Discover Montpelier: For Animal Lovers

Curated by Stonecliff Veterinary Surgical Center

The Discover Montpelier series is sponsored by Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center

We have a theory that Montpelier is actually run by dogs. Stop at the Farmer's Market, and they practically outnumber humans. Montpelier loves animals, so be sure to bring along Fido on your next visit and enjoy a wide range of pet-friendly places downtown, from restaurants with dog-friendly outdoor seating to a store that sells pets products made right here in the U.S.A. 

Dog day at the pool

Where to Eat:

Montpelier Vermont has a plethora of fantastic restaurants, many of which have outdoor, dog friendly seating. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Kismet (52 State): Farm to table doesn’t get much better than this little restaurant! Outside patio eating, convenient for dog owners. Consistently some of the best food in Vermont. Start it with some crispy oyster mushrooms and a (best we have ever had) Kale Caesar washed down with one of their signature cocktails. Bring on the wild mushroom stuffed pasta or delicious seared scallops and end it with the Hazelnut Cake (to die for) or the Potted Truffle, sweet caramel cream perfection.
  • Down Home Kitchen (100 Main): Friendly staff, charming atmosphere and dog friendly patio are just a few of the reasons you shouldn’t pass up this little made-from-scratch restaurant. Uniquely bringing southern comfort food to Montpelier, Down Home serves up breakfast and lunch that is second to none.
  • Bohemian Bakery (78 Barre): This little bakery gem will definitely make you feel like you have stepped out of Vermont and into a Paris patisserie. Dog friendly outside patio makes it a perfect spot to skip in and pick up a Cappuccino and a slice of warm Hazelnut Cake then savor it with Fido. Built on their bread (available fresh at 11:30am) their sweet treats are stop-everything amazing and the little sandwiches (only two varieties each day) are fantastic bites of sea salt flaky buttery Focaccia stuffed with either vegetarian or deli meat option.
  • Birchgrove Baking (279 Elm): This little bakery and café tucked around the corner from the State House uses local ingredients and has a dog friendly outdoor area. Raved by many as the BEST buttercream frosting around, their savory and sweet pastries are highly sought after by locals and tourists alike. They also do custom cakes! A perfect diversion from a busy day.

Where to Visit:

  • The Garage Cultural Center (58 State): Stop by the newly renovated historical building, and head upstairs to the cultural center, where you and your best four-legged friend can take in some local art. The Garage Cultural Center is a new creative space for art and culture in Montpelier with a vision to provide a unique place for the creative community to come together. The Garage hosts rotating art exhibits, workshops, culinary popups, meetings and event rentals. Their mission is to connect the public with local and global interests, and provide opportunities for artistic experimentation, demonstration and discovery.
  • Hubbard Park: This 185 acre park is a great place to take your dog for off leash (only well behaved) fun! Hike to the Hubbard Park Tower and climb to the top of the 54 foot structure for amazing views of Montpelier and beyond. Many trails to explore and picnic areas with areas for campfires. A fun excursion.
  • Stonecliff Veterinary Surgical Center (58 State): Good to know if you are ever in the situation that your pet needs veterinary care. Dr. Kelly has been providing Vermont and New Hampshire veterinary care for over 30 years. He is well known for his amazing surgical skills and also his down to earth, genuinely friendly attitude. Dr. Kelly has been supporting area veterinarians by providing a place for their clients to have complicated surgeries performed without having to send them to a more expensive specialty hospitals, hours away.
  • Montpelier Pool (Elm Street): If you find yourself and your pooch in Montpelier in August (August 19th to be precise 5-6:30pm) join the once a year dog swim to raise money for the Central Vermont Humane Society.

Where to Shop:

  • The Quirky Pet (5 State): A fun pet store in downtown Montpelier that has an interesting breed of dog as their mascot. Stop in and meet the Bergamasco Sheepdogs that greet shoppers daily. The Bergamasco’s haircoat resembles dreadlocks, three kinds of hair combine to form dense, mats that continue to grow and reach the ground around 5 years of age. The mats protect by insulating from cold and heat as well as from insect and predator bites.
  • Montpelier Agway (190 E. Montpelier Road): This hometown store has it all and your dog is welcome! They have a dog wash area as well as a great selection of dog and cat food, toys, treats, and training aids. The staff are friendly and very helpful, with lots of advice on their products
  • Guy's Farm and Yard (19 Barre): This is a great place to stop in with your pet to get supplies and food. The staff goes above and beyond to help you find what you're looking for. So cool to have a farm store in downtown Montpelier. Walk your dog on over and pick up a toy and treat while you're there.