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Isn’t it time to vacation your way?

As a CLUB WYNDHAM® Plus owner, you can: e Choose the unit size that’s right for your vacation, from one to four bedrooms e Access new building inventory at Smugglers’ Notch e Increase the flexibility of your Smugglers’ float week to get you back in Prime Season e Travel the country without paying an exchange fee Visit us at the Village Center or call ext. 1253 today to learn more, including how you can enhance your float week to maximize your vacation time.

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Come see why we are Making Vermont Famous for wine

WINE TASTINGS TOURS AT 11:30 & 1:00 DAILY

FRENCH GOURMET EXPERIENCE Relax on our terrace and enjoy five types of cheese, specialty meat, fresh bread, fruit, chocolate, and a glass of wine. $19.95 per person. See guest services for reservations or contact the winery for groups of 7 or more. “Best Vermont Winery”

WATER & WINE Experience a guided canoe trip to the winery. Tour & Tastings. Contact Vermont Canoe & Kayak 644.8336

LOCATED ONLY 8 MILES FROM THE RESORT 64 Vermont Route 104, Cambridge, Vermont (intersection of Route 15 & 104) (802) 644-8151 • www.boydenvalley.com • Open Daily 10am - 5pm 4 • explore


We look forward to hosting your celebration at Boyden Farm!

WEDDINGS • CONCERTS • REUNIONS PICNICS • CORPORATE EVENTS

Located at the intersection of Routes 15 & 104 in Cambridge, Vermont. Contact us for availability.

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Meet Kelly, she’s a swinger. Our Giant Swing’s 100-foot arc sends you sailing over Notchville Park.

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10 ARTICLES

Summer Fun University

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Good old fashioned analog fun

Top Notch Pizzerias

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Mix It Up!

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Programs that pair two activities deliver unique experiences at Smugglers’

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Buy Local Two shops, two stories

Authentic Vermont

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Smugglers’ Autumn Walking Experience

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Chowtime Events

CONTENTS

Welcome

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Smugglers’ Notch A N t i q u e S 10,000 square feet of fine antique and custom furniture Serving the Smugglers’ Notch area for 23 years!

• Specialize in farm tables • Windsor chairs • Antique reclaimed wood tables • Custom Tiger Maple & Cherry • Custom paint finishes • Restoration of antiques • Wholesale to the trade

Cambridge Area Rotary

OPEN THURSDAY – SUNDAY, 10AM - 5PM

Sponsoring Winter Wellness at Smuggs, Food Shelf donations, Reading and Thesauruses at Cambridge Elementary School, and MORE.

DIRECTIONS: Route 108 N. Turn right out of Smugglers’ Notch Resort, 3 miles on the left.

Join our Thursday Meetings from 7am - 8am at 158 Main Restaurant in Jeffersonville.

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802.644.2100

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*If there’s a fifth Thursday of the month, we have an evening gathering, time & location TBD. Contact Anita at 802-793-0856


Capture the moment, cherish your family time!

Winter, Summer, or Fall, Smugglers’ Notch Vermont has everything you need for authentic family fun!

Call 1.877.705.5793 Where Family Fun is Guaranteed!

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Explore Smuggs Magazine summer/fall 2014 Creative Design & Layout: Priscilla Emerling Editor: Karen Boushie Copy Editor: Stacy Maynard Contributors: Mike Chait • Julianne Puckett Karen Boushie • Linda Blasch Justin Marsh Advertising: Steve Clokey 802-644-1119 • sclokey@smuggs.com Printing: The Offset House – Essex, VT Cover photo: Chris Diegel, chdiegelphoto.smugmug.com Smugglers’ Notch Resort 4323 Route 108 South • Smugglers’ Notch, VT 05464 802-644-8851 • 1-800-451-8752 • www.smuggs.com Printed on 10% post-consumer recycled paper. When you are finished reading your copy of Explore Smuggs magazine, please pass it along to a friend or dispose of it in an appropriate recycling container. ©2014 All rights reserved. Any reproduction of articles or other features of this magazine is prohibited without written permission of the publisher. America’s Family Resort is a service mark and Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont, Smuggs, FamilyFest, Snow Sport University and Summer Fun University are registered service marks of Smugglers’ Notch Resort.

