Thursday, April 6, 2017

Snow is melting in Wilmington Vermont!

It has been a wet & dreary week at the Wilmington Inn, luckily we had some great guests to help start our newest puzzle and venture into town for some shopping & dinner.  The snow is beginning to retreat as we begin the next chapter for the Wilmington Inn.  We have heard amazing stories about the effect of summer on the town & the visitors the town attracts. Thank you to everyone who came out for the Chili & Craft Beer Festival! Robin created an amazing chili that tied for 2nd place!

Before the sunrise of summer, we are going to take advantage of spring time to complete some updates on the inn.  After Easter weekend, we plan on closing for two weeks till May 1st to complete some cosmetic updates to the inn's interior & exterior.

We have two major projects that we are excited to share (hopefully we will have pictures to follow soon).  First, we plan on upgrading & restoring the front porch to it's original condition & adding in some bar top around the railing.  Megan & I enjoy looking out over the river on a daily basis & we look forward to sharing this upgraded view with all of our guests.  Lastly, we will be converting our third floor to an additional guest suite & increasing the number of rooms to 10.  By mid-May, we will be introducing our two-bedroom suite for guest reservations.  This suite is being renovated with families in mind to keep everyone together.

Now while New England residents consider April & May "Mud Season," there is still plenty to do!  We recommend driving down towards Shelburne Falls which is about 35 minutes south of the Inn.  Shelburne Falls has lots of great things to do in springtime from the Bridge of Flowers to the Trolley Museum.  The Bridge of Flowers is beautiful this time of the year as the flowers begin to bloom.

The most expansive element of "mud season," is the melting of the winter snow.  While it is impossible to drive on dirt roads, the water does an impressive job of filling all of the various waterways throughout the state.  With this in mind, we are happy to announce an exclusive offer with Zoar Outdoors.  On Saturday May 6th, the US Army of Engineers has scheduled a release of the West River.  We have teamed up with Zoar outdoor to offer a package for guests to stay overnight with us & go whitewater rafting on the West River.  Zoar will pick up Saturday & Sunday at the inn & return everyone at the end of the adventure.  Here is the link for this great offer:

Lastly, we would like to extend our gratitude to all of the local contractors who have assisted in planning for the renovations.  We also want to extend a huge thank you to Sam King of Lost Boys Construction for assisting us non-stop in all aspects of the inn purchase & renovation.

For our next blog, we look forward to sharing some pictures of our renovations as well as some fun May activities including information about Memorial Day weekend in Wilmington.

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Charlie & Megan Foster

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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We thought for our first post, we would educate you about the area.  When we first looked at the Wilmington Inn, we had no idea how close we were to major cities as compared to the rest of the state.  We were so used to driving 4+ hours to Sugarbush & northern Vermont areas.  Wilmington is only 2 1/2 hours from Boston, 1 1/2 from Springfield or Albany & 3 hours from New York City.  Unbelievable!

Wilmington is located on Route 9 & Route 100 in between Bennington & Brattleboro.  We are located in the Deerfield Valley surrounded by southern Vermont's mountains; the most well known is HogBack Mountain.  The town is also located on Harriman Reservoir (or the Lake as its known around here).  There are several notable destinations in the area as well that attract visitors to Wilmington; Mount Snow, Hermitage Club & Molly Stark National Park.

Wilmington draws each visitor in when you learn of the town's amazing history.  Wilmington is a true crossroads town. The heart of this old village (chartered in 1751) is centered along the historic intersection of Route 9 and Route 100, long-vital roads linking remote Vermont towns and villages north and south, east and west. Prior to 1833, the village of Wilmington was located on "Old Hill" or Lisle Hill, just north from Main Street's four corners.  After the Great Road from Brattleboro to Bennington was built in 1828, the village was moved downhill (circa 1833) to its present location, where residents could be closer to the water power of Deerfield River and the commerce generated by the new Windham County "turn pike."

Most recently, Wilmington was greatly impacted by Hurricane Irene. On Sunday morning August 28, 2011, Wilmington residents woke up to what was supposed to be the tail end of a hurricane that was supposed to have run out of steam on its way up the Eastern Seaboard over New York City and across Connecticut and Massachusetts. Around 9 am, however, the Village of Wilmington began to flood. And flood. And flood until the entire downtown was 6 to 10 feet under water.

The flooding only lasted a few hours but what nature did in that short amount of time was unforgettable.  Today, the town is back and better than ever but it still needs as much help in the form of patronage and foot traffic as you can spare. Many good businesses were unable to re-open or had to close shortly thereafter. So many great businesses stepped up and re-invested into building their stores and restaurants back, better than ever. We hope you will stop in and browse the wares while you are visiting our town.

One of the main reasons Megan & I fell in love with Wilmington, is that it reminds us of where we got married in Newburyport, Massachusetts.  The two towns are similar that you can park your car at the inn & pick it up at the end of your stay.  You don't have to worry about driving to restaurants, hiking or shopping.  There is plenty to offer right in the Town of Wilmington!

We love that you will come & stay with us soon!  In order to thank everyone for their support we have created an offer for 10% off your reservation valid through for stays through June 4th.  Book through our website and enter the code "SPRING" to get this offer!

Next time, we are going to share some information about the different restaurants, shopping & services here in the town of Wilmington!

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