Summer in Wilmington is beautiful and there is so much to do. We have numerous lakes and an endless source of hiking trails of every level of length and difficulty.
Zoar Outdoor is named "Best Adventure in New England" by Yankee Magazine and it's located directly across the street from the inn. Whether you want to get wet and whitewater raft in class III and IV grade rapids on the Deerfield River or kayak or paddleboard on the Harriman Reservoir, they've got you covered. Call us ahead of your arrival and let us make a reservation for you!
Summer activities through Zoar:
- Paddleboard rentals or tours
- Mountain Bike rentals or tours
- Kayak rentals or tours
NORTH STARNorth Star Pizza is located only a few miles from The Wilmington Inn. North Star not only offers pizza; they have Candlepin bowling, Mini Golf & an Arcade.
There are some amazing and bountiful locations for fishing in Wilmington along the Deerfield River or Harriman reservoir. The Wilmington Inn & Tavern is located adjacent to the Deerfield River and specifically due east from what is known as The Searsburg Gap, a 3.2 mile stretch of river that has been "rewatered" and stocked full of brook and brown trout by the Dept of Fish and Game. Learn more about the Searsburg Pass in this article by Fly Fisherman magazine.
We can provide a map of our favorite fishing locations with directions on how to get there. Spending the whole day out on the water? Let us prepare you a Wilmington inn picnic basket for you!
Want to fish with a local myth-teller about the amazing fish caught around the area- these are the best local guides to help you prove that the fish are not a myth!
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.
We recommend four major hiking trails all of which are within 4 miles of the inn and two of them have trail heads from the inn itself:
- Haystack Mountain - a 5-mile summit hike to Haystack Mountain where you will reach a large boulder with amazing scenic views of the Deerfield Valley
- Molly Stark State Park - a 1 mile steep mountain hike to a 5 story fire-tower with 100 mile views.
- The Valley Trail - This new trail is a flat hike that traverses the old snowmobile trail to Dover and extends more than 10 miles.
- The River Bridge - Right across from our driveway is the Reardon Bridge (adjacent photo) that offers our guests a brand new 2-mile hike to the Harriman Reservoir where you can go for a swim or enjoy a picnic lunch. Let us know if you would like us to prepare a picnic lunch for you!
Here is the link to the local trail map:
Swimming and freshwater fun
The Harriman Reservoir
The lake (pictured at left) is a mile down the road and a 2-mile beautiful hike from our front door. It is over 12 miles long and has no houses on it, offering unusual privacy with almost no boat traffic. There are numerous ways to enjoy the lake, but why not rent a kayak or standing paddleboard? Boat entry is free and very accessible.
A private and completely secluded natural reservoir in the heart of the Green Mountain National Forest is only a six mile drive away. The natural shoreline is incredibly beautiful and great for kayaking or swimming.
Lake Raponda is a small lake with a public sandy beach and fully-developed shorefront. It is a more typical lake but is great fun for families with a large raft and easy sand bottom entry for the little ones. There is easy access for boat and kayak entry with vehicle drop-off.
Skiing & Snowboarding at Mount Snow
Mount Snow boasts 135 trails on 588 acres with 20 lifts including two summit express lifts and the only "six pack" bubble chair in the United States. Before you go, check the ski report.
A truly exciting and completely safe winter activity for any age is snow tubing. We have three local venues that offer any level of exhilaration within minutes of the inn. It is a great, affordable escape for those who might like to enjoy the snow without a full-day commitment to it.
Cross Country Skiing - The Catamount Trail
The Wilmington Inn is the best located Southern inn in Vermont to access the bottom three segments of The Catamount Trail and is also located within 10 miles of a great learning trail and facility (Timber Creek) and one of the best all-terrain mountains with more than 30kms of trails (Prospect Mountain).
Snowmobiling - The VAST Trail Network
Southern Vermont is well known as being one of the best places to go "sledding." The Wilmington Inn is only a few miles from tens of connection points to the famous VAST Trail network that includes more than 5,000 miles of free trails that span from the border of Massachusetts to Canada. In addition, there are a number of restaurants and gas stations that welcome snowmobilers. Let us help you arrange a rider's permit and plan a day trip for you during your stay with us! Don't have a snowmobile? No problem, a local rental company can set you up according to your skill and adventure levels.
Each room is designed with your comfort and modern needs in mind; each room comes complete with complimentary Wi-Fi, personal control of room temperature, television & DVD player, hair dryer & spacious personal bathroom. Several rooms feature a gas fireplace and/or whirlpool tub. Additionally some rooms can accommodate extra guests, please call the Inn directly to request an extra rollaway in guest room.
Town of Wilmington
Our picturesque village, surrounded by beautiful rural mountainous countryside, is a shopper’s paradise offering a variety of unique and special merchandise. All four seasons are special here and many who come to visit end up staying for the natural beauty and rural way of life. Whether you are passing through for foliage, going to the neighboring ski resorts, spending time in the downtown shopping, or looking to stay for an extended period, we hope you enjoy Wilmington!