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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"...Earning the number one spot on our list is Montpelier, Vermont. This small town has minimal crime, excellent schools and is a pleasure for residents and visitors alike. The downtown area is not only beautiful, but it also offers many craft-beer bars and excellent dining establishments. Long time residents own many of the shops in the downtown area and the locals are proud of their small town fellowship. Downtown Montpelier offers delightful boutiques and shops, adorable bookshops, antique stores, coffee shops and plenty of places to eat..." - Number One Best Small Town Downtown in America by Best Choice Reviews

Community Calendar

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03/31 7pm
03/31 7pm to 9pm Ecstatic Dance Vermont @64 State St - Christ Church - Taplin Auditorium Visit Event Page
04/1 9am
04/1 9am to 4pm U-32 Craft Fair @U-32 Middle/High School (930 Gallison Hill Rd, Montpelier) Join us for the U-32 Craft Fair on Sat, April 1st from 9am-4pm. Over 85 Vermont artists and handcrafters plus a silent auction, raffle, community partner information tables, and Touch-A-Truck (East Montpelier Fire Department). There will be something for everyone!!! This event will benefit the 8th Grade Class Trip to Washington DC. Free admission and all shopping on one floor. For more information, please check out our facebook page at htt ... Visit Event Page
04/7 4pm
04/7 4pm to 8pm Montpelier Art Walk @venues in downtown Montpelier, Vermont Visit Event Page

Latest News

Montpelier's Inspiring Women

March means Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate women and the myriad contributions they make to society. Montpelier’s woman-owned small businesses run the gamut from Althea’s Attic Boutique to Zutano. There are also Montpelier mavens ...

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Reuse, Recycle and Repair

When I first moved to Montpelier 30 years ago, I repaired my shoes at the Cobbler's Leather Shoppe, at 67 Main Street, where Splash is currently located.  When the store closed a few years later, I remember the owner, Charlie Baril, telling me ...

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Cure for Cabin Fever

We’re not surprised to read last month that Montpelier won as the second best town in USA Today’s 10 Best annual nationwide poll. Montpelier thrives from its business and citizen engagement along with coordination from Montpelier Alive to create ...

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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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"Of all the accolades earned by Montpelier, “best arts town” might stand out the most. The nation’s smallest capital city offers professional stage performances at the Lost Nation Theater, live music by Montpelier Alive, and the Green Mountain film festival at the Savoy Theater. An impossibly quaint downtown is filled with art galleries and museums, bookstores and coffee shops, with the beautifully restored Vermont statehouse standing guard across the Winooski River. Community involvement is big here, with outdoor concerts held on the capital lawn and in parks around town, a co-op gallery called the Front that displays works by local artists, and a quarterly Art Walk that encourages more than two dozen galleries, shops, and cafes to open their doors." - 51 Affordable Discoveries Across America 2019 by BudgetTravel