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No McDonalds in Montpelier

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February 9th, 2014 Posted 9:20 pm

Late last year I started planning a weekend getaway to somewhere in Canada or the US in late January or early February. I was tossing up between three or four cities within an affordable travelling distance from Toronto, when I chanced upon this tweet in my timeline:

 

 

Montpelier, eh? I’d never even heard of it before. A quick spot of research led me to find that not only was it the sole US capital without a McDonalds, but it was also the smallest American capital city, with a population of around 7,800. What’s more, it was only 500km from Toronto, and Porter Airlines had some decent prices on flights to the nearby city of Burlington, about 45 minutes north-west of the capital.

If there’s no McDonalds in Montpelier, I wondered, then what on earth do the locals do for food & entertainment?

That familiar sense of intrigue sparked within me and I knew my next weekend getaway would be to the New England state of Vermont. And so it was that on Friday last week I set upon my first of three days in Montpelier: an absolutely delightful little town that would ultimately take the #1 spot on my list of favourite cities in the United States.

In case you were also wondering what there is to do in and around Montpelier sans-Mickey D’s, I’ve compiled here a list of the beautiful sights, delicious food and inspiring attractions that I was lucky enough to see, eat and visit during my trip!

 

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A Montpelier panorama as seen from Cliff St, on the way down from Hubbard Park

 

The Three Penny Taproom

I arrived in the early evening and the first thing I did after checking into the lovely room I booked through AirBnB was to drop by the Three Penny Taproom at 108 Main Street. Known to locals as one of the top spots in town for authentic Vermont fare, the bar was recommended by my friend Johanna, who met with me at the venue for a couple of drinks and a bite to eat.

The first thing that struck me was the impressive list of craft beers on tap – around 25 of them all up, with a decent sample of local brews from around the state. I loved the deep fruity tastes of the Zero Gravity Ourbier, but looking back over the tap list at the website I wish I’d noticed the Honeymaker Tea Mead from Maine… honey wine with black tea, lemon & mint… it sounds incredible!

And then came the food. What more can I say, but the Daily Burger was quite possibly the best burger I’ve ever eaten in my life. Perfectly portioned beef, pickles, jalapeño, cheese, lettuce & peanut butter on the freshest brioche bun. Burgers don’t come around like that very often.

 

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The entrance to the Three Penny Taproom

 

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Some happy locals at the bar

 

Coffee Corner

I’d made plans the next morning to have breakfast at an eatery called the Skinny Pancake, but I ended up popping into a diner across the road called Coffee Corner at 83 Main Street. My AirBnB host, Karin, spoke very highly of the service and homestyle food available here. I was originally only going to have a coffee, but I couldn’t resist sticking around for my morning meal after a quick look at the menu, ultimately settling for the O’Bryan breakfast specialty (house-made corned beef hash with sautéed green peppers, served with eggs and toast). Wow. Two exquisite American-style meals in a row – I was in food heaven.

It was around about this time that I noticed a recurring theme to the cafes & restaurants around Vermont: they pride themselves on sourcing as much local food direct from the farm as possible, with maximum community involvement at the point of consumption. At the Coffee Corner I sat at what’s known as the ‘community table’, which is essentially a square bar positioned around the barista’s counter with seating for 10-12 people. The idea at the community table was to interact with the people who sat around you – and indeed I struck up a good couple of conversations with the locals around me while munching away on my corned beef.

 

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Coffee Corner

 

The Vermont State House

Located on the aptly-named State Street and adjacent to the woody hills of Hubbard Park, the grandest piece of architecture in Montpelier has to be the Vermont State House, serving as the capitol of the state since the mid-1800’s. The State House is open to visitors during the week but unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to see its interior as it’s closed on weekends during the winter. I was quite disappointed about not getting a glimpse inside – I was told it’s just as beautiful internally as it is externally, and a whopping 95% of its reviews on TripAdvisor are ranked as very good or excellent.

It’s interesting to note that members of the public are welcome to sit in on parliamentary sessions whenever the legislators are at work. Apparently it’s also not uncommon to see the governor and legislators line up at Pinky’s sandwich shop for lunch, mingling and chatting with fellow Vermonters.

