Vermont may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of tourist destinations, but the Green Mountain State has so much to offer! Sure, there’s all that beauty and green space for the outdoorsy types, but Vermont is no longer just a one trick pony.
The values of today’s young professionals are shifting toward diversity and sustainability, and the Green Mountain State has been at the forefront of the movement.The capital city of Montpelier, the country’s smallest state capital, is full of the quaint charm that lures city folks, while still offering creature comforts like luxury accomodations, trendy farm-to-table restaurants, independent breweries, and hip cocktail bars.
An easy three hour drive from Boston, here’s how The Globe recommends spending a perfect weekend getaway in Montpelier.
Book your stay at the Inn at Montpelier where two original homes from the village’s early days offer eclectic coziness. You’ll enjoy a free homemade breakfast each morning and homemade chocolate chip cookies all day during your stay!
Just a short walk from the Inn, you’ll find dollar oysters from 5 PM to 6 PM at Kismet on State Street. It’s the perfect happy hour to set off your weekend.
If you can tear yourself away from Kismet’s mouth-watering menu, The Boston Globe recommends dinner at Sarducci’s. The Adirondack chairs out front overlook the Winooski River and the classic Italian menu serves up some of Montpelier’s finest dishes.
If cocktails aren’t your idea of a fun night, cap off the evening with a fresh, homemade gelato from Chill instead.
After a good night’s sleep in your lovely, historical suite, spend your Saturday morning browsing the State Street Farmer’s Market. There’s live music, crafts, and fresh Vermont specialties like honey, maple syrup and cheese from more than 50 local vendors.
You’ll surely work up an appetite at the Farmer’s Market, so head on over to Down Home Kitchen for Vermont’s best brunch! Bloody Marys, blackened catfish sandwiches, fresh baked biscuits – what’s not to love?
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Enjoy the sights and burn a few of those brunch calories when you stop by Onion River Sports. Rent a bike – just $18 for four hours – and ask the staff for scenic recommendations.
No visit to Vermont would be complete without an iconic maple creemee! The best of the best can be had at Bragg Maple Farm – they also sell fresh maple candies and syrup.
For a casual dinner experience to counteract the richness from the creemee and brunch, opt for carnitas or fish tacos from Mad Taco. Not a taco fan? How about pizza from Positive Pie? They even offer live music well into the night.
Depending on how hard you partied at Positive Pie the night before, a good strong cappuccino from Bohemian Bakery will definitely hit the spot. Word has it the chocolate swirl croissants are out of this world!
H/T to The Boston Globe
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