Smugglers' Notch Resort
Smugglers' Notch Resort
4323 Vt Route 108 S
Jeffersonville, VT 05464
Smugglers' Notch Resort Description
This is the ultimate family camp. The amazing programs for kids -- including hikes, trips to one of the eight nearby pools, scavenger hunts, songs and more -- are only the beginning. It's family central. They can take lessons with a tennis or ski pro, play rounds of mini-golf, enjoy a heated indoor inflatable castle bonanza, and dance on the lawn to the sounds of resort mascots Billy Bob Bear and Mogul Mouse and their human sing-along companion Uncle Charlie. It's wholesome without being boring. Even teens like it (you can thank the skateboard park, organized sports, and game room for that). And there's nothing cooler than a family (with kids of all ages) working together on one of the team-building activities or simply catching up over lunch.
Babies: The onsite Treasures Daycare Center offers parents a guilt-free option for childcare. Kids ages 6 weeks to 3 years are welcome at the 5,400 square foot indoor space. (There's another 4,000 square feet to play in outside!) Small touches like the one-way viewing mirror (parents can peek in without tears from the kids) make this a good way to get some parental rest and relaxation. Look for special discounts during different times of the year.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Only the first goodbye will be tough. One 2-year-old cried at drop-off in the morning, and again at pick-up. Staff members are good at comforting, cajoling, and coaxing stubborn toddlers into fun.
School-Age Kids: Resist the urge to keep your kids in camp for only a half day. It may take young kids a while to warm up, but by mid-afternoon they'll have found a bunch of pals and be kings and queens of the pint-sized water slides.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Introduce them to a new sport. Try mountain boarding (a blend of skateboarding and snowboarding on wheels), digglering (combines mountain biking and skateboarding on a large scooter), or a range of other activities meant to hold their attention. And don't worry that they'll be stuck with kids significantly older or younger than they are -- groups are divided by age.
- Fun is guaranteed. (Literally. It's one of their mottos.) You'll still need to have a good plan in place to make the most of your time here, though. The guidebook to "Smuggs'" Notch (as the locals like to call it) takes a while to really understand. First timers would do well to call ahead and get help arranging their visit, but even with that you won't really get it until you're here.
- Location, Location, Location. The type of lodging you choose should take into consideration the ages and needs of your kids. Younger families might like being right in the center of things (Village Center) so kids can run in and out between activities. Older families might like living further away from the excitement (North Hill).
- Book extra excursions early. Most things at Smugglers' Notch are included in your room rental, but camps, off-campus trips, and some lessons (skateboarding, for example) will cost extra. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Just the Facts
Hours: Open Year Round.
Recommended Time: Multi-day