Thank you to our partners:

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welcome HANK YOU FOR CHOOSING SMUGGLERS’ FOR YOUR FAMILY’S VACATION. I hope that Explore Smuggs will be your guide to memorable recreation, shopping, and dining selections during your stay.

If you are unfamiliar with our Summer Fun University children’s programs, please take a look at Mike Chait’s story on the “analog fun” kids can have in these programs that have enjoyed wide acclaim. “Analog fun” refers to beloved traditional camp activities — time outside in the great outdoors, pool and waterslide outings, and group games that create new connections and friendships. But beyond the tried and true, we inject new excitement by refreshing the programs and activities seasonally based on kids’ interests. Two new specialty camps in mountain biking and disc golf expand camp choices for ages 9-17. Many of our Summer guests enjoy exploring the local area while visiting Smugglers’. As you head out to explore, perhaps our story on Top Notch Pizzerias might steer you in the direction of a memorable lunch or dinner. A handy guide accompanying the article identifies what not to miss near each pizzeria. A friendly small town shopping experience is typically a highlight of Vermont vacations. The Farm Store and Quarry Hill Farm & Shop are nearby in Jeffersonville; Justin Marsh’s article Buy Local tells the success stories of these two small businesses. Do you have a wish list of things you’d like to do on vacation? Consider adding a combination program, with two activities! In Mix it up!, you’ll read about our Yoga Wike and Walk & Watercolor, two of our programs that deliver a bit of physical activity with a “learn-to” skill that is enriching and rewarding. Speaking of unique experiences, I challenge you to find a program that delivers more than our Autumn Walking Experience! Morning walking tours offer memorable views of our state’s renowned fall foliage, and the afternoon line-up of classes overflows with interesting options such as wild mushroom hunting, an organic farm tour and soup stop, and an introduction to herbal cordials, elixirs and bitters. Look for the article by Linda Blasch, one of our program directors, describing the experience. Yes, we’re hoping to entice you to return to Smugglers’ in the Fall! Enjoy the magazine, and feel free to pass it along. My best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful vacation filled with special moments.

Bill Stritzler Owner and managing director

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18-hole, challenging, mountainside course • gravel paths locally owned & operated • restaurant & bar • no tee times necessary

Rates: Monday - Thursday, greens fee plus cart for 2: $35/per person (+ tax) Friday - Sunday & Holidays, greens fee plus cart for 2: $40/per person (+ tax)

802.933.5100

Directions from Smugglers’: turn right out of Smugglers’ entrance on to Route 108 North. Stay on Route 108 through the town of Bakersfield. Go approximately 1.5 miles and bear right on the Boston Post Road. Travel .5 miles and the Clubhouse is on the right. Closest course to Smugglers’, approximately 30 minutes.

Photo by: Chris Nelson

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TOYS • Camping • Clothing • Footwear • Equipment Rentals • Pet & Garden supplies

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SUMMER FUN Good old

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I love my phone. Period. As a person who just recently (as in last year) got ‘plugged in’ to the cell phone world I thought I’d be the last person to ever say, “I love my phone.” But, alas, I do. It’s like a computer in my pocket. It’s my trail of breadcrumbs when I wander aimlessly in the woods. It’s my ultimate multi-tasking utility. When something exciting happens, there it is in my hand, ready to capture all on a little tiny microchip, forever archived on a computer somewhere or in some sort of cloud (although I’m still not quite sure what that is). At dinner, I pull my phone out and show everyone the cool things I experienced with my little electronic friend at my side. It’s not good.

UNIVERSITY

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by MIKE CHAIT


NEW CD! Available at 3 Mountain Outfitters & the Country Store

We offer the largest selection of Vermont specialty foods, crafts & gift ideas in the area! Visit us to see our complete line of maple products including maple syrup, maple cream and maple candy plus...

cob-smoked meats • honey cheddar & smoked cheese clothing • souvenirs “Rare is the CD that kids love, yet doesn’t drive Mom crazy after the first week of incessant play! I love that The Friendly Pirate’s songs engage the children’s imaginations with tracks that teach complex pirate codes and tell the stories of real (and sometimes noble!) pirates. Lullabies, dance tracks, rock and roll..... these CDs offer up something to make everyone happy and I truly hope RRtFP keeps the music coming!” — Liza Bowersox/Smuggs Homeowner

Visit our year-round on-site Sugar House and try the BEST maple creemees in Vermont! Open daily, 9am - 5pm • 3929 VT Rte 15, Jeffersonville, VT 05464 Located on Rte. 15 West between Jeffersonville & Cambridge.

