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A Guide to Wilmington, New York

by Brooks Reynolds on January 31, 2023
A Guide to Wilmington, New York

Wilmington is a charming Adirondack mountain town located in Essex County, just over 10 miles outside of the Village of Lake Placid. There’s something for everyone in Wilmington—whether you’re looking for a delicious meal, outdoor adventure, or a family-friendly activity. Read on for the best things to do in Wilmington!

If you’re looking for a great meal or a place to grab drinks with friends, there are plenty of options in Wilmington. Check out The Hungry Trout if you’re craving American cuisine and fresh seafood. Pourman’s Tap House is your go-to spot if you’re looking for local craft beers and tasty pub fare. Little Supermarket has delicious sandwiches and salads that are perfect for lunchtime. Rudy’s Scar Bar is the place to be if you want an amazing burger and an ice-cold beer. And don’t forget to visit The Country Bear Bakery and Diner for all your breakfast needs! Grab an ice-cold root beer from A&W before heading over to Whitebrook Dairy Bar for a delicious soft serve while taking in views of Whiteface Mountain. Fratelli Pizza is a local favorite offering authentic Italian pizza with fresh ingredients. Adirondack Chocolates is a sweet tooth’s paradise, enjoy an assortment of handmade chocolates and other treats.

Just a short drive from Wilmington, located in Jay, Adirondack Mountain Coffee Cafe serves up aromatic brews made with freshly roasted beans sourced directly from Central American farmers each week. And last but not least, Ice Jam Inn restaurant serves up comfort food for dinner Wednesday through Sunday.

Wilmington has plenty of outdoor activities that are perfect for families. Santa’s Workshop is a holiday-themed amusement park open year round with rides and attractions like reindeer sleigh rides! Adirondack Wildlife Refuge is a great place to learn about local wildlife while enjoying fresh mountain air. High Falls Gorge features hiking trails along beautiful waterfalls – it’s one of the most picturesque spots in town and is handicap accessible. Whiteface Mountain offers hiking trails – plus skiing during winter months! And fly fishing guides are available on the West Branch of the Ausable River for anglers looking to land some trout.

Visit Unicorn Square for a newfound appreciation for the little things in life that make it so special, whether it be enchanting apparel or merchandise that captures the spirit of fantasy and wonder, or partaking in one of their special events that are sure to leave you feeling zen.

Known as the “mountain bike capital of the Adirondacks”, Wilmington features a wide variety of riding at two large trail networks – the Flume and Hardy Road – as well as the 3-mile Poor Man’s Downhill trail, a long, gnarly backcountry tour on the Cooper Kiln trail, and lift-accessed downhill riding at Whiteface Mountain in the summer months. Take the kids to enjoy the Pump Track behind Little Supermarket for hours of entertainment. Learn more about Wilmington’s extensive mountain biking trails from BETA.

Should you choose to go out and hike or snowshoe, there are tons of trails in the Wilmington area. Two of our favorites are Cobble Lookout and Copperas Pond. You can also ski (in the winter) or bike or drive (in the summer) up the Whiteface Memorial Highway where you can enjoy the spectacular views from New York’s fifth highest peak.

With so many amazing things to do and see in Wilmington, it’s easy to see why it’s such an attractive destination for people who want to escape from city life and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you’re looking for a quieter pace of life or a healthy, outdoor community, Wilmington has something for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Give us a call 518-418-7747 today to learn more about real estate opportunities in Wilmington, New York.

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