Maple Syrup and True Vermont Spirit for Less in Montpelier

Posted October 20, 2009 by Kate Hamman

Vt-montpelier-statecapital-def As the smallest capital in the country, Montpelier is often overlooked for the bright lights of bigger cities. However, this small town becomes a main attraction as it captures the true Vermont spirit in a maple sugar farm, a local coffee shop, and a historic inn. And you don't have to spend a fortune to taste the sweet side of life.

Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks: With nearly 200 years of tapping trees every March to drain the sugary sap, Morse Farm has discovered the secret to making some of the sweetest maple syrup around. During your visit, you can take a free tour of the sugar house, where you'll get to try samples and learn all about the process. You can also explore the Outdoor Vermont Farm Life museum and enjoy the many wooden-carved sculptures scattered about the property. Don't forget to browse the various maple goodies at the country store. A pint of the popular medium amber maple syrup costs $12.65.

Capitol Grounds Cafe and Roastery: Stop in this local hangout for something strong to counteract your sugar high, or just for your daily jolt of caffeine. The coffee shop roasts its own beans, insuring that each cup tastes fresh and rich. If you're in need of sustenance, the cafe also serves soup and sandwiches. The medium and nutty Woodchuck roast is a crowd favorite.

The Inn at Montpelier: Stay in a piece of history at the Inn at Montpelier, where two early-1800's settler's homes make up part of the property. The inn is conveniently located within walking distance of Montpelier's downtown attractions and restaurants, making it easy to explore the town. In the morning, you'll enjoy a continental breakfast with freshly baked goods from the New England Culinary Institute. Rooms start at $132 per night.

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