Sunday, May 27, 2018

May Newsletter: Logan's Layers join The Wilmington Inn Family!

Hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend!  We are ready for a great summer at The Wilmington Inn!  So much to do in the valley between festivals, hiking & other outdoor activities, and lots of nearby attractions to keep the whole family busy.

We hope to see everyone soon, please enjoy our newsletter.

Help us welcome Logan's Layers!

As our new venture develops further, we aim to increase our sustainability throughout the inn.  We have recently partnered with a local family to raise chickens for the use of their eggs at the inn.  

We are raising 12 hens; our brown egg layers are a healthy cross between a White Rock layer & a Rhode Island Red male.  The chickens are fed all natural feed & leftover fruits and vegetables from the inn.  The chickens are raised by the local family & The Fosters.

The chickens are raised in a chicken coop on inn property with plenty of room to play.  Their eggs will be used for culinary needs at the inn.  Eggs will also be for sale when available.

Check out the pictures below and come visit Logan's Layers!  Come give the girls a treat- they love to say hello!




Spring Renovations

We are excited to announce that we have renovated two more guest rooms this spring!  The Molly Stark Suite & the Deerfield room both received a face-lift!  We hope everyone has a chance to stay in one of these updated and refreshed rooms.


 


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April Blog- The Art of making Maple Syrup

 

Spring is coming in Vermont & we are enjoying the seasons changing! The snow is melting, the birds are chirping & the steam is flowing out of sugarhouses throughout Vermont. As new transplants in Vermont, we are learning that maple sugaring is an important part of the heritage of Vermont families. We hope you enjoy this blog all about maple sugaring!
Maple syrup was first collected and used by the indigenous peoples of North America, and the practice was adopted by European settlers, who gradually refined production methods. Technological improvements in the 1970s further refined syrup processing.

The sap is made as the tree mixes groundwater with the sugar. The sap is mostly crystal-clear water with about 2% sugar. It takes about 50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. A typical sugaring season lasts 4 to 6 weeks. A pattern of freezing and thawing temperatures (below freezing at night and 40-45 degrees during the day) will build up pressure within the trees causing the sap to flow from the tap holes. There are two different ways to collect the sap from the trees. The oldest method is with sap buckets which are attached to trees & must be gathered by hand. The sap is then transferred to a gathering tank which is used to transport the sap to the sugarhouse. The modern way to collect the sap is through pipelines attached to trees, the sap flows naturally through the pipelines to the tank at the sugarhouse (in some cases a vacuum pump is used to move the sap through pipelines).

The sap is then drawn into the evaporator which is in the sugarhouse. At the sugarhouse we have partnered with, they use a wood fire under the evaporator to boil the sap.  As the water in the sap evaporates, the sap thickens into the syrup. Even though it looks like the finished product it will still need to be filtered and graded for flavor and color. An interesting fact about Maple Syrup is that the grade is different every year as the quality of the sap determines the grade of the syrup. 

The Wilmington Inn recently partnered with the May Family Sugarhouse for maple syrup. Over Easter weekend I had the chance to take some friends and their children to see this sugaring process and what an amazing lesson it was. I learned so much and the kids loved it too. During the sugaring season, our guests can go visit the sugarhouse & experience how to make maple syrup! The pictures in this blog are from this recent visit to the May Family Sugarhouse!

Like whitewater rafting? Stay with us overnight on May 5th or 6th & go rafting with Zoar Adventure! Contact Zoar to book rafting- mention you are staying at The Wilmington Inn & you will get 10% off!





We look forward to seeing everyone again this year! Don’t forget to check out our packages for 2018!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Winter 2018 Events & Festivals




Winter is going well here in Wilmington & we are enjoying the seasonal travelers!  There is so much going on this winter in the Deerfield Valley so we thought we would share it with everyone. 

February 17-18
Harris Hill Ski Jump 2018
More than 40 of the world’s top male and female ski jumpers from the US, Europe, and Canada are scheduled to compete this year at the Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition in Brattleboro, Vermont. The event is sponsored by Pepsi and takes place on a 90-meter jump, designed to International Ski Federation (FIS) specifications. Jumpers launch from the take-off and soar more than 300 feet at speeds of nearly 60 mph. The event has a festive atmosphere for the whole family with food, music, souvenirs and beer tent.
2018 marks the 96th year of the Harris Hill Ski Jump & will feature the annual Pepsi Challenge and the Fred Harris Memorial Tournament, and serves as a stop on the US Cup competition of the United States American Ski Jumping (USASJ) series.

Event Link:
www.harrishillskijump.com


February 17-25
President’s Week Winterfest at Mount Snow














Mount Snow offers a week-long family-friendly celebration full of activities!  Daily concerts & activities for kids of all ages!  Torchlight Parade & Fireworks on Wednesday of President’s Day week.  Night-time events & activities for parents from a Bob Marley tribute band to “Breakfast” performing live. 
More information located here:  https://www.mountsnow.com/events/calendar/presidents-week-winterfest/



March 16-17
Shamrock Fest at Mount Snow
















Celebrate St. Patrick's weekend at Mount Snow on Friday, March 16 & Saturday, March 17! Thousands of our most fervent (and verdant) fans descend to party on Cuzzins Deck, ski in costume, and rock out to live Irish music outdoors. There will be eggs and kegs in the morning, the annual Pot O' Gold scavenger hunt for an 18/19 Season Pass, and more!
Enjoy $17 lift tickets for this special day! Hurry and get them, before they're gone.


March 17-18
Whitingham Maple Festival









The Maple Festival celebrates an important aspect of Whitingham's economic and cultural heritage. Eight of our eighteen Whitingham sugar makers have graciously opened the doors of their sugarhouses and given their time so that residents, visitors, and guests, alike will gain a better understanding and appreciation of ‘the art and science’ of Maple syrup and sugar making and the historical importance of ‘sugaring’ to our town. Whitingham is known as the birthplace of Brigham Young and there are two monuments in town noting Young’s achievements.

Event Link:
www.whitingham-maplefest.us

March 24-25
Vermont Statewide Maple Open House Weekend
The Annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend will be held at sugarhouses throughout Vermont. The Open House Weekend is the public celebration of the maple syrup season in Vermont and an opportunity for the public to visit one or more “sugar houses” throughout the state. Activities during Open House Weekend will be different at each sugarhouse but will include the opportunity to watch maple syrup being made (weather permitting) and often sample maple products.
Event Link: 
http://vermontmaple.org/

March 30-31

2nd Annual Vermont Craft Brew & Chili Stroll

Great brews & fantastic chili will be on your passport to the 2nd Annual Vermont Craft Brew & Chili Stroll. Stroll historic downtown Wilmington, Vermont and be the judge of our fiery chili competition while you sip and sample some of the finest Vermont craft brews. Join us at the Inn for the raffle after the stroll!
 Make a weekend of it and stay for Mount Snow's Annual Winter Brew Fest the next day located in nearby Dover, Vermont.



 We look forward to seeing everyone for a visit this year!

Charlie & Megan Foster
Innkeepers

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.