Friday, October 5, 2018

October Newsletter- Day Trip from Wilmington


Day Trip From Wilmington
Last week Megan & I decided to take a day trip on one of our last days off before Fall Foliage began. One of the best things about our location in Wilmington is that we are a great home base for day trips. Guests can go west to Manchester, east to New Hampshire & Brattleboro, South to western Massachusetts or north to explore Vermont further.

We started our trip out with some great coffees from the Village Roost in town & headed out.

1st Stop: Newfane, up route 30
The town of Newfane is the Shire of Windham County. The town was settled in 1776 by the villagers of Worcester County, Massachusetts. The town started as a farming community & later grew into an prosperous town as several streams provided water power for mills. During the 19th century, the town contained two flour mills, two lumber mills, carriage factory & a leather mill. Present day, Newfane is great tourist destination with several covered bridges & a beautiful town commons.

2nd stop: Grafton, VT, back roads through route 35
We continued our trek north through some great back country towns & made a stop in Grafton. Grafton was established in 1791 & sheep raising was an early community in the area; as a result multiple mills opened. A soapstone quarry was opened in the area & town grew into a notable stagecoach hub in the Green Mountains. The town is also well known for having one of the oldest continually operated inns in the United States. Nowadays, the town is known for an artisanal cheese company, Grafton Cheese company and a world- class cross country skiing center on Grafton Ponds. We greatly enjoyed the towns general store called MKT.

3rd stop: Windsor - Cornish Covered Bridge, through route 5
While in Windsor, we found a great shopping area for lunch & activities. The location named, Artisans Park, has some great options for shopping and activities including Harpoon Brewery & Silo Distillery.

4th Stop: Woodstock & Quechee, route 5
After Lunch we headed to Woodstock & Quechee, VT which has some much great things to do. Woodstock is the shire town of Windsor County. Woodstock was chartered in 1761 and developed rapidly once the Revolutionary War ended in 1783. The town expanded fast as the local water source, The Ottauquechee River, provided power for multiple mill industries. The Woodstock Railroad opened to White River Junction in 1875 carrying freight and tourists. The town is now largely driven by tourism.
Here are some must see's
  • Quechee Gorge
  • Lincoln Covered Bridge
  • Simon Pierce Flagship Store

Last stop: King Arthur Flour, continued on route 5
Our last stop was a must see for Megan, King Arthur's Flour in Norwich, VT. King Arthur Flour is a famous American supplier of flour, baking goods, baking supplies and great food on premises! This a great place to check out!

After King Arthur Flour, we jumped on Highway 91 & we were back in Wilmington in about 75 minutes- great trip!

Hope to see you at the Inn soon!

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

August Newsletter- Museums in Southern VT & surrounding area


Southern Vermont & surrounding area Museums
We hope you enjoy our list of museums in Southern Vermont & Western Massachusetts. We have arranged the list by proximity to the inn.

Deerfield Valley
Southern Vermont Natural History Museum

The Southern Vermont Natural History Museum fosters an interest in nature, the environment and the natural sciences through exhibition and educational activities. The museum displays one of New England's largest collections of native species along with live animal exhibits, ecology, geology and natural history exhibits.
Open Year round 7 days a week 10:00am to 4:00pm

West River Railroad Museum
The museum is located on the main street (Route 30) in Newfane, one of the most beautiful villages in Vermont and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Two floors of exhibition space display impressive examples of Vermont furniture, folk art, early portraits and Civil War artifacts. Local favorites are the story of the highwayman “Thunderbolt” and the history of the West River Railroad. 
Saturdays and Sundays from Noon – 5:00 PM. (Also by appointment.)

Brattleboro

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) is an independent, non-collecting, contemporary art museum, whose mission is to present art and ideas in ways that inspire, educate, and engage people of all ages. BMAC’s frequently changing exhibits, education programs, and public events seek to reflect and enhance the cultural richness of the communities we serve. 
The galleries are open every day except Tuesdays, 11-5

Bennington

Robert Frost Stone House Museum
The Robert Frost Stone House Museum is a literary landmark located only minutes away from Frost's gravesite in Bennington. The house, built circa 1769, was considered historic even before the Frost period. It is a rare example of colonial architecture made of native stone and timber, and has changed little since Frost's time. The house sits on seven acres and still retains some of Frost's original apple trees. 
June-October: Wednesday-Sunday, 11:00 am-5:00 pm

