Montpelier is a cute little town, and their capitol fits right in. Vermonters are an independent and frugal lot, and the capitol reflected that. It’s not the smallest capitol we’ve toured, but it had the best tour guide. Susan gave us an interesting tour and loaded us up with more facts than we knew what to do with. There were only 4 of us on the tour, and no other tourists in sight. The funniest part was seeing the statue of Ethan Allen on the front porch. What was a furniture guy doing at the capitol?! Turns out he was actually a hero in the Revolutionary War.
Contrast the peace at the capitol with our next stop down HWY 2 – Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory. We had to pay $4/head to take the tour that starts every 30 minutes, 7 days week, 8 hours/day. The 3 parking lots were packed and we had to wait in line to buy tickets to get in. There were about 75 of us on the tour. Crazy! No one at the capitol to learn history but give an ice cream tour and the whole country stops by! And pays for it!