Monte Verde was a cool town. It reminded us of many mountain towns in Colorado . There was a small downtown, restaurants and hotels. The town was very focused on community, cleanliness and the environment. If you are in Costa Rica and have time to visit Monte Verde, I would highly suggest the trip. We stayed at a hotel called the Poco a Poco (Little by Little) and it was wonderful. Great staff, nice rooms, cool pool, restaurant, etc.
Here are a few random pix of Monte Verde.