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In Vermont’s capital city, charm is always in session

The State House is a granite structure dedicated in 1859. Its ornate hallways are beautiful, empty, and hushed when lawmakers are away.
The State House is a granite structure dedicated in 1859. Its ornate hallways are beautiful, empty, and hushed when lawmakers are away.Bryan Marquard/Globe Staff

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It says something about the laid back nature of Montpelier that taped in a window by a side door to the State House is a sheet of paper listing hours the public may visit. At the bottom are the words: “No firearms or explosives permitted in the building.” And that’s it: no guard, no metal detector. You just stroll into the historic hallways below a gold dome nestled against the gorgeous Green Mountains. Down the street, the Capitol Grounds coffeehouse has no taste for tall, grande, and venti. Customers order a conservative (8 ounces), a moderate (12 ounces), a liberal (16 ounces), or a radical (20 ounces). Regardless of where your politics fall on that drink-size spectrum, Montpelier in the off-legislative season offers a liberal dose of Vermont charm.

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