Montpelier, Vt. Almanac

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Population 8,160

Elevation 523 feet

Median Price of a Single-Family Home in Town $135,000

Median Price of a Single-Family Home in County $120,000

Tax on Above Home (in County) $4,617 ($3.42 per assessed $100)

Main Businesses State government, insurance, education

Public School Population 1,134

Local Ski Areas Bolton Valley (1,634 vertical feet, 165 acres, 300 annual inches, $199/season, $47/day), Mad River Glen (2,037 vertical feet, 115 skiable acres, 250 annual inches, $580/season, $42/day), Stowe Mountain Resort (2,360 vertical feet, 480 skiable acres, 262 annual inches, $1,150/season, $60/day), Sugarbush Resort (2,650 vertical feet, 468 skiable acres, 260 annual inches, $945/season, $57/day)

Best Events Green Mountain Film Festival (Not Sundance, but the Savoy doesn't disappoint, with 35 films in 10 days), March 21-30.

Locals' Favorite Restaurants Sarducci's (a Montpelier institution serving authentic Italian, 802-223-0229); The Main Street Grill (proving grounds for NECI students, 802-223-3188); Conoscenti (topnotch competition for above, 802-262-3500).

Locals' Favorite Hangouts Julio's (hot salsa, cool margaritas); Capitol Grounds (java); Hunger Mountain Co-op (health food market and cafe).

Best Places to Stay The Inn at Montpelier's extravagant wraparound porch hints at the elegance inside ($104-$177, 802-223-2727, innatmontpelier.com); Capitol Plaza, consistent luxury a stone's throw from the Capitol Building ($101-$192, 802-223-5252, capitolplaza.com).

Information 877-887-3678, central-vt.comLocalloreAdmiral George Dewey, hero of the Spanish-American War and son of a National Life founder, is said to have grown up playing on the steps of the State House. Dewey's naval prowess notwithstanding, Montpelier is better training ground for peacenik paddlers than sailors.