estled in the heart of Vermont’s spectacular Green Mountains, Smugglers Notch Resort offers all of the ingredients for a family friendly summer vacation: plenty of family activities, award-winning children’s programs, a convenient Resort Village, comfortable mountainside condominium lodging, and summer vacation packages in tune with families interests.
Family programs include plentiful opportunities for families to explore the natural environment, play, learn and create together. Many of these activities are package inclusions, like an agility dog demo, sock puppet making, family nature walks, creature feature with a naturalist, giant lawn games, singalongs, and arts and crafts. Other activities with equipment needs, like family mountain biking and paddleboard clinics, are fee-based.
Smugglers renowned programs for children ages 3-17 offer diverse activities including nature discovery, games, arts and crafts, and pool and waterslide outings. Children can choose specialty camps for a fun immersion in exciting pursuits such as tennis, skateboarding, outdoor adventure, disc golf, mountain biking and outdoor survival skills. Child care is available for little ones as young as 6 weeks old at Smugglers state-of-the-art center Treasures.
Adults can select from a mix of activities such as guided hiking, arts and crafts classes, day trips, and health and wellness programs that include massage and yoga.
For families seeking adventure, the year-round ArborTrek Zip Line Canopy Tour for ages 8 and older is a treetop experience providing a birds-eye view of the Green Mountain forest on eight zip lines, two suspension bridges, and two rappels. For those who prefer lounging by the pool, Smugglers’ offers 8 pools, including a gradual entry lagoon and the Splashville splash pad for little ones, four waterslides, and a mountainside reservoir with giant water trampoline.
Resort condominiums are sized from studios to five bedrooms with fully-equipped kitchens. The Village also features a country store, sport shop and several restaurants.
With three vacation packages offered at Smugglers, families can make a package selection that best meets their needs. Each package includes mountainside condominium lodging, unlimited use of the pools and waterslides, daily guided hikes and walks, and access to two teen centers and the FunZone, an indoor play center for all ages featuring inflatables such as a giant slide and obstacle course, plus miniature golf and arcade games. Also included in the vacation packages are family-friendly activities like bingo, and evening entertainment running the gamut from puppet and magic shows to adult karaoke and band jams.
The FamilyFest vacation package includes a 25 percent discount on child care for ages 6 weeks to 3 years and full inclusion of children’s all-day programs for ages 3 to 17. The SimplySmuggs vacation package gives families the flexibility to build their itinerary of activities on an a-la-carte basis. The Adventure Connection vacation package maximizes vacation fun with the best adventures Smugglers’ has to offer, such as the ArborTrek Zip Line Canopy Tour and Treetop Obstacle Course; llama trek; Segway tour; and canoe and kayak rental. Adventure Connection also features child care at Treasures for ages 6 weeks to 3 years at a 25 percent discount and full inclusion of full-day camp programs for children ages 3 to 17.
The Resort’s group vacation professionals are expert at setting up vacation arrangements for family reunions of all sizes.
With more than 30 years of experience offering Summer vacation fun to families, the Resort demonstrates confidence in the Smugglers’ experience with a Family Fun Guarantee. If a guest participates in a Resort program for at least two days or more and doesn’t have fun, the Resort will refund the entire program portion of that guest’s stay.
Photo credit: Smuggler’s Notch Resort
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