Family Ties expands. In keeping with Smugglers' mission of being the best resort for family fun anywhere, family activities are being expanded in the popular Family Ties programs. For many years a daily afternoon offering, Family Ties will encompass a full day of activities every day of the week this summer.
Families visiting Smugglers' will find a fun activity to enjoy together from 10 am to about 7 pm daily. Many of these activities are package inclusions, like an agility dog demo, sock puppet making, family nature walks, creature feature with a naturalist, giant lawn games, singalongs, and arts and crafts. Other activities with equipment needs, like family mountain biking and paddleboard clinics, are fee-based.
With the expanded Family Ties, Smugglers' is responding to feedback indicating that for today's families, sharing their vacation experiences together as a family is a priority. Family Ties is an opportunity for guests visiting the resort this summer to explore the natural environment, play, learn and create together.
New for Summer 2015, Bootleggers' Basin reservoir and recreation area will entice families with a swimming area, playing fields, tents, picnic tables and restrooms. Bootleggers' will serve as home base for Family Ties field games like kickball, soccer and volleyball and our new water sport, flyboarding, that uses a boot-mounted water jet pack enabling the wearer to leap and dive in flight above the water.
Mountain biking. Smugglers' is continuing to build the mountain biking programs launched last year. As with many of Smugglers' programs, the mountain biking experience is designed to support all ages and abilities in order to best serve the needs of family visitors. There are entry level and skill developing programs, as well as more advanced clinics. Last year Smugglers' developed trails on site and a pump track, a circular training area with entry level trail features built in, as well as a specialty camp for ages 9-17.
This year Smugglers' is expanding the training area into a mountainside park with additional features for learning adjacent to the pump track. Guests can also choose from a family bike clinic, a women's clinic and a pedal-free bike session for ages 3-6 (these small and lightweight bikes promote balance and coordination at an introductory level for this age group). And for more fun, a bike parade joins the weekly parade for campers before the afternoon Country Fair on Thursdays.
Activities. New health and wellness offerings include a meditation class that introduces techniques to encourage stress release. A yoga class focuses at a beginner level on poses to ease pain and stiffness for those age 50 and older. In addition to returning favorites like the wild edible and medicinal herb walk, an herbalist from Vermont's Horsetail Herbs has three new classes: the Cocoa-licious Facial with cocoa based ingredients; creating delicious beverage blends in Exotic Spices, Teas & Coffees; and Herbal Bath and Body Works, with take-home how-to's and in-class creation of bath salts, sugar scrub, body wash and sunscreen.
Country Store adds a coffee bar. A new coffee bar in the resort's Country Store will serve espresso, cappuccino, lattes, chai tea, and mochas both hot and cold. A variety of fresh fruit smoothies, iced tea and lemonade will also be available. A variety of morning pastries and fresh baked goods prepared locally will include cinnamon buns, scones, biscotti, muffins, danishes, cookies and much more. Located in the village center, the coffee bar is convenient for guests looking for a tasty start to their morning or afternoon pick-me-up.