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Smugglers' Notch Day Trips for all Ages

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Gourmet Cheese & Wine Tasting

The Boyden Valley Winery invites you to join them for a "European Winery Experience in Vermont." Join them at their farm for a tour of the winery, complete with tastings, gourmet cheeses, fresh fruit, and breads. Cheese plates purchased for guests under 21 will be served with juice.

Monday - Friday, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Meet at the Boyden Valley Winery; stop by the Guest Services Desk for directions. $24.95 plus tax per person. Advance registration required, limited space available.

Available
August 31 - October 18, 2015.
Central Vermont Tour

Start your day with a self-guided factory tour of the Rock of Ages Granite Quarry located in Barre, VT where those beautiful sculptures are made and take an amazing tour. Rock of Ages' founding fathers couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate name for what has become the world’s leading granite quarrier and memorial manufacturer. To accommodate the growing tourism generated by the quarries, Rock of Ages built a 2,800-square-foot Visitors Center in 1962. By 1967, more than 100,000 visitors were coming to Barre each year to view the quarries and Craftsman Center (factory) at Rock of Ages. Onward to the Hope Cemetery, located in Barre, VT and take a stroll through the grounds of memorial designs, custom figures, bas-reliefs and ornate crypts and ponder more contemporary works, such as an enigmatic cube balanced on one corner. Despite the variety of memorial design, there is a uniformity not seen in other cemeteries. That's because every one of the 10,000+ monuments is made of Barre Gray granite from the Rock of Ages Granite Quarry.
Next let’s travel to the city of Montpelier for a self-guided tour of The Vermont State House, state capitol of Vermont and the seat of the Vermont General Assembly. The current Greek Revival structure is the third building on the same site to be used as the State House. Designed by Thomas Silloway in 1857–1858, it was occupied in 1859.
After touring the State House you can enjoy a walking tour of the city, shop and enjoy lunch on your own at many of the local eateries. For a great ending to your day let’s travel to the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks-They called it "Sinzbukwud “The Morse ancestors who helped settle Central Vermont were taught how to tap maple trees by Native Americans. Hot rocks were used to evaporate the sweet sap until only sugar or "sinzibukwud" remained. Free sugar house tours and tasting, multimedia displays in a real woodshed theater, a nature trail, country store, and an outdoor Vermont farm life museum make up the Morse Farm experience, and sprinkled throughout, are whimsical carved folk life characters created by Burr Morse.

Monday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Transportation and Rock of Ages Tour included. $116 per person. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required, minimum 8 passengers.

Private tours can be arranged for parties of 8 or more. Call ahead or inquire at the Guest Service Desk.

Made in Vermont Tour

Depart Smugglers' Notch Resort and travel to historic Stowe. Visit Laughing Moon Chocolates, home of delicious handmade chocolates. Witness a chocolate dipping demonstration, taste the decadent samples and purchase some chocolates to enjoy back at Smugglers'. Travel up the mountain and arrive at the Trapp Family Lodge where the “Sound of Music” resonates the minute you arrive. Gather for a history tour and learn of the Von Trapp family’s journey from Austria to Vermont and why they purchased a small farmhouse in Stowe. Enjoy a delicious lunch on your own at The Trapp Family Lodge Deli/Bakery which offers a variety of baked goods, soups, pasta dishes, salads, deli meats and sandwiches as well as their renowned Trapp Lagers. Visit The Vermont Annex, retail outlet for Cabot Cheese, Lake Champlain Chocolates and Danforth Pewter and Smugglers’ Notch Distillery. There will be time to shop and enjoy the free samples! For the perfectly sweet ending to a busy day, visit Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory for a tour and a taste. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tuesday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Transportation included. $125 per person. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required, limited space available.

Private tours can be arranged for parties of 8 or more. Call ahead or inquire at the Guest Service Desk when you're here.

Montreal Day Trip

Leave the driving to us for an expedition to exciting Montreal! We provide transportation, orientation, guide books and suggestions of places to visit while you’re in the city. Choices include The Montreal Casino, Notre Dame Basilica, the Old French Quarter, the Waterfront, Chinatown, the underground shopping areas and the Olympic Stadium. Returns to Smugglers’ Notch at 6:00 pm.

Wednesday, 8:00 am - 6:30 pm. $109 per person. Transportation included. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required, limited space available.

Private tours can be arranged for parties of 10 or more. Call ahead or inquire at the Guest Service Desk.

Traveling to & from Canada
For US and Canadian residents traveling across the US /Canadian border, each family member will need to bring along either an enhanced Driver’s License or Passport. US resident aliens will also need a Green Card. All other foreign country residents will need their valid passport with I94 document. If you are crossing the US/Canadian border and do not have your I94 document with you, you will need your valid Passport and a Visa. There will be a nominal fee at the border to prepare the I94 documentation for you.
Burlington Vermont Tour

We will start your tour at the ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, formerly the Lake Champlain Basin Science Center, is located on the Burlington waterfront in northern Vermont. It is home to more than 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles, major traveling exhibitions, and the multimedia Awesome Forces Theatre. The name ECHO represents the mission of the organization which is to “educate and delight” people of all ages about the Ecology, Culture, History and Opportunities for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. After your visit at the ECHO center let’s travel over to The Spirit of Ethan Allen Lunch Cruise and enjoy Lunch on the Lake. There’s something for everyone at the Spirit! Their Lake Champlain cruises have activities for every age and they promise to show you a good time. Families will have time to relax, enjoy the views and savor a bountiful buffet designed especially for the “lunch bunch”. For a great ending to your day let’s travel over to the Church Street Marketplace, Downtown Burlington Vermont's award-winning open air mall is a hub of activity where you'll find historical architecture, year-round festivals, street entertainers, music, over 100 places to shop and dine, and even quiet places to ponder.

Thursday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Transportation, ECHO Center, Boat Cruise, and Lunch included. Adults $143 per person. Children 3-11 years $126.00 per person. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required, minimum 8 passengers. Sign-up deadline of 12:00 noon on Wednesday.

Private tours can be arranged for parties of 8 or more. Call ahead or inquire at the Guest Service Desk when you're here.

Things you can easily see and do on your own within a 30 minute drive...
 • Shop in nearby Jeffersonville & Cambridge —
> Vermont crafts, gifts, quilts & antiques
> maple products
> country general store
> local fine arts galleries
 • Enjoy a vineyard & winery tour at the Boyden Valley Winery
 • Golf at several area courses
 • Canoe or fish the Lamoille River
 • Discover centuries-old covered bridges
 • Drive through spectacular Smugglers' Notch Pass
 • Explore historic Stowe - specialty shops, fine dining, antiques
 • Visit the famous Trapp Family Lodge

or within an hour you can...
 • Explore the City of Burlington
 • Tour Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory
 • Visit the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory
 • Tour historic Shelburne Museum — Americana at its best
 • Shop at The Essex Outlet Shops
 • Test your willpower at Lake Champlain Chocolates
 • Sample treats at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill
 • Tour the Vermont Cabot Creamery
 • Explore the ECHO Center — Burlington Waterfront Aquarium & Science Center

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