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Top Choice Pub Food in Montpelier

Threepenny Taproom

With the names of two dozen microbrews from Vermont and beyond scrawled on the blackboard every evening, this pub is a perennial late-night favorite. But it also has a fabulous lineup of snacks and light meals, incl…
Top Choice Bakery in Montpelier

Red Hen

One of Vermont's finest bakeries, Red Hen is well worth the 6-mile trek west of Montpelier – and a perfect breakfast stop if you're headed toward Stowe, Waterbury or Burlington. Settle into its comfy seating area ov…
Cafe in Montpelier

La Brioche

The New England Culinary Institute's first restaurant, this casual bakery and cafe serves delicious pastries and coffee drinks for breakfast, followed by soups, salads and sandwiches on homemade bread at lunchtime.
American in Montpelier

NECI on Main

NECI's multilevel signature restaurant focuses on farm-to-table locavore food. There's an open window to the kitchen, allowing you to watch student chefs at work, and a lovely outdoor patio for summer dining.
Quarry in Montpelier

Rock of Ages Quarries

The world's largest granite quarries, 4 miles southeast of Barre off I-89 exit 6, cover 50 acres, tapping a granite vein that's a whopping 6 miles long, 4 miles wide and 10 miles deep. Most fascinating is the 35-min…
Cemetery in Montpelier

Hope Cemetery

Barre's cemetery, 1 mile north of US 302 on VT 14, celebrates the artistic prowess of generations of local stone carvers. The whimsical tombstones here include a man and his wife sitting up in bed holding hands, smi…
Historic Building in Montpelier

State House

Montpelier's main landmark, the gold-domed capitol building, is open year-round for guided tours with volunteer guides; there are also self-guided audio tours in English, French, Spanish and German. The front doors …
Museum in Montpelier

Vermont History Museum

Near the Vermont State House, Montpelier's Pavilion Building houses an excellent museum that recounts Vermont's history with exhibits, films and re-creations of taverns and Native American settlements.
Health Food in Montpelier

Hunger Mountain Co-op

This terrific health-food store and deli has cafe tables overlooking the Winooski River.