Seasons of #MontpLove
No matter when you visit Montpelier, you're sure to find great activities and events, world-class dining, boutique shopping, and beauty in nature. Join us as we take you through the Seasons of #MontpLove, and you'll fall in love with Montpelier too, and keep coming back, season after season!
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Summer in the City
Some would say that summer is the best season in Montpelier. Even though we can make the case for every season, it's hard to argue with gorgeous weather (escape the humidity and visit our magical land where the average high in July is just 83!), long summer evenings, front porch living, and dips in the swimming hole. Here are some of our summer favorites!
Enjoy the State House Lawn
photo by Paul Richardson
Join the crowd on Montpelier's front lawn, the Vermont State House Lawn! A beautiful setting for a picnic or a game of catch, you'll find locals and visitors soaking up the sun on the lawn. Join a pickup game of Frisbee, Tuesdays and Fridays at 6pm, and you might find yourself playing against Montpelier's Mayor, Anne Watson, named one of the Five Coolest Mountain Town Mayors by REI!
The Farmers Market
Photo by Wayne Fawbush
Is there anything quite like biting into the perfect summer tomato and having the juice roll down your chin? The Capitol City Farmers Market, every Saturday from 9am-1pm Downtown, was named Best Vermont Farmers Market in Vermont by Yankee Magazine! Enjoy farm-fresh produce, probably grown just a few miles down the road, delicious prepared foods, and crafts by Vermont artisans!
It is in this capital city that can you go on a hike on the mountain behind the gilded dome of the State House, hop on a bike path or offroad trail in the heart of downtown, and enjoy parks unrivaled in beauty, Come cherish the outdoors with us. Consider a hike in Hubbard Park, or through one of our beautiful historic cemeteries.
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Creemees!
You might ask, "what's a creemee?" It's the Vermont word for soft-serve ice cream, and what better way to enjoy a summer day than with a delicious maple variety?! Check them out at Morse Farm, Bragg Farm, Dairy Creme, or the takeout window at Down Home Kitchen!.
Catch a Ball Game
The Vermont Mountaineers are Montpelier's own collegiate summer baseball team. Enjoy a fun and affordable night at historic Montpelier Recreation Field, with all your favorite ballpark foods and a beer tent! Fun for all ages!
Go for a Swim
Photo by John Snell
In addition to the public swimming pool at the Recreation Field on Elm Street and the beach at Wrightsville Reservoir north of town, there are many swimming holes along the Winooski and North Branch rivers (check out Dog River Beach!) Explore the area and ask the locals for their favorites. Even your dog can get in on the action, with the late-summer Dog Days of Summer event to benefit the local Humane Society!
Paddle on the Winooski River from the boat launch at the Gateway Park on Lower State Street across from Green Mount Cemetery, or head up the North Branch from the Mill Pond Park on Elm Street. You can also launch your boats for an easy lake paddle at Wrightsville Reservoir. Follow Route 12 North to the boat launch sign on the right.
Go for a Ride
Photo from Onion River Outdoors
One local's favorite: "Mountain biking up the North Branch trail to Sparrow Farm and beyond, then back downtown for a beer and a burger at Three Penny Taproom!" Sounds like a great day to us! For more extensive road and mountain biking, pick up a biking map at Onion River Outdoors on Langdon Street.
Great Events Downtown
Montpelier is abuzz with summer festivals, concerts, and events! The season kicks off with our uniquely Montpelier July 3rd Celebration, featuring family fun, a parade, fireworks, and more. Our Hunger Mountain Coop Brown Bag Concert Series brings live music downtown every Thursday in July and August. Learn about these events and many more here.
Fall in Love with Montpelier
It's easy to fall in love with Montpelier when you visit during foliage season. Cool misty mornings give way to crisp days filled with sunshine. Leaves burst with color and no matter where you look, you'll be struck by the natural beauty. Fill your day with hikes in Hubbard Park, taking in the view from St. Augustine's Cemetery, or popping into our independent book stores and finding a book to curl up with. Here are some of our fall favorites:
A Walk in the Park
Photo by John Snell
Hubbard Park is a natural oasis just steps from downtown. Breathe in the crisp fall air - you'll need it when the incredible foliage vistas try to take your breath away. We recommend that you take the State House Path up to the historic Hubbard Park tower.
Don't Be Frightened
photo by John Snell
Fall in Montpelier is full of fun events, including Moonlight Madness, where stores stay open late with amazing specials and street performers entertain the crowds, and downtown Trick-or-Treating, where our independent boutiques hand out free candy!
Curl Up with a Book
photo by Richardson Photography
Montpelier is home to 8,000 people and two amazing independent bookstores. Fall is the perfect time to curl up with a page turner under a blanket on the porch of the Inn at Montpelier or at a picnic table on the State House Lawn.
Fall at the Farmers Market
The Farmers Market continues outdoors on Saturdays from 9am-1pm in October. Stop by for the best local fall produce, including sweet crisp Vermont apples and decorative gourds. The Saturday before Thanksgiving, join the locals at the special Thanksgiving Market at Montpelier High School and stock up for the holiday. The market moves indoors in December, with storage crops, prepared foods, artisan crafts, and more!
Sip a Warm Beverage
Photo by Richardson Photography