Montpelier © Jim Bowen
Though it is the capital of Vermont,
Montpelier is a tiny town with fewer than 8,000 permanent
residents. The small, compact nature of the capital is an advantage
for travellers, who can explore most of the highlights on foot.
These include the pretty downtown area which is the touristic hub
of Montpelier, where a variety of parks, markets and theatres as
well as the historic gold-domed Vermont State House and Historical
Society Museum await.
Though small, Montpelier has dozens of
shops, restaurants and pubs for visitors to amuse themselves in.
Several academic institutions, including the Vermont College of
Fine Arts, ensure an abundance of bookshops and a buzzing
Burlington is the busiest tourist centre in
Vermont, and the largest city, but this charming little capital
holds its own. It contains some quaint inns and guesthouses, and
makes a great base from which to explore the rest of Vermont. It is
near to the heart of Vermont ski country, and visitors can sample
freshly-made goodies from the nearby Cabot Creamery or Morse Farm
Sugar Works while exploring the countryside.
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