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Summer Itineraries: Ultimate Family Getaway at Smuggs'

By Adam LouisMay. 19, 2023

Imagine a place where the smell of fresh mountain air and the sounds of nature are your morning wake-up call. Where days are filled with splashing in the sun, hiking in the trees, and new experiences at every turn. This is what you'll find at the ideal Vermont family vacation destination, Smugglers' Notch Resort. Set amidst the breathtaking Green Mountains, Smugglers' Notch, affectionately known as Smuggs’, is well renowned as "America's Family Resort" - and for good reason! From accommodations tailored to families to an array of engaging activities for all members of your crew, Smuggs is the perfect home-away-from-home. Here's your guide to an unforgettable long weekend at Smugglers' Notch Resort.

Welcome to Smuggs!

Arriving at the Resort

Kick off your shoes, relax, and let the adventure begin. Smuggs is just a day's drive from the Tri-State area, making it a convenient (and scenic) getaway all without the stresses of air travel. As you drive up, you'll be greeted by the stunning vista of lush, green landscapes and the stunning beauty of Vermont's tallest peaks. Remember to stop for a family photo with these majestic mountains as you drive through the Notch Road!

Smugglers Notch Resort Kestrels 5 Dining Room
Look at those views!

Checking Into Your Accommodation

From condos that feel like your second home to cozy lodges nestled in the woods, Smuggs' range of accommodations cater to every family's needs and sizes. The resort's welcoming staff will guide you through a seamless check-in process, ensuring you settle in comfortably and get your vacation started on the right note.

Dinner at Morse Mountain Grille

After dropping off the bags and taking a few minutes to take it easy, head out to the Morse Mountain Grille for your first family meal of the trip. This casual dining spot offers a wide variety of options to suit even the pickiest of eaters. Savor locally-sourced dishes as you enjoy the resort's laid-back atmosphere and Vermont's scenic charm. The Grille's kid-friendly menu and warm service are sure to make your family's dining experience a delightful one.

Smugglers Notch Resort Dive in Movie at Night
Dive-in Movie Night

Evening Family Entertainment

End your first day with a round of smiles at the resort's evening entertainment. Smuggs' hosts daily family-friendly events, such as magic shows, musical performances, movies, bonfires complete with marshmallow roasting, and even dive-in-movie nights! This is your first night at Smuggs; kick back, unwind and relax.

Day 1: Fun in the Sun

Smugglers Notch Resort Fun Zone Ropes Course

Morning at the FunZone 2.0

Start your second day at Smuggs in the FunZone 2.0, the resort's 26,000-square-foot family fun complex. Here, you can challenge each other to a game of ping-pong or mini-golf, scale the climbing walls, or navigate the Leap of Faith. The FunZone 2.0 is perfect for family bonding and is sure to get your adrenaline pumping. It's not just a play area - it's a play haven!

Smugglers Notch Resort Arbortrek Rope Course

Afternoon Outdoor Exploration

Post-lunch, it's time to venture into the natural beauty surrounding Smuggs. Choose from a seemingly never-ending list of family-friendly outdoor activities - perhaps a hike up Madonna Mountain, or a peaceful kayak ride on the resort's mountain reservoir, Bootleger’s Basin. For the more adventurous, Smuggs offers a thrilling zip-line canopy tour that is downright exhilarating!

Smugglers Notch Resort Dinner Salmon Plate

Dinner at Hearth & Candle

For dinner, you’re going to love what’s in store for you at Hearth & Candle, Smuggs' elegant (yet family-friendly) on-site restaurant. Offering a variety of exquisite dishes crafted from local Vermont produce, Hearth & Candle is not your typical resort eatery. And a tasty kids' menu ensures the little ones aren't left out of this culinary treat. 

Day 2: Unwind and Relax

Smugglers Notch Resort Mountainside Pool Swimming Child
You're in the splash zone!

Morning at the Mountainside Water Playgrounds

On your third day at Smuggs, cool off at the Mountainside Water Playground. With eight heated pools, four waterslides, and a stunning mountain vista, this is a place where you can relax and have fun at the same time. You might find it hard to leave the comfort of your poolside lounge chair though!

Smugglers Notch Resort Camp Counselor with Children

Afternoon: Spa Treatments + Kid Camps

While the kids participate in Smuggs' award-winning children's programs, adults can enjoy a little R&R at the resort's spa. Offering a range of treatments designed to rejuvenate and refresh, it's the perfect opportunity to indulge in some well-deserved self-care.

Evening: Great Eats at the Red Fox

Dinner at Martell's At the Red Fox is just what the family is looking for. This Jeffersonville gem skillfully fuses a family-friendly atmosphere with an enticing menu. Whether it's the hearty flavors of their famous prime rib or the delectably fresh seafood options, to food is delicious and the warm, inviting Vermont-style decor is just right! The children's menu ensures even the youngest guests are catered to and satisfied.

Day 3: Smuggs’ Veterans

Morning Relaxation:

After two days of excitement and exploration, your family will now be veterans of Smugglers' Notch Resort. Get your day started with a hearty breakfast at Morse Mountain Grille. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and savor favorites like fluffy pancakes or a loaded omelette while planning out the day.

Smugglers Notch Bootlegers Basin Swimming on Trampoline

Afternoon Adventures:

Remember, this is your vacation! If you're all about action, the mountain biking trails and the Smuggs' Skate Park are waiting for you. For something a little more laid back, take a peaceful kayak or SUP ride on one of the resort’s reservoirs or organize a family mini-golf tournament at the resort's Woodland mini-golf course. Make the most of your last day - there's no wrong choice!

Smugglers Notch Resort Family in Big Chair

A summer adventure at Smugglers' Notch Resort isn't your ordinary family getaway. It's an exciting mix of invigorating activities, delectable cuisine, and awe-inspiring views – all in the heart of Vermont's idyllic, relaxing landscape. From mountaintop picnics to thrilling treetop obstacle courses, and ending the day with a spectacular sunset, each moment at the resort is packed with potential. So why wait? Start plotting your family's Smugglers' Notch escape now. With endless options for fun and exploration, it's the ultimate setting for an unforgettable summer story. Who knows? It might just become your family's favorite new tradition.

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By Adam LouisMay. 19, 2023
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