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Smugglers' Notch Vermont Area Attractions

Lots more to do and see in the surrounding area!

Our spectacular corner of Vermont is renowned for its history, outdoor experiences and so much more. Just a short drive from Smugglers', you'll find plenty to explore. Here are some of our favorites.

Cabot Creamery

Home of the World's Best Cheddar Cheese.
Guided tours include an informative video, which tells not only the history of Cabot Creamery, but also a little something about the agricultural history of Vermont. After the video, take a walk down the hall to actually view Cabot's award-winning cheese being made. Following the tour ($2.00 per person over 12 years of age) you'll nibble the many varieties of cheeses, including the World’s Best Cheddar and Best Flavored Cheddar.

You will also enjoy:
Cabot Critters Coloring Book. Kids, and lots of adults, too, love our happy Cabot Critters!
Weekly specials on selected cheese products. Manufacturers discount coupons.
Money-saving coupons for purchases back home.

Please call 1-800-837-4261 to confirm cheese-making days. If you have a large group we encourage you to make reservations for the tour.

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

Vermont's premier world-class lake aquarium and science center located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on the beautiful Burlington waterfront! Discover over 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles. Enjoy more than 100 hands-on experiences including the new ACTION LAB WITH 3D technology. Changing traveling exhibit every 3-4 months keep things fresh and exciting as do the live animal feedings and daily demonstration. The 2.2 acre site is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Navy Memorial. Eclectic Gift Shop and seasonal cafe. Admission is $10.50-13.50; children under 3 are free. Open year-round, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day. Call Toll-Free 1-877-ECHOFUN. www.echovermont.org

Horseback Riding

Lajoie Stables
Located 10 minutes from Smugglers’ Notch Resort. Over 60 horses available for 1, 1-1/2 or 2 hour long trail rides. Children ages 5 and older can participate in the trail rides. Also available on site are pony rides for children under the age of 5. We are open 7 days a week. For reservations and information call (802)644-5347. Visit our website for photos at

Brewster Ridge Horse Center
Located just 1.8 miles from Smugglers’ Notch Resort.
Enjoy a guided trail ride through the pristine pastures and fabulous forest of the Brewster Ridge, nestled amidst the peaceful Green Mountains. Rides last approximately 1 hour. $35pp for a one hour trail ride. The Brewster Ridge Horse Center welcomes your calls for information, pricing and to make reservations at (802)644-9051. During the Fall, open Saturday and Sunday through Columbus Day, weather permitting.


Cold Hollow Cider Mill

The Cold Hollow Cider Mill is one of the top producers of Fresh Apple Cider in all of New England and are one of the very few that press year-round. The Mill has become one of the top tourist attractions in Vermont because the operation is open to public viewing. You'll see cider that's still made the old fashioned way, with a rack and cloth press built in the 1920's.

Once you've seen cider made, wander through the large retail store and check out many of the Vermont specialty foods. Bring your appetite, since you can sample plenty of jellies, mustards, applesauce, fudge, and other goodies.

In the Summer, watch real bees make honey in the "honey corner" (don't worry, they're behind glass). You'll also be lured by an overwhelming aroma to The Donut Counter, where you can sink your teeth into the legendary cider donuts. These donuts were featured in Gourmet Magazine, as one of the top four donuts in the country.

The Cold Hollow Cider Mill welcomes school groups, tour buses, families or anyone interested in seeing one of the areas biggest attractions, 7 days a week - year 'round.

Ben & Jerry's Factory

Located on a rolling pasture overlooking the Worcester Range in the Green Mountains of Vermont is the Ben and Jerry’s Waterbury Factory. Here, you can learn all about the ice cream production process.

The tour starts in the Cow Over the Moon Theatre with a 7-minute “moovie” about how Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield turned a $5.00 correspondence class into a very successful business that shares its success with its employees and the community - and has fun doing it!

Then, you’re off to the mezzanine for a bird’s eye view of how “Vermont’s Finest” is actually made. Finally — you’ll visit the FlavoRoom for samples of the day. For more information, visit

Vermont Teddy Bear Factory

The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory is where all these cuddly little friends are born. Come for a visit and not only will you see how the Vermont Teddy Bears are made, you can custom build your own. For directions to the factory and for a tour coupon, visit www.vermontteddybear.com

Lake Champlain Chocolates

Lake Champlain Chocolates is Vermont's best chocolate experience. Try it first hand at their factory store located in downtown Burlington on 750 Pine Street. During the tour you will learn how chocolate is made from the cocoa bean and brought to our palates with samples of dark, milk, and white chocolate flavors. The store features a wide selection of gift boxes, eclectic flavored chocolates and ice cream bar. Tours are available daily Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. For additional information contact the factory store at 800-465-5909 or visit www.lakechamplainchocolates.com

Smugglers' Notch Winery

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