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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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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"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

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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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Featured Event 02/5 2pm
Featured Event 02/5 2pm to 6pm Ice on Fire @Montpelier Country Club, 203 Country Club Road, Montpelier Ice on Fire Returns to Country Club Road Site | Sunday, February 5th at 2PM: Join us for Ice on Fire, Central Vermont’s premier winter festival! Come one, come all to this whimsical festival, which celebrates the warmth of our Montpelier community, even in the frigid depths of winter. It is a fun
afternoon of dance, theater, music, storytelling, and poetry performed by local artists and community members. There will also be winter ga ...
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Latest News

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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Member Highlight - Paul Richardson of Storyworkz

What is StoryWorkz and what services do you provide?  We founded the company 34 years ago, in 1990, and we help companies (and nonprofits) of all sizes grow through story-based marketing.  We are a collaborative of about a dozen fun ...

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Member Highlight: Deborah Glottmann of The Mitzvah Fund

Member Highlight: Deborah Glottmann of the Mitzvah Fund   What is the Mitzvah Fund and how did it get started? The Mitzvah Fund is a small veterinary non profit. We provide non emergency routine, surgical and dental veterinary care for ...

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Member Highlight: Dr. Mel Houser of All Brains Belong

Member Highlight: All Brains Belong Tell Us about All Brains Belong.  All Brains Belong is a nonprofit in downtown Montpelier that provides flexible ways to get healthcare and connect with community, while also educating the community on ...

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Member Highlight: Oakes & Evelyn

Member Highlight: Justin Dain, chef/owner of Oakes and Evelyn    Tell us a bit about you, your background and your path to opening Oakes and Evelyn. I grew up in Waterbury Center, Vermont and started cooking at the age of 15 at ...

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"Montpelier is the least populated of all the state capitals, which gives it the same amount of small-town charm as any other city on this list. In lieu of Walmart and Starbucks, you'll find maple syrup farms, traditional European architecture, and a bustling downtown area lined with quaint shops and cozy cafes." -