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Smuggs' Family Fun!

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A December 2004 trip to Smugglers Notch by Suzannecat

Smugglers Notch Resort Photo, Smugglers Notch, Vermont More Photos
Quote: Smuggler's Notch was the perfect family vacation, complete with a ski/snowboard camp and top-notch daycare for the kids. When we went, facilities were in full swing for the winter season. The condo was comfortable and the resort shuttle was always available. There are several family-friendly restaurants nearby.

Smuggs' Family Fun!

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Overview

Night Tubing on Sir Henry's Hill Photo, Smugglers Notch, Vermont
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Try to be involved with some of the planned activities - they're a lot of fun and they're listed in the RIG resort guide you get at check-in. Don't miss the Torchlight Parade and following fireworks on Thursday night. It is very special but very short in duration - try to be early. Things do start on time around there. Also, for kids in camps, the "cookie races" are earlier on Thursday, and parents can watch kids perform a very short, easy slalom and get a cookie at the bottom. The evening parties are fun, too. We were sorry to have missed bingo and karaoke, but we were just too tired. Smuggs has a great website, with lots of details about all aspects of their resort, programs, ski conditions, ...Read More

Smugglers' Notch Resort

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Hotel

Smugglers' Notch Resort Photo, Smugglers Notch, Vermont
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Best Things Nearby:The best things include the winter sports activities on site, the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, Ben and Jerry's factory, shopping in Stowe, ECHO Leahy aquarium, and the sugar houses and maple syrup sugaring outlet.Best Things About the Resort:Everything and everyone was so family-friendly, and the resort shuttle was prompt and accessible, even in bad weather. We enjoyed the TREASURES daycare facilities and staff, the FUN Zone, and the scenery.Resort Experience:We had a lovely week here - even the weather cooperated, with just the right amount of snow. We chose to go in early December because that's when the winter season officially started, w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 29, 2004

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

158 Main Restaurant and Bakery

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Restaurant

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We had several delicious meals at the very reasonably priced 158 Main during our recent stay at Smuggler's Notch (about 5 miles away). Our first experience involved walking in to the bakery section for little munchies. We were looking for sandwich rolls, which they didn't have, but they had many loaves of freshly baked bread sitting out on the counter waiting for the dinner crowd. The smell was divine. We bought some maple creme brulee desserts "to go" and saved them for later, promising we'd be back another night for dinner. Two nights later, we returned for the aforementioned dinner. We go there just as a party of several dozen people was being seated. To the credit of the wait staff, t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 30, 2004

158 Main Restaurant and Bakery
158 Main St.
Smugglers Notch, Vermont 05444
(802) 644-8100

Jana's Home Cooking

Restaurant

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We had dinner two different nights at Jana's and were very pleased with the casual family-friendly decor and atmosphere, as well as the varied and very moderately priced menu. The first night we dined there, it was a themed Italian night featuring pasta and other Italian specials. Other weeknights had different themes, such as lobster night or seafood night. The menu has a range of burgers, sandwiches, and local specialties as well as the more creative entrées. Desserts are homemade, and I was tempted to try the Sugar on Snow (frozen maple syrup candied over ice), but the kids were too restless - we'll have to try desserts on another trip. They have an ice-cream parlor counter on one side of the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 30, 2004

Jana's Home Cooking
Junction 108 and Route 15
Smugglers Notch, Vermont

Morse Mountain Grille

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Restaurant

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Morse Mountain Grille is the main sit-down family restaurant on the Smuggler's Notch property. It's located in the heart of the village, right near the ski base area and the registration building. For family-friendliness and convenience, it's great, but the food is really just so-so. We found the breakfast buffet ($7.95 adult) to be much better than lunch or dinner fare. The breakfast included juice, cereal, yogurts, breads and danish, coffee cake, and fruit salad, plus a hot buffet with pancakes (plain and blueberry, with real maple syrup), made-to-order waffles, eggs, sausage, and bacon. Everything tasted fresh and was pretty good. It's a nice getaway for parents after dropping the kids off at...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 3, 2005

Morse Mountain Grille
Smuggler's Village
Smugglers Notch, Vermont

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

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Attraction | "ECHO Leahy Center Lake Aquarium"

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center Photo, Burlington, Vermont
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If you're in the mood for a 45-minute drive from Smuggs, the ECHO Leahy aquarium in Burlington makes a very nice half-day excursion. It's part-science museum, part-ecotourism resource center, part-research lab, and of course, part-aquarium. Don't come expecting dolphin and sea lion shows, but once there, you will find a nice variety of permanent and visiting exhibits that focus on the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunities (ECHO) of the Lake Champlain area. There is a small touch tank with starfish and a few mollusks. There are large- and small-scale fish tanks (you can watch them being fed), a mini-movie to watch, a family activities room, a model of a the Champlain basin where little ones c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 3, 2005

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

Treasures Childcare Center

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Attraction

Treasures Childcare Center Photo, Smugglers Notch, Vermont
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Treasures is the newly built million-dollar Smuggler's Notch childcare center. It's located right in the village, and you can actually drop off your child and then ski right down to the lift area from their backyard. Or you can have the shuttle meet your older child there and take him or her off to ski camp. They offer daytime childcare for infants to 3-year-olds from 8:30am to 4:30pm, plus a few evening drop-off "kids' night out" events for older kids (must be at least 3 and potty-trained). We found the facility to be just wonderful--very clean and up-to-date (think radiant floor heating for little feet, tiny sinks and toilets, and one-way mirror viewing for nervous parents like me). Each c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 3, 2005

Treasures Childcare Center
4323 Vermont Route 108 South
Smugglers Notch, Vermont 05464-9537
(802) 644-8851

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I'm not sure if a library technically qualifies as an attraction, but I wanted to include it in my travel journal because it was an integral part of our stay in the area. First of all, there's free high-speed Internet access (albeit on a sole computer). Visitors can stop by and check their email at no charge. The one-room library is small, but the staff is very friendly and accommodating. I found a book that I was interested in reading, and when I asked the librarian about it, a leisurely discussion ensued with the librarian and another patron about the TV show Desperate Housewives, to which we thought the book might be a precursor. I also asked if I could check out a book as a visitor to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 6, 2005

Jeffersonville/Cambridge Varnum Memorial Library
194 Main Street
Smugglers Notch, Vermont