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Places to Stay in Wilmington

Posted on: October 3rd, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

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Wilmington has a long list of unique hotels, inns and chalets that cater to their guests unique needs.  Whether you’re looking for a hotel specifically geared toward fly fishermen, or just a place to relax after a long day exploring Whiteface Mountain, you’ll find a great place to stay in Wilmington.

The Hungry Trout – At the Hungry Trout you’ll get it all – a great location with stunning views of AuSable River, new Franklin Falls, comfortable, spacious accommodations, helpful, friendly staff, and two great on site restaurants.  Not to mention that if trout stalking or fly fishing is your game, there’s great spots for it located just behind the property.  It’s a real gem in the Adirondacks.

Alpine Country Inn & Suites – Located at the base of Whiteface Mountain, the Alpine Country Inn and Suites has everything that Whiteface has to offer at its doorstep. Feel free to use all the amenities from the cedar deck where you can relax in Adirondack style, to the Gazebo, outdoor grill, and campfire. This family run inn aims to create a unique, personalized stay for each and every guest that walks through their door.

Wilderness Inn – Offering eight separate cozy cabins that are open year round, the Wilderness Inn lives up to their motto: roughing it in style! Stay in one of their one, two, or three bedroom cabins and experience a mountain getaway without sacrificing any amenities.  If you don’t want to make use of your full kitchen, head over to the inn’s delicious restaurant and try some of their great food!

Mountain Brook Lodge – This wonderful, family friendly lodge is centrally located to Whiteface Mountain and is open year round.  It’s a great place to come, relax and take in the serene atmosphere of the Adirondacks.

Whiteface Chalet – Located just right around the corner from Whiteface Mountain and the AuSable River, Whiteface Chalet is the perfect base for your Adirondack holiday.  It’s just a short distance from great hiking, fishing, and so much more! In autumn you’ll have a spectacular view of the foliage just outside your window.

Huntingtons – Located in the shadows of Whiteface, every room offers a spectacular view of the mountain.  This hotel is a fabulous base for any of the activities you hope to be doing around the Adirondacks.  It’s a great place to come relax after a long day out.

The Inn at Whiteface – Located at the base of Whiteface Mountain, the Inn at Whiteface is a unique inn, set apart from other hotels you’ll find in the area.  Come in after a long day on the mountain and take a load off by the fireplace or on the porch and enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain.  The staff are attentive and aim to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Wilkommen Hof Bed & Breakfast – In the hospitality business for the last 25 years, hosts Heike and Bert are experts are provided excellent service to their guests.  You’ll feel like it’s your home away from home as you enjoy this pet friendly B&B.  Bert would be glad to be your guide on fishing, mountain biking, hiking, cross country skiing or snow shoeing trips.

For more places to stay, check out or list of hotels in neighboring Lake Placid, and places our clients recommend.
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Places to Eat in Wilmington

Posted on: October 2nd, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Wilmington may be small but it offers some surprisingly delicious dining opportunities.  From an amazing deli located inside a super market, to delicious gourmet, to an Italian restaurant that declines to even use menus, you’ll find Wilmington is full of great surprises.

Little Super Market Deli – The Little Super Market Deli isn’t actually a restaurant, it is a grocer that happens to have a great deli.  If you’re in the mood for a sub sandwich, this is the place to stop.  Large portions, quick and friendly service, and delicious food!

The Country Bear Bakery and Diner – Wilmington’s #1 stop for breakfast and home to the best french toast in the north country! Enjoy goods baked fresh daily, including pies, muffins and breads.  Stop by and check out the daily special.

Up a Creek – Offering standard diner fare, Up a Creek is a local favorite. Enjoy a home style breakfast or lunch on a comfy atmosphere served by friendly staff who are happy to tell you all about the Adirondacks.

Wilderness Inn II Restaurant – The Wilderness Inn’s slogan is “roughing it in style” and that’s what you’ll be doing when you dine here.  Enjoy the finer things – filet mignon, sirloin, prime rib – but served without pretension in this comfy mountain cabin.

The Hungry Trout –  The West Branch of the AuSable River is one of the U.S’s best trout streams.  The Hungry Trout sits overlooking Flume Falls, a section of this legendary stream.  Enjoy a romantic atmosphere with a beautiful view, a gourmet menu full of fresh fish, straight from the stream, and wonderfully attentive, knowledgeable staff.

