Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Wilmington Inn Winter Blog- Let it snow!


Let it snow!

SNOW! SNOW!  Let it snow!!  While we are enjoying our first stick season in Vermont, we are ready for the snow to start falling.  Everybody may know but Mount Snow opened on November 11th this year which is one of the earliest openings ever in the history of the Mountain.   
With the spirit of snow in mind, we wanted to share with everyone all the fun winter activities to partake in & around Southern Vermont. 
We are very excited to announce that the Wilmington Inn now has direct access to snowmobile trails!  We have worked with a local snowmobile club, Deerfield Valley Stump Jumpers to extend the VAST trails directly to the Wilmington Inn.  More information below under activities, come stay with us and check out these new trails!

Skiing
Mount Snow is located 8 miles from the Wilmington Inn boasts over 86 trails on 600 acres!  Stratton is the next closest mountain to Wilmington with 94 trails, Stratton is 22 miles from downtown Wilmington.  Check out www.mountsnow.com  or www.stratton.com to get the ski report
Tubing
Who doesn’t love Tubing? There are two spots close to Wilmington for tubing.  Mount Snow is the closest location with 8 tubing lanes.  The best part is that there is a surface lift to bring you back up to the top!  Stratton Mountain also offers a four-lane tubing hill.

Guided Snowmobile Tours
Want to try Snowmobiling out?  Enjoy a guided snowmobile tour in the Green Mountain National Forest operated by Snowmobile Vermont.  Explore a wide variety of terrain, ranging from thickly wooded pines to wide open stretches.  Snowmobile Vermont offers 1-hour backcountry tours or 2-hour mountain tours.  Tours leave from the base of Mount Snow.  No experience necessary & customized for all abilities, tours include snowmobile & helmet rentals.
Snowmobile Vermont
https://www.snowmobilevermont.com/mount-snow

Snowmobile Access
Have your own equipment & looking for a place to sleep- we are the best spot for you!  Park on inn property with direct access to Vast Trails & ethanol-free gas.  We are located on VAST Corridor 100A-F2 which will lead you on to 4300 miles of snowmobile trails throughout the State of Vermont.  Need a permit? Contact Fat City Motor Worx here in Wilmington & they can assist. 
Fat City Motor Worx
802-464-2891

Cross Country Skiing & snowshoeing
There are miles of trails for cross-country skiing & snowshoeing in the area surrounding Wilmington.  Bring your own or rent from Zoar Outdoor across the street from the inn.  Here are some fun ways to enjoy these activities!
Prospect Mountain in Woodford is located about 13 miles from Wilmington.  Prospect Mountain is a Nordic cross-country ski area with over 30 kilometers of groomed trails.  Prospect has a lodge on site & also has rental equipment.
Prospect Mountain
www.prospectmountain.com

Zoar Outdoor located directly across the street from the inn and operates a variety of different winter activities.  During the winter, you can rent snowshoes & cross country skis.  They also operate guided tours through the trails to explore the local trails with a local guide.  These items can be added to your reservation & returned to the inn after use.
Zoar Outdoor
www.zoaroutdoor.com

Family Fun & relaxing activities
Looking to relax & enjoy Vermont?  Here are some fun & relaxing activities provided by some local vendors.
















Sleigh Rides

Adams Farm is a 5th generation working farm located here in Wilmington.  During the winter, Adams Farm offers public & private sleigh rides when there is snow on the ground.
Public Sleigh ride
Step back into yesteryear and join Adams Farm as a team of Belgian draft horses pull the sleigh through the mountainside to an old log cabin. Once there, unplug and warm by the wood stove, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, and sing along with the vintage player piano.  Tour lasts about 1 1/2 hours. Half the time on the sleigh, and half the time at the log cabin in the woods to warm up.  The Wilmington Inn can arrange Sleigh rides for guests.  Sleigh rides may be canceled due to lack of snow. 
Private Sleigh Ride for two
Adam’s Farms’ Currier and Ives type sleigh is an 1880’s sleigh pulled by a single horse. This two-seater sleigh has room for the couple in the back, tucked in with a cozy wool blanket, and a bearskin lap robe with the driver in front. Enjoy a 45-minute journey around the perimeter of the property, through the woods and across the ridge of the mountain back to the farm.
Adams Family Farm
www.adamsfamilyfarm.com

Dog Sledding
Looking for that country experience, try Dog Sledding. Experience winter as never before.  Be pulled by a team of Siberian Huskies on an exhilarating 2-hour sled ride through Vermont’s scenic winter landscape.  With mushers as your guide will get a chance to witness true working sled dogs in action.  Tours are offered as a single or double sled, adventures begin at the kennel, & take a scenic up and down a mountain.   
Husky Works Mushing Company
www.huskyworks.com

These are some of the fun activities located in Wilmington & the surrounding area! We look forward to seeing you soon at the Wilmington Inn!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Let the Wilmington Inn host your next event! Great location for getaways, retreats, weddings & more!




