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#1 Family Resort in the U.S. independenttraveler.com

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Smugglers' Notch Vermont Awards & News

We're honored to be the best!

Please visit Guest Reviews to read our guests' feedback on their Smugglers' family vacation!
2020 Trip Advisor Award

Congratulations Smugglers' Notch Resort on being a Travelers’ Choice Winner. Each year, we comb through reviews, ratings, and saves from travelers everywhere, and use that info to award the very best. You’re part of an exclusive group, and we want to help you celebrate this major accomplishment. You’re in the top 10% of hotels worldwide.
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We’ve gone 5 for 5! That’s five years in a row winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! Families who travel to Smugglers’ know we aim to please, and landing in the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame is proof of just that. Thank you for all your positive reviews which have helped us secure our spot on this exclusive list of excellence.
WestChester Family Favorite 2017
We're excited to announce we have been chosen as Best Family Resort by the readers of Westchester Family Magazine! Up against other resorts in the New England, Pennsylvania, and New York area, Smugglers' was chosen for our convenient mountainside Resort village, many pool and waterslide options, children's programs, family activities, and of course, the new FunZone 2.0!
2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

We're honored to have been selected for TripAdvisor's 2017 Certificate of Excellence, reflecting the positive reviews our guests have given their Smugglers' vacation experience on TripAdvisor. This award is only given to the top 10 percent of accommodations, attractions, restaurants, and vacation rentals listed on TripAdvisor.
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

We're honored to have been selected for TripAdvisor's 2016 Certificate of Excellence, reflecting the positive reviews our guests have given their Smugglers' vacation experience on TripAdvisor. This award is only given to the top 10 percent of accommodations, attractions, restaurants, and vacation rentals listed on TripAdvisor.
GRAND Magazine's #1 Choice Award
Smugglers' Notch is GRAND Magazine's #1 Choice Award for
Best Family Resort!

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The Boston Parents Paper annual Family Favorite Awards
We're proud to be selected as a Top 5 winner for Summer Resorts for Families in The Boston Parents Paper annual Family Favorite Awards for Summer 2015!
TripAdvisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence.
TripAdvisor honored Smugglers' with a 2015 Certificate of Excellence.
"This achievement is a direct result of your consistently great reviews from TripAdvisor travelers." TripAdvisor.com
Readers' Choice Top 10 Winner
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Solo Mom Takes Flight
The blog Solo Mom Takes Flight shares the Summer adventures of a mom and her young children during their Smugglers' stay!
Exploring the resort
Experiencing "childhood bliss" in the children's programs at Smugglers'
Playing in the trees on the ArborTrek Treetop Obstacle Course
Parenting Magazine
In 2013, Smugglers' was named a top destination for "H2-OH!" fun for families in Parenting magazine!
Yankee Magazine Editors' Choice 2013

Our pools, waterslides, and Rum Runners' Hideaway reservoir received a 2013 Yankee Magazine Best of New England - Editors' Choice award!
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We're proud to be a FamilyFun Magazine Top 10 Family Resort!
For their 2013 Travel Awards, FamilyFun Magazine checked in with the experts - families who travel. The magazine asked 2000 moms with children ages 3 to 12 to rate 360 popular destinations. We are very proud to be included in the Top 10 Family Resorts! Thank you, FamilyFun readers!
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"Smugglers' Notch Resort Camps are a model for camp programs. They have the location, environment, staff and programming that come together to create a magical outdoor experience for your child. We talked to people who come back year after year and wouldn't think of going anywhere else." August 2012
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"Smuggs, as fans of this classic family ski resort call it, has just as much to thrill adventurers in the summer. The Via Ferrata experience through the Green Mountains is extreme fun at its best." July 2011
Vermont Business Environmental Leader!
Smugglers' Notch Resort is very proud to be a
Vermont Business Environmental Leader!
— Recognition from the Governor's Small Business Development Center

This award reflects an ongoing commitment to pollution prevention, regulatory compliance, and exemplary environmental management practices including recycling from guests and employees. Only one other business in the state of Vermont has received this prestigious award. Smugglers' has held this designation since 2006.

