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12 Best Towns & Villages

Aerial view of downtown Montpelier, VT

Vermont is known far and wide for its picturesque scenery. Aptly known as the Green Mountain State, Vermont’s hallmark is the Green Mountain National Forest and there is so much to do in the foothills. Honestly, if you’ve ever been inspired to visit New England during your annual Gilmore Girls binge, Vermont will satisfy all the images you’ve conjured in your head.

Almost as sugary sweet as the famed Vermont maple syrup that travelers come to savor for themselves, the towns in this state are so charming. Vermont’s numerous hiking trails nearly outnumber the residents. Vermont has the second smallest population of all the states–to be fair, it’s one of the smallest states by size, too.

This part of New England has more to offer than just its tremendous natural beauty. Fine dining where you least expect it, quaint towns, outdoor activities galore, and a kind populace await you.

Some of the places we’ve listed are technically cities, while others could be the smallest towns you’ve ever visited. Either way, you’re bound to walk away from this vacation with a more profound sense of why Vermont is frequently called the best state to live in. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up being a Vermonter one day.

Plus, believe it or not, some of these little towns are where you’ll find some of the best hotels in Vermont! Some have indoor and outdoor pools, spas, a restaurant on site, antique furnishings with modern comforts, and even spacious suites for family affairs.


  • Best Area for First-Timers: Burlington
  • Best Area for Budget Travelers: Brattleboro
  • Best Area for Luxury Travelers: Stowe
  • Best Area for Arts and Culture: Montpelier
  • Best Area for Families: Woodstock
  • Best Area for Foodies: Waterbury
  • Best Area for Skiing: Stowe

Where to Stay in Vermont

1. Montpelier

Aerial view of downtown Montpelier, VT
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When looking for places to visit in Vermont, it makes sense to start with Montpelier, the capital. Established in the middle of the Green Mountains, this little city of just over 8,000 residents is an obvious choice to visit, especially for Vermont first-timers. It’s known as one of the best small arts towns in the country.

Dating back to the 1800s, Montpelier is full of historic goodies for visitors to enjoy. Check out the gold-domed capital building, the Vermont Historical Society Museum, and the Kent Tavern Museum. The art scene here showcases spots like Susan Calza Gallery, Katie…

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