Sunday, January 29, 2017
According to Wikipedia at this time, the population of the town is around 7,000, but it increases to about 21,000 during the day thanks to employment in the area.
The town feels bigger than that though. It has a lot of pop to it. There are several very nice restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, etc. It feels more vibrant than a town of 21,000.
After leaving the State House, we looked for a specific restaurant recommended to us. There is a cooking school, and the school prepares nice lunches daily. We stopped here for a soup and sandwich deal. They had just run out of corn chowder, and only had a very spicy chili left (and one of the two sandwich options was a meatball). We enjoyed our nice lunch here, and we would go back, but you could tell this was a school café.
We were able to visit a couple of nice bookshops (I picked up a couple of presidential candidate cat toy dolls at one). I noticed one playing John Prine over their speakers as I looked for books. I felt very at home here!
We stopped by the very comfortable Capitol Grounds and Café Roasters which had some very nice coffee. Very cool vibe here too.
And we simply enjoyed walking around here. Montpelier is a really pleasant town with lots to do, but it still has a friendly small town feel.