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counterpart to success. Kids can come to Smugglers’ and simply be themselves. The comfortable atmosphere found at the resort gives children the opportunity to let their guard down a bit and just be kids—the old fashioned way. SFU offers fun to every age, from the three year olds in Discovery Dynamos up through the teenagers in the Mountain Explorers program. From coming face-to-face with exotic animals during Creature Feature to jumping off a platform high up in the trees on the high ropes course, kids get opportunities they might not experience back home.

With the onset of summer, all this digital connectivity makes me miss the days of my childhood, when summer consisted of waking up and doing activities that involved actual physical movement, telling jokes with friends, and sharing scary stories. Coming from the city originally, this type of fun was rare for me. Limited to exploring nature during summers mostly, I found I could have fun on a different level than the rest of the year when such opportunities were not available to me. It was a true adventure to leave the confines of the city (as I often did through programs set up by our local park district) and head to a place where stars were visible and insects, not cars, made noise. Looking at the activities our campers participate in at Summer Fun University (SFU), I see that their experience is not too different from those glory days of my childhood— the days of new experiences I was nervous to try, but loved and still love to reflect on. Smugglers’ campers are exploring, sharing, and trying new things. They’re building friendships with kids from

thousands of miles away. They’re developing an appreciation for nature they will hold on to for eternity. Campers learn about independence through guided discovery and experiential facilitation led by energetic and passionate counselors. They learn that sometimes failure is okay, as it is an essential

Take Trail Blazers, for example. These four and five year olds explore miles of resort property and build strength and agility by trekking around the resort’s expansive campus loaded with mountain streams, wildflowers, and interesting wildlife. They develop communitybased social skills learning about teamwork at the low ropes course and sharing cameras to have an in-depth look at fish and frogs below a pond or creek’s surface.

A camper alum shares memories...

I will always remember the friends tha t I made during summer camp. People that I would have never met, growing up in Northern Virginia. Friends that I stil l have to this day! On one overnight hike (yes, they use to mak e us HIKE up to Sterling Pond and walk down the ski trails to the base lodge before we got to eat), it rained heavily before the hik e, and a really funny girl from Bermuda showed up to hike in a can ary yellow, waterproof fisherman’s suit and rain boots. Not wh at you would typically wear for an hour long hike up a mounta in! While we hiked, my friends from Toronto taught us all of their favorite Barenaked Ladies songs, and at the time, the band wasn’t well known outside of Canada. As a result, when the ban d became REALLY big in the States, for probably the one and only time in my life, I was ahead of the curve with respect to tre nds in new music! explore • 17


PAPER BAG MAGIC AT THE THEME PARADE Bumble Bees, Rattle Sn akes, Mermaids, and Pinatas! Pinatas? Th ese are some of the costumes made by Discovery & Trail Blazer kids and the ir counselors for the weekly Theme Pa rade. As the announcer for the parad e each week, I say it’s amazing what yo u can do with paper bags, paper plates , pipe cleaners, and macaroni! Can you guess the themes? They were Bugs , Wild West, Tropical, and Holidays! — Rockin’ Ron the Friendl y Pirate

Having the opportunity to meander through some of the nicest woods the Green Mountains have to offer, while learning about and interacting with nature along the way, is an invaluable experience. Campers of all ages get the chance to see these ancient hills in ways they never would otherwise; from searching out the different pieces of evidence left behind from the dino era, to exploring the cliffs and caves of some of the oldest mountains in the world. Summer Fun University delivers an educational experience through unique activities and fun games. For example, with the Adventure Rangers, we play a great game called “Walk on Sticks.” A simple name for a simple game—it touches upon the urge kids have to walk along the curb, or along the painted lines in a parking lot. “Walk on Sticks” helps take kids’ minds off the fact that a trail may be muddy and provides a fun goal - to only walk on pieces of wood on the ground. The game provides an opportunity to educate kids about why it’s important to stay on the hiking path: to avoid crushing vegetation along the sides and potentially causing erosion to the mountainside. The game works on balance and muscle memory, and serves as a great introduction to some of our other movement-based activities (such as slack lining) and to some of our low ropes elements. Simply put, “Walk on Sticks” takes almost no time to explain, absolutely no time to set up, is fun, and can be abandoned when the mud turns back into dry land. Try it. It is surprisingly fun. 18 • explore

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Tours, Lessons, Repairs, Sales & Service

Fun & Adventure for Family & Friends!

