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Montpelier, Vermont

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Montpelier, Vermont
As the capital of Vermont, Montpelier (pronounced mont-peel-yer) is the site of the Vermont State House, seat of the legislative branch of Vermont government. By population, it is the smallest state capital in the United States. Montpelier is also home to the Vermont History Museum and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Montpelier is located in a picturesque valley along the Winooski River in Central Vermont and is very accessible by car, train, and air. Located on the I-89 Interstate, Montpelier can be reached from both Boston and Montreal in less than 3 hours.

Industry in Montpelier, Vermont
Since the city's establishment as capital in 1805, the primary business in Montpelier has been government, and by the mid-nineteenth century government and life and fire insurance. Today, Montpelier is home to the New England Culinary Institute, the annual Green Mountain Film Festival, and the headquarters of several insurance companies. The majority of businesses in the downtown area are locally owned.

An annual local vernacular culture phenomenon, the Valentine Bandit, a tradition of covering downtown storefronts and public buildings with red hearts each February 14, began in Montpelier in the 1990s.

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Quick Facts About Montpelier

County: Washington
Lat / Long: 44.26 N / 72.57 W
Zip Code(s): 05601, 05602, 05603, 05604, 05609, 05620, 05633
Incorporated: 1895
Population (2010): 7,855
Elevation: 525 feet
Land Area: 10.2 miles
 
Town Clerk: 802-223-9500
Major Hospitals: Central Vermont Medical Ctr (3.3 miles SE), Fletcher Allen Hospital (38.9 miles NW)
Major Airports: Burlington International Airport (35.9 miles NW)
Amtrak Stations: Montpelier Junction
 
Tourist Attractions: Vermont State House, Vermont Historical Society Museum, Montpelier Historic District, The Capital Region's Welcome Center, Hubbard Park, T.W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center, North Branch Nature Center, Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Nearby: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory Tour (13.0 miles NW)
 
Birthplace of: Patrick Leahy (born 1940), US senator.
 
Fun Fact: Did you know Montpelier is the only state capital in the US without a McDonald's!
 

 

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Nearby Cities and Towns:

Region 5: Waterbury-Montpelier | Middlesex (2.2 miles NW) | East Montpelier (2.0 miles NE) | Plainfield (2.8 miles E) | Moretown (2.8 miles W) | Barre (2.4 miles SE) | Berlin (1.8 miles SW)

Vermont Events in December


Sunsoil 2 Cents/mg Refill Event 12/7/19 - 12/14/19

Join Sunsoil at Hunger Mountain Co-op to refill your Sunsoil Unflavored CBD Oil at 2 cents/mg on Saturday, December 7 and December 14, from 12 to 4 p.m. We want to make high quality CBD oil accessible. That's why we've teamed up with Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier, VT, to bring CBD to the people at the lowest price in the country. Come in and refill your Sunsoil bottle for 2¢/MG—that's $12 for a 600MG bottle.* Don't have a bottle? You can purchase one at the event! Sunsoil makes high quality CBD with simple ingredients on our farms in Vermont. We extract CBD from USDA certified organic hemp using organic coconut oil. The result is a whole-plant product with fewer ingredients. Learn more about Sunsoil and explore our CBD tinctures, softgels, capsules and oils at Sunsoil.com/refill.


Fiddlin' Movie with Q&A 12/11/19 - 12/11/19

The documentary film Fiddlin' will be playing at The Savoy Theater on December 11th at 6:30pm followed by a Q&A with the Writer/Producer Vicki Vlasic. About the film Fiddlers and pickers pass their uplifting music from one generation to the next with a fierce determination to keep Old Time and Bluegrass music alive in the Appalachian Mountains. Run time 92min. Awards Seven Audience Choice Awards, Two Best Documentary Feature Awards, Two Best Feature Film Awards, One Best Score Award, Two Best Cinematography Awards, One Best Music Award Other; Nominated for Best Documentary, Best Editing, and Best Director Awards. Directed By Julie Simone Written By Vicki Vlasic, Julie Simone, and Janice Hampton Produced By Vicki Vlasic and Jill Mazursky


Gingerbread Festival 12/12/19 - 12/12/19

Gingerbread Houses + Barr Hill Cocktails A festive evening for bakers and non-bakers alike. Sugar and spice and edible solar panels, that’s what gingerbread houses are made of. SunCommon is hosting our first annual GINgerbread Festival at Caledonia Spirits. We will be handing out prizes for the best sustainable-themed gingerbread houses and serving up Barr Hill cocktails on us, so whether you want to enter the competition, or simply look at other people’s masterpieces, SunCommon has you covered. Register or RSVP to the event at the links below. For more information, reach out to Erin at erin.rocheleau@suncommon.com. https://suncommon.com/vt/gingerbread/


Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market 12/14/19 - 12/14/19

The Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market is the spot to buy gifts from some of the best makers in Vermont. When you "gift local" you not only support our Vermont community, but also turn your friends and family onto another great Vermont business. From booze to booties, clay to quilts and sweets to balms, the Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market has crafts from over 45 Vermont artisans to complete your gift list.


Award Winning Short Outside + Q&A with DL 12/15/19 - 12/15/19

Salon Black Walnut presents Boston Artist *Daniel Laurent* (DL) in a Community Conversation. Screening of the Award Winning Short "OUTSIDE" with additional documentary footage. DanielLaurent.com artist's Reflection & Dialogue on the psychological impact of gun homicide & violence on our youth & communities. Exploration of his Self Expression via verses and therapeutic art-making in response to trauma. Discussion of community and connection to build a legacy for our youth & Break the Cycle.


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