 


The Wilmington Inn is the perfect place for your next family gathering, wedding, retreat or getaway weekend! Let us help you plan your event! We specialize in weddings, corporate retreats, family reunions or simple getaways with friends




The Wilmington Inn offers great opportunities for all groups
  • 10 guest rooms with private bathrooms and televisions
  • Complimentary breakfast for two people per reservation
  • Living spaces with bar, games, indoor & outdoor fireplace
  • Walking distance to downtown Wilmington’s restaurants, shopping & much more
  • Walking distance to a free shuttle, Moover, which brings riders to Mount Snow, Brattleboro or Bennington

There are amazing benefits to booking the entire property!
  • Discounted room rates if entire property is booked
  • Free range of the inn to enjoy time with your guests exclusive
  • Innkeepers are experienced event managers, we can arrange anything from activities, 
    transportation, to AV for a group retreat.  



Not sure if you need all 10 rooms?  Rent out our Carriage House & have all 4 guest rooms in the building to your groups' exclusive use.




Contact Megan Foster for more information on events


You can reach Megan at megan@thewilmingtoninn.com or (802)464-3768

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Wilmington Inn Blog- History of the property



We hope everyone has been enjoying fall, we have had a busy foliage season and have enjoyed unseasonably warm temperatures, sunny days, and great color of course! Recently we hosted a meeting of the Wilmington Historical Society.  They were excited to see the Inn as many of these folks have memories of playing with past owner’s children in the Inn during the 50’s and 60’s.  After sitting in on this meeting, listening and contributing what we know about the history of the Inn, we thought what a great idea for a blog post!  In this post, we will enlighten you with some brief history of the Inn as a building but mostly about the original family.

The Inn was built in 1894 by Joseph Courtemanche (this is where our suite with this name comes from!) Joseph Courtemanche came to Wilmington from Quebec in 1873 when he was 20 years old. His first occupation in Wilmington was a blacksmith. In 1875 he married a local girl named Jennie Wheeler, they had 4 children.

The Carriage House was built in 1876, the main house would follow and be built 18 years later.  The carriage house, when built served as his workshop with a woodshop on the 1st floor and a paint shop on the second. This enabled Joseph not only to do all needed repairs both wood and iron, but he developed a successful business manufacturing sleds, carriages, dump carts, etc.  Fast forward to the Inn Years, the carriage house was converted to 4 additional guest rooms (to accompany the main house) in 1989.

In 1894 in addition to being the year the Main house was built, Joseph Courtemanche answered pleas from town’s people and took the responsibility of installing an electric light plant for the village. 36 incandescent lights were put in town, as well as some lights in local residences. Lights stayed on only until 11pm unless something very special was happening in town.  The Courtemanche’s ran the plant until 1930 when New England Power Co bought it.

The property was a private residence until becoming the Gavit Lodge in 1956; during this time the ski industry was starting to boom with the invention of the ski lift.  The next owner changed the name to the Red Shutter Inn which remained the name till 2006 when the name was then changed to the Wilmington Inn & Tavern.  The Inn is currently called the Wilmington Inn after the tavern was closed in 2013.

In 2011 Hurricane Irene hit Wilmington, but the Inns’ location up on the hill saved it from any devastation.  The State of Vermont & more specifically Wilmington got hit with severe flooding causing 6-10 feet of water to flood downtown Wilmington & other parts of Vermont.  Vermont residents came together & rebuilt the state one road and building at a time. 



We have so enjoyed meeting many locals and past owners who have shared a lot of history and stories with us about “the old days” and what they remember. We love that we have started a new chapter for the Inn while continuing to grow it and make improvements all while keeping the history intact.  We hope to see you soon if you haven’t made it to meet us in person and see all we have done so far! If you are one of the many people we have had the privilege of welcoming to the Inn we can’t wait to welcome you back.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Day Trips Galore


Happy Fall!

As you have seen in previous blogs we have sent, Wilmington has SO much to offer.  We wanted to give you a sneak peek into destinations NSEW (north, south, east, west) of Wilmington.  All of these spots are within an hour drive of the Inn.

