ESSENTIAL VERMONT: A Weekend in Whitingham... Stretching out along VT Scenic By-way Route 100, one of the US Top Ten Foliage Routes
Start off your day on your bicycle after a breakfast of fresh organic eggs from Fiddlehead Farm and ride from historic sign to historic sign (we currently have five). If you didn’t bring your bike you can motor the route in your car or on your motorcycle and add in a few other stops like the Harriman Station with it’s beautiful architectural detail; the Harriman Dam, the largest earthen dam in the world at the completion of construction in 1923 and the Glory Hole which are all located just off the Scenic Route 100 Byway. While you are in the area of the dam you can hike trails which are wide and mostly flat along the lake. You can pick up your snacks, lunch and drinks at the Jacksonville General Store. Better yet, pick up some of their famous steaks, some artisanal cheese from Spoonwood Cabin Creamery, a bottle of wine from the Honora Winery tasting room and then head to Lake Whitingham to relax in and on the water making use of the grilles that are provided. Do you have a power boat and need gas? You can fill up and get drinks and snacks at the First Stop gas station on Route 112. Like to fish? Lakes Whitingham and Sadawga offer great fishing. Need a fabulous bag for your supplies or picnic? Check out Sailsmith Bags.
A great place for a family celebration is Town Hill Commons with its shelter, grilles, playground, ball field and scenic views. Don’t feel like cooking for the crowd? Have the event catered by Red Barn Catering. You can purchase your grass fed, pasture raised meats at Sleeping Dog Farm.
Are you a firearms enthusiast? You can shoot at the Deerfield Valley Sportsmen’s Club. After getting your hunting license online our area offers great hunting. Atherton Meadows alone is 799 acres of preserved forest land open to hunters as well as many other areas in town.
Are you interested in history? The Whitingham Historical Society, located at Green Mountain Hall, is open every Sunday from mid-May to October from 2 to 4pm or by appointment. The Amos Brown House, built in 1802, is the oldest house in Whitingham. You might enjoy a tour the Corse Farm Dairy, LLC which has been family owned and operated since 1868 (please call ahead).
For a little down time, peruse our local artists – Stone Soldier Pottery and Town Hill Pottery. Are you into landscaping, gardening, herbs? Visit Arboreal Habitats and Isabelle’s Herbs & Things (she even offers Fairy Tea Parties!). Have a sugar craving? Visit The Corse Farm or Sprague’s Sugarhouse for pure Vermont made products.
On a winter weekend you can start off your day at Cherry Creek Sales getting your snowmobile tuned up and then hit the trails. We have over 45 miles of VAST trails that link up to the 4700 mile Vermont corridor and Lake Whitingham is open to snowmobiles. If you prefer a quieter activity snowshoeing or cross-country skiing is a great alternative. The Catamount ski trail runs through Whitingham and it considered “easy”. The trail offers something special as it hugs the shores of the lake, providing a top-shelf cross-country winter adventure.
Then, you’ll discover a great way to end any day is to settle down at the Candlelight Bed & Breakfast or Sawyer Mansion B&B. Coming with your family for a long weekend or vacation immersion? You might find a stay at the historic Amos Brown House just what you are looking for, with its beautiful views, history and solitude.
Now that you have fallen in love with Whitingham it’s time to purchase your own piece of heaven. We have many wonderful contractors in town that can help you to remodel or build new; they include: Craig Aekus, general contractor; Corse or Brown Excavating for lot clearing, Green Foam Insolutions for insulation; Kingsley or W2D for plumbing and heating; JC Electric or Alan Hadley to hook you up to power provided by the Jacksonville Electric Company. Have your wooden floors installed or refurbished by Gary Dix. And when you are ready to do the "Vermont thing" and engage in the romance of heating with wood... call Solfire. If you’re not on municipal sewer give PLF Trucking a call to pump out your septic. To learn how money works and to fulfill your insurance needs contact Primerica. We may be rural, but we offer the best!
You are now ready to enjoy the peaceful country life – everyday or just as a get-away!