Brattleboro Museum & Art Center’s ARTravel programs offer exclusive guided trips to Spain, Cuba, and California Wine Country

BRATTLEBORO — Brattleboro Museum & Art Center's new ARTravel programs offer art enthusiasts unparalleled opportunities to expand their horizons through guided small-group trips to Spain, Cuba, and California Wine Country.

Visit the great museums and art destinations of Spain with acclaimed artist Eric Aho and author Tim Weed as your expert guides.

Or join Weed and fellow travelers for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Cuba, where every day will feature encounters with Cuban artists, musicians, dancers, academics, and entrepreneurs.

If you love wine, let geologist, author, and wine expert David Howell be your guide to California's great wine-producing valleys.

Registration for all three trips is limited, and deadlines are approaching. Interested parties are encouraged to apply early. More information is available by contacting Melanie McDonald at 802-257-0124, ext. 109, or visiting

“The Art of Spain: A Creative Adventure,” with Eric Aho and Tim Weed, runs June 2-10, and is designed for artists, writers, and enthusiasts of any level of aspiration, experience, and accomplishment.

With journals and sketchbooks in hand, participants will use their artistic expression as a way of interpreting and savoring the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of Spain. Beginning their journey at the capital city of Madrid, travelers will tour some of the world's finest museums containing a wealth of the country's long artistic heritage. Registration deadline is March 7.

Head south on Nov. 3-10, to explore a vibrant scene in “Contemporary Cuban Art: A People-to-People Travel Program.” This trip features informal daily encounters with talented Cuban artists and will immerse travelers in Cuban culture.

Participants will meet with members of artists' cooperatives in Havana and Cienfuegos to discuss their work, the role of art in Cuban society, and the interplay between art and politics. They'll also visit artists' studios and galleries, hear street music and performances, and spend time visiting Havana's world-class Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, with an informative Cuban art expert. Registration deadline is Aug. 1.

Wine lovers and those interested in the art of winemaking will delight in The Wines of Northern California: An Exploration of Terroir, running April 3-9.

Led by geologist and wine expert David Howell, this week-long journey takes travelers to world-class vineyards and wineries in California's Sonoma, Mendocino, and Napa valleys. Participants delve into the art of winemaking and, of course, wine tasting. In addition to daily tours of vineyards and wineries, the group will make side trips to notable art venues such as the Hess Collection, the art at Clos Pegase, and the DiRosa Art Museum. Registration deadline is Feb. 15.

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