Vermont, with its unparalleled natural beauty and quiet New England flavor, has long been a haven for writers and artists. Its pastoral landscape and rural charm provide a retreat from the stresses of daily routines and urban life and allow for the space needed to foster the creative process. VCFA is in Montpelier, the vibrant capital of Vermont and the smallest state capital in the United States. Its atmosphere is sophisticated but unpretentious and it is a hub of activity and cultural events.
Montpelier—recognizable by the gleaming gold-topped capitol building (affectionately called the “bling dome” by our alumni)—offers a vibrant downtown life with outstanding restaurants, intimate movie theaters, three bookstores, and a variety of locally owned shops. But it is the people that give Montpelier its warmth, regardless of the season. Spontaneous conversations at cafes, personable service at local businesses, and the presence of local enthusiasts at college readings and celebrations speak to the warm welcome our students can expect and our graduates return again and again to savor. The Vermont College of Fine Arts campus sits atop a hill overlooking downtown and surrounded by views of the spectacular Worcester mountain range.
The college includes a collection of historic buildings representing a variety of 19th century architectural styles, including the grand College Hall framed by a lovely tree-lined green. In summer, the green offers students a place to gather, relax, and play softball, Frisbee, or tennis. In winter, students will find downhill skiing less than 30 minutes away in Stowe, Sugarbush, or other nearby resorts, or cross-country skiing and snowshoeing just off campus.
In any season, Montpelier offers ample walking routes, either around the town’s charming neighborhoods or in Hubbard Park, a wooded city park with well-maintained trails. Montpelier is easily accessible by train, bus, car, or air. It’s less than three hours northwest of Boston and two hours south of Montreal. Vermont’s largest city, Burlington, is less than an hour away by car, bus, or shuttle service.
Learn more from the Campus & Local Amenities page about what VCFA and Montpelier offers students, faculty and visitors alike.
Vermont College of Fine Arts, 36 College St. Montpelier VT, 05602
Guests are welcome to park on city streets in any spots available; no pass is required. Drivers must comply with city parking regulations. There is no overnight parking on Montpelier city streets from November 15-April 1. A visitor’s parking pass is required to park in VCFA parking lots. Review the Campus Map to locate the blue parking areas for visitors. Please display parking pass on car dashboard during the visit.
To and From
Montpelier is an easy drive from Northeastern U.S. locations, at Exit 8 on I-89. Burlington International Airport in Burlington, VT, with service by most major airlines, is a 35-minute drive from Montpelier. VCFA staff can coordinate airport shuttle service to and from campus. Amtrak and Greyhound bus lines also serve Montpelier.