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One of the 10 most baby-welcoming destinations
American Baby April 2011
Top 10 Resorts for Teens

Recognizing that teens are "hard to please at times and with minds (and itineraries) of their own," this ranking of the worlds top vacation spots for teens gives special recognition to Smugglers' Notch Squad, High Adventure Camp, Teen Centers, and variety of activities in Summer and Winter for this age group.
Top Country Resort in "Top Ten Getaways for Tiny Travelers" Awards
— Family Travel Forum

This award, received in 2008, honors Smugglers' efforts to cater to the special needs of new parents with children under age 5. According to Family Travel Forum, "This award reaffirms Smugglers' Notch Resort's superior hospitality to families, especially those with infants, over the past ten years."
Mom & Baby
#1 Family Resort in the Northeast
— FamilyFun Magazine
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For years now, Smugglers’ has won this #1 spot in the Top Picks for Family Resorts in The Northeast! Why is Smugglers’ the winner? “Families cite... outdoor pools, tubing, kids’ program, and family packages... biking, hiking and more.”
The Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence and Pollution Prevention
The Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence
and Pollution Prevention

Smugglers' receives recognition for carbon footprint reduction (2006-2007)

In April 2008, Smugglers’ received the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and Pollution Prevention for the Resort’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. In these annual awards, the Vermont governor recognizes businesses, non-profits and individuals whose efforts have shown a level of commitment to and leadership in waste reduction and pollution prevention, incorporating health and safety benefits, innovative approaches and economic efficiency. Smugglers’ was previously recognized in 1998 and 2003.
Fodor's Choice 2006 Recipient
— Awarded by the editors of Fodor's Travel at fodors.com

Fodor's Choice selections recognize the top sights, properties, and experiences that Fodor's editors and updaters have found in their travels. According to Fodor's, a longtime respected resource for travelers, these places are the "best of the best," providing a remarkable experience in their price range or category.

Top 10 U.S. Family Resort

In the Summer months, Smugglers' Notch Resort takes advantage of its Green Mountain location to focus on the outdoors. Summer day camps give children ages 3 through 17 the chance to mountain bike, hike, canoe, fish and rock climb. In specialty programs, older children can up their adrenaline by skateboarding and kayaking. Nature lovers can explore nearby beaver ponds and wetlands, while artsy kids can paint, create jewelry and make clay sculptures. Even children ages six weeks to three years can get in on the fun at TREASURES, a state-licensed child care facility.

But kids aren't the only ones having fun. With wildflower walks, golf outings and local wine tastings, parents will never grow restless. The entire family can cool off at water play pools equipped with sprays and slides. In Winter, Smugglers' offers instructional programs for kids in skiing and snowboarding, plus such homegrown fun as sledding and bonfires with hot cocoa.
  • Top 10 U.S. Family Resort -independenttraveler.com
  • "The granddaddy of all family resorts" MSNBC.com
  • #1 Family Resort in the U.S. -independenttraveler.com
  • “... it is the employees at Smugglers’ — the people — who put the family in the atmosphere.” — The New York Times
  • “Smugglers’ Notch children’s programs have become the standard by which others are measured.” — Yankee Magazine
  • “Everything is self-contained... you park your car... and forget about it.” — Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Magazine
  • "One of the best and most complete children's programs anywhere..." — Boston Globe
  • "An affordable, fun family summer resort." — American Baby Magazine
  • "...the perfect family resort." — Ladies Home Journal
  • “Top 10 Summer Family Resorts in the U.S.!” — Parents Magazine
  • “...you’ll be able to socialize with a lot of other families with kids of similar ages and interests.” — McCall’s Magazine
  • Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award — Vermont Chamber of Commerce
  • RCI Gold Crown Resort — Resort Condominium International 11 time winner of the highest rating awarded worldwide!
  • "Perhaps the most beautiful corner of Vermont." — The New York Times
  • "... happy kids are Smugglers' claim to fame... Great family moments are guaranteed." — The Tampa Tribune
  • "If you're looking for a vacation resort with an emphasis on family programs, top spots include Smugglers' Notch..." — Newsweek
  • "A neighborhood of your dreams." — Yankee Magazine
  • "... is very cool for family summer fun..." — The Philadelphia Inquirer
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