Reason enough to visit Montpelier again in the summertime, I think?

 

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The monumental Vermont State House

 

Hubbard Park

After my visit to the State House I made my way around the nearby backstreets in search of the path leading into Hubbard Park. Set on a hill to the north of the city, my map suggested there were some good hiking trails within its grounds, culminating with a century-old stone tower at the summit. The map wasn’t wrong. With a layer of fresh snow covering the track and the towering woods above me, it was one of the most beautiful and peaceful short hikes I’ve taken since arriving on continental North America.

 

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Hubbard Park foliage reaching well toward the sky

 

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The snowy path winding through the woods

 

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The Hubbard Park Tower

 

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Basically, an open invitation to climb the tower

 

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One step to go!

 

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The view across the Vermont countryside from the top of the Hubbard Park Tower

 

Morse Farm

After descending from the Hubbard Park trail via Cliff St, I met with my host Karin again who very kindly offered to drive me a few miles north of Montpelier to Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks. In operation for over 200 years, the farm claims to produce the best maple syrup in the whole of the state. We spent quite some time browsing through the huge store, full of every type of maple-related food item and souvenir you can imagine. They had a tasting bar where you could sample the different grades of syrup from lightest to darkest – Vermont Fancy Grade, Grade A Medium Amber, Grade A Dark Amber and Grade B. I picked up half a pint of the delicious Grade A Medium, as well as some maple candy and an apple cider donut!

Also on-site was a theatre with a multimedia display and an outdoor museum, but there wasn’t much on show when we visited, presumably due to it still being a month or two away from this year’s sugar season. However, there were some great woodwork displays, and I got to see a tapped maple tree in the woods at the rear of the shop.

Unfortunately I forgot how strict the TSA are at the airport when it comes to liquids, and as such I had to throw away my half-pint of syrup when I left Vermont 🙁 But not to worry: I ordered some more online and am looking very forward to it arriving soon.

Thanks also to Kumlu for suggesting Morse Farm as a great local attraction to visit.

 

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Inside the Morse Farm country store

 

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Grade A Medium Amber. The most popular syrup on sale: “distinctive in taste and golden in colour”

 

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Nothing but the best from Morse Farm!

 

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The cute entrance to the Woodshed Theatre, constructed out of maple timber

 

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A tapped maple tree

 

The Vermont Countryside

Instead of heading straight back to Montpelier, Karin took me on a detour through the Vermont countryside. We travelled about 8 miles out of town along some gorgeous meandering dirt roads, where we eventually stopped at the North Montpelier Pond. So far over this side of the world I’d walked along the banks of a half-frozen river in Oakville and I’d seen the icy surface of Lake Ontario extending out a hundred metres before meeting water, but the North Montpelier Pond was the first time I’d experienced an entirely frozen body of water.

Our ears were met with an eerie creaking noise as we stepped onto the snowy surface, but we were reassured to see the fresh marks of car tires stretching well into the centre of the lake. The ice can’t have been that unstable. It was quite a moment to know I was standing on a thin solid meniscus only a few inches above the aquatic life trapped below.

We continued south along a few more secluded roads, past elaborate homesteads & farms and into the nearby township of Barre. The Vermont countryside is a truly wondrous area of the world to explore by car and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to see a small portion of it with Karin.

 

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A homestead along a well-maintained dirt road in the Vermont countryside

 

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Standing in the centre of North Montpelier Pond!

 

Hope Cemetery

Just outside the township of Barre lies the very unique 65-acre Hope Cemetery. First used as a burial ground in the late 1800’s, it’s famous for its 10,000+ tombstones being carved entirely out of Vermont granite, many of which are the works of post-revolutionary Italian migrants. We crawled slowly along the necropolis laneways marvelling at the efforts surviving family members went to in order to memorialise their deceased loved ones, with designs ranging from a soccer ball to an airplane to a racecar.

It’s an ironic fact that the sculptors who worked on the tombstones suffered a higher-than-average death rate due to the inhalation of silica materials from the granite dust. Having said that, with knowledge that death was impending, the sculptors had the chance to design their own elaborate tombs before their time came up.

