Sunday, May 29, 2022

May Blog: Mountains to hike in the area



May 2022 Blog: Mountain hikes in the area

Hello {First Name},

Happy almost official summer! Vermont is SO green and beautiful right now. Everything is in bloom and the temperature is a dream. This time of year, one of the most popular outdoor activities is hiking. So we wanted to put together this one-stop shop for info on local mountains to climb. Come see us soon!

Thank you,

Charlie & Megan

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Mountain Hikes in the area

There are some great hikes in the area including some mountains to conquer!  Here is a list of mountains under an hour from Wilmington!


Haystack Mountain 

Wilmington, VT

Haystack Mountain is located a few miles from downtown Wilmington.  This is a moderate hike that is about 5 miles round trip.  On this hike, you gain about 1000' feet in elevation.  On a beautiful day, you can see all of Southern Vermont!

More information here

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Mount Olga

Wilmington, VT

Mount Olga is located in Molly Stark State Park.  The woman for whom the mountain is named is unknown, but Molly Stark was the wife of the legendary John Stark, a brigadier general in the New Hampshire militia (which included Vermonters), who led the Colonial troops at the Battle of Bennington in 1777.

Round trip, the hike is about 1.7 miles with an elevation gain of 520'.

The hike is an easy loop but with a big payoff — a fire tower with a 360-degree view of southern Vermont and northern Massachusetts.

More information here

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Mount Snow

West Dover, VT

During the summer, Mount Snow is open for mountain biking, scenic chairlift rides & hiking.  Mount Snow is located in The Green Mountain National Forest.  The hike is about 3.5 miles round trip and you can gain about 1,000' in elevation.

More information here


Stratton Mountain

Stratton, VT

Stratton is located about an hour from Wilmington.  Stratton Mountain is the highest point on the Long Trail in southern Vermont. There is a fire tower on top that offers hikers an opportunity to view three states, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Somerset Reservoir and Mt. Snow are to the south, Glastenbury Mtn. is southwest, and the Taconics, including Mt. Equinox, the highest peak of this range, lie to the west. Mt. Ascutney is to the northeast and Grand Monadnock in New Hampshire is to the southeast.

The hike is about 7.5 miles round trip & you gain about 1,700' in elevation.

More information here


Mount Monadnock

Dublin, NH

The popular Mount Monadnock is the centerpiece of the nearly 6,000 acre Monadnock State Park, which features about 36 miles of hiking trails, a visitor center, and two campgrounds.

A mecca for hikers for over 150 years, Mount Monadnock is commonly touted as the most climbed mountain in the Western Hemisphere. With a deep history, ties to the arts, and a myriad of hiking trails, Mount Monadnock is hiked by over 100,000 people every year. 

There are lots of different options to reach the summit, check out the link below for more info!

More information here

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Mount Equinox

Dublin, NH

Mount Equinox is located about an hour from Wilmington.  With an elevation of 3840 feet, Equinox Mountain in Manchester, Vermont is the highest peak in the Taconic Range. Visitors can access Mount Equinox via a vehicle road or by hiking.  On top of the mountain, there is a visitor's center & chapel.  The trails are clearly marked and well maintained, and since the mountain is so high, the scenery changes a few times as you ascend. 

This hike is considered moderate to difficult with an elevation gain of 2,800'.  The round trip hike is 6.3 miles.

More information here


Mount Greylock

Lanesborough, MA

Mount Greylock is located in the Berkshire Mountains, and is the highest mountain in Massachusetts. At 3,491 feet, Greylock wouldn't seem to be too remarkable, but this is actually one of the most scenic mountains in the Eastern United States. It is so inspirational that legend has it, Mount Greylock's long, saddle-like shape inspired Herman Melville to write "Moby Dick". 

You can either drive to the summit, or take moderate-to-long day hikes (the shortest taking less than 90 minutes to reach the top). The summit offers great views of the Green Mountains to the north, Catskills to the southwest ,and the Adirondacks to the northwest.

