cabin fever-inducing college. It is on the top of a mountain 20 miles from the nearest town. It gets cold and a little too familiar in the winter months. You can expect to see the same people every day, and "every day" literally means turn the corner, and there they are again. Students who live on campus tend to get a little itchy for outside interaction just about all the time. Luckily, the town of Brattleboro is just down the mountain. In this eclectic hippie village you can find all sorts of fun things. There is an enormous collection of bookstores, a handful of cafés, and lots of great restaurants. The most popular hangouts are Mocha Joe's Café, the Latchis Theater, the Twilight Tea Lounge, and Brattleboro Books. People often call Brattleboro the "Metropolitan Extension of Marlboro" because you can expect to see all of your classmates and teachers in town at any time.
Though convenient in many ways, Brattleboro is still 20 minutes from campus and is only big enough to sustain itself. Most everything closes before 7 p.m., and there aren't a lot of happening clubs or hangouts for students. With that being said, about 90 minutes away is the town of Northampton. There, you can find all the amenities that Brattleboro cannot offer.