 

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The ornate memorial for a two-year old boy named Aurelio

 

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A granite racecar tombstone

 

Ben & Jerry’s Factory

Karin & I returned to Montpelier after a delightful couple of hours touring the countryside. By this stage my friend Johanna had finished work for the day so we met again, and she was kind enough to take me on yet another drive west of Montpelier to visit the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Waterbury (another local attraction recommended to me by Kumlu).

I can count on half a hand the number of times I’d consumed Ben & Jerry’s in the past, and it was recent news to me that it was a Vermont institute, having been founded in Burlington in 1978. What better way to familiarise myself with the brand than to go on a tour of their ice cream plant?

The tour was quite fascinating and took us around half an hour to complete, culminating with a tasting session in the Flavour Lab (more of that in a second). We weren’t allowed to take photos of the actual factory in case we were spies from Häagen-Dazs, but I can tell you there are miles and miles of steel pipes that transport milk, cream, sugar and all kinds of delicious fruity/chocolatey/marshmallowy/swirly ingredients from massive storage barrels into mixing tubs and finally into the pint buckets that get dispatched out to the shops.

 

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The Ben & Jerry’s Factory

 

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That’s a hell of a lot of dairy goodness

 

So there was a tasting session at the end of our tour where we all got to sample an experimental new ice cream recipe that hadn’t yet made its way into the shops. The idea is that the tour group is invited to give feedback on the sample; the more positive comments it receives, the more likely the recipe is to be manufactured on a larger scale.

What sample did we get?

 

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BROCCOLI CHEDDAR CHUNK

 

Yep. Broccoli ice cream with kidney bean chunks and a cheddar swirl.

Now I’m a moderately adventurous guy when it comes to food, but there are some ingredients that just aren’t suitable for use with dairy products. I know from experience that mushrooms are one of them, but broccoli and kidney beans can also be added to that list.

FML.

I did try a cup of the Phish Food a few days later at the Ben & Jerry’s store in Burlington though! That’s more like it.

 

Cold Hollow Cider Mill

Thanks to Johanna’s keen interest in local food & beverage, she knew of a few more must-see foodie locations in the general vicinity of the Ben & Jerry’s factory, so we headed north toward Stowe to drop by the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Similarly to Morse Farm, there was a large country-style bakery & store full of all kinds of local food items and souvenirs, including the sweetest apple cider imaginable and my second cider donut for the day, all produced on-site. Adjacent to the store was an exhibition on the cider-making process with free tastings available, which you could pour yourself out of a huge cider barrel. It wasn’t to be our last free tasting of the day either 🙂

 

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A nice warm fireplace inside the Cold Hollow Cider Mill

 

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America’s favourite apple

 

Cabot Cheese Annex

Returning south along Route 100, we made another pitstop at the Cabot Cheese Annex. A cooperative of 1,200 dairy farms across New England and New York, Cabot Creamery has two retail outlets in Vermont dedicated to the co-op’s produce and other Vermont specialties. It was a fantastic discovery for a cheese-lover like myself, with well over 30 different cheeses available for sampling, and scores more on the shelves for purchase. I left with a highly-recommended block of Tarentaise, a semi-hard Alpine cheese from Spring Brook Farm in Reading, VT.

 

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The best of the lot was the horseradish cheddar

 

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Unlike my liquid maple syrup, the TSA happily let me take the cheese across the border back into Canada 🙂

 

Green Mountain Coffee

We snuck in one final stop before returning to Montpelier – the Green Mountain Coffee Visitor’s Centre, located alongside the Waterbury train station. Although it was too late in the evening for a caffeinated beverage, the snowfall made for a perfect backdrop to photograph the gorgeous old building.

 

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Green Mountain Coffee Visitor Centre

 

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The historic Waterbury train station

 

New England Culinary Institute

After bidding farewell to Johanna, I made my way up to an eatery she recommended called Salt Cafe, a small restaurant that specialises on local food and changes their menu every few weeks depending on the available produce. Unfortunately they were booked out for the night, so I fell back on plan B and had my dinner instead at the New England Culinary Institute.

