Welcome to Montpelier!

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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"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

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02/3 4pm
02/3 4pm to 8pm Montpelier Art Walk @Downtown Montpelier Visit Event Page
02/3 11am
02/3 11am to 3pm Artisans Hand Craft Gallery Annual Winter Sale @Artisans Hand, 89 Main Street at City Center Artisans Hand's highly anticipated seconds and rare treasures sale is taking place from February 3 - 12! This is a great opportunity to add to your art collection or start stashing this year's gifts. New items will be put out daily during the sale, so come early and often!
02/3 5:30pm
02/3 5:30pm to 6:30pm Romantic Interlude: Pianist Diane Huling for Art Walk Feb 3 @Christ Church 64 State Street Montpelier Christ Church Concerts presents the second in their concert series during Montpelier’s next Art Walk on Friday February 3. Cabot pianist Diane Huling plays Romantic works for piano at the church at 64 State Street from 5:30-6:30. The concert is free and open to all. There is no admission charge, but a donation basket will be out to support musical programs at the church. Christ Church has recently acquired a Yamaha grand piano which has del ... Visit Event Page

Latest News

Sledding in Montpelier

The city of Montpelier was built in a valley surrounded by the Green Mountains. The various hills and slopes that make up the valley provide locals and visitors alike an opportunity to experience some of the best sledding in Vermont. From the trails ...

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Why Shop Local?

I especially enjoy our downtown during the holiday season - the beautifully decorated historic buildings, the diversity of our downtown stores, the unique products they offer, and the delicious foods at cafes, restaurants, and bakeries to stay ...

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Barre Street Eateries

Downtown Montpelier is renowned for its wide variety of dining options, but step just outside of the mainstreet area, and find plenty of other amazing eating places. One neighborhood, along Barre Street and Stonecutters Way, offers fare that ...

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Montpelier: A Hub for Downhill Skiers

When people think of Vermont, they imagine maple syrup, colorful leaves, and skiing. Vermont’s ski mountains are some of the best in the Northeast with resorts such as Sugarbush, Mad River, and Bolton; all of which are under an hour's drive from ...

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Halloween in Montpelier

The fall season in Montpelier is full of things to do and see. The turning of the leaves paired with the brisk Autumn weather brings in many new people. The month of October in Montpelier is a combination of Foliage festivities, later being ...

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Top 10 Local Favorite Outdoor Adventures in Central Vermont

Montpelier, in the heart of Central Vermont, is surrounded by adventure. Right from downtown you can access hiking, mountain biking, gravel biking, nordic skiing, swimming, paddling, and amazing parks for walking. To add to that, Montpelier is just ...

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"This place has nailed the picturesque small-town aesthetic. Montpelier is the country's smallest state capital (by population), but has a surprisingly lively music and arts scene. .. Being in New England, it's obviously beautiful in the fall, and in winter it's also popular for snowshoeing, ice fishing, ice climbing, and skiing." - 18 Surprisingly Cool Small Towns In The USA by BuzzFeed