Mount Snow – 8 miles North
Mount Snow is the closest ski mountain to Wilmington.  Mount Snow has lots of fun summer\fall activities such as; mountain biking, golf, scenic chairlifts & more.  During the winter time, Mount Snow has 87 trail lifts, 20 chairlifts & 587 acres of land.  Besides skiing, they also offer Snowmobiling, tubing & snow-shoeing.  Make sure to check out their website for all of their fun events year round.
Want to go to the mountain & not worry about driving? Take the Moover- The Moover is a free bus from downtown Wilmington directly to Mount Snow year-round.

Brattleboro, VT- 19 miles East
Downtown Brattleboro is the cultural & economic hub for Southern Vermont and the region.
Known for its fun and funky art vibe, Downtown Brattleboro’s compact, walkable footprint houses an incredible variety of entertainment venues.
Looking to shop while you’re there? Among others, Downtown Brattleboro offers: 4 independent bookstores, 3 sporting goods shops, 2 record shops, 4 vintage boutiques, 3 jewelers, and an abundance of galleries, studios, and local crafts folks. All within an easy stroll.
If you like to eat and drink, you’ll find Downtown Brattleboro has become a true foodie destination. Specialties range from Thai to Farm Fresh, Vegan, Fine Dining, Italian, and more. A year-round Farmer’s Market, award-winning Co-op, pubs, distillers, artisanal food creators, and 4 local breweries round out the offerings.
Visit here to see what they recommend doing if there for a day.

Bennington, VT- 20 miles West
Bennington has a rich cultural heritage, beginning with the Native Americans drawn by an abundance of fish & game in & along the area’s numerous waterways.  In 1749, New Hampshire Governor Benning Wentworth chartered the first town in the territory now known as Vermont, and named it Bennington, in honor of himself.  The town’s original settlement was formed in the area known today as Old Bennington in 1761 by Congregational Separatists from Connecticut & Massachusetts.   The independent spirit of these early settlers was reflected in their overt resistance to land claims from New York Colony & eventually led to the formation of a local citizen militia headed by Ethan Allen, which came to be known as the Green Mountain Boys.

The Bennington Monument is a great spot to visit to learn more about this famous battle.  While there is a lot more to do in this great city, Bennington is a great stop over town before heading North into Vermont on Route 7 Byway. 

North Adams MA & Williamstown- 24 miles South
The smallest town in Massachusetts!  Filled with lots to do and home of MASS MOCA. The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is a museum in a converted factory building complex located in North Adams, Massachusetts. It is one of the largest centers for contemporary visual art and performing arts in the United States.  For more to do in the area visit:
Also explore Williamstown, home of the Clark Art Institute & Williams College

Stratton VT- 24 miles North
Stratton Mountain is easy drive from Wilmington if you are looking for a change of pace.  In the Summer, Stratton offers an adventure park with tons of fun activities for all such as kayaking, hiking, ATV Tours & a full ropes course.  During the Winter, Stratton offers 97 trails, 11 lift with 670 acres of land.
While visiting Stratton, check out Hamilton Falls.  A great natural sight to see in the Vermont- multiple options to hike in from easy to moderate; perfect for all ages.

Shellburne, MA- 32 miles South
Shelburne Falls is the business district shared by the towns of Buckland and Shelburne. Once a prime Salmon fishing spot for native Americans, the village gradually emerged more than a century ago as a manufacturing community centered around industry on the Deerfield River. The village experienced a revitalization in the 1980s and 1990s, and unlike many similar communities, evolved and continues to be a vital downtown with a growing reputation as an arts community. The village resisted the "urban renewal" trend of the 1950s and 1960s, which has left this generation with an historic, turn-of-the-century setting for a unique mix of locally owned businesses.

Shelburne Falls is home to the world-famous Bridge of Flowers, which attracts more than 35,000 visitors a year, as well as the Glacial Potholes, a curiously beautiful rock formation. The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum celebrates the village's transportation heritage.

Manchester VT- 44 miles North West
A vibrant, creative community tucked in the valley of the Green Mountains, where big, undiscovered experiences await. Where you can sip, savor, and shop. Where you can unplug, restore, and recharge. With world-class recreational activities and premiere cultural events at your fingertips, we don't blame you if you never want to go home. 

Manchester is a town in southern Vermont that homes Hildene, the estate of Abraham Lincoln’s son Robert, which has a Georgian Revival mansion, gardens and a farm. In Manchester there is also The American Museum of Fly Fishing with displays rods, flies and angling-related art. Nearby, the Southern Vermont Arts Center has varied exhibits, a sculpture garden and a performance space, plus sprawling grounds with forest paths. West of town, a trail climbs Mount Equinox.

While in town you can also browse designer outlets and locally owned shops. Visit here to see more of all that Manchester has to offer.


