Montpelier is the smallest state capital in the United States. It is also the only state capital that does not have a McDonald’s restaurant. The local newspaper is the "Times-Argus".
A common way to get to Montpelier is by auto. It is located along Interstate 89. It is about 3 hours from Boston and Montreal.
You can also fly into Burlington, Vermont which is about a 45 minute drive from Montpelier.
Amtrak has the "Vermonter" passenger train with daily service between Washington, D.C., New York and St. Albans, Vermont.
Vermont Transit (a Greyhound affiliate inter-city bus) serves downtown Montpelier with buses that connect to Boston, Montreal, and Manchester NH airports.
Walking - It is a very small town, walking is an excellent way to get around from the State House and downtown area. You will find that people park their vehicle downtown and then can walk all of downtown and the State House area. Montpelier is a very compact town. Drivers are very courteous to pedestrians at the frequent cross walks you find in the downtown area.
Green Mountain Transit Agency (GMTA) has bus service that covers Montpelier and other are communities. See the Capital Shuttle schedule.
Vermont State House, (802) 828-1411. This golden-domed building is the most notable in the capital and is the meeting-place of the Vermont Legislature. The building is open to the public. Guided tours available July through mid-October: M-F 10AM-3:30PM, Sa 11AM-2:30PM.
Vermont Historical Society Museum, 109 State Street, Pavilion Building, Phone: (802) 828-2291, .
T.W. Wood Gallery and Art Center, College Hall, 36 College Street (on the Vermont College Campus, (802) 828-8743, . Tu,W,F-Su 12PM-4PM; Th 12PM-8PM.
The Morse Farm Sugar Works, 1168 County Road (800) 242-2740Take a free tour of the sugar house and sample the maple syrup. You can even sample some of the different grades of syrup. It is open year round. March is when the maple sap flows and the syrup is made. Try the sugar on snow, maple sugar drizzled over shaved ice.
Savoy Theater 26 Main St. (802) 229-0598 This is a small 130 seat theater for independent, alternative and foreign films. They also host the week long Green Country Film Festival in March each year and have baby friendly matinees on Monday.
Farmers Market, State Street, Open on Saturday's 9:00 am - 2:00 pm from May to October. Produce from numerous organic gardeners and area farms. Flowers, baked goods, breads, herbs and also crafts.
Lost Nation Theater, City Hall, 39 Main Street, See one of the theater productions or special programs that are available all year long.
Summer Evening Concerts, State House Lawn, During the summer every Wednesday night. Free
Hubbard Park, via Spring St. or Winter St. off Route 12. Hike to the top or drive and climb the 50 foot high tower to see a spectacular view from the highest point in the city. Open daylight hours. Free
Vermont Mountaineers, Attend a Vermont Mountaineers baseball game. The Mountaineers are members of "The New England Collegiate Baseball League" (NECBL) and the league has all NCAA baseball players. Early June to early August. Tickets $4.00, Senior, Student or Military $2.00 and Family Ticket Pack $7.00. Good homemade burgers and hot dogs at the game.
Montpelier Art Walk Downtown Montpelier. (802) 223-7680 Nineteen art venues in Montpelier have organized and developed a brochure and map so that visitors can find all the great local art. Brochures can be downloaded from the web or picked up at any of the participating venues, including: The Lazy Pear Gallery, Artisans Hand Craft Gallery, TW Wood Gallery, Govenor's Office, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier City Hall Gallery, Vermont Supreme Court Lobby, Vermont State House, Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery, Capitol Grounds, Conoscenti, La Brioche, Langdon Street Cafe, Rhapsody, The Cheshire Cat, Art and Artwear, Phoenix Rising, Salaam, and The Shoe Horn.
New England Culinary Institute (NECI), (877) 223-6334 email:firstname.lastname@example.org  Has a campus in Montpelier and operates the La Brioche bakery, Main Street Bar & Grill, and the Chef's Table.
