Smugglers' Notch Resort
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Burlington was the starting point of my 2003 trip. There is a bus station connecting other
major cities, such as Boston, my first leg of the trip. It is also beautiful spot by the Lake Champlain. Further north is Canadian border. I used to hang out with work colleagues from the Ski Family Resort- Smugglers Notch in Jeffersonville, Vermont …
... factory! We ended in the taste room and were given samples of their new flavor, Broccoli Cheddar with mashed kidney Bean ice cream! Hah! That grabbed our attention especially the couple of kids in the group. They flipped the flavor sign around and we all were given generous scoops of Americone (something?). Oh well, it was vanilla ice cream with chocolate chunks, caramel ...
... jelly and a wedge of Vermont cheddar cheese. The drive was long and there were NO campground until almost the end so we were tired when we finally stopped. Duxbury is a two building stop with the campground being run by the little general store. Rest and in the morning, we'll be ready to roll. A couple more stops in Vermont and on to New Hampshire. Till then. . . ...
We left Vermont at 1pm to begin our 7 week journey. Heading to New York City to stay with a dear friend Will Robb.
Will has Saturday planned out - highlight include: seeing Dinosaurs at The Natural History Museum and riding on the subway!
Special thanks to Christie Allen for getting us all set up on this blog ...
... no homesickness yet. Has been amazing weather the past few days, so many people got sunburnt. However, we change clothes more in one day due to the weather and activities then Melbourne. The mornings are cool and then it's warm by 10:00, Lunch time is very warm and then we have showers before tea...then an evening activity that is bonding time and quite active that we are all hot and gross ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsSmugglers' Notch Resort Smugglers Notch
I had a pleasure of working for Smugglers Notch over ten years ago. I remember the resort was well organised and members of stuff helpful and friendly. The place is an ideal holiday destination for whole families during winter and summer. Highly recommend it to everyone wanting to spend time in a safe and lovely environment. Lovely picturesque area with close proximity to Burlington, a town situated by beautiful Lake Champlain.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Smugglers' Notch Resort Smugglers Notch
We go to Smugglers' Notch each winter for a wonderful family experience. Ski schools and kids camps are great and our older teens love to come with us. The timeshare accomodations are beautiful and are really well kept up. We do not understand the previous post about housekeeping- all the Willows units we have stayed in are spotlessly prepared. Smugglers' has a hot line you can call if anything needs fixing or you need something in your unit and they respond very promptly. The units are spacious and decorated with that Vermont country charm. Who wouldn't love having your own jacuzzi with TV(!) right in the master bath - we ALL do. We always stay in the Willows (buildings III and IV are truly ski-on, ski-off. ) When you can step out the door right on to the slope and ski down to the lift, everyone can be free to ski whenever they like. We all meet back at the condo for lunch and then ski for the rest of the day. For dinner, we have really enjoyed several of the restaurants in the area- Three Mountain Lodge and 158 Main especially. There are so many family events going on each week, day and night. The Smuggs band is fabulous! Swimming, tubing, and snowmobiling are a treat. We treasure our vacations there and have yet to find another vacation that everyone in the family likes as well.
Long Drive for Little Value
We chose Smuggs for the Family Reunion Package and it is rated highly on Family Reunion-type websites. We drove 10 hours for little more than a swim club. It is expensive ($2700 for 2adults/2kids) and I can only guess it's for the camps which are included. Note food and other activities are not included. If you want to actually spend time with your kids, why put them in a camp all day? And even if you did, don't expect any major relaxation for yourselves unless hiking and day trips are your thing.
We live close to the Pocono Mtns in Pennsylvania - I saw no difference what-so-ever. Next time, we're going all-inclusive to somewhere a lot nicer that serves drinks, has room service, maid service, etc. I can cook, clean, and send my kids to camp at home.
Arrived from South Florida after an all-day trip. It's an hour's drive from Burlington to the resort. We got an upgrade to one of the Trailside Executives condos, about 1,600 square feet with three full baths. It was really nice.
I agree with the other poster that it is best to rest privately from another owner. $3,000/per week is just too much money when you can rent a nice place just down the road for much less. we just got back yesterday from smuggler's. we went with our two girs 9 and 6 years old. they loved the kids program and the pools and slides, especially Notchville park. the girls also had fun at all the great family activities: family challenge night, sing along with good time charlie, the magic show, the marionette show, etc.
