The Wilmington Inn: Wilmington VT

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Derek and I recently went on, what we called, an Antique Road Trip. We started in Connecticut, worked our way up through Western Massachusetts, made it to Southern Vermont, and then drove through North Conway, New Hampshire and Maine.

Check back with our blog later for the post on the full trip.

On our second night, we were in Bennington Vermont and heading towards Chester to hit up the antique shops the next day. We needed a place to stay, checked out, and found The Wilmington Inn in Wilmington.

The inn is located on the top of a hill on the main street running through the town of Wilmington. The shops and restaurants are just a quick, less than 5 minute walk from the inn, and side walks line the streets in order to make that commute easy.  When we first pulled up to the inn, I was immediately drawn in by it's New England charm.

We met Charlie, the owner of the inn. He was extremely friendly, and told us that he and his wife Megan opened the inn only earlier that year. His wife cooks the free breakfast that is served up every morning and is included in your stay. They left Boston, where they were working in corporate hotels to start their dream of running their own inn.

Charlie signed us up for a breakfast time slot, and then showed us around the inn. Megan made fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and had them out waiting for guests in the foyer. He pointed out the bar and said it was open until 10pm that night. He showed us through the living room where there was a large fire place and a deck attached. There was a little dining room adjacent to the sitting room where we would have breakfast in the morning.

Charlie then took us to our room. The Windham room is located in the carriage house. It was quaint and very cute. There was a single queen bed with a retro looking bathroom attached. Charlie told us that we would probably be the last to stay in the room as is as it was getting renovated. However, it was cute as it was, and we were more than happy with our accommodations.

Derek and I took off downtown and went out for drinks. Downtown Wilmington was very beautiful. There were many little shops and antique stores lining the street. There was a good selection of restaurants and bars too.

We came back to the hotel around 8pm and brought some snacks with us. We went up the bar and ordered a Dark and Stormy and an Old Fashioned from Charlie, who brought them out to us at the fire. The drinks were mixed well, and the ambiance of the campfire really set the tone for a relaxing night at the inn. Charlie came out and talked to us more about the inn. We enjoyed listening to him and talking with him. He has so much passion for the inn, and you could tell he genuinely cared about people enjoying their time there.

At 10, we tucked into bed for the night. The bed was comfortable, and it was nice to take a hot bath before slipping into the sheets.

In the morning, we woke up for our 8:45 breakfast. We went into the dining room and was served by a very friendly waitress. The menu for breakfast was impressive. I couldn't believe everything was made to order and included in the stay. I'm used to continental breakfast with cold eggs if I'm lucky in most places.

Derek ordered the waffle and I got the veggie scrambler which came with a side of meat (I chose bacon) and some toast. The food was so delicious! My scrambler had tomato, zucchini and goat cheese in it. It was cooked perfectly and the veggies were so fresh.

After breakfast we checked out. We talked to Charlie again before leaving and Megan came out of the kitchen to meet us. She was very nice also. She told us about the flea market downtown, which is where we were headed to next.

Derek and I said that The Wilmington Inn is a place we would like to go back to. We haven't said that about many hotels or Inn's, but we would go back to Wilmington in a heart beat just to stay there. It was so welcoming and friendly. Charlie and Megan have a really special thing going at the Inn, and I see this being a hugely successful endeavor for them.

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