A Snowy October Week in Vermont

We went to enjoy the foliage, but got lots of snow instead. If we had been prepared for it (boots, etc.) it would have been fine. As a matter of fact, if the resort had been prepared, it would have been even better.

A Snowy October Week in Vermont

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by mconrad1600 on January 4, 2006

My first recommendation is, if you are going to Smuggler's Notch, go during peak season! At the resort, most of the amenities and activities are shut down during off-season. There is an inside pool, but that's about it. It was very inconvenient as, because of the snow we had while we were there, the power was out a lot so there was no place to eat and nothing to do! (The entire area had no power!) I'm sure some people would just have fun with it - so, if none of that bothers you, go for it. Also, the "notch" itself is gorgeous, and very interesting, but they shut it down once it snows. So we never really got to investigate it - I know I'll have to go back just to do that. Also, the "notch" is a shortcut from Stowe to the resort, so once it's closed Stowe is an hour from the resort. And Stowe is such a pretty little village-- I hardly got to see any of it. (Burlington is closer!)${QuickSuggestions} ${BestWay} A car is a must!

Smugglers Notch

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by mconrad1600 on January 4, 2006

Best Things Nearby:
Burlington and Lake Champlain, Cold Hollow, Trappe Family Lodge, the mountains, Stowe.

Best Things About the Resort:
This is a large resort situated on a beautiful location. It was off-season when we were there, so many of the activities and amenities were not open. I would recommend going during peak seasons.

Resort Experience:
Our unit was fabulous! Large and spacious. The master bedroom had a king sized bed and a TV in the bedroom and one in the bathroom over the whirlpool bath. The second bedroom had a queen and two single beds! Also a TV. There was a washer and dryer in the second bathroom. The kitchen was fully stocked--there was a dining area, and a living room with gas fireplace and another TV. Very comfortable.

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

Three Tomatoes

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by mconrad1600 on January 4, 2006

Brick oven pizzas and great pastas are what they do best! Although, I had homemade pumpkin soup that I think of often!! It was wonderful.
Three Tomatoes Tratottoria
83 Church St.
Burlington, 05401
(802) 660-9533

Trappe Family Lodge

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by mconrad1600 on January 4, 2006

Remember "The Soynd of Music"? This is that family--the place they built in Vermont. A great place to visit, and the food at the cafe is wonderful.
I'm sure that the restaurant is very good as well, but the cafe is more informal and lighter fare.
Trapp Family Lodge Cafe
700 Trapp Hill Road
Stowe, Vermont, 05672
(802) 253-8511

Ben and Jerry

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by mconrad1600 on January 4, 2006

Because weather was an issue during our stay, we had to find different activities to amuse ourselves. The Ben and Jerry's tour was close to the resort and a fun way to spend an hour or so. First you hear a history of Ben and Jerry themselves and how the partnership started and prospered. Then you go through and watch the ice cream being made. And, at the end is the sampling of a few of the ice creams.
Ben and Jerry's Factory
Route 100 North I-89 Exit 10
Waterbury, Vermont
(802) 882-1240

Church St Station

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by mconrad1600 on January 4, 2006

This is right in the center of downtown Burlington. A fun place to visit with mostly shopping, but also some great restaurants, music, and sights. The shopping varies from expensive shops to very reasonable. Lake Champlain is also just a couple of blocks away - definitely worth a stop!
Church Street Marketplace
2 Church Street
Burlington, Vermont, 05401
(802) 863-1648


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