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Day Trip: The Best Things to do in Montpelier VT

While our village of Warren and nearby Waitsfield offer visitors to Vermont plenty of options, there are so many things to do in Montpelier VT that are not to be missed! As the smallest U.S. capital—with less than 8,000 residents—Montpelier is very walkable and quaint. Park the car, feed the meter, and explore this charming tiny but bustling town. From hiking trails and green spaces to museums and restaurants, you’ll find plenty to fill your day on a trip to Montpelier VT.

As a guest at our Vermont Bed and Breakfast, you’ll only be a scenic 45-minute drive from all of the exciting things to do in Montpelier VT. One notable spot not to miss (on your way in or way out of town) is the historic Coburn covered bridge. You’ll want to extend your road trip into East Montpelier to drive under this 1840s treasured landmark—one of the last of its kind to remain in this part of Vermont. Thankfully, you’ll come across a few others on your route into the state capital.

Before you hit the road, be sure to join us for a delicious homecooked breakfast. Each morning, Susan heads to the kitchen to create beautiful meals for our guests to enjoy in our dining room. Here’s her latest recipe for pillowy cottage cheese buns. It’s the best way to start your day of adventuring through the stunning Vermont countryside. Book your next stay at West Hill House B&B, and let the planning begin! 

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Our Favorite Things to do in Montpelier VT

Before you set out to explore all of the best things to do in Montpelier VT, here’s a great list of options to consider for your day trip to this charming historic town.

  • Vermont State House: The bright white-columned building topped with a sparkling golden dome stands out with a verdant green backdrop of trees. Find out more about the history of this Greek Revival-style architectural gem on a guided tour. A visit to this historic building is known as one of the best things to do in Montpelier VT, if not the whole state of Vermont!
  • Vermont Historical Society Museum: Located inside a converted mansion, this museum is a highly informative experience in the capital city. Find artifacts, exhibits, and exciting art with a strong focus on the state of Vermont and its people.
  • T.W. Wood Gallery and Arts Center: For an in-depth look at works from past and present Vermont artists, this historic 1895 gallery is a great stop on your visit to Montpelier. The collection is anchored by 42 paintings by the namesake artist Thomas Waterman Wood.
  • Bear Pond Books: We love a good book store: the smell, wandering the aisles, and discovering the next best read. Since 1973, Bear Pond has been a popular stop for bibliophiles from around the state and deserves a spot on your list of things to do in Montpelier VT.
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  • Hubbard Park: This urban park, covering almost 200 acres, was founded in 1899 and offers several miles of trails that weave through beautiful forests. The crowning jewel is the rustic stone Hubbard Park Tower with 65 steps to a lookout for stunning views.
  • Bragg Farm Sugar House: This award-winning maple syrup farm has been operated by the Bragg Family for eight generations and is by far one of the best things to do in Montpelier VT to get a taste of what this area is all about. From the syrup and Cabot cheeses to other local pantry items, you’ll have your pick of phenomenal products to bring home with you.
  • The North Branch Cafe: Head to this tea and wine cafe for a friendly and cozy respite from exploring the city. With more than 80 international loose leaf teas and a lovely selection of organic and biodynamic wines, there’s something for everyone for a warming drink.
  • Three Penny Taproom: Whether you enjoy a hoppy, light, malty, or dark brew, this local taproom in Montpelier has more than 20 options on draft. Pair that with an impressive menu of elevated pub grub, and you’ll be happy with lunch or an early dinner here.
  • Barr Hill Distillery and Bar: For a unique experience where the “farmland meets the forest,” this local spirit company began when a beekeeper and a distiller came together to make fantastic raw honey-based gin and vodka. Find a spot on the outdoor patio, and be sure to order a Bee’s Knees—their signature cocktail!
  • Oakes and Evelyn: One of the best things to do in Montpelier VT is to explore the culinary options. This romantic downtown farm-to-table restaurant offers an array of creative dishes to discover. Local products shine on the simple yet elegant dishes.

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Cozy Lodging in the Mad River Valley

After a day experiencing all of the best things to do in Montpelier VT, head on back to our Warren Bed and Breakfast for a restful evening by the fire, enjoying a nightcap, or curled up with a good book in your suite. Our nine cozy and beautifully appointed guest rooms are the perfect places to unwind. Relax in a jetted tub or steam shower, or sit back and take in the lush forests and gardens of our property. Every nook and cranny at our Inn is designed to feel welcoming and memorable.

We can’t wait to host you in Vermont! Book today.

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