Vermont charm and resiliency
The town has recovered from its near-decimation when the Deerfield River flooded the entire area in 2011 during Hurricane Irene. It was the second time the downtown had been inundated, the first by the hundred-year flood of 1938, marked on the wall of Town Hall and at the Route 9 bridge. That epic flood was topped 73 years later by Irene, with the water over a foot higher. Travis pointed out the water line on the main floor walls, still visible more than a dozen years after the latest flood. I stopped for breakfast at Dot’s Restaurant located on the opposite bank of the river next to the route 9 bridge. The restaurant was destroyed by the flood, knocked off its foundation and it became a symbol to the town. The owners almost gave up, reluctant to rebuild. But the town came together and with fundraising, donated services, loans, and grants, Dot’s returned to Main Street and Wilmington turned a corner.
The Main Street beyond Dot’s is a collection of eclectic shops and historical structures that give the town its early American vibe. The downtown contains a new Book store, Bartleby’s Books, an independent bookstore since 1989, with a selection of fun items and a wealth of many book reviews attached to the bookshelves. There is also an old book store and vinyl shop, West End Used Books, that has an actual Yurt full of books and collectibles behind their house full of records, books and toys all presented in themed rooms.
The surprise business was The Fashion Plate, which I told the owner reminded me of an estate sale in Connecticut. The beautiful house-style consignment and repurpose boutique features items you would find in an elegant home. I chose a wooden cigar box from the 1920s that captured my fancy.
Wilmington - summer and winter destination
They are also home to two dispensaries with one, Matterhorn Apothecary Vermont, directly across the street from VCA. Co-owner Matty Horn told reformer.com that “All the renovations were done “in-house” using locally sourced wood” and they have created a unique gift store that is eye-catching, much more than a dispensary. Matty owns the business along with his parents, Matt and Ronnie Horn, and his girlfriend Alicia DeWire. His family has owned a second home locally since 2002 when Matty attended Mount Snow Academy.
On Saturday night, Valley Craft Ales hosted Saints and Liars as part of their Winter Concert series. The Vermont-based band led by lead singer Jed Hughes blends folk, bluegrass and rock-and-roll.