This hike is considered moderate with an elevation gain of 494'. The round trip hike is 3.7 miles.

More information here

Summer activities partnerships

Looking for an activity this summer to enjoy the outdoors!  We have several different local businesses that we have partnered with to deliver great experiences for our guests!


Fly-fishing is plentiful in the Wilmington area!  Guests can book fly-fishing trips with expert guides directly through the inn; no matter your experience level you will have fun!

More information here


Bike & watersports rentals

We recently partnered with Equipe Sports for summer rentals.  Equipe offers; mountain bikes, single & double kayaks, canoes & paddleboards rentals.  They can deliver the equipment right to the inn or you can pick up at their Dover store.

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Friday, April 1, 2022

April Blog: Marlboro Music Festival


April Blog: Marlboro Music Festival
Happy Spring. We have welcomed mud season, with the occasional snowflake still. It is the time of year we get a lot of projects and improvements done around the Inn. Our blog this month is about one of the Valley's annual events, the Marlboro Music Festival.

It's going to be a busy summer, we hope to see you!

Thank you,
Charlie & Megan
Marlboro Music Festival
Marlboro Music is an Annual Chamber music festival that takes place in Marlboro which is about 8 miles from downtown Wilmington. This festival has been a destination since 1951 for patrons & musicians alike. Chamber Music is a form of classical that is performed in small groups.

Tickets & more information can be found:
Marlboro Music History
Since its founding in 1951, Marlboro Music has transformed the world of chamber music and played a vital role in developing generations of new musical leaders. Marlboro was created by eminent pianist Rudolf Serkin-its artistic director until his death in 1991-and co-founders Adolf and Herman Busch, and Marcel, Blanche, and Louis Moyse.

Since 1951, Marlboro was a vital gathering place and musical oasis for many renowned artists of the late 20th century, including cellist
and conductor Pablo Casals; pianists Mieczysław Horszowski and Eugene Istomin; violinists Pina Carmirelli, Isidore Cohen, Felix Galimir, and Sándor Végh; cellists Madeline Foley and David Soyer; clarinetist Harold Wright; and soprano Benita Valente. Marlboro has also attracted acclaimed composers including Leon Kirchner (who helped to establish a resident composer program here in the 1970s), Samuel Barber, Elliott Carter, Aaron Copland, George Crumb, Luigi Dallapiccola, George Perle, and Gunther

Since the Guarneri String Quartet formed at Marlboro in 1964, former participants have formed or joined many outstanding ensembles, including the Brentano, Cleveland, Emerson, Johannes, Juilliard, Mendelssohn, Orion, St. Lawrence, Takács, Tokyo, Vermeer, and Ying Quartets; the Beaux Arts, Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson and Mannes Trios; TASHI; the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; and other prominent festivals, series, and summer
programs. Other Marlboro artists are now principal chair members of leading symphonic and opera orchestras world-wide; are among today's most sought-after recording and solo artists, or are acclaimed teachers at prominent conservatories and universities.

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Marlboro Experience
Attending Marlboro Music is an experience for all participants. Generations of the world's most respected musicians have come
together on the Potash Hill campus in the rural town of Marlboro, Vermont to share their perspectives and learn from one another, to
inspire and be inspired. Participants are drawn also by the supportive family atmosphere, where musicians, staff, spouses, and children share meals, seminars, chores, social, and recreational events-creating a unique musical, human community.

It is where the concept of having master artists play together with
exceptional young professionals was born-initiating a dynamic, collaborative approach to learning. Under the artistic direction of pianists Mitsuko Uchida and Jonathan Biss, leading musicians spend up to seven weeks exchanging ideas and rehearsing in depth some 250 chamber music works each summer.

After three weeks of in-depth rehearsals, a portion of the musical
collaborations are shared with audiences at weekend concerts, held from mid-July to mid-August. Audiences share in a spirit of discovery,
experiencing exciting young musicians and hearing insightful interpretations of chamber music masterworks and unfamiliar pieces played with great passion
and joy.

Tickets & more information can be found:

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