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Smugglers' Notch Day Trips for all Ages

Explore the Smugglers' Area and Beyond!


We are looking forward to a spectacular foliage season! Check out our Mountain Foliage Webcam!

Fall Foliage Boat Tours
Available daily, 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

If you’re looking for a unique fall foliage experience, this is the trip for you. One of our guides will motor you along the beautiful, serene Waterbury Reservoir. The Fall Foliage Scenic Boat charters have a lot to offer. The Waterbury Reservoir is settled between two mountain ranges offering extraordinary fall foliage views. The Waterbury Reservoir is 860 acres. It is approximately 5 miles long, providing plenty of beautiful shoreline. Along one shoreline is part of the Mount Mansfield State Forest that covers 12,912 acres of forest. The Waterbury Reservoir was one of four dams that were created in the 1930’s for flood control following the flood of 1928. Construction began in April of 1935 and the dam was complete in October 1938. The dam is an earth fill dam, meaning it is made of stone. Before any additions were made to the dam, it was the largest dam in the country in which all of the stones were placed by a human instead of excavators.

Participants must provide own transportation. Tours meet at the Fly Rod Shop in Stowe. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to start of trip. $100 for 2 people, add $50 for each additional person up to 6. Advance sign-up required, as space is limited. Call 802-253-7346 now to reserve your spot! Available September 14 - October 11, 2020.
Historical Stowe Walking Tour
Available daily at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
Join us for a 1.5 hour walking tour through the history and charm of Historic Stowe Village. We’ll stroll around the village experiencing the architectural styles favored in New England during the 18th and 19th centuries. And of course stories and accounts of the persons who’ve given Stowe its rich and colorful story.

Participants must provide own transportation. Tours meet at the Stowe Visitors Information Center at 51 Main Street in Stowe. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to start of tour. $100 for up to 4 people, $25 for each additional person. Advance sign-up required, as space is limited. Call 802-253-7346 now to reserve your spot!
Taste of Vermont
Available daily, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Join us on a journey to some of Vermont’s outstanding producers. Tours will start at the Clocktower at Smugglers' Notch Resort before heading over the winding, foliage filled Smugglers' Notch pass with the Cold Hollow Cider Mill as our first destination. Here we will receive a private overview of the operations, we will also have a private room reserved in case anyone wants to have one of their awesome breakfasts**. After we leave Cold Hollow expect to head to Lake Champlain Chocolates, Danforth Pewter and Smugglers' Notch Distillery. Afterwards we'll then head into the hills to visit Nebraska Knoll Sugar House. This is a one of a kind, rustic Sugarhouse full of stories and the sweet nectar of the sugar maple. From here we will proceed to the infamous Emily's Bridge located in the Stowe Hollow where we'll talk about the love story gone tragically wrong resulting in one of Vermont's most famous haunted landmarks. We'll then continue to the quaint lower village of Stowe where we'll swing by Laughing Moon Chocolate so everyone can get their chocolate fix. After departing from Laughing Moon we will head over to the Green Mountain Inn at which point guests are given approximately 45 minutes to explore the lower village of Stowe. From there we'll drive over to the Trapp Family Lodge for a few spectacular views before heading over to the Alchemist Brewery for a curbside pickup order if requested which will finish off the trip before we travel back to Smugglers' Notch Resort.

$240.00 for up to 4 people and $59.00 for each additional person. Tours meet at the clock tower. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required, minimum 4 passengers. **Breakfast is not included in the trip price. Guests must pay for this separately. For more information or to book a tour please call The Fly Rod Shop at 802-253-7346.

Specific trip stops and destinations may vary seasonally.



Covered Bridge Tour
Available daily, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Vermont boasts the largest number of covered bridges per square mile in the US. And there’s no better time to see them than during the green of summer and the fall foliage mosaic of colors. We take you to picturesque bridges, all with their own unique stories and designs. We travel to the towns of Waterville, Belvedere, Johnson and Jeffersonville in our spacious Ford Transit Van. The Van will be disinfected and sanitized after every trip. All tours will be run privately, if you book a tour, it will be your group only. Specific trip stops and destinations may vary seasonally.

$240 for up to 4 people, $59.00 for each additional person over 4. Tours meet at the Clock Tower. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration required. Call 802-253-7346 now to reserve your spot!
Fall Foliage E-Bike Tour
Wednesday - Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Experience Vermont foliage up close and personal on a pedal assist electric bike on the scenic Lamoille Valley Rail Trail! This 17 mile car-free trail sports a working farm landscape, sweeping fields of flowers, beautiful and wild river plain, and breathtaking mountainous scenery. Add to that the brilliant colors of Autumn’s foliage and you’re in for an unforgettable experience! Electric bikes allow plenty of energy to explore the trail and the villages, shops, restaurants and breweries on and around it.

$55 per person. Advance registration required. Ages 12 & up. Reserve 24 hrs. in advance by calling 802-730-0161. Meet at Lamoille Valley Bike Tour’s rail trail location on Creamery Street, Johnson VT.
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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