Had fun, but overpriced A review of Smugglers' Notch Resort
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.
Each night there cost us $600. We stayed five nights. Hardly any activities are included in the price. You get day camp for kids, but ours are 3 and 16. Our 3-yr-old spent four full days at camp and enjoyed it. Our 16-year-old did not do any activities with the teen group. Also took one free walk, went to most of the free evening activities, played in the pools a bit, played free shuffleboard and a round of Monopoly, and two free rounds of 9-hole mini golf. There is free shuttle service around the compound. Nearly every meal was quite tasty.
We paid $50 per person plus tip for the Taste of Vermont tour, for the three of us = $150 plus tip. Pretty pricey. We paid $70 each way for airport transportation, plus tips. Paid $15 per person for three to rent mountain bikes, which we only used for 1 1/2 hours. NO food is included, and NO food or condiments were at the condo. Paid a lot of money for golf off site, plus transportation. Paid $25 for a golf clinic, which was a good deal. Pay Pay Pay Pay, you get real tired of things costing extra, when you know you're paying $600 a night!!
In summary, we had fun and escaped the S. Florida heat, but I don't think we'll go back.