Montpelier Resources & Information
Montpelier, Vermont - Smallest Capital City in the USA
Although Montpelier is the capital of Vermont, it feels more like a small town and has a strong sense of community, a thriving downtown, great schools, wonderful historic homes and neighborhoods, surprisingly good restaurants, book shops, cafes, and a beautiful setting nestled in among the green Mountains. Although only a town of about 8,000 people, Montpelier serves as the cultural, political, and economic center of Central Vermont and as such is a lively, vibrant community.
Montpelier, although small, is still made up of several distinct neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has it's special flavor and character, both physically, and socially. The Meadows, for example, on the west side of Elm St. just north of downtown is sandwiched between the North Branch River and the slopes leading up to Hubbard Park. It is relatively flat (some of it in the flood plain) and is known for it's large number of young children, it's neighborhood party and pot luck dinners, and the diversity of the folks who live there, from writers and artists to the Vermont secretary of state.
Other neighborhoods include The College St. neighborhood, The Town Hill neighborhood, The Terrace St. neighborhood, etc. If you have questions about any of the various neighborhoods or are trying to figure out which one you would feel most at home in, feel free to call Soren and he would be happy to discuss them with you.
Also, see: http://www.montpelier-vt.org/community/19.html for more info on neighborhoods in Montpelier.
Montpelier Parks & Recreation Areas
There are two large parks in Montpelier - Hubbard Park and the North Branch Park. Together, these 2 parks cover almost 400 acres of woods, trails, open space, and recreation areas. These parks are a wonderful resource for walking, hiking, cross-country skiing (the trails are groomed in winter), and walking dogs.
Montpelier Recreation Area and Pool located on Elm St. about 1/2 mile from the center of town, Montpelier has a wonderful, unique town pool that is about 200 ft. long with sloping sides so it is completely handicapped accessible. It's more like an asphalt pond, complete with rafts, a tower to jump off of, and a shallow kids area. Also at the recreation area are tennis courts, ball fields (where the minor league team, the Mountaineers play in the Summer), and a skate board park.
Montpelier also has a town beach, located a couple of miles north of town at the Wrightsville Reservoir. Also at Wrightsville, is a public boat ramp for canoes, kayaks, and power boats as well.
Montpelier has a great public school system as well as having numerous private school choices as well. The public schools are strong academically, with high parent participation and great teachers. Montpelier High School has been designated as among the top 3% of high schools (both public and private) in the U.S. by the U.S. News and World Report for several years now.
For more information on Montpelier public schools, go to http://www.mpsvt.org/mps/
Several choices exist for alternatives to public school education, including River Rock School in Montpelier, K-8 (www.riverrockschool.org), the Orchard Valley Waldorf School in East Montpelier (www.orchardvalleyschool.org ), and The Monteverdi Music School (www.monteverdimusic.org )
Higher Education: Montpelier has four institutions of higher learning in town, Vermont College of Fine Arts (see www.vermontcollege.edu ), the New England Culinary Institute (www.neci.edu ), Union Institute (www.myunion.edu ), and The Community College of Vermont (www.central-vt.com/web/ccv ).
Restaurants and Entertainment
Restaurants: Due partially to the New England Culinary Institute which has been training world class chefs in Montpelier for over 30 years, Montpelier has a amazingly good and varied assortment of restaurants in its easily walkable downtown. From Italian to Vegan, Montpelier has a lot to offer Culinary enthusiasts.
See: http://hungryvt.com/central/washington/montpelier/index.php for more info.
Nightlife: Montpelier also boasts at least 4 venues within a 2 block walk of the corner of State and Main Streets where you can live find live blues, jazz, folk, hip-hop, or world music on any given night (primarily weekends though). See: www.blackdoorvt.com, www.positivepie.com ,www.yelp.com/biz/charlie-os-montpelier , www.langdonstreetcafe.com , www.facebook.com/people/Abbey-Lam/
Or drive to nearby Burlington and go to a host of venues for live music, including: www.highergroundmusic.com www.liveatnectars.com