Small Town Charm with Big City Flavor
A HISTORIC DOWNTOWN
Montpelier is the largest urban historic district in Vermont. Of the exquisite historic buildings, 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 bustling 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.
The thriving arts community has earned Montpelier recognition as being one of the best 100 small arts towns in the United States. Lost Nation Theater stages six months of professional performances each year in City Hall Auditorium. Montpelier Alive! ensures the city hosts great music performances and events almost every month. The arts cinema, Savoy Theater, also produces the World Cinema series and the Green Mountain Film Festival in March, drawing movie connoisseurs from far and wide. Several downtown venues present live entertainment every weekend and most week nights as well. Warm weather brings Wednesday night band concerts on the State House lawn, the noontime Brown Bag music series in the pocket park, and the Saturday morning Farmers Market -- all great reasons to visit downtown Montpelier.
Then, there are many museums and galleries. City Hall houses the U.S.S. Montpelier naval museum. The Vermont Historical Society Museum’s award-winning exhibit “Freedom and Unity” provides a captivating window on Vermont’s past, while the T. W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center, showcases works of a Civil War era Montpelier native and contemporary artists.
Nestled where two rivers meet and sheltered by surrounding hillsides, Montpelier also offers ample recreational opportunities. A bike path follows the Winooski River. The 200 acres of North Branch River Park offer gentle trails and access to miles of cross-country ski, mountain bike, and walking trails. Hubbard Park, the city’s premier forested park rising above the State House, provides great views from a stone tower, diverse natural areas and walking trails just a short walk from the State House.
For more information, visit Montpelier Alive or call the Montpelier Downtown Community Association at (802) 223-9604.
Montpelier is accessible by train on Amtrak's Vermonter line, which now offers carry-on bike service. Click here to see local travel details and amenities that support a car-free vacation for train travelers.