The NECI operates a number of restaurants in Montpelier that act as a classroom for students, who learn the hospitality trade by cooking for & serving actual paying customers. As with seemingly every other eatery in Vermont, the NECI places a large emphasis on the farm-to-table concept, with students encouraged to develop relationships with farmers and to formulate their menu in accordance with the seasons. I dined at the NECI on Main outlet, and had the pan-seared Arctic char with a spectacular batch of dessert sushi to finish off.

 

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Dessert sushi at the NECI… amazing

 

The Skinny Pancake

I finally made it to the Skinny Pancake for breakfast on my final day in Montpelier. Located across the road from Coffee Corner at 89 Main St, the menu is comprised of an impressive selection of sweet & savoury crêpes & pancakes, as well as a few non-crêpe options for good measure. I had the rather compelling Frumple cake: a sweet crêpe cooked briefly, then twisted into a light pile and dusted with cinnamon sugar.

It was so good I couldn’t resist a second Skinny Pancake at their location in Burlington Airport the next day.

 

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The Skinny Pancake

 

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Frumple cake!

 

Buch Spieler Music

I try to make a point of visiting an independently-owned record store in each city I travel through. Buch Spieler Music was the perfect example in Montpelier, at 27 Langdon Street. They don’t just sell CDs & records; they also have a large vintage clothing section, audio accessories and a DJ hire service.

I had a chat to a guy called Jeff at the counter and asked if he could recommend some local indie music to check out. It turned out he plays in a Montpelier blues/rock band himself called Lake Superior, so I gladly bought a copy of their recently-released album Steam Engine which has a great raw Black Keys kinda sound to it. Check it out!

 

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Buch Spieler Music

 

The streets of downtown Montpelier

I had just as much fun randomly wandering the streets of downtown Montpelier over the weekend as I did visiting its many sights & attractions. The architecture, parklands and positive spin on its street art were all very satisfying facets to discover.

 

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Get yourself to Montpelier!

I was altogether very pleasantly surprised at how, within the space of a few weeks, I went from not knowing a thing about Vermont’s capital to securing its place at the top of my favourite US cities list. Granted I haven’t visited very many US cities yet, but it’s going to take a lot to top the serenity, friendliness and community spirit of Montpelier.

So now we all know: there is an abundance of awesome stuff to see, eat and visit in and around Montpelier despite there being no McDonalds!

If you’re ever in the area, do yourself a favour and spend some time in this beautiful little city.

 

But what are you supposed to do in Montpelier if you REALLY crave a fix of Maccas?

Well then you just drive a couple of miles south to the town of Berlin!

 

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McDonalds, Berlin

 

 

 

Oh, and by the way…

I was just kidding about the broccoli cheddar chunk at Ben & Jerry’s.

They actually gave us Salty Triple Caramel Chunk: salty caramel ice cream with gobs of salty caramel and milk chocolate salty caramel truffles 🙂

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24 Responses to “No McDonalds in Montpelier”

  1. Sam
    9:48 pm on February 9th, 2014

    Ew Dan, if I hadn’t read your entire blog post, I would have left this page thinking that Ben&Jerry’s was out to ruin the good name of ice cream by putting BROCCOLI in it. YUCK!! The flavour you -actually- tried sounds effing amazing, though, so I hope you gave it a good rating because I want to be able to buy it!

  2. Dan Schaumann
    10:23 pm on February 9th, 2014

    Haha, sorry to put you through that Sam! 😛
    But yes, the Salty Triple Caramel was DEEE-licious. I gave it a 9/10 and very much hope it makes its way into the shops one day…

  3. DuvessSimone
    1:54 am on February 10th, 2014

    Bah you REALLY fooled me with that broccoli cheddar chunk! But is it really an option, I mean, are they actually considering that flavour? I still bet you woulda tried if it were available . . . ha ha!
    Wow, so after your big desire for maple syrup, they took it off you at teh airport? So shit!
    Love your blogs, you really pick out all the things normal people would walk past, and make something intersting of them! And, well, pick out the awesome stuff anwyay.
    Always!