These are just a few of the easy day trips from downtown Wilmington.  Every day we find out about new day trips for people explore! Don’t forget to book soon for foliage (leaves are already turning!) and ski season.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Wilmington Inn Blog: Featured Summer & Fall Events

Greetings from The Wilmington Inn!  We are enjoying a busy summer & looking forward to all that is to come in the next few months.   We are happy to announce that we received a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor- thank you to everyone for your great reviews!

We are glad to report that our first flyfishing weekend was a success!  We had 1.5 days of successful fishing.  Everyone caught some fish & we even had one guest catch one of every species in the Deerfield River!  Like our Facebook page to be notified when we reveal the dates for our Fall Flyfishing weekend soon. Wilmington Inn Facebook page
In the last blog, we listed some links to events coming up but wanted to share more information about the major events for the remainder of the summer season. If there is one thing we have been told its how busy August to the end of October is as far as room availability in the Valley so book soon to be sure to lock in our great rates.
Blueberry Festival: July 28th- August 6th

This is a fun filled festival for all ages!  Lots of different activities all centered around blueberries- great family activity!
July 28 - Blueberry Jello Slip & Slide  
July 29 - Blueberry Parade -  Dover,  Blueberry Bash - Mount Snow Resort
July 30 - Blueberry Splash - Harriman Reservoir, Wilmington
August 4 - Blueberry Chalk Walk & Car Show - Jacksonville
August 5 - Blueberry Block Party – Wilmington

100th Annual Deerfield Valley Farmers’ Day Fair: August 10- 13




http://www.dvfair.com/home.html
This fair has grown so much over the last CENTURY & there is lots of fun to be had!
Fair Hours:
Friday August 10th: 5p-10pm
Saturday August 11th: 8am to 10pm
Sunday August 12th: 10am to 4pm
Special events:
August 10- Truck Pull
August 11- Country Jam & Kids Tractor Pull
August 12- Pie Eating contest, Classic Car show, Horse Draw & much more!
August 13- Demolition Derby!

The 23rd Annual Mount Snow Brewer’s Festival: September 2nd & September 3rd

https://www.mountsnow.com/events/calendar/23rd-annual-mount-snow-brewers-festival/
Love Beer?  Then you will love this event!  Named one of the named one of The 20 Best Summer Destinations In Ski Country by FREESKIER Magazine. 50+ breweries on hand pouring 100+ beers!  Live music all weekend long! 
Take the Moovers bus from downtown Willmington right to Mount Snow- no need to drive!
Gates open each day at 12:3pm & close at 6:30pm

10th Annual Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival: September 22-24

Wine Enthusiast or Wine lovers will enjoy this festival!  Over 50+ wineries, cheese & farm fresh products are displayed at the festival!  There are tons of different events all weekend long!
 September 22- Wilmington Village Wine Tasting Stroll & Soup Contest
September 23- Mount Snow Resort Grand Tasting
September 24- Vermont Wildlife Festival



We are picking up quick for these events so get your rooms fast!  We look forward to seeing everyone soon!


Thank you,

Megan & Charlie Foster
Innkeepers








Monday, June 26, 2017

Mid Summer Blog- restaurant options & more!

Hello from The Wilmington Inn!  We are rolling into the summer season & loving every moment of our adventure!  Wilmington is a beautiful town with plenty to do & restaurants galore!  In this blog we are going to concentrate on our local restaurants.  We are lucky to have multiple restaurants within walking distance from the inn.   We are even more lucky that the brand NEW sidewalk ends right at the inn!! 

In order to keep it simple, here is a chart of the restaurants in downtown Wilmington.  There are many more restaurants in the area but this list concentrates on the locations that you can walk to from the Wilmington Inn.







And here is a description of the restaurants as well:








Hope this helps on your next adventure to Wilmington!


We are excited to share more news about the inn & the area for your reading pleasure!




v  Renovations are completed at the inn, here is what we have done so far!

-          Introduction of “Grey Lady Suite” on 3rd floor of inn
http://www.thewilmingtoninn.com/grey-lady.htm
-          Updated to commercial kitchen
-          Updated Front Patio to enhance view of the Deerfield River
-          Remodel fire pit & new furniture
-          Painted exterior of the building
-          Remodeled Jenny’s Room

v  We have also rolled out two new discounts for year-round use.  Effective immediately for new reservations, AAA Members & Seniors over 60 will receive 10% off room rates
v  Reminder about our fishing package on July 7-9- rooms still available!
http://www.thewilmingtoninn.com/experience.htm


Wilmington Area news

Upcoming events

July 2-4th Independence Day Celebrations! 
July 8th Singer & Songwriter Jeff Campbell at Memorial Hall
July 15th Singer & Songwriter Deadgrass at Memorial Hall
July 15- August 13 Marlboro Music Festival
July 28- August 6th Vermont’s Blueberry Festival

And here are some great new local specials for travelers to the area!

