“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln

It Ain’t All About The Looks

Montpelier, VT – Vermont is rightfully considered to be one of the most beautiful states in the country. That has a lot to do with foliage. However, that’s also one of the things people mostly take for granted when it comes to this gorgeous location. You think, “Vermont,” and immediately your head starts brimming with images of dreamy autumn and spring leaves floating gently in the wind, with winding roads cutting through misty meadows that look like they belong in a fairytale rather than a U.S. state.

But, there’s so much more to this place than that. Sure, its beauty is a marvelous thing, but it’s not the ONLY thing. There are also incredible small towns scattered around the state like you wouldn’t believe it. And today, we’ve decided to bring a particularly cozy one to your attention. It’s called Montpelier.

So Small, Yet So Significant

The county seat of Washington County and, at the same time, capital of the state of Vermont, Montpelier is the site of the state government. With a population of around 8,000, it’s obvious why this is the least populous municipality in the country. And given the fact that it was named after the famous Montpellier, France, you immediately start to realize why this place is so interesting for out-of-towners.

The place is clinging to the edges of the North Branch and Winooski Rivers, tucked away in a tangle of wilderness. And while Montpelier might be one of the smallest state capitals in the nation, it is, at the same time, one of the most forward-thinking. How come? Well, believe it or not, Montpelier is the capital of the first state to formally abolish slavery in 1777. And if that’s not a noteworthy historical fact, we, your travel maniacs at, honestly don’t know what is.

Food Is A Major Part Of Everyday Life In Montpelier, VT

Nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains, this New England town is a place that needs to be visited personally in order to truly experience. Montpelier’s residents include outdoor enthusiasts, artists, foodies (thanks to the Montpelier-based New England Culinary Institute), movie buffs (courtesy of the Green Mountain Film Festival every March) and students (the Vernon College of Fine Arts is situated here).

It should be said that, thanks to the state’s 2009 Farm-to-Plate Initiative, which underscored the state’s commitment to a strong sustainable agricultural economy, food is something everyone in the state pay close attention to. That’s why it’s always an awesome idea to check out Montpelier’s Capital City Farmers Market. In operation since 1977, this is where you’ll be able to meet in excess of 50 food producers, farmers and crafts people every single week. Running outside from May to October, it moves inside from November to April.

Please Remember That Moderation Is Key In All Things

And since we’re limited by space, we lack the real estate to tell you all about the interesting establishments, eateries, taprooms, sports events and thousands of other interesting things that make Montpelier so darn appealing. And take our word for it – we could literally write a book about every single one of the incredibly creative and, at the same time, traditional places that adorn this breathtaking small town.

But, if we had to choose just one more place, we’d definitely go with the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks. The oldest maple farm in Vermont, it offers maple syrup (duh!), but also homegrown beef, Vermont delicacies, unique gifts, and a ton of other stuff on sale and display at the farm’s unique gift shop. Just make sure you don’t make the same mistake as us and overdose on all that delicious sugar!

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