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boca raton , Florida
May 20, 2004
Maybe ok if you have small children and love total isolation. There are no restaurants--no town -- just awful.
From journal Smugglers Notch VT
June 3, 2008
February 5, 2003
The kids fun zone was closed when we were there, and so was the day care center as well as most of the restaurants. The skiing was not worth the price since I could see dirt coming through the snow at different places on the runs. The pool was almost too cold to even swim in.
This must sound very negative, which our trip was, and we left a day early. I can see lots of potential in this resort, and that is why I would like to return, although it would have to be in a new unit at a time when the entire resort was running.
From journal VERMONT
by d. clove
October 26, 2002
From journal new england fall foilage tour
September 5, 2005
From journal Smuggler's Notch, Spring Break
March 16, 2003
The one downside to this resort is that there are no ski-discounts for exchangers. As such we did not restrict ourselves to only skiing here but also went to the surrounding ski resorts - all of whom had some gimmick or other. Smuggs (at $54/adult) is pricey when compared to ski-hills like Killington (about 2 hours away and $59/adult) which are many times bigger with much longer runs and more variety for all calibres of skiers.
Overall I would rate this resort an 8.0.Resort Experience:We stayed in the Pines - a small, 4-unit building right beside the covered (in winter) pool and the outdoor skating rink - the location was great as we were right in the midst of the village and did not need to use the free shuttle bus to get around (as those staying hillside did)!
The master bedroom had a queen size bed with lots of closet space. The second bedroom was small with bunk beds and a large pull-our chair (made into a bed). There also was a pull-out sofa in the living room. The kitchen, though small, was very well equipped with dishes, appliances, etc. There was a wood fireplace in the living room.
There are no ski-discounts for exchangers at Smuggs; however, there are a number of other ski resorts closeby, all with various gimmicks.
From journal Skiing in Northern Vermont
by Laura Z
Somewhere in NJ
February 8, 2004
I have two toddlers and found very little to do with them. The pool was nice, but it was very cold to be swimming (we wore sweatshirts during the day!). The playground equipment was a sparse few pieces here or there. There was nothing to do indoors when it rained.
The daycare was just that, a daycare. I don't feel that leaving my kids in a daycare while I go on vacation is a "family vacation". I can totally see how older kids would enjoy the camps while parents did their own thing, but I felt very sad as children were crying for their mommies while their mothers were off enjoying themselves. Again, I'm not saying the daycare was bad in any way. I stayed for quite awhile and saw children interacting, doing crafts, and playing. However, I also watched as a few little girls sat by themselves and others clung to the workers. One little boy grabbed my hand and wanted to leave with me. Very sad.
The unit we stayed in was really nice: C-16 in the Commons buildings. It was very close to everything and spacious (it slept 12 easily). The views were gorgeous from every window. It was a bright and comfortable unit. There were three levels, which was a little tough with luggage (to the top floor) and the kids going up and down the stairs (no bathroom on the main level). The deck was nice.
We did trips each day to different places, but had very long drives. I highly recommend the Stowe Gondola ride which is close by. Also, a trip into Burlington and the pedestrian mall is a nice day trip (we also rode the Champlain Flyer train, which my sons really enjoyed). We drove to Montreal, which I loved. I definitely plan to return there and spend a few days. The few hours we had there weren't enough.
As far as service goes, the unit was immaculate. Housekeeping was always around the village. Several times I approached different people at the front desk for advice as to what I could do with toddlers. None of them had any information either on or off site. It was disappointing (at least they could have mentioned the Gondola Ride in Stowe!) They knew nothing about the train ride. The only thing offered was their childcare program.
All in all, we had a great time. I could think of other places to stay for day trips that would be more convenient. If skiing is your preference, then I could see Smuggs as being very attractive for that purpose. Also, if the kids are older, the surroundings are beautiful for hiking and such.
From journal Vermont for City Dwellers
November 27, 2002
From journal Autum In Vermont
by Mainely Melanie
Epsom, New Hampshire
June 24, 2003
From journal Relaxing in Vermont
Keene, New Hampshire
April 25, 2004
The master bedroom had a large bath with a two-person Jacuzzi tub and separate shower stall. It also included a wall-mounted televisions positioned for viewing from the tub. The second bedroom had two twin beds and a full-size bed. An ample closet and drawer space provided adequate storage for up to four people. The adjacent bath to the second bedroom included a stackable washer and dryer.
The unit was not as clean as I would have expected. It wasn't dirty, but it wasn't impeccably clean, in that it wouldn't have passed a white glove test. Dust was collected on sills, lamps, and TV set. There were also a few cobwebs in the ceiling and on lampshades. This is a Gold Crown resort so I find the fact that the unit hadn’t been dusted in some time inexcusable. The resort has only dirt roads and the entry way and stairwell were filthy when we arrived and not cleaned once during our stay. Leaves, salt stains, gravel, and dirt were trailed up and down the stairs and through the hallways. The utility closet in the condo was well appointed with a vacuum, mop, broom, dustpan, and stepladder. If I hadn't been there on a bonus vacation, I might have started my vacation by calling the housekeeping staff and requiring that the whole unit be dusted.
Smugglers Notch is a large resort comprised of numerous distinct "neighborhoods" in a self-contained planned alpine village. The neighborhoods are condo developments, each with a unique style and design, apparently developed at different points in time. Most of the condos here are wholly owned.
Smugglers Notch is an alpine village, laid out on the steep slope of a mountain. There is a lot of walking, up and down hills. This is a splendid setting, with majestic snowcapped peaks, bubbling mountain streams, and fresh crisp air. The wind here is awesome—it doesn't howl as much as it encompasses—fully surrounding you with incredibly intensity. It is an environmental element like the roar of ocean surf. Nothing stands in the way of the wind, so you feel and hear the full force of it on a breezy or blustering day.
Smuggler’s is known for its diverse offering of amenities and activities. However, while we were there, nothing was open or operating. This is important for the off-season traveler to know. We went for April school vacation, hoping to take advantage of some of the kids programs. However, no programs were offered and all of the children's activity centers were locked tight. We had access to one indoor pool, indoor tennis, outdoor basketball and an outdoor mini golf course. Apparently the lack of off-season activities has disappointed more than a few travelers, so depending on your travel dates and your needs for entertainment, it is recommended that you cal and specifically inquire about what is available when you plan to visit. None of the materials we received or reviewed prior to our visit accurately stated what would or would not be available during our visit. We assumed that what we had read about the resort was what we would find, but they were in a partial shut down mode. None of the restaurants were operating either.
In peak season, however, this resort is a virtual self-contained recreational fantasyland.
In winter, snow sports dominate the offerings:
-cross country skiing
In summer, outdoor activities are widely supported with resort supplied facilities and equipment:
Winter and summer sports, adventure, and social programs are offered to children of all ages. Adults can opt to participate in arts programs, nature walks, fitness, sports and spa activities. There are lessons and clinics for golf and tennis.
Nearby there are facilities for
-museums and historic places
-fine art and folk life museums
-agriculture tours: chesses, ice cream, chocolate, maple products
From journal Springtime in Smuggler's Notch