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Our Favorite Things to Do in Montpelier, Vermont, this Summer

Set against a backdrop of rolling hills and the pretty Winooski River, Montpelier is not just Vermont’s political hub but also a playground for the curious and the adventurous, especially in the warmer months. There are so many fun things to do in Montpelier, Vermont, that you could easily spend a whole day exploring the charming small-town streets, the impressive state house, outdoor recreation, and the local farm-to-table fare. 

Montpelier might be small in size, but it’s mighty in fantastic things to do. The historic downtown area is the perfect destination for a stroll—take notice, unlike other US capital cities, you won’t encounter a McDonald’s or a Starbucks. It’s all about small, local businesses in Montpelier! Whether you’re a history buff, a lover of the arts, or someone who thrives in the great outdoors, you’ll find something in this charming town that attracts up to 13 million visitors yearly. 

Our bed and breakfast in central Vermont is approximately a scenic 40-minute drive to Montpelier and is a great homebase for your explorations! West Hill House Bed and Breakfast offers guests a classic lodging experience in one of the most beautiful places in the world. The Mad River Valley is as picturesque as nature comes, and you’ll find our Inn down a quiet country road, nestled on nine acres, and with personable and welcoming hosts awaiting your arrival. Inside, you’ll find the coziest guest rooms, sweet treats, and beautiful spaces to relax and refresh this summer. Book your lodging today! 

Our Favorite Things to Do in Montpelier Vermont this Summer near our bed and breakfast, aerial shot of the Vermont capital city

The Best Things to Do in Montpelier, Vermont, this Summer

Montpelier, Vermont, the nation’s smallest state capital, is a charming and picturesque destination perfect for a summer day trip. With its rich history, vibrant arts scene, and stunning natural surroundings, there’s plenty to explore. As a guest at our bed and breakfast, feel free to ask your innkeepers for insider tips, directions, or personalized recommendations for your adventures.

Here are the best things to do in Montpelier, Vermont, this summer:

  1. Tour the Vermont State Building: This golden-domed building offers a glimpse into the state’s rich history and stunning Greek Revival architecture. Visitors can explore the beautifully restored chambers, view historical exhibits, and learn about Vermont’s legislative process. Open weekdays.
  2. Vermont Historical Society Museum: Browse the engaging exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays at this museum in Montpelier. Located in the heart of the state capital, the museum offers visitors a comprehensive look at Vermont’s cultural heritage and historical milestones. Open Tuesday though Saturday.
  3. Explore Hubbard Park: A visit to this little natural gem is one of the best things to do in Montpelier. Spanning over 194 acres, this park features a network of trails perfect for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. A notable highlight is the stone observation tower, which provides a panoramic view of the city and surrounding landscape. 
  4. Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks: Visitors can enjoy a tour of the maple syrup production process, learn about the history of sugaring, and sample various delicious maple products at Morse Farm. The farm also offers a charming country store, scenic trails, and whimsical carved folk art.
  5. Browsing at Bear Pond Books: This locally-owned bookshop is a must-visit in Montpelier! You’ll find new and used books and great gifts, and they even host literary events. 
  6. A Tasting at Caledonia Spirits: Head to this distillery and craft cocktail bar for drinks & tastings. The home of Barr Hill Gin. You can purchase tickets for tours of the distillery (note these are offered only on some days and at specific times). 
  7. Make Farm-to-Table Dinner Reservations: There are so many lovely restaurants and cafes to discover in this charming small town. One of the best things to do in Montpelier is make a reservation at Sarducci’s Restaurant holding the top spot on TripAdvisor for dinner out in Montpelier. 
  8. Visit the Montpelier Farmers Market: Every Saturday in the shadow of the State Buiiding, vendors, farmers, and artisans set up a beautiful open air market selling flowers, produce, and more. The Capital City Market will be a highlight of your trip.  
Our Favorite Things to Do in Montpelier Vermont this Summer near our bed and breakfast pictured here

Summer Getaway: Stay at our Lovely Bed and Breakfast in Vermont near Waitsfield

We take great pride in the unique amenities offered at West Hill House B&B. Our team has worked hard to ensure your stay with us is unforgettable. In addition to the charming town and welcoming ambiance of our bed and breakfast, we offer an array of amenities worth mentioning. Our cozy rooms, delicious breakfasts, and well-maintained gardens are just the beginning. We have a few other surprises up our sleeves that we think you’ll appreciate!

Each of our guest rooms at the inn is unique; the Mountain Room, pictured above, is one of the warmest, coziest spots in all of Vermont. Up one flight of stairs from the Dining Room, the room features a gas-fired “wood” stove, a king-size bed, or, if you choose, a pair of extra-long twin beds (for a small fee). The private ensuite bathroom has a double jetted tub and corner shower. 

While the best things to do in Montpelier can be enjoyed in all four seasons, you’ll want to time your trip based on your interests and plan accordingly, and the summer season is particularly beautiful. It’s a good idea to begin planning your summer getaways now. But if you’ve always wanted to see Vermont during the height of autumn, we often fill up way in advance in Warren and Waitsfield, so start considering your time frame now. Check out our upcoming availability at our Vermont Bed and Breakfast and book your room today!

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