R.F McDougal’s Pub – This old fashioned pub was recently named one of America’s top 10 Fishing bars.  It is a great spot to head after a day exploring the Adirondacks so you can relax with a drink as you enjoy the stunning view of the AuSable River.  Don’t forget to try their hot wings!

Rosalia’s Italian Kitchen – Rosalia’s Kitchen offers amazing, authentic Italian food, as well as some surprising (though astonishingly delicious) treats, such as stuffed calamari.  There’s no menu here, and everything is made to order, so expect a dining experience unlike one you’ve ever had.  Be prepared to leave feeling like the chef is your new best friend!

For more restaurants be sure to check out places to eat in neighboring Lake Placid, and Saranac Lake, as well as places our clients recommend.

Things to Do in Wilmington

Posted on: October 1st, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-Little_whiteface_viewWithout a doubt Wilmington’s most popular attractions are it’s great outdoor activities.

 

During Autumn Whiteface Mountain offers tons of great festivals and activities, including Oktoberfest.  Put on that dirndl or your lederhosen and join the weekend-long festival featuring authentic German food, music and brews.   And it’s not just for grown ups! There’s plenty of fun for the whole family, with great live music, dancing, and rides.

Santa’s Workshop is one of Whiteface’s more famous attractions.  Opened in North Pole, NY in 1949, it is the United States’ oldest theme park.  Stop by and get the genuine North Pole experience, complete with live reindeer, storybook characters, hardworking elves, and of course, Santa Claus!

Whiteface Mountain is the setting not only for fabulous skiing and snowshoeing in winter months, but in the months without snowfall it is an excellent place for hiking, rock climbing and more.  Getting to the top of the mountain provides you with stunning views of the valley below, especially in autumn when the leaves turn.

If outdoor recreation isn’t your thing but you still want the stunning views, take a ride in the Cloudsplitter Gondola to the summit of Little Whiteface.   Glide over the mountain’s ridges, streams and forests and take in the glory of the Adirondacks.  When you get to the top, take in the gorgeous views of Lake Champlain, the village of Lake Placid, and so much more.  Enjoy a picnic while you watch the AuSable River wind through the forest or just sit and enjoy the view.

Mountain biking is especially popular at Whiteface. If this is something you enjoy, check out the Whiteface Mountain Bike Park!  There are 27 different trails, ranging from those appropriate only for the most expert of experts, to winding cross-country trails appropriate for any riding ability.  Whiteface has the steepest vertical drop on the East, so if you’re looking to roll this is the place to go.   Take the Cloudsplitter Gondola to the top of Little Whiteface to reach expert trails.  For riders seeking less intimidating trails, a shuttle bus can be taken to your destination.

Of course no trip to Whiteface would be complete without checking out some of the Olympic sites.  Get an Olympic Sites Passport to see them all.  You’ll get to tour the Olympic Jumping Complex and go to the top of the jumping tower for a spectacular view.  At the Olympic Center you’ll enjoy access to the Lake Placid Olympic Museum which will tell you lots of interesting information about the Winter Games held in Lake Placid in 1932 and 1980 as well as little known Olympic history and go ice skating on the famous Miracle on Ice rink.  At the Olympic Sports Complex, take a tour of the bobsled/luge/skeleton track, and get to take a ride  in a bobsled! There’s tons to do with this great passport.

High Falls Gorge is a wonderful place to spend a day. Traverse through unspoiled forests to discover nature at its finest.  Four different waterfalls spill over the granite rock formations for a stunning, picturesque setting.  The walk into the gorge is well marked with walkways and bridges, so no hiking is required and it can be achieved by most.

The Adirondack Wildlife Refuge is a great place to go for  both kids and adults.  Learn about the efforts being done to reintroduce indigenous wildlife to the Adirondacks, and about the wildlife still living there.  Get close and personal with  the Adirondack Wolf by going on their one mile educational hiking trail.  Learn what YOU can do to help preserve this beautiful habitat and what to do if you come across an animal in the wild.

450px-Ausable Ausable Chasm is open all year and is a site to see! Experience this beautiful canyon by raft, inner-tube, by foot, or even by rock climbing and by rope-bridge.  In summer and autumn enjoy stunning waterfalls and streams and unique rock formations carved out over thousands of years , and in winter witness 150 foot icicles, and frozen waterfalls.

 

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