Wonderful architecture for a small town; and no McDonald's!
Is there something in the water there?
Located in a beautiful historic building next to the Vermont State House, the Historical Society's Museum is a great way to spend some time on a fall afternoon. American history buffs will enjoy learning about the history of Vermont, the museum's exhibits dating all the way back to the area's pre-European roots. Before I came to the museum I had no...more
Hubbard Park, created in 1899 by John E. Hubbard (hence the name of the park), is both an excellent hiking spot for those who want to start their ascension from Elm Street or the State House and a nice family spot for those families who prefer to take their car up to one of the many parkings. The park, which towers over both State and Elm Streets,...more
Taking a right on Main Street at the cross section of State and Main, you will head into the heart of downtown. Some very cool, slightly edge shops and bars are this way. As well as some nice eateries, bookstores and coffee houses. Character is the best word to describe this area. I love it here. Cool place for photo ops as well. Many cool...more
Following Vermont's strong tradition of government by the People, the state house is open to visitors whenever its doors are open. Free guided tours are offered, but visitors are also encouraged to look around the building on their own, sit in on legislative sessions, and admire the State House's impressive collection of antiques, historic...more
Seven tips on the Vermont State House already, one might think there is not much else to do in Montpelier. Well, we had not much time to seek out other attractions, so the State House was the first place to go. And why am I adding another tip on the State House? To show some pics of the interior.You need not wait for a guided tour, which is only...more
Although we enjoyed our stay for the most part, when I had called ahead to book an extra night at...more
I needed a place to stay after driving to Montpelier from West Dover. The Capitol Plaza was...more
101 Northfield Street, (formerly Capital Inn), Montpelier, Vermont, 05602, United States
Good for: Business
Sarducci's is a Montpelier institution; those of us who live here almost always see people we know whenever we're dining there. It's in a long, low building on the edge of the Winooski River, and the side facing the river has a narrow sort of enclosed porch with windows facing the river (in summer, the windows are opened and it almost constitutes...more
Although this place is certainly cute--it has a great little sidewalk patio and the inside is decorated very well--the food isn't that great. Most of the stuff we tried had little or no flavor and was either drowning in grease or covered in so much cheese that you couldn't tell what it was anyway. Everything was much too bland and unhealthy. The...more
Having something to celebrate we had an intimate dinner at the Chef's Table. This is a teaching restaurant of the New England Culinary Institute, one of America's leading training grounds for tomorrow's celebrity chefs. Here you get haute cuisine (no big portions!) for a reasonable price, prepared and served by students of the NECI. For appetizer,...more
Very nice restaurant; Great Italian decor with the grape vines and the wine baskets.It was casual dress but not tee-shirt clientel. It was family friendly with highchairs and booster seats available. The hostess seats you, the waitress takes your order and the busboy helps with the serving and cleanup.The menu is primarily Italiano. You can have a...more
Good quality Italian food housed in an old railway building. This restaurant is extremely busy when the politicians are in town. Several tables had been put together for large groups and when we were there you could overhear caucus groups deep in discussion at the tables alongside you. It may be best for you to book a table or risk not being able...more
Are you a movie fanatic like myself. Well heck, why not treat yourself to a film in a little independent movie theater with some character. It's in a great location as well, right on State Street, near the Main Street intersection, where the heart of downtown is.
On the western edge of town is the main railroad station. However I never discovered it. I hired a car in Montpelier for a couple of days and driving out of town along State Street going North (it becomes US Route 2) you come across the main railroad. I hardly hard time to stop the car, get out and take a couple of photos. I was really surprised by...more
Amtrak's Vermonter is a nice relaxed way to get to Montpelier if you are not in a hurry. The station is about one mile outside of downtown. A local cab usually meets the train - but if not, the phone number was posted by the public phone at the last trip. The station is litterally outside of town. You can walk but there are no sidewalks most of the...more
Downtown Montpelier is full of cute, little shops from clothing boutiques and art galleries to independent book shops and antiques dealers. It's a lot of fun to walk around and check out them out if you have time. You can find some really unique things. One of my favorite shops downtown was the hardware store. It's a real old-fashioned hardware...more
In the day time this shop sells Collectable Vynls and original Posters which I thought rather unique. Right at the back of the shop is a small cafe. At night it was transformed into a life music venue featuring mainly Vermont groups. I didn't whether to classify this shop as selling music or antiques - it could have been either. Vynls and original...more
To my surprise at 2.00pm on the Saturday afternoon State Street, one of the principle streets in town, was closed. A stage set up with a sound system and all the women and childrens fashion retailers in the town got together and held an impromptu fashion show. After about an hour the street was handed back to the motorists. Whether it is an annual event, I have no idea!
Montpelier is a little below average for crime stats, which puts it in the 60% bracket for safe cities of its size in America. They only have one registered sex offender.
Burglary and Theft are the two most-frequent crimes committed in Montpelier. So remember to keep car doors locked and don't leave the motel room unlatched or door ajar. Using a money belt is always a safe way to insure that your wallet isn't targeted. Put valuables in the motel safe.
Using common sense and not acting like a tourist will reduce the likelihood that anything bad happens on your vacation in Montpelier.
quotes from the Montpelier government site:
"During 2006, there was an increase in reported crimes to the Montpelier Police Department
....Burglary rose by 37%... bad Checks and other types of Fraud (up 15%), Assault (up 36%), and Disorderly Conduct (up 31%)" "This is the highest number of persons and offenses since the year 2000. That year was the beginning of the heroin activity in the region. The numbers represent a 65% increase from 2005."
We seldom visit cemeteries, but made an exception for Green Mount Cemetery, located just outside of Montpelier. This is an excellent place to enjoy the Vermont landscape in the fall, as you can see the surrounding hills in various stages of turning red, orange and yellow.
The unexpected highlight of our exploration of the cemetery was the incredibly life-like sculpture of Margaret Pitkin. Here is her story.
Little Margaret died in 1899 at the age of 6. Her parents hired a local sculptor to make a statue in her image, giving him a photo to use as a model. However, once the statue was completed, they parents refused to pay him on the grounds that he had not faithfully rendered their daughter. Their proof? A button was missing from her left shoe. Then, in an amazing turn of events, the sculptor took out the photo he was given and showed that there indeed had been a button missing from the left shoe, leaving the parents no choice but to pay him for his work.
Small course; $25 for 9 holes (and cart). Tees, fairways, Greens are all bent grass and fairly well maintained. The roughs are deep and can cost a shot.
It is a typical executive course with open fairways and only a few hazards. Two tees and greens are elevated with a recessed fairway in each case. It is a duffer's paradise because you cannot get into too much trouble if you scrub the ball or fade it badly. Only one holes has pond water near it and it is not a hazard unless you really pull the ball.
This is a semi-private course which means there are times when tournaments and club members will have use of the course and th epublic is excluded. Be sure to call ahead for tees times.
Dress code is collared shirt and dress pants (long or short); no tee shirts or cut-off pants.
One of the best ways to experience Montpelier is to just stroll along the town's main streets and observe their many historical buildings.
Before we visited Montpelier, we printed out the suggested itineraries at the following address: http://www.montpelier-vt.org/walkingtour/index.cfm . The itineraries contain some interesting information about the different buildings along the way. The walks, which are fairly short and should not take more than an hour to complete, come in highly recommended after a meal in one of Montpelier's fine eateries.