We Go When You Do!

Local River Tours Paddle down one of our many scenic river trips in the heart of the beautiful Green Mountains while surrounded by forests, pastures and dairy farms. Our tours offered daily are customized to your schedule, time allotment, paddle style, and water level. They can vary from 1-8 hours or even a two-day overnight. Our Classic Tours and Specialty Tours can be self guided or guide. They are on easy class I quick water (steady moving flat water) with no portages or rapids. Bert’s Boats has a big selection of Specialty Tours including favorites such as: The Boyden Valley Winery Tour, Sunset Tour, Ice Cream Tour, Peterson Gorge Tour, and even a Two-Day Overnight. Bert’s Boats also customizes Large Group Tours for your special group of friends, family, or event. If you can dream it up we can do it. Bert’s Boats offers professional Repairs on all canoe and kayak styles and materials. Daily Rentals available for you to take where you want.

Contact us at 802-644-8189 / Call us 24/7 Email: tours@bertsboats.com Web: www.bertsboats.com River Outpost: @ 5399 Vt. Route 15

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Many of the resort’s guests return year after year – what about the kids who come to Smuggs on a regular basis? These lucky youngsters have the chance to be role models for other kids. They can be the leaders in the group, and oftentimes the other campers look up to them because they’re the seasoned veterans — the experts. They know all the ins and outs of the resort, where all the shortcuts are from place to place, and which games give out the best prizes at the Country Fair. They can tell the real story of Crazy Pete. Heck, some of them even know Crazy Pete personally (they took swim lessons at Notchville together). These kids grow up in the Summer Fun University programming, and eventually grow up to become the parents who raise their kids each summer in SFU. Yes, that does happen. When I look back at my fondest memories as a child and compare them to the opportunities the kids get here at Smugglers’, it makes me proud to be involved with a place like this. Smuggs is a place where fun is offered through positive, healthy activities. What better way for a child to learn to have an appreciation for all types of adventures than to participate in SFU? Whether it’s through the Nature and Hiking program, doing earth-friendly crafts alongside the Brewster River, playing team games in the woods, learning survival skills, or exploring some of our local swimming holes, kids get all the best Vermont has to offer through SFU, no cell phones required. Mike Chait is a supervisor in Smugglers’ Summer Fun University and Snow Sports University. If you’re on Instagram, you may have seen some of his photography this past winter on our new @smugglersnotchvt page.

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After a long day of hiking, biking, swimming and other outdoor adventures in the Vermont sunshine, the last thing anyone wants to contemplate is, “What’s for dinner?” During your stay at Smugglers’ Notch, it’s easy and convenient to answer the question simply — with everyone’s favorite: pizza. The Smuggs area has four uniquely different pizzerias that serve not only mouth-watering pizza but also other traditional Italian favorites. No matter which restaurant you choose, you’re guaranteed to find something cheesy and delicious that will please even the pickiest palate.

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Can’t-Miss Takeout: Angelina’s Pizzeria

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ou’ll be sure to notice – and remember – Angelina’s Pizzeria in large part because of its paint job: the little building at “the point” where Routes 15 and 104 intersect in Cambridge is painted with wide stripes of red, white and green, the colors of the Italian flag. And Italian specialties are what owner Paul Tamasi and his staff dish up daily.

You’ll find traditional fare like spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread, cold and hot subs served on fresh rolls baked daily (try the famous “Steak Bomb”) and hearth-baked pizzas. Angelina’s Pizzas are made with homemade dough and sauce. Tamasi calls the pizzas “Bostonstyle” – not as thin as New York-style yet not as thick as Chicago deep-dish. But the must-try menu item is the deep-fried calzone, made to order with your choice of pizza ingredients and quickly deepfried for a crisp-yet-chewy, cheesy riff on the traditional baked calzone. Although it has a few tables inside and some picnic-table seating outside, Angelina’s primarily does a brisk takeout business – and has been doing so for nearly 30 years, based on repeat customers’ love of its family-recipe favorites.

