VT Part 1: Montpelier & NECI

Two weekends ago I took my first solo trip to Vermont, partly because of extenuating circumstances… and it was amazing.

I went right before peak fall foliage. The leaves were changing but not in their fiery peak. I did happen to snag this amazing photo though.


The first day I stopped in Montpelier to check out the New England Culinary Institute, the sole purpose for the trip. We went on a 3 hour tour from location to location where all of their kitchens are located. NECI is completely different from other schools because you learn by doing. Instead of copying a chef instructor, you’re cooking for real customers. All of their kitchens are located around Montpelier where you can cook for either their restaurant, bakery, other students, or even a companies cafeteria.

La Brioche was amazing. Full service bakery with everything made by the students and classes around the clock to simulate bakers real life shifts.

NECI-La Brioche

After a 4 course tasting menu at the NECI restaurant across the street(amazing), I was off to explore the smallest US capital for a bit.


Montpelier is all about local, sustainability, and farm to table. Even the state capital has a garden out front. So cute.


Recommendations in Montpelier:

– Walk around downtown. It’s itsy bitsy and full of quirky stores.

– Get some real maple Syrup! Be sure it’s less than 3 ounces though if you’re flying or it will be confiscated. I visited the Bragg Farm Sugarhouse right outside of Montpelier.

Hunger Mountain Co-op – Grocery store full of Vermont grown or made goods! Perfect for picking up a snack/lunch for a hike.

…Part 2: Stowe, VT – Where to Stay, What to Do, Where to Eat

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