Welcome to Montpelier!

Voted one of USA Today's 10 Best Towns in the Northeast for 2024!

Montpelier provides small town charm with big city flavor. We are America's smallest Capital City, and you are welcome here. We do things a little differently here. Local is a way of life, and we are proud to be the only state capital without a Walmart, McDonalds, or a Starbucks. 

Exquisite historic buildings are home to Vermont's state government, shopping, commerce and world-class dining and arts. Outstanding outdoor recreation is within minutes of the downtown. Montpelier is the largest urban historic district in Vermont. The crown jewel is the impeccably restored State House - one of the oldest and best preserved in the country. Three blocks away is the city's unique business district. Linger at independently-owned shops offering books, records, clothing, fine crafts and pastries, or dine in one of the many farm-to-table restaurants, craft beer bars, and cafes.

 

 

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Montpelier has something to offer year-round. Learn about some of seasonal activities to be found in town and nearby. From summer concerts to winter sports, your sure to find something happening. 

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Getaway to Montpelier!

Centrally located and easy to access from New England and Eastern Canada, Montpelier makes visits easy with no rush hour, easy parking, and a relaxed casual atmosphere that begs you to slow down and shed the stress of everyday life.. 

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"Not many state capitals have such small populations (Vermont's clocks in at just around 8,000) or big art scenes, but Montpelier exemplifies both. Art is present everywhere, from rotating exhibitions at the State House and Supreme Court building to all the co-ops, galleries, and cultural institutions around town. Six times a year, the volunteer-run Montpelier Alive Art Walk brings artists and enthusiasts out for a celebratory evening — naturally, it's loved by the Vermont College of Fine Arts' community." - 9 Best Small Towns in the U.S. for Art Lovers

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Special Thanks to Botanica Florals

Botanica Florals is a highly-regarded local retail florist that sources flowers from local growers along with hand-picked selections from around the world. With the goal of enhancing connection in the community for special occasions, Botanica ...

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Member Highlight: Kelly Sullivan of Splash Naturals

Tell us about yourself and your start as a small businesswoman:   I am an artist at heart and love creating beautiful spaces with the hope that people will enjoy what I put together. My background is herbalism and education, I taught ...

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Member Highlight - Jasmine Boucher of Guare and Sons

Tell us about the history of Guare and Sons The Guare family funeral business has been a part of the history of Montpelier for more than one hundred years. It is one of the longest-running family businesses known in Montpelier. In 1921 ...

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Montpelier's Race Against Racism

Montpelier’s Race Against Racism Almost every year for the past decade, Montpelier-area high schoolers organize a phenomenal event that supports and fosters local student activism. According to Heather McLane, Community Based Learning Advisor ...

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A Bright Winter for Montpelier

A Bright Winter for MontpelierBy: Sheena Khan (Marketing & Communications Manager for Montpelier Alive)Montpelier Alive has big plans this winter! Thanks to some successful grant writing and crowdfunding, we will be able to complete Phase 1 of ...

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Montpelier Alive Announces its 2024 Downtown Event Grant Awards

Montpelier Alive awards announces its 2024 grant funding to 10 downtown Montpelier Community Events   Montpelier Alive works to create a vibrant and livable Montpelier by celebrating its heart and soul: its downtown. One way it brings the ...

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"Montpelier may be the smallest state capitol in the U.S.A., but the city of under 8,000 inhabitants radiates with a rich culture and charm that could only be found in Vermont... a perfect weekend getaway for visitors." - Weekend Getaway to Montpelier, Vermont by offMetro