"This city of 8,000 exudes a feeling of small-town intimacy backed by a richness that you’d expect from a much larger place, while flaunting an irresistible smorgasbord of all things Vermont: independence, steadfastness, creativity."
Montpelier provides small town charm with big city flavor. 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, recordings, clothing, fine crafts and pastries, or dine in one of the many restaurants, cafes or delis in the city. Our thriving arts community has earned Montpelier recognition as being one of the best 100 small towns in the United States. Our recreation opportunities are second to none.
The icing on the cake? We're the only state capital without a McDonald's, and we're sure you won't miss it. We hope you'll visit and experience Montpelier, where Vermont is served daily.
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We invite you to visit, experience, or stay in Montpelier, America’s Small Town Capital and a place where we serve Vermont daily. Whether you are a beer lover, nature lover, or art lover, we invite you to Discover Montpelier.
For Animal Lovers
Montpelier offers a great selection of restaurants with pet-friendly outdoor seating and stores with a great selection of toys and treats for pets of all kinds.
For Art Lovers
Montpelier is for art lovers! Join Montpelier's T.W. Wood Gallery for a guided tour of the best places to eat, shop, and visit if you love art.
For Beer Lovers
Vermont is known worldwide for its exceptional craft beer. Montpelier’s pedestrian-friendly and vibrant downtown offers the beer drinker a taste of Vermont’s finest brews, paired with exceptional eats and fun events.
For Cocktail Lovers
The opening of the Barr Hill Distillery in Montpelier builds on our reputation as a craft beverage destination. We'll tell you where to head for a drink made with one of Vermont's award-winning local spirits, and where you can buy ingredients to make your own at home.
Vermont has been named the number one state to raise a healthy kid, and no where does that accolade ring more true than in Montpelier. Whether you are here for a quick visit or to spend a lifetime, we hope you enjoy our guide to Montpelier for families.
For History Lovers
Montpelier may be small, but its historical significance is great. Come enjoy the largest National Register historic district in Vermont and get a taste of our history.
For Nature Lovers
Lace up your sneakers, rent a bike if you prefer to be on wheels, stock up with provisions for a picnic lunch, and you’re ready for a great day in the nation’s smallest and wildest capital city!
For Sweets Lovers
From hand-crafted chocolates to show-stopping cakes to the flakiest croissants you’ve ever tasted, Montpelier has truly become a hub of artisanal desserts. Take a tour of Montpelier’s best bakeries and sweet shops, all within walking proximity of one another, all guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth.
For Wellness Lovers
Montpelier has just about everything for visitors who like to care for their mind, body, and spirit, in conventional and alternative ways.
Montpelier Beyond the Guidebooks
Top ten Montpelier hidden treasures, recommended by locals.
Seasons of Montpelier Love
No matter the season, great times await you in Montpelier.
What a Small City Should Be
Accolades for America's Small Town Capital.
Around the World in Three Square Blocks
For a city of its size, Montpelier is unmatched in cosmopolitan cuisine. Downtown Montpelier offers authentic and delicious dining options from across the globe.
- For Animal Lovers
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Downtown Montpelier is located an quick 40-minute drive from Burlington International Airport and an easy, scenic drive from many major cities.
Find your way around our downtown with our interactive map.