Smuggler’s Notch, VT

In an article written by J.L. Scharf on called, “Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont,” Scharf writes, “Better than home:
Nestled at the base of the Green Mountains, Smugglers’ Notch Resort is part of Mount Mansfield State Forest. Driving through picturesque Stowe and the steep, winding, canopy-covered Notch Pass (closed in the winter) — once a notorious smuggling route between Canada and the U.S.A. during prohibition — it wasn’t hard to imagine we were a band of renegades laden with secret contraband.

Lodgings vary. Ranging from studios to fivebedroom townhouses, most with air, fireplaces and balconies, all are large condominium homes with fully equipped kitchen facilities. You can stay close to the village where all the action is, or in a secluded woodland spot with spectacular views of the peaks.

Our lodging was higher up on Morse Mountain, away from the village and the setting couldn’t have been lovelier. Called The Falcons , the condo, which comfortably sleeps eight, was quite spacious with three bedrooms, two baths and a huge open kitchen/dining/ living area. Creature comforts made it feel like home: warm décor; a kitchen better equipped than mine; a fitness room across the hall; a hot tub just outside; and a community centre with a heated swimming pool, game room and gym down the path. Strategically placed outdoor communal barbeques encouraged neighbourly encounters while we grilled steaks and roasted corn.

Year-round fun:
There’s simply too much to do at Smuggs. I personally toured all the water parks and rode every waterslide. There are tennis courts and lessons for both adults and kids, an onsite driving range with programs for all levels, guided walks, hikes and “wikes,” mini golf and other activities including bonfires, sing-alongs, family game night and more.

What is truly amazing about Smuggs are its award-winning all-day children’s seasonal programs. Kids of all ages have the time of their lives at Smuggler’s Summer Fun University or Snow Sport University…”