My wife and I just got back from a week at Smuggs, and we basically had a wonderful time. It is easy to see why they call them the Green Mountains. The ride up through Smugglers Notch down towards Stowe should not be missed. This is the route the bootleggers used to smuggle in booze from Canada during Prohibition. Smuggs is a beautiful resort, with a lot to do on-site for kids -different "camps" for different age groups. We are timeshare owners, and have been for over 20 years, but...you really get the high pressure sales pitch here - if you choose to go. We had a beautiful, large 2 bedroom unit in the Oaks building. But you can't sit outside on your deck when it is raining (and we had a couple rainy days), even if it is a nice gentle rain. This is because the rain come through the boards of the third level deck (which, at least at Oaks, does not have a roof over it), down through the boards on the second deck and down to the deck on the first floor. A roof over the top deck would have eliminated all of this. Also, as has been previously noted by others here, the pot holes in the dirt roads of the complex are atrocious. I am from Pennsylvania, the pot hole capital of the U.S., and even I was really challenged to navigate some of them. The resort needs to get them filled in or graded or something. Also, when we checked in to our unit we informed the staff of two deficiencies: one was a burnt out spotlight over the dining room table and the other was a 4 slice toaster that was broken on one side making it a 2 slice toaster. Our request to have these deficiencies corrected was never fulfilled. Perhaps we should have brought it to their attention again - but one expects a different level of service and attention to detail from an RCI Gold Crown resort. The staff was very friendly and helpful, when you asked them about what to do and where to eat. But I would have liked to have seen a general open to all briefing early in our week given by the staff on the sites and events in the area - like we have experienced at other resorts. It was up to us to find out everything on our own. Would we come back to Smuggs? Probably ....but not in the near future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Smugglers' Notch is a year round mountain resort offering acclaimed programs for families and seasonal activities including alpine and cross country skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and snowshoeing; enjoyment of 8 pools and 4 waterslides; guided hiking; children's programs and a zip line canopy tour. The resort village amenities include condominiums with fully equipped kitchens, restaurants, a child care center, two teen centers, a country store, a sport shop, a massage center, and winter ski & ride equipment rental and tuning/repair facilities. Smugglers' is nestled in Vermont's northern Green Mountains about 50 minutes from Burlington, Vermont. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Smugglers` Notch Hotel Smugglers Notch
- Smugglers' Notch Resort Vermont/Jeffersonville