La Brioche Bakery & Cafe 89 Main Street (802) 229-0443 Breads, pastries and cakes. Custom orders available. Open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. through 5 p.m.
Cool Jewels, 2 State Street (802) 223-1718 Beads, rocks, crystals and jewelry. Stop and see the Ultimate Beadbox in the store window.
The Lazy Pear Gallery, 154 Main Street (802) 223-7680 Quirky, playful, and humorous fine art by local artists, also serves coffee, tea, and pastries. Children welcome and invited to create their own art on the community art board. Open daily 11 am to 6 pm.
Enjoy shopping the fine book stores in Montpelier, all within close walking distance.
Bear Pond Books, 77 Main Street (802) 229-0774 Books for all ages and interests.
Rivendell Books, 100 Main Street (802) 223-3928 New, used and remaindered books.
The Book Garden, 50 State Street (802) 223-2824 Buy used books and new, used and remainder books available.
Yankee Paperback Exchange, 11 Langdon Street (802) 223-3239
Chef's Table, 118 Main Street (802) 229-9202 has fine dining and is run by the New England Culinary Institute is open Tuesday thru Saturday for Lunch and Dinner. Reservations are recommended for Dinner.
Coffee Corner, corner of State and Main (802) 229-9060 Mom and Pop Dinner. Open for Breakfast and Lunch Daily 6:30 am to 3:00 pm
J Morgans Steakhouse, 100 State Street (802) 223-5252 Open daily 7:00 AM for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The kids will love to watch locomotives traveling throughout the restaurant. They also have a Sunday Brunch.
Main Street Grill & Bar, 118 Main Street (802) 229-9202 is another New England Culinary Institute operated property and is casual dining. Open Tuesday thru Sunday with an excellent Sunday brunch from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
Sarducci's, 3 Main Street (802) 223-0229 with authentic Italian cuisine from a wood burning oven serving dinner seven nights a week plus lunch Monday thru Saturday.
The Thrush Tavern, 107 State Street (802) 223-2030 located close to the State House is one of the local gathering spots. You will see locals, tourists, legislators and lobbyists. They have a full bar, patio, microbrews and a complete menu including daily specials. Look behind the gas station on State Steet to find the tavern.
McGillicuddy's Irish Pub, 14 Langdon St. (802) 223-2721 - is another local hangout and sports bar. They have individual speakers that you can tune and listen to the game you are watching.
Charlie-O's, 70 Main St. (802) 223-6820 This is a real locals bar with pool table and a lot of character. No tabs and pay cash. Great place to meet the locals.
Capital Plaza Hotel, 100 E State St., (802) 223-5252, .
Inn At Montpelier 147 Main St., (802) 223-2727.
Doyle's Guesthouse, 35 School St., (802) 223-3535.
Econo Lodge, 101 Northfield St., (802) 223-5258.
Betsy's Bed & Breakfast, 74 E State St., (802) 229-0466.
The Lazy Pear Gallery and Guesthouse, 154 Main Street (802) 223-7680. Fully furnished apartments rented on a monthly basis.
Montpelier is an excellent place to stay and get out to see other area sites.
Stowe, Vermont Sky Resort Area, with hiking, shops and restaurants.
Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Take a factory tour.
Cabot Creamery, in Cabot See how cheese is made.
Church Street in Burlington Great shopping, food and bars.
Rock of Ages Quarry, SE Barre, 773 Graniteville Road +1 802 476-3119, Fax: +1 802 476-3110  The Quarry is located just a few miles from Montpellier, VT in Barre. It is an active granite quarry over 600 feet (182 m) deep. Visitors center is open May to mid-September, Monday-Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. Closed July 4. Mid-September through mid-October, Monday-Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The visitors center is free. Various tours are also offered. See the website for more information on times and prices.
Hope Cemetery Barre, VT has tombstones of granite that are works of art and in some cases very unique. Examples are a race car, soccer ball, a cube balanced on one corner, a biplane and a husband and wife that are side by side in bed overlooking their tombs. It is popular a visitor destination, open daylight hours with free admission.
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