MONTPELIER – VERMONT, USA – CITY GUIDE

Montpelier is a city in the U.S. state of Vermont that serves as the state capital and the shire county seat of Washington County. As the capital of Vermont, Montpelier is the site of the Vermont State House, seat of the legislative branch of Vermont government. The population was 7,855 at the 2010 census.

montpelier at night

Overview

It was Colonel Davis who selected the name Montpelier after the French city Montpellier.There was a general enthusiasm for things French as a result of the country’s aid during the American Revolution.The settlement grew quickly, and by 1791 the population reached 117.

In 1825, the Marquis de Lafayette visited Montpelier on a triumphal tour of America, 50 years after the Revolutionary War.

The town developed into a center for manufacturing, especially after the Vermont Central Railroad opened in Montpelier on June 20, 1849—the same year East Montpelier was set off as a separate town. Falls on the Winooski River provided waterpower for mills. There was an iron foundry.

Today, government, higher education, insurance and tourism are principal businesses.

Sights

Vermont State House

Vermont State House – The Vermont State House, is the state capitol of Vermont, United States and the seat of the Vermont General Assembly. A careful restoration of the Vermont State House began in the early 1980s led by David Schütz. The general style of the building is Neoclassical and Greek Revival and is furnished in American Empire, Renaissance Revival, and Rococo Revival styles. Some rooms have been restored to represent latter-19th-century styles including the “Aesthetic Movement” style.

Vermont history museum – The museum’s core exhibit, “Freedom and Unity: One Ideal, Many Stories” opened in March 2004 and won a national US award. The multimedia exhibit, which represents Vermont’s history from 1600 to the present, fills 5000 square feet pavilion building in Montpelier. Visitors walk trough a working telegraph and a WWII living room furnished with period music and magazines.

VCFA

Vermont college of fine Arts

Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) is a national center for graduate education in arts. It seeks to shape the future of the arts by fostering the excellence of emerging and established artists. Through its pioneering low-residency model, VCFA offers the Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing, Writing for Children & Young Adults, Visual Art, Music Composition, Graphic Design and Film. Its distinguished faculty includes Pulitzer Prize finalists, National Book Award winners, and Newbery Medalists.

Firmly anchored on his historic campus in Montpelier, the college seeks to shape the future of the arts with an emphasis on excellence that allows its members to reach for the highest artistic standards for a healthy and creative society.

Restaurants

Positive pie bar,restaurant, lounge

POSITIVE PIE

The Positive Pie is a modern restaurant, full of design and creativity that offers to their guests a hand-mixed and hand-tossed pizza; fresh pastas and seasonal and sustainable ingredients – all at a great value! You can still enjoy great music, great people and memorable moments.

They pledge to treat their staff with respect and kindness and to become the area’s employer of choice. Their commitment is to support local growers and farmers and be an active part of the Vermont Fresh Network. They take food very seriously: Italian flavors and ingredients meet a Vermont sensibility and combine to make some eclectic and delicious creations. The beer and wine list is designed to compliment the menu.

J Morgans Steakhouse

The J Morgans Steakhouse is a new contemporary space that belongs to the Capitol Plaza. For 15-years, J. Morgans has been serving locals, patrons, and travelers our award winning steaks, seafood, and Sunday brunch. In the winter of 2011, they decided to create an entirely new atmosphere and dining experience that result on an great place to enjoy. The result has been described as ‘city steakhouse’, ‘eclectic’, ‘amazing’, and even ‘eye-candy’.

HOTELS

CP

Capitol Plaza

The Capitol Plaza Hotel is located along the Winooski River on historic State Street, across from the State Capitol Building in the heart of the city. The hotel provides to the small town, charm with the big city elegance. Luxurious linens, spacious bathrooms, down to the very last detail, the Capitol Plaza Hotel is committed to give the best to their costumers. They recently received the “Innkeepers of the Year”.

INN at Montpelier

The two stately historic buildings, which are the home of The Inn at Montpelier, were built in the early 1800’s. Both buildings are classically federal in design and as is typical of New England architecture, have been added to on several different occasions. The extravagant wraparound colonial revival porch added to the yellow building is a prominent landmark in a row of gracious townhouses built by the founders of Montpelier.

Stowe Flake Mountain Resort & Spa

Owned and operated by the Baraw family for nearly fifty years, the AAA 4-diamond property is home to an exquisite combination of facilities unrivaled in New England, including a 50,000 square foot world-class spa, two award-winning restaurants, luxurious accommodations, and the largest resort-based conference center in Vermont.

Galleries

Sportlight art gallery montpelier vermont

With the Vermontt College of Fine Arts there was a great expansion on art galleries in montpelier wich we can see, all of different styles and projects. We would recommend the Tw woodgallery & arts center, Artisans Hand craft gallery, VT State House Gallery, Vermont Arts Council, Spotlight Gallery

Interior Home Design – Thunder Mill Design – They create spaces that are meant to be beautiful and individual, with attention to detail and efficiency. They are commited to provide the highest quality from architectural services and furniture for a great variety of clientes from all over the United States.

Art shows – There are a lot of art exhibitions going on all over Montpelier during all year, lots of variety and styles. After a little peek I would definitely choose one of these: Montpelier art walk,City Center Art Resource Association Communal Art Exhibit, City Hall Showcases

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