Tucked into the southern region of the Green Mountains, Wilmington is an authentic ski town steadfastly retaining its New England identity and community charm. Its picturesque village, surrounded by beautiful mountainous countryside, is easily walkable and offers a variety of unique merchandise and restaurants. As in many New England towns, all four seasons are special in Wilmington. Whether you're passing through for foliage, going to the neighboring ski resorts, spending time in the downtown shopping, or looking to stay for an extended period, there's a little something for everyone.
Eat Like A Local
Downtown Wilmington boasts a number of exceptional eateries, including The Anchor and Maple Leaf Malt & Brewing Co., but none quite stand up to Dot's. Originally established in 1980, Dot's is as synonymous with Wilmington as maple syrup is with Vermont. So, it should come as no surprise that when the building was damaged beyond repair by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, the community rose up to preserve the heart of Wilmington and raised enough money for the diner's rebuild.
Dot's Restaurant | Open Sunday through Thursday 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Shred The Slopes Like A Pro
If you're from New England, you've probably heard of Mount Snow. Located in the Green Mountains, this ski area was cohost of the first Extreme Games in 1995 and host of the Winter X-Games in 2000 and 2001. With a cozy base lodge, ski school, live music performances and an up-to-the-minute snow report, this is the place experts and novices, alike, come to enjoy the winter.
Mount Snow | 39 Mount Snow Road West Dover, VT 05356 | 1-800-245-SNOW
The Other White House
As soon as the white stuff falls, you know that Wilmington has come alive again. Ski shops are open, restaurants have waiting lists and there are sledding tracks down crisscrossing the lawn of the White House Inn. Children, both young and old, can be seen jumping aboard snow tubes or building up jumps before plummeting down the hotel's long, sprawling hill. Locals widely regarded it as the best snow-tubing spot in Southern Vermont and we’re sure you’ll agree!
The White House Inn | 178 Route 9 East, Wilmington VT 05363 | 802-464-2135
Much like the name implies, the famous “100-Mile View” from Hogback Mountain in Marlboro, VT offers great views of forested land and mountainous peaks as far away as Massachusetts. Formerly a ski area, Hogback Mountain closed in 1986, but was later purchased by the Hogback Mountain Conservation Association.
Just a few miles east of Wilmington on Route 9, you can pull off to enjoy the scenic overlook and pop inside the gift shop, a Vermont fixture since 1936. There you can purchase specialty foods like maple syrup and cheese, in addition to a variety of Vermont-themed souvenirs. (We suggest a nighttime excursion to the scenic overlook, where you're able to take in the night sky without any light pollution.)
Hogback Mountain Gift Shop | Open 7 Days a Week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | 7627 Route 9 E, Wilmington, VT 05363 | 800-427-5494
The Best Pulled Pork
When you set foot inside the Vermont Country Deli, warm smells of roasting garlic, sweet hickory smoke and maple syrup hit you like a slap in the face. Head straight for the prepared foods section where you'll find crisp kale salad, baked macaroni and cheese, and chicken burritos the size of a small child. But it's further on down the line, toward the back of the shop, where all the magic happens. Huge cast iron skillets filled with slow cooked pulled pork sit in a bath of their house-made maple barbeque sauce. It's nirvana on a bun.
Vermont Country Deli | Open 7 Days a Week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Located just off I-91 at Exit 2 in Brattleboro, VT | (802) 257-9254
Leaf-Peeping Up Route 100
The fall is arguably the best time to visit Vermont. The leaves begin to change from green to saffron, crimson and ocher, corn mazes sprout up all over the place and Vermonters find any excuse to break out their flannel. The state’s Route 100 - also known as "Skiers Highway" - may offer some of the best foliage viewing in all of New England.