Vermont’s Smugglers’ Notch Resort is one our favorite four season family getaway destinations with a wide range of on site lodging options, pools, restaurants and many opportunities to explore Vermont’s Green Mountains. This is one resort where there really is something for everyone from the youngest kids to teens and tweens to mom and dad looking for a little adult time.
Year round, including summer, the resort offers a range of age appropriate kids camps and programs. Summer options feature a number of special interest camps for teens and tweens including:
- A 2-day/2-night hiking exploration on Vermont’s Long Trail which runs across the spines of the resort’s Sterling and Madonna Mountains. The 4,000 foot elevations provide quite a view! Nights are spent in wooden shelters on the trail.
- A 4-day Survival Camp for 12-17 years olds which adds two days of wilderness survival training to the 2 day hiking and camping experience. Some of the skills learned include plant and animal identification and tracking, as well as Native American stories and journaling. See this Smugglers Notch Survival Camp video for more info.
- A Treetop Obstacle Course with over 50 elements brings aerial trekking to the resort’s Arbotrek adventure center. The whole family can do this activity together with two courses to choose from – the Apple Creek Course that serves ages 4 and up and the Back Forty Course for ages 8 and up. Enjoy wobbly bridges, balance beams, zip lines, rope swings, cargo nets, and more connecting tree platforms anchored 3 to 25 feet above the ground.
In addition to the existing treetop canopy zipline tour, ArborTrek is also launching a new climbing program that blends new belay technology with innovative climbing holds that make tree climbing easy and tree-friendly. In addition to tree climbs, climbers can challenge themselves on vertical challenge obstacles and a climbing wall that offers multiple routes ranging from easy to challenging.
Other specialty camps for teens and tweens include tennis and skateboard options. This is definitely one family resort where the teens and tweens will never get bored. Select the mix of age specific options and together times that work for your family and enjoy summer in Vermont.
Photo courtesy ArborTrek at Smugglers’ Notch