  4. Loren
    4:06 am on February 10th, 2014

    I remember watching an episode of iron chef one time and a fellow made ice cream out of something sea foody. On that note I would have been up for trying broccoli ice cream 😛

  5. Seann Patrick Cram
    1:08 am on March 27th, 2014

    Hey I found your post through the website reddit and I enjoyed reading this. I am a native Vermonter living currently in Strafford. I am always interested in tourist perception of our great and unique state. Looks like you got to see some of the best. I would highly recommend returning in the Summer to see the Green Mountains.
    fyi the Licence plate you took a picture of, it says “I am Vermont Strong”. That became the unofficial state motto in the recovery from hurricane Irene, the states worst natural disaster in decades.

  6. Dan Schaumann
    3:54 am on March 27th, 2014

    Hey, cheers for your kind words Seann, yes I loved my trip to VT and I’d love to return in the warmer months. I just looked up some pics of the Green Mountains in summer and it looks unbelievable – especially this one.

    Thanks for the info on ‘I am Vermont Strong’ – when I saw it I was wondering if it related to something specific or if it was just a general statement. It’s only recent news to me that Irene hit Vermont so hard. I hope you weren’t affected too badly by it.

     
    Edit: thanks to those who pointed out the image I linked to isn’t actually of the Green Mountains in Vermont. Try this instead!

  7. 'topher
    5:11 am on March 27th, 2014

    So happy you enjoyed your visit. We may be tiny by many standards but we pack a nice punch. Seeing others enjoy my ‘hood is a great reminder that VT is a great place to be, it can be hard to remember that a week into Spring with temps hovering around 0°F (-18°C) and 4 feet (1.2M) of snow on the ground. Come again, and head north and there are some great sights as you head into The Northeast Kingdom. More great beer, more cheese, some wineries and even more beautiful views with swimming holes and waterfalls.

  8. Jeff
    9:27 am on March 27th, 2014

    Hey Dan! Wow great blog! Thanks for the Lake Superior shout out! If you ever back in Montpelier, come back and say hi!

  9. Buch Spieler
    12:26 pm on March 27th, 2014

    Jeff: Your review of Montpelier is better than what the Chamber of Commerce is paid to come up with. Thank you for such kind words and mentioning us at Buch Spieler Music. Next time you plan to come to town, let us know as we have a stage in the store and we would love to host a performance by you. Until next time…

  10. Brian
    6:28 pm on March 27th, 2014

    Great piece. As a Montpelier resident, I enjoyed reading it. You captured the town well. One note: I don’t think the photo you linked to in the comments is from VT. The mountains look too tall, bare and jagged. Ours tend to be under 4K feet, rolling and covered in trees.

  11. Keith
    8:49 am on March 28th, 2014

    Next time in town be sure to check out Mad Taco too. Yeah that picture in the comment is definitely NOT the Green Mtns.

  12. Jen
    9:57 am on March 28th, 2014

    Don’t miss Montpelier’s farmers market when you come back in the summer! Saturdays from 9-1 in the parking lot behind Julio’s on State St. There are over 50 vendors selling local veggies, meat, cheese, eggs, maple syrup, etc. and beautiful handmade goods.

  13. Dan Schaumann
    9:25 pm on March 28th, 2014

    Hi everyone, thanks so much for your enthusiastic responses! I’m stoked you all enjoyed reading my little piece about Montpelier. I’ll keep all those suggestions in mind – the more I find out, the more of VT I want to see.

    I won’t trust google images again! This is more like it: Mt Equinox.

    @Jeff: cheers mate, it was a great store & I’ve spun Steam Engine a few times since. I’ll definitely get in touch if I return.

  14. SHARON GRENIER
    3:57 pm on March 29th, 2014

    Dan – since you enjoyed Central Vermont – you’ll have to come and see the Northeast Kingdom. I moved here from Montpelier 38 years ago – and will never leave. It has the real beauty that Montpelier and that area had when I was a kid there (I grew up in Worcester) and is what real Vermont is…….I’ll bet the majesty of Willoughby Lake and the rest of the Kingdom will inspire a song! Glad you enjoyed Vermont!!!

  15. Jen
    10:13 am on March 30th, 2014

    My favorite thing about VT is they value the beauty of there land. I wonder if you noticed it? No billboards and no skyscrapers 🙂 also, people are very polite drivers.

