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May 07

Downtown Spotlight: The Social

Posted on May 7, 2021 at 11:12 AM by Montpelier Alive

Montpelier Alive had the chance to connect with Michael Drake, owner of the new restaurant  , now open at The Inn at Montpelier, 147 Main Street. We can't wait to check it out! 

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Feb 11

Downtown Spotlight: Oakes & Evelyn

Posted on February 11, 2021 at 11:10 AM by Montpelier Alive

Montpelier continues to draw exciting new businesses, in spite of the pandemic. Montpelier Alive had the chance to connect with Justin Dain, Chef and Owner at Oakes & Evelyn, which recently opened at 52 State Street in the former Kismet location in downtown Montpelier.

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Feb 12

Celebrate Valentine's Day in The Sweetest Place

Posted on February 12, 2020 at 2:02 PM by Montpelier Alive

It’s easy to love our little city this time of year, when the snowflakes glisten in the treetops and the brisk air invites you to snuggle up close with a loved one. Each year, the Valentine’s Phantom visits Montpelier to shower our downtown in hearts. You too can demonstrate your love - for yourself, a friend, or a loved one - in downtown Montpelier. Check out our round-up for a romantic Valentine’s Day in the coziest place on earth.

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

Looking for a sweet for your sweetie? Montpelier is one of the sweetest places imaginable, thanks to our amazing bakeries and candy shops. Click here for a full roundup of the sweetest things in Montpelier. 

Seeking the perfect gift? Consider a beautiful flower arrangement from Botanica Florals or Regal Floral Design, lingerie at No. 9 Boutique or Splash Naturals, jewelry at Katie’s Jewels, or a romantic and one-of-a-kind gift from one of our dozens of independently-owned boutiques.

Or perhaps your love language is spending time together with your loved one. Our delectable restaurants are the perfect spot for a romantic dinner with your sweetie. Several restaurants are offering romantic specials: 

  • Sarducci’s will offer oysters shucked to order by Vermont Raw Bar on Valentine’s Day from 4-9pm. 
  • The North Branch Cafe will offer a Sweethearts Edition of its popular Oyster Night on Valentine’s Day from 4-8pm. Grab your sweetie or a group of friends and come on over to the North Branch Cafe for fresh raw Maine oysters, served with some of the best oyster wines from around the world.  They will also be popping open the bubbly for this event.  In order to serve only the freshest, they order oysters based on reservations only, so please make a reservation by mid-day Thursday.  Call 802-552-8105 or stop by!
  • NECI on Main is offering a special five-course menu on Valentine’s Day. 

Plus, you’re sure to love one of these Valentine’s week events downtown: 

  • Join instructor Suzanne Rexford-Winston to make the perfect Valentine for the sweet one in your life at The Drawing Board on Sunday, February 9 from 12-2pm. Free, but please register by emailing

  • Enjoy the musical stylings of Jessica Collins, Denise Ricker, and Arthur Zorn at the LOVE Concert, Friday, February 14 at 6:30pm at Bethany Church UCC. The free concert is followed by an optional $20 four-course dinner at 7:30. Reservations for dinner are required to 802-223-3246. 

  • Enjoy an evening of music with Steve Hartmann on Saturday, February 15 from 4-9pm at the Post Valentine’s Day dinner and Concert at The Garage Cultural Center. $10 for the concert (dinner is sold out). 

  • Drop off the kids at the Wilder Arts Studio while you go on a date! On Saturday, February 15 from 5-8pm, your kids can enjoy an evening of chocolate, movies, and fun while you go off and enjoy yourself, kid free! $40. 

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