Smugglers Notch Journals

Springtime in Smuggler's Notch

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An April 2004 trip to Smugglers Notch by nonniepazonnie

Rolling green fields with mountain views. Photo, Smugglers Notch, Vermont More Photos
Quote: During April school vacation we headed for the mountains to enjoy spring in this family-centered alpine village. But when we got there we discovered the resort was in off-season mode, so we headed out into the hills and valleys of the Green Mountains to keep ourselves busy.

Springtime in Smuggler's Notch

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Overview

Rolling green fields with mountain views. Photo, Smugglers Notch, Vermont
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The Green Mountains are quintessential Vermont. Rolling green fields with square patches of farmland create an idyllic quilted landscape. Here, Vermont is still primarily rural and devoted to agriculture. Dairy farms, horse farms, cornfields, and other agricultural interests are all around you. Tourism and travel hasn't taken over as the primary commercial industry. Stowe (which is just down the road) is an area that is a popular tourists destination and as a result has a dense offering of restaurants, country inns, and art galleries. However, most of the other towns are rustic, remote villages offering a typical, local flair that doesn't attract or entrance tourists: nothing f...Read More

Smugglers' Notch Resort

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Hotel

Smugglers' Notch Resort Photo, Smugglers Notch, Vermont
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Best Things Nearby:Mountains, farmlands, forest, Cities of Burlington and Montreal. Best Things About the Resort:Alpine setting. Ski in and ski out convenience. All inclusive village.Resort Experience:We had a two-bedroom condominium at Smugglers Notch for one week. We were in Willows, where we had purchased a bonus vacation for off-season use in April. The building is etched into a mountains side, so each level has walk out capability, which is an added plus for privacy, convenience, and safety. We also had a small lawn area and patio, which was landscaped to provide privacy. The unit was large and very welcoming. A family of four, we had more than enough r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 25, 2004

Smugglers' Notch Resort
4323 Vermont Route 108 South
Smugglers' Notch 05464
(802) 644-8851

A Single Pebble

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Restaurant

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The first time I went to A Single Pebble, I was reluctant. I was working with a film crew from NYC on a three-day shoot. We were all tired, but the local guy who was responsible for seeing that everyone got fed insisted that we all go out to this place. He gushed absolutely about this place and said it was not to be missed. The reservation was made more than a week in advance as it was so widely popular it was hard to get seated. These were some seasoned diners used to NYC restaurants and we were blown away at how terrific our meal was. We just kept eating and eating in amazement. After I went I told everyone I knew to go. It's been more than a year and I've finally gotten back to A Single Pebble in V...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 25, 2004

A Single Pebble
133-35 Bank Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401
(802) 865-5200

Snowflake Bentley Exhibit

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Attraction | "The Snowflake Bentley Exhibit At the Old Red mill"

Snowflake Bentley Exhibit Photo, Smugglers Notch, Vermont
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802-899-3225 or www.snowflakebentley.com Limited hours, call ahead Our family learned about Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931) who discovered that “no two snowflakes are the same” in Jericho, VT in 1885 from the children’s book entitled “Snowflake Bentley.” A farmer, who became fascinated with ice crystals at a young age, Snowflake (as he came to be called) Bentley developed early microphotography equipment and techniques that allowed him to photograph snowflakes. Bentley devoted his life to studying and capturing snowflakes on glass plates. He discovered trends in the shape and design of snowflakes based on temperature. He made 50...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 25, 2004

Snowflake Bentley Exhibit
Old Red Mill
Smugglers Notch, Vermont 05465

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

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Attraction | "ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain"

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center Photo, Burlington, Vermont
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ECHO is a children's science center focusing on Northern Vermont ecology and natural history. It was an impressive facility--large, new, and modern--of a metropolitan caliber, but with a distinct local focus. ECHO is an aquarium, science, and history museum all in one. It features live exhibits of fish, reptiles, and amphibians native to the area, some of which are endangered or extremely rare. It also includes many hands-on interactive displays where children can learn about wind, water, and trees. What I enjoyed most was the emphasis on the natural history of the Lake Champlain basin. Some 13,000 years ago, the lake was connected to the Saint Lawrence Bay. Glacier cha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 25, 2004

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
1 College St.
Burlington, Vermont 05401
(802) 864-1848

Snowflake Chocolate

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Attraction

Snowflake Chocolate Photo, Smugglers Notch, Vermont
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For more than 15 years, I have enjoyed the handmade chocolates from this Northern Vermont small business. I discovered them shortly after they were founded in 1986 and I enjoy them just as much today. I wandered by this tiny handmade confectionary store while out sightseeing. I came to love their chocolates so much, I'd used to order them through the mail and send them as gifts. Then I moved and fell off the mailing list. With this latest trip to Vermont, I rediscovered this sweet shop. My all-time favorite is the peanut butter bar. About the size of an adult thumb, this treat is a thick chocolate-coated bar filled with smooth, sweet peanut butter. In milk or dark chocolate, they are s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 25, 2004

Snowflake Chocolate
81A VT Route 15
Smugglers Notch, Vermont 05465
(802) 899-3373

Church Street Marketplace

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Attraction

Church Street Marketplace Photo, Burlington, Vermont
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The Church Street Marketplace is an exciting, thriving downtown shopping and dining district that spans four blocks and is fully self-contained in a brick-lined pedestrian throughway. You might suspect you are in Colorado or Washington state, but this is Northern Vermont—Burlington is a liberal, cultured, youthful academic community with a rustic, artistic, organic flair. The Church Street Marketplace serves a central gathering point for this city and is the easiest and fastest way to get a sense of this highly desirable destination. As part of the downtown scene, you will see college kids, farmers, professionals, and families. It offers fabulous people watching, with a wide range of ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 25, 2004

Church Street Marketplace
2 Church Street
Burlington, Vermont 05401
(802) 863-1648

Lajoie Stables

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Attraction

Lajoie Stables Photo, Smugglers Notch, Vermont
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802-644-5347 www.lajoiestables.com We visited Lajoie Stables on the first full day of our stay at Smuggler's Notch. We had so much fun, we went back every day we could during our stay. The first time we visited we did a trail ride. The trail ride was really fun and exciting for the kids--with enough hills, valleys, and trees to make it challenging, but still safe and easy for beginners. My two children (ages seven and eight) had never ridden by themselves before; they had done pony rides in which they were led around a ring. They had so much fun during their trail ride that we went back for three more visits during our sta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 25, 2004

Lajoie Stables
992 Pollander Road
Smugglers Notch, Vermont 05464
(802) 644-5347