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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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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01/27 5pm
01/27 5pm to 8pm Snowshoe Romp @North Branch Trails via Poolside Drive (Montpelier) Join us for our annual Snowshoe Romp at North Branch Trails via Poolside Drive (by the pool and rec fields)!

Enjoy a candlelit trail through the woods, hot chocolate, a bonfire and snowshoe demos from MSR, Tubbs and Atlas. Bring a headlamp or flashlight. This event is FREE! All ages and abilities welcome.

Already have snowshoes you love? Bring your own to romp around in!

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01/28 1pm
01/28 1pm to 7pm Capital City Concerts presents Folks Meets Classical @Unitarian Church, 130 Main Street, Montpelier Capital City Concerts presents Folks Meets Classical – a free family concert on Saturday afternoon January 28 at 1PM in collaboration with the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. Mother and son musicians flutist Karen Kevra and violinist Owen Kevra-Lenz have shared a life in music since Owen was a wee lad. In the decades that followed, Karen won a Grammy nomination and established Montpelier's popular Capital City Concerts, while Owen earned a ... Visit Event Page
02/3 4pm
02/3 4pm to 8pm Montpelier Art Walk @Downtown Montpelier Visit Event Page

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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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""I have learned how important Montpelier Alive is to the community. The services you provide alongside advertising help to grow and strengthen the current Montpelier community while pulling in tourists who help to boost the economy, and I want to thank you for letting me be a part of it." " - Montpelier Alive Intern and Community Member