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“Fall Leaves” 4 of 5 stars
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Smugglers' Notch Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   4323 Vermont Rte 108 S, State Route 108, Jeffersonville, VT 05464   |  
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“Fall Leaves”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

Just got back from spending a week at Smuggler's Notch to see the fall color. It is located less then an hour from the airport but it feels like a world away. The check in was quick and easy. Our condo was in a building with about 12 other units. Each appears to be separately owned. That seemed to confirm some of the comments I read before I left concerning the variability of furnishings. Our room faced the lift and had a nice little patio. There was a fireplace, which we couldn’t figure out how to turn on, but we did not need to. Check the upper right corner on their website and the website will change with the seasons selected, very sophisticated.

I was pleasantly surprised to get a call from housekeeping checking on us and asked if there was anything that we needed, especially since we did not pay for daily service. When we did need something they were quick to respond.

There were quite a few options to eat on site as well as a number nearby. Since it was towards the end of fall colors only the Morse Mountain Grille & Pub and the The Hearth & Candle were open. We ate meals at each. The Hearth & Candle made for a quite unique food experience in a small rustic setting. Great place if you want to have a meal with someone special. We enjoyed the prime rib special and got our first taste of Vermont cheese as our appetizer. Service was good and the waiter seemed to know his menu. Morse Mountain Grille is usually crowded according to our waitress, but it was empty that night. Food was the usual bar food, prices were reasonable.

The resort is obviously a family affair. If this were summer or during ski season, there would be lots to do. The pool was in an inflated roofed building just done the road from us. We did take the time to walk some of the trails and view the foliage. For those that are adventurous there is a zip line down the road.

Smugglers Notch is a pass in the mountains just down the road. One thing we noticed is Vermont does not mark its trails or other attractions very well. It took us three times to find the trail off the road to a waterfall. Definitely get out of the car and walk around, it is beautiful country. The damage from the hurricane was evident but it did not prevent us from driving anywhere.

Hope you find this helpful. Considering coming back, maybe during the summer with the kids and grandkids.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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South Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

We stayed at Smuggs' in August; we all had a wonderful time!!! Kids enjoyed the waterparks, camps, movie in the green, bingo & funzone. Parents enjoyed watching the kids have a blast while we were free to explore, enjoy meals together and hike as well as spend time with the kids.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

My husband and I stayed in a studio suite in the East Village for a weekend. The location was excellent and we could walk to the restaurants and shops in the activity centre.

The centrally located accommodations are older and they haven't been updated. The more distant villages are far newer. Our room was definitely dated (decor from the 1970's), but it was very clean and comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped with dishes and baking supplies. The bathroom was older and the jacuzzi bath didn't work.

Although the decor was dated, the room was very comfortable and quiet and we enjoyed our stay. We ate in the Morse Mountain Grill twice and enjoyed our meals. The resort has a variety of amenities (pools, hiking trails, tennis) and it's well laid-out. It's close to some beautiful hiking areas and to the tourist town of Stowe.

A few drawbacks. The pool/fitness rooms can only be used by the residents staying in the adjacent "village". Therefore, if you want to use the splash pad pool in the North Village, then you will have to be sure to book accommodation in that village. This is not clear from the website or the brochures, although it may be made clearer to the time share owners.

Also, the room lacked some of the items that you would expect to find in a hotel. Our room had no shampoo, kleenex, coffee filters or hair dryer. Be sure to bring these items or you'll be making an early run to the store.

Overall, the resort has some excellent amenities and a variety of accommodation. Some of the accommodation is older and dated. Other accommodation, while newer, might be a bit far from the amenities for the kids. My advice would be to select the area that you want, and then be sure to reserve that location when booking.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

After reading the negative reviews I was apprehensive about our stay, however, it was very enjoyable and we had no complaints. We stayed in a two bedroom/two bath in the Willows. While the condo was away from the main area it was so peaceful and quiet. The condo itself was beautiful, large, well kept and clean. We used this location as a base to explore northern Vermont and it worked out very well. The few staff we encounted were very pleasant and helpful. Given the time of the year during the week it was almost deserted but towards the end of the week more guests arrived. The folliage was the best in the area. It was a great stay.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2011