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hile Chef John Foley originally put down roots in Jeffersonville with his upscale restaurant 158 Main, it didn’t take long for him to convert the large second floor of the building into a pizzeria – just like the ones he frequented while growing up in New Jersey. “Italian food is my comfort food,” says Foley. “I’m proud to create authentic Italian food.” He is also proud to be part of the Vermont Fresh Network and strives to use locally sourced ingredients as much as possible, especially during the summer months. “We use fresh ingredients and make all our food daily – nothing is ever frozen,” he says. Pizza is the star of the menu at Jeffersonville Pizza Department (or JPD, as it is more commonly known). Local favorites include the BBQ chicken pizza with tangy sauce, red onion and sharp cheddar cheese and the JPD Works, piled with pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, onions and mushrooms. You can’t order by the slice at JPD, but it is the only pizzeria in the area serving an 18-inch pie. In addition to pizza, JPD serves wings, salads, hot and cold subs, calzones, strombolis and traditional pasta dinners like baked ziti and chicken parmesan over linguini, served with salad and garlic bread. Beer and wine are available for dine-in service, and there is limited cafe-style outdoor seating for those who enjoy dining al fresco.

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One-Stop Shop: Riga-Bello’s

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ocated right in the heart of Smugglers’ Notch Resort, there may be no more convenient choice than Riga-Bello’s when you’re looking for a bite to eat. The atmosphere at Riga-Bello’s is family-friendly with easy counter-style service and ample seating. But it’s the hand-tossed, thincrust, New York-style pizza that will keep you coming back, whether you’re after a quick slice or a whole pie. The meat-and-veggie Mount Mansfield is a favorite among visitors, but be sure to consider the white garlic pizza, the Buffalo chicken pizza or the all-veggie Doc Dempsey, loaded with fresh vegetables sourced from nearby organic farms.

Additionally, Riga-Bello’s is co-located with a Ben and Jerry’s Scoop Shop, as well as Bootlegger’s Lounge, which offers a full bar, seasonal Vermont beer on tap and nightly entertainment like karaoke, trivia and acoustic music performances. The central, integrated location offers resort visitors a real taste of Vermont. Says owner Dan Keough, “You can enjoy a Vermont-brewed beer and a pizza made with Vermont produce, then top it off with Vermont-made ice cream.”


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Known for his celebrity pizzas, Paul Tamasi of Angelina’s created this one for former Red Sox pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee’s recent visit to Jeffersonville The Jeffersonville Pizza Department is located in the upper level of a historic storefront at 158 Main Street in Jeffersonville RigaBello’s central location at Smugglers’ offers a convenient dine-in or take-out experience Mmmmn — Jeffersonville Pizza Department’s White Pesto Pizza Hungry yet? A fully loaded Downtown Pizza from — where else — Johnson’s Downtown Pizzeria & Pub explore • 27


A Night on the (Down) Town: Downtown Pizzeria & Pub

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owntown Pizzeria & Pub in Johnson may be the new kid on the block, having only opened in early 2014, but its proprietors are no strangers to either the restaurant business or Italian food. Owners Allison Tafuri and Chris Ferguson grew up in Italian families and, after nearly two decades of working in other restaurants in the area, are now sharing not only their love of Italian food but also their family recipes at Downtown Pizzeria & Pub.

A full-service eatery, Downtown Pizzeria and Pub’s goal is to offer quality homemade food while retaining familyfriendly value. “Everything is made from scratch,” says Ferguson, including the most popular item on the menu, the hand-breaded fried mozzarella. The menu is also stacked with other Italian favorites, such as homemade meatballs, chicken parmesan and, of course, pizza, New York-style. And with the pizzeria’s open kitchen, diners can watch their custom pizzas being made. Don’t forget that, as its name indicates, Downtown Pizzeria is also a pub, offering an evening’s worth of entertainment: a full bar with seating and more than 10 kinds of beer on tap, a pool table, darts, and, after 10pm, live solo acoustic music, as well as Saturday night karaoke, which has become wildly popular with the locals (lookout, American Idol!). Whether you stroll through the resort to dine at RigaBello’s, opt for takeout from Angelina’s or spend an evening in town at either Jeffersonville Pizza Department or Downtown Pizzeria & Pub, you’ll enjoy fresh pizza, authentic Italian favorites and a slice of local Vermont flavor. Julianne Puckett is a Vermont-based writer, designer and food blogger. She blogs about food – growing it, cooking it, preserving it and eating it – at www.yankeekitchenninja.com.