Haystack Golf is running some fantastic weekday golf specials!  Where else can you find 18 holes of golf with a cart for $32  (Monday-Wednesday)!!  Come stay at the Wilmington Inn & hit the links!
Mount Snow’s Mountain Bike Park is a wonderful place for the adventure seekers!


We hope everyone enjoys reading our blog!  We look forward to seeing everyone in Wilmington soon.

Charlie & Megan Foster

Monday, May 29, 2017

Summer has arrived in Wilmington!



Summer is here!!

In past blog posts, we have mentioned a few times the various activities that people can enjoy in the area. Every guest that visits the Wilmington Inn has expressed surprise when they hear about all of the adventures that await everyone in the Deerfield Valley year round. We have received lots of questions about various activities so we wanted to send out our top 5 favorite things (right now) to do.  The list is based off our personal enjoyment & interests; with that in mind there is no rhyme or reason to the order of the list.

5. Hiking & Mountain Biking
There are some amazing hiking trails within walking distance of downtown Wilmington.  Here is a link to our local trail map: 
Or if you are looking for different options here are some great spots to go:

4. Zoar Outdoor
Zoar Outdoor is a regional company that offers multiple outdoor adventures & rentals to offer up lots of different things to do.  Zoar is located directly across the street from the Wilmington Inn allowing you to take advantage of all activities without using your car! Zoar offers the following rentals in Wilmington; paddle boarding, kayaking & mountain bikes.  Let the Adventure begin!   Mention you are staying at the Wilmington Inn & receive 10% off!

3. Adams Farm
Adams Farm is a family run farm since 1865 & the farm is currently owned & operated by the 5th generation owner, Kip Adams.  Adams Farm is a terrific location to visit with lots of different fun activities.  On the farm, they offer; petting zoo, horseback riding, paintball, fishing, Farm to Table BBQ and many more activities.  You can check their website here- reservations recommended:

2. Boat Rental & Harriman Reservoir (also known as the Lake around these parts)
The main drag through Wilmington is the Molly Stark Byway or Route 9.   Molly Stark Byway follows the expansive Harriman Reservoir (also known as Lake Whitingham) for more than a mile.  The Lake is a power reservoir owned & operated by TransCanada.  The Lake is over 8 miles long & features 28 miles of winding coastline.  People say the Lake can appear packed & you can always find a quiet Spot!  With that in mind, there are lots of things to do.   There  are some great beach areas & swimming holes. 
We recommend you check out High Country Marine, they rent everything from Wave Runners to Pontoon boats:  

1. Fishing
Fishing is #1 because Charlie is an avid fisherman for saltwater & freshwater.  Keep in mind, fishing is one of his hobbies,  but he by no means a pro.  As we all know Vermont is a land locked state so saltwater fishing is out of question; but the freshwater fishing is plentiful.  In Wilmington you can fish from a boat or there is great shore fishing.  Recently, the Wilmington Inn partnered with Brian Lynch of Pheasant Tail Tours to be the exclusive fly-fishing guide for the Wilmington Inn.  Brian is a local guide who fishing on the Deerfield River & other local spots.  Check out Brian’s website for more information http://www.pheasanttailtours.com/

With Fishing on the mind, we are excited to roll out our first fly-fishing weekend at the Wilmington Inn July -8-9!   The Inn will be open only to guests who book the fly-fishing package so everyone can sit around in the evening and share tales about the great fish they have caught!  The package includes:
  • Fly-fishing with two guides on Sunday July 9th for 4-5 hours in the morning at a local fishing spots along the Deerfield River & local rivers
  • Fly-fishing gear is available (request ahead of time)
  • Welcome reception Saturday July 8th at the inn with complimentary appetizers, fly tying, & maybe a few more surprises
  • Complimentary breakfast Sunday morning before departing for fly-fishing
  • Bagged lunch to have on fishing trip
This amazing package is available at a discounted rate of $125 plus room accommodations.  You can't beat this price!  Want to make a weekend out of it?  Arrive Friday night & fly fish Saturday as well for an additional $85 ($210 package on website), or use Saturday to relax and explore this great town.
                Reservations can be booked in several ways:

Hope everyone enjoyed learning about all of the various activities in Wilmington!  Come up & visit soon!  Excited for the new renovations? Like our Facebook page to see the before & after!


See you soon!

Megan & Charlie Foster