The first permanent settlement began in May 1787, and from there had grown into the city we know today. There is evidence that Montpelier’s history goes as far back as 6000 years ago. While most of the historical evidence has been lost, you can still learn about Montpelier’s rich history at the Vermont Historical Society Museum. Did you know Vermont was it’s own country for a short period of time during the American Revolution?
There are plenty of things to do in Montpelier that are little to no cost. Learn how the local government works by visiting the Governor or City Hall. Learn more in detail about the history of Vermont by visiting the Vermont Historical Society or take an historic walking tour. If sightseeing is more your thing, you will enjoy climbing to the top of the stone tower in Hubbard Park.
Vermont may be small, but their art scene is anything but. View hand crafted items such as art from quilters, weavers, printmakers, potters, and more at the Artisans Hand. View performances at the Lost Nation Theater or the Lost Nation Theater. Enjoy concerts from Vermont’s own premier orchestra, Vermont Philharmonic.
Discover how maple syrup is made by visiting the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks - a 200 year old sugar house that is less than 3 miles from downtoww Montpelier. You will find the most action in March, when the syrup is boiled and turned into taffy, though the sugar house is open year round. To continue satisfying your sweet tooth, a stop at the Ben & Jerry’s factory is a must! Ice cream is made at the factory most Mondays through Fridays, and with a 30 minute guided tour, who doesn’t have time for ice cream? You will also have the opportunity to try a sample of the flavor of the day.
Many lists and articles focus on the west coast as the best skiing areas in the United States. Many overlook the mountains in Vermont - yes, you can ski in Vermont! Stowe is the place with it all: skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, dog sled rides, pizza places, beds and breakfasts, inns, restaurants, shopping, golfing, and nightclubs. You will find something for everyone in Stowe. The most popular ski slope is on Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s tallest mountain. You will find runs for skiers and boarders of any experience level.