  16. Dan Schaumann
    1:02 pm on March 30th, 2014

    Montpelier set the standard pretty high – to think the Northeast Kingdom pushes that boundary even further piques my curiosity quite a lot! There’s some fantastic feedback & photos on Willoughby Lake at Tripadvisor, I’m impressed. Thanks for your input Sharon.

    I didn’t notice the lack of billboards at the time Jen but now that you mention it, that’s true. There was very little advertorial or architectural pollution 🙂

  17. Rael OneCloud
    7:38 pm on March 30th, 2014

    You missed the allegedly haunted statue in the cemetery along route 2. There’s also a super sweet park behind the capitol. Called redstone, it has a cute little babbling brook through the middle of it.

  18. Errol Gilbert
    7:55 pm on March 30th, 2014

    Glad that you enjoyed it here, it is a very beautiful state! Hope you visit again!

  19. Matt
    2:04 am on March 31st, 2014

    Great write up man!! I grew up in montpelier and have enjoyed everything that you described, thanks for the positive words your welcome around here anytime.

  20. Tom Buchanan
    12:12 pm on March 31st, 2014

    Nice write up and spot-on. Montpelier is a great capital, and represents our state well. I’m sorry you were not able to see the inside of the capital building, and that is a good reason to return in the summer. Unfortunately, you won’t be rubbing shoulders with Representatives, Senators, and the Governor because the legislature is only in session from January through early to mid-May. After that the legislators all go home to their regular lives and the capital lifestyle eases off. It’s nice to have a legislature that does its business in a few months, produces a balanced budget, and then adjourns so the citizen-legislators can return to their hometowns and regular jobs. When you do tour the capital building you can take a guided tour, or just walk around on your own and poke around all the cubbyholes. It’s really neat, and oh yeah, you won’t find any metal detectors or oppressive security at the doors of the capital because Vermont remains a very respectful and chill state.

  21. Laurie *Once a Vermonter, Always a Vermonter*
    2:24 am on April 1st, 2014

    Ohhhh, I just moved back to Florida after spending 2 glorious years living in East Montpelier and working at National Life Group, in Montpelier. I am a native of Vermont, born in Northfield, not far from Montpelier. Was moved away at a young age and ended up in Florida. When I got laid off from my job and could not find another decent paying job, decided to move back to my home state. Something I needed to do. Only back in Florida because my husband, a southerner, could not adjust to the weather and because my children and grandchildren are in FL. I am so grateful for the 2 years I was able to live back in my homeland. Thank you for sharing your experiences and yes, Vermont is a beautiful and cool place to visit! I can’t wait to get some Vermont Macintosh apples…my favorite!

  22. Rolf Lindemann
    6:30 am on April 1st, 2014

    I totally agree with You, young man. My wife and I visited Montpelier during the summer of 2013. Staying at my sisters, who by the way is Your host Karin. We too fell totally in love with the city and the country. And Your poetic hommage could have come directly from my heart. Vermont is a unique place.
    Greetings from the little kingdom of Denmark, where people in many ways are like Vermonters.

  23. Dan Schaumann
    8:26 pm on April 1st, 2014

    I’m stoked my little post got as far as Denmark, Rolf! How lovely that Karin’s own brother has stumbled across my musings 🙂 Thanks for your kind words, and I’m glad you had just as magical an experience in Montpelier.

    Cheers to everyone else for your input.

    @Rael, I did wander around behind the State House but I didn’t see Redstone Park… damn!

    @Tom, thank you for the details on the legislative season, it’s quite impressive that it’s limited to only a few months of the year; if only every state could be as efficient. I did notice the security around the building wasn’t excessive either.

    And @Laurie, it’s great hear you managed to return if only for a short few years. A welcome opportunity to relive some of your childhood back at home

  24. Jan
    11:21 pm on April 4th, 2014

    Enjoyed your pictures immensely. I lived in Montpelier in the 60’s and 70’s right behind that yellow Victorian house that you pictured. You can see the top of the Baptist church that my father pastored. I walked over that bridge that you took the picture of the apartments from and past the State House to high school everyday, learned to drive over that bridge crossing the Winooski River, and experienced Easter sunrise at Hubbard Park. I was proud of Vermont’s character then and still am today.

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