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ANGELINA’S PIZZA Intersection of Routes 15 and 104, Cambridge 802-644-2011 Approx. 7.5 mi from resort JEFFERSONVILLE PIZZA DEPARTMENT 158 Main Street, Jeffersonville 802-644-5550 Approx. 5 mi from resort RIGA-BELLO’S PIZZERIA Smugglers’ Notch Resort 802-644-1142 DOWNTOWN PIZZERIA & PUB 21 Lower Main Street, Johnson 802-635-7626 Approx. 14 mi from resort


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Programs that pair two activities deliver unique experiences at Smugglers’

There are about 15 of us walking along a mountain trail, yet all I can hear are leaves rustling in the breeze and birds chirping. We’re practicing silent meditation while on the Smugglers’ Yoga Wike, a two and a half hour outing that combines a moderate hike (known as a wike, in Smuggs lingo) with an outdoor yoga practice that delivers sweeping mountain and valley views.

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Pairing a yoga experience with a hike offers a combination of activities that is attractive to anyone seeking to add or maintain fitness while on vacation. For avid practitioners of either activity, there are cross training benefits as yoga helps hikers become more limber, and hiking assists yogis with developing greater lung capacity and overall fitness. by KAREN BOUSHIE explore • 35


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t Smugglers’, a number of programs like the Yoga Wike mix a little of this and a little of that to provide participants with a unique and memorable experience. These programs offer a relaxed “learning by doing” introduction to activities that just might become lifelong hobbies. Back on the Yoga Wike, when guide Lizabeth Maris first mentioned the silent meditation, I’m pretty sure there were a few bemused expressions on people’s faces (including my own), but the chatty group that started up the trail has definitely settled into quiet strolling. The silent meditation begins when the walkers reach the wildlife habitat corridor just above the West Hill community. As Maris explains, the meditation is a way to enjoy being out in nature, increase attentiveness to the natural world, and be respectful of animal habitat. I find it incredibly relaxing just to walk and take in the scenery – with my brain unengaged by chatter, focusing solely

on observation leads to increased appreciation for all that is around me. The Yoga Wike meets at the Gazebo on the Village Green on Wednesday mornings, where Maris welcomes everyone and then leads participants in a series of gentle stretching movements. After stretching, the group heads up the mountain toward Rumrunners’ Hideaway, where the deck overlooking the mountainside reservoir becomes their outdoor yoga studio. During the walk, Maris encourages everyone to move at a pace comfortable to them, and the group naturally spreads out along the trail. After reaching Rumrunners’, we each find a spot on the deck. Maris talks through the poses, gently encouraging everyone to participate at a level comfortable to them. The backdrop of trees and expanse of mountain and valley views bring new meaning to “tree” and “mountain” yoga poses.

“My favorite thing is to consistently see the smiles all over the guests’ faces when we finish the practice,” Maris shares. “I have done this wike with an 82 year old guest, who went at her own pace and was so happy with herself to have done it … and also with pre-teens practicing with their families. Sometimes people are so taken with the beauty and calm of the surroundings and their relaxation after yoga that they stay and meditate by the water, or plan to meet friends or family there later.”

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Walking down to the Smugglers’ village, there’s plenty of chatter, with participants both invigorated and relaxed by their outing. “There’s a sense of renewal and energy from practicing in one of the most beautiful spots in Vermont,” says Maris, who has worked at the Smugglers’ massage center for 11 years, and has guided the Yoga Wike for 6 years. Karen Winslow, who leads Smugglers’ Walk & Watercolor program, would


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agree on the benefits of connecting with nature. “In our fast paced world, it is good to sometimes unplug and get back to nature,” she remarks. “My classes are a “Stop and smell - well, paint or draw the roses chance to do just that.” Winslow has been teaching a variety of art classes at