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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Smugglers` Notch Hotel Smugglers Notch
- Smugglers' Notch Resort Vermont/Jeffersonville