We had a condo that slept 10, but only has two bedroom. It was very homey. Nothing like a hotel feel at all.We had to walk up three flights of stairs to get to our room. Forget it if you forgot something up stairs. Bring the Luggage and groceries up was a challenge too. Especially if your on vacation. There is a lot of walking around the grounds, unless you rental a golf cart $$$$. The shuttle is a availble( the drivers are very nice) but sometimes they have to drop you a distance from the pool or were ever you are going and you have to climb up a hill with all your pool gere or stuff. The pools are lovely once your there. Vermont is very beautiful. Don't expect the white house, just expect a very family friendly BBQ kind of campish family vacation.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

Went for the first time this past August. Our condo was terrific. Well outfitted with cooking equipment, towels, blankets, even laundry detergent. We had a 2 BR condo which had a king room with a small balcony connected to a room with twin beds and a trundle. Baths a bit old but kitchen brand new. Bedroom and living room was fresh and comfortable. Big dining table. Living room had a comfy couch that was a pull out and balcony and fireplace. Small mudroom space would be useful in winter. We really enjoyed the family walks and hikes. The leaders were very friendly and knowlegeable. Our 8 yr old loved karaoke night, sing along and marshmallow roast, movie at night on the green, the kid zone with arcade game and inflatables (bouncy room) and swimming in all of the pools and trying out all the cool slides. There is even a family hottub. We also swam up at the lake and tried to fish. It was COLD but lots of fun to swim out to the platform. She also loved calling for a shuttle ride and sometimes getting a lift on the golf cart.

We did the giant swing ride which is pretty exciting and scary and fun. :)
The Hearth and Candle restaurant was very good and I recommend it.

Lots of little things are well done. There is a little stream (was behind our condo) and you can walk along there and find stones and see wildlife. The kind of stuff I did when I was a kid. They have playgrounds for the little ones and bbq grills available for use near each condo building. A washer/dryer was conveniently located outside our unit and I think we were the only people who used it during the week that we were there.

Now for the negatives.
1.We cooked in a few times. Bring food with you because the small grocery is very expensive. Bringing the food from NJ was a bit of a pain.
2.The Mountain Grille was terrible - my 'locally sourced sustainable' burger was inedible. The quinoa salad was freezing cold from the fridge and tasteless.My husband's lunch was no better. I would rather skip a meal than eat there, seriously.
3.The staff at the activity desk is a bit clueless. We got lots of bad info on what activities were availalbe when. We were there the week of Hurricane Irene, so naturally, there were some changes in scheduling etc. But the staff gave us clearly incorrect info and several occasions which we planned our days around. That was disappointing.

If this wasn't so far from our home I would come again and try skiing. But its a bit far. This resort is not cheap but I think you get your money's worth. We declined daily maid service and saved some bucks and you really get plenty of linens so you can easily do this. If you want a resort that has activities for kids of all ages which you do other things, this is a great option. We met many folks there who did this and were pleased. We did not take advantage of the camps because our daughter had been in camp all summer and this was our time together. I think when she is older she might want to come back and do the high adventure camps which have lots of cool activities for tweens/teens like a high ropes course.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

I would give it 2 1/2 star rating but it is not available on Trip Advisor.
Smuggler's Notch area of Vermont is beautiful. We are staying here at the end of September and the fall colors didn't disappoint.
Our unit is in the east village, Villmark Sauna building (sauna not working). The 2 bedroom unit is very large and will sleep 10 people. It is in great need of an update. The furnishings would be comparable to a Super 8 Motel. It is very clean (although there is an odor) and the grounds are very nice.We love the location of our unit as we can hear the stream running and it is private.
There is quite a bit to do or just relax take in the scenery. I would come back to this facility but not unless I could get one of the newer units.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4323 Vermont Rte 108 S, State Route 108, Jeffersonville, VT 05464
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Location: United States > Vermont > Jeffersonville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Jeffersonville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Smugglers' Notch Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 303
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Smugglers' Notch is a year round mountain resort offering acclaimed programs for families and seasonal activities including alpine and cross country skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and snowshoeing; enjoyment of 8 pools and 4 waterslides; guided hiking; children's programs and a zip line canopy tour. The resort village amenities include condominiums with fully equipped kitchens, restaurants, a child care center, two teen centers, a country store, a sport shop, a massage center, and winter ski & ride equipment rental and tuning/repair facilities. Smugglers' is nestled in Vermont's northern Green Mountains about 50 minutes from Burlington, Vermont. ... more   less 
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