Bennington Museum
The Bennington Museum is about the creativity of southern Vermont, eastern New York State, northwestern Massachusetts, and southern New Hampshire in all its forms, from the 18th century to the present. By connecting you with real objects of art and history, and by challenging you with complex ideas, the museum excites your imagination, inspires innovation, and brings delight.
June through October- 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm
February through May, November and December
Thursday through Tuesday, 10 am to 5 pm

Museum of Dog
A Tribute to Dogs Everywhere
Mon – Sat : 10am to 7pm
Sun : 12pm – 6pm
Western Massachusetts

The Clark
The collection of the Clark features European and American paintingssculptureprintsdrawingsphotographs, and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century. 
Open Tues–Sun 10 am–5 pm

Williams College Collection
WCMA sparks new ways of thinking about art and the visual world through its innovative exhibitions, programs, publications and projects
Open every day 10 am to 5 pm.
Thursdays 10 am to 8 pm.

Mass MoCA
MASS MoCA is one of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art. With vast galleries and a stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues, MASS MoCA is able to embrace all forms of art: music, sculpture, dance, film, painting, photography, theater, and new, boundary-crossing works of art that defy easy classification.
10am—6pm Sundays—Wednesdays
10am—7pm Thursdays—Saturdays

Berkshire Art Museum
The Berkshire Art Museum’s mission is to showcase engaging contemporary art through rotating exhibitions as well as to preserve and examine five decades of artwork by Eric Rudd in the museum’s permanent collection. Rescuing two historic former churches, the Berkshire Art Museum exemplifies the adaptive reuse of architectural space for cultural purposes. 
12pm-5pm, closed Monday & Tuesday

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Fly fishing in Southern Vermont


Fly fishing in southern Vermont is fun & active due to our amazing water system in the Deerfield Valley. The river system is called "The Upper Deerfield," and is supplied a constant flow of water from three local bottom release dams. The three dams, Harriman, Somerset & Searsburg are operated by Great River Hydro. This man-made hydro-electric water system operates from its 400-square-mile Vermont drainage basin in four river branches: the main Deerfield, and the East, North, and West branches. The improved water management on these upper sections since 1998 has provided the Deerfield with constant flows and has some of the best fly fishing for wild trout in
the state.

Here is an overview of the river from an article from Tom Keer in Fly Fisherman magazine:

Starting in the Headwaters
In fly-fishing terms, the Deerfield flows almost from the Orvis Company in Manchester, Vermont, to the Thomas & Thomas rod company in Turner’s Falls, Massachusetts. It covers some 40 miles from its southern Vermont origins, then runs along the Mohawk Trail through western Massachusetts before it joins the Connecticut River below Turner’s Falls.
The main Deerfield (see map) runs south out of the Somerset basin, parallel with Forest Service Road 71, the dirt access road leading to the Somerset Reservoir. It joins the East Branch, which runs from the base of the Somerset Reservoir Dam to the Searsburg Reservoir. The main stem of the Deerfield then flows from Searsburg Reservoir south to the northwestern end of Harriman Reservoir (Lake Whitingham). It continues out of Harriman Reservoir southward through Readsboro, joining with the West Branch to flow into Sherman Reservoir. (The Massachusetts/Vermont line divides the reservoir.) The North Branch runs from West Dover along Route 100 through Wilmington, where it enters the Harriman Reservoir.

More importantly- how's the fishing? VT Wildlife does a great job to ensure the local fisheries are stocked well. So far in 2018, VT Wildlife has put 1300 Lake Trout in Harriman Reservoir and 750 Rainbow Trout into the Upper Deerfield River. Check out their stocking update here:
https://anrweb.vt.gov/FWD/FW/FishStockingSearch.aspx

Always wanted to try fly-fishing but don't want to make the investment? We can set you up with gear rentals & some local guides from Pheasant Tail Tours. They will put you on some great fishing spots & make you fall in love with the sport! We also have custom maps, made by Charlie, of the river to help direct you to some great local spots to fish.

Come join us at The Wilmington Inn for some great fishing; our last fishing package is October 13-14th! To sign up visit:

We look forward to seeing everyone soon!
harlie & Megan Foster
Innkeepers

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