Our first long weekend in Canada (Victoria Day) and we chose to
We stayed at Smuggler's Notch last year in June - they had a promotion which combined with their Timeshare preview option worked out well for us.
You will love this place, especially if you have younger children.
Mountains, beautiful scenery, plenty to do on and off the resort
winter and summer! We started going in the winter and now I think
we like summer there even better.
We stayed at Smugglers for 6 nights in January 2005 with our 2 children ages 1 and 4. The first condo we were given was absolutely filthy. The bathroom had not been cleaned and we found food scattered on the carpeting in the main room. Not only wasn't it clean, but the condo they gave us had no washer/dryer and required a LONG walk (up stairs, down internal hallways, etc) which just wasn't convenient for a family with small children. We complained and were given 2 alternatives to choose from (annoyed us that both were MUCH better than the one they originally gave us which made us wonder how they determine where to put people). The one we chose was much nicer, but we still found food on the carpets and under the beds so it wasn't that clean either (just better than the first one we saw). Smugglers clearly has issues with housekeeping and we just had to wonder how clean everything else was. Our unit also had no heat in the bedroom which we managed to survive with until our entire building ran out of propane on night (used for heating) and we awoke to an absolute freezing room. We had to again complain in order to receive a slight discount. Hard to imagine how a resort could have a building run out of propane in January but they managed to. Anyway, aside from housekeeping/maintenance issues, we had a pretty good time. For the most part, the staff is very friendly. Be aware that the ski school (our 4 year old was in this) is really daycare with some skiing involved. Our 4 year old did improve quite a bit, however, and I would recommend the private lessons which seemed quite good (we did one the last day for our son). We tried the Treasures Daycare for our 1 year old for 3 mornings. One staff member was absolutely excellent, but the others seemed completely apathetic which was worrisome. Not sure we'd use them again. For a ski vacation, Smugglers was good. The lifts are slow, but that was OK for us. The cross country trails were very good and we also enjoyed snowshoeing. The ice skating was a disappointment and the week we were there the indoor pool was downright cold. Maybe it was the extreme cold, but the water wasn't very warm and it was unbearable to sit in the pool area without being dressed for cold weather. The "Fun Zone" was OK but nothing too great - didn't live up to the photos we saw in the brochure. All in all, we had a good time but I doubt we would go there again. We did get a good rate but had to attend a 90 minute presentation. With the "problems" we had experienced at check-in, our presentation lasted less than 30 minutes. That itself sums it up.
We were at Smuggler's last February 2004. We have already booked a room for this February 2005. It was a wonderful experience for us. My husband and I have stayed at many 5 star resorts but....we were not looking for a pampered spa-indulged, food dining delight, experience. We were looking for a great time for our children (4 and 6) and a good time for ourselves. Smuggler's more than surpassed that desire. Our children wanted to see snow and learn to ski. We also rode dogsleds, ice-skated outside, snowmobiled, fun-zoned every night, and flew down the hill on tubes. We were only there 4 nights, this year we are going for 7. I do not understand the problems people had. Liftside is probably one of the oldest of the rooms but it was more than adequate, yes it is a little dark but it was clean, the fireplace was nice and the view of the mountains makes up for alot. You should stop by a grocery store BEFORE you come into the resort because you will get tired of the food. Not because it is not decent, although some spaghetti we had was a little yuck.. but because eating out 3 meals a day plus snacks is hard on the kids when they are so active. They need down time. Besides the full kitchen is wonderful and fully stocked. This year we plan to go to the Ben and Jerry's factory and do some other things such as horseback riding at Lajoie Stables, maybe even hit Stowe for dinner one night.
Better than Expected
Our first trip to Smuggs and our first "family resort" experience. Our 3 year old loved the ski school that had the nicest Chilean instructors for his group. Accommodations were better than expected with a full kitchen and washer/dryer. Getting around is easy with the shuttle service. Every staff person encountered was helpful and friendly. Lots of activities. Will return next year! Worth the 7 hour trip to get there. Ski conditions were fine, plenty of runs. Slow chairlifts but with no lift lines. Vaction was end of January '04.