Where to Stay While Leaf-Peeping in Vermont: The Inn at Montpelier
As one of friends said to us when we pulled up at the vintage Inn at Montpelier on Main Street, "Montpelier's got charm coming out of its butt." Never were truer words spoken. The charm that oozes from Montpelier is especially apparent during autumn, its top tourist season, when leaf peepers from around the world descend on the state to pretty much watch grass grow, or rather, leaves die.
Said friend is a native of Montpelier, and according to him, The Inn is the place to stay as a base for forays into the foliage. Maybe it's the expansive front porch or maybe it's the fiery red trees already around the property, but we get why it's so popular. Hint: it's both. The main house and its ten fireplaces were built early in the 1800s and it remains independently owned.
The 19 rooms include several deluxe ones with their own wood-burning fireplaces, so guest can indulge those Victorian fantasies of having a scullery maid drop by with fresh burning logs for the evening's fire. Such deluxe rooms during this high seasons go for $240 a night, while the regular rooms are a better deal at $177 per night. Head up to Montpelier in winter and the rates drop down to $139 a night, and even though the leaves will be mostly gone, the hills will bear downy white snow in their place. Not a bad deal either way. Check them out here.