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Smugglers' Notch Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Jeffersonville
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

We spent a week in the Tamaracks, I think it was unit 42. The units are like a cozy suburban condo, with all the trappings of home; jacuzzi tub in the master suite with a flatscreen tv right in the bathroom, etc. The unit had a fantastic balcony, where we spent a lot of time. One unpleasant element was that the pool area has a waterslide with a bell that goes off everytime someone goes down the slide, so we got to listen to a bell that sounded something like a fire alarm going off from morning to night. We eventually got used to it, but it was a little jarring the first few days. However, other units are farther from the pool, and the noise could have been a sort of acoustic quirk of our exact placement.

The resort is filled with woods, which was nice, and it is just a short drive from Smuggler's Notch park, which we adored. The hikes in that park are pretty great. There appear to be all kinds of activities for kids and adults alike at the resort; there were people ziplining through the trees above our heads as we walked through the woods every day of the week. If nonstop activities is your kind of thing, this is probably a great place for you. It didn't really give us the feeling of "getting away in the mountains and roughing it", as everything is carpeted and heated and soundproofed, but if you like your creature comforts, and basically want the feeling of a suburban home but with a fabulous view of the mountains, this is probably exactly what you're looking for.

Room Tip: I can only speak to the Tamaracks units, which seem to be some of the fancier ones in the resort.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

In June we stayed in the Executive Trailside Section of Smuggler's Notch for our family vacation. Our vacation had two teenagers and we vacationed with family that had a 6 and 9 year old. We had an overall very pleasant experience. The weather did not cooperate and it was cool and rainy two of the days. The younger two did attend their camps in the rain, while the teenagers tennis camp was cancelled. Unfortunately, they orginally had a tennis bubble, but it has been since turned into a play area with bouncy houses. This was very disappointing. Reminder: if you do go to the bouncy house, everyone must have socks. Even parents that want to sit at a table must have socks. You will have to buy socks or go back to your house to get them. The younger two did enjoy their camps very much. I could say that that every time I saw the camp counselors, they all seemed to be very caring and enjoyed their jobs. The tennis camp was good, and my kids did have a good time. They did say that they wished they could have played with other campers who were at a more advanced level. When it did rain we took advantage of the time to explore local factory tours and the town of Burlington. I did talk to others that stayed at the resort and that there wasn't much to do. The rest of the days were just beautiful and we did many activities such as swimming, mini golf, disc golf and hikes. All these activities were very fun. The lake was very cool, but was refreshing on a warm day! The food at Smuggler's Notch is pretty good. We ate at the deli and at the Grille. The staff is very nice, but the food is a bit overpriced. There is also a store that is stocked very well. Stop at a grocery store on your way to the resort and stock up your kitchen! The trailside executives we stayed in was very nice. Everything was very clean and they did include small amounts of dishsoap, dishwasher detergent and laundry detergent. Our view was beautiful and secluded and for the most part very quiet. The only sound we could hear was the neighbor's who seemed to stomp up and down the stairs all the time. Funny we couldn't hear a word though! We were lucky enough to see some wildlife out our window which included lots of beautful birds, our very own groundhog and most suprisingly a mink! That was such a welcome sight! Overall I would recommend this as a good family vacation that caters to all ages. The staff was friendly and the resort clean.

Room Tip: The further up the mountain you go, the quieter the area. The shuttle service was always very quick...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

We stayed in the sycamore section of Smugglers Notch. The unit was a two bedroom. The 2nd room had a queen along with two single beds. Would make a nice stay for a larger family. The master bathroom had a tv...kids loved that. The unit seemed to a little outdated but is stil very nice. The resort itself was great. They have so many activities. The kids already want to go back. Would highly recommend to everyone.

Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

Half my wardrobe was stolen right out of my condo rented at Smuggler's Notch. The security office acted like they didn't care very much about my story. They offered no compensation to replace the hundreds of dollars of clothes I lost.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

This is the place to go whether it be summer or winter. I'll start with the summer. The endless amount of pools and waterslides is great for the kids, and adults. There are pools, slides, hot tubs, lagoon, water playground, volleyball, basketball, it is sensational. The camps they have for children is also remarkable. They have a variety of choices such as art, sports, and nature/hiking. They have two teen areas that my older ones enjoyed. They have amazing activites daily such as carnivals, bingo where you could win money, dance parties, and much much more. The dining is also incredible. The Hearth and Candle is our favorite. It is the more fancy option. They also have a coloring contest where you can win a free cone at the Ben and Jerry's in the resort. There is a deli open for breakfast and lunch, a great pizzeria, and a grill. They have a market also. We LOVE the funzone. It has arcade games (we won a watch and necklaces in the claw machine), and inflatable obstacle courses and slides, mini golf, etc. We love the tennis, shuffleboard, volleyball, and basketball courts. We played horseshoes for the first time. The activites are endless. The suites are also the nicest I've seen. They are almost the size of small houses.

The skiing in the winter is incredible. They have endless trails for every level, many classes and programs, and they have dining on the hill. They have endless activities in the winter also and it is the best place I have ever been too. There are sled races, ice skating, it is just a marvelous resort. You must go here.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank Harry K
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

We stayed in a 2br condo in Trailside Highlands. The condo itself was clean, comfortable and well stocked. However, the telephone, fireplace and washing machine did not work. Maintenance staff came quickly and tried hard, but in the end could not fix any of it.

Trailside Highlands is located at the top of a very windy, narrow, unpaved road. There are no walking paths and all roads are unpaved. We could walk to nothing so we had to drive or take the shuttle to everything.

We had rain for several days during our vacation and there is little to nothing to do at the resort in the rain. The FunZone gets old fast and the Funmeister Club is anything but fun - it smelled like a boys locker room. All the roadways and parking lots turned to mud.

The most irritating thing was everything cost extra. Every class, activity, game and camp was another charge. Even small things like the climbing wall and pool table were more money. The most insulting was the Country Fair were all the booths wanted cash. Yes, I did understand going in what was included and what was not, I just did not realize how little there would be to do outside of the pay activities.

In general, all the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful, but hampered by circumstances.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

We had a huge condo with one bedroom we did not even use. It was so well planned and thought out. There was a huge hallway that served as a mudroom to put all of our gear that we did not leave outside in the ski closet. There was also an enormous drying rack that we kept full. The washer and dryer are small but work well. The kitchen had everything but no salt and pepper. There was a serious entertainment system but we could not figure out how to watch a DVD on it so we watched it in the master bedroom. We did the ski package with lessons every day. The lessons were good enough. We liked calling the shuttles and how they would take us all around the resort. We loved the bingo! The karaoke was kind of lame b/c the host only let everyone sing half a song. We had a lot of fun in the Fun Zone. The indoor pool had a seriously strong hot chlorine smell that was too much for me but the rest of my family did not seem to care. We ate at the fancy restaurant one night and while it was not bad, it was not worth the expense. The rest of the time we ate in the condo with the most expensive food I have ever bought. We went to the little store in the closest town and paid serious money for groceries! Next time (we want to go back) we will bring even more of our own food from home.

Room Tip: We stayed in a brand new complex called Eagle and we loved it.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank Amy N
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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
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Jeffersonville
Price Range: $162 - $459 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Smugglers' Notch Resort 3.5*
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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