Exploring : Montpelier, Vermont

Last week I took a day off and drove south with my parents to check out Vermont's capital city of Montpelier. I had been wanting to explore it for a while now, but hadn't gotten around to it, and am so glad that I finally did. We started out at the Visitors Center, which has all sorts of great information, free Green Mountain coffee, Cabot cheese samples and the nicest lady you'll ever meet to give you ideas of what to do. Plus they have a sweet swinging hammock chair you may want to sit in for a while and then steal because it is so comfortable.

We started out on a hike up to the tower at Hubbard Park. It's a nice short (but very uphill) hike through the woods behind the capitol building to the highest point of the park, where you can grab some great views of the surrounding area after climbing up the staircase inside. From there we hiked our way back down to Cliff Street, a (scarily) high street with more great views of the town. It had the cutest homes to check out along the way with unique little landscaped gardens.

Eventually we made it down to Main Street, and explored our way through the many cute shops and restaurants. I picked up a cute vintage top from The Getup Vintage, which I highly recommend checking out as I had to stop myself from buying ten more things. There is a vintage record store attached to it as well. We grabbed lunch at the Coffee Corner Diner, where we ordered the C.C. Melt with house-made chicken salad, provolone Cheese, and diced tomato on grilled (locally made) Manghi’s maple walnut bread. As I am writing this I am craving one again, so good. 

Next time I'm there I want to try out Neci on Main, run by the New England Culinary Institute. We walked by the new students lined up in their chef uniforms on the first day of orientation, and you could feel their nervousness and excitement in starting out. 

On the way back we stopped at Morse Farm, where we walked around eating maple "creemees" (I'll never get used to calling soft serve ice cream a creemee, Vermont) and picked up some maple syrup and maple cream. All in all, definitely worth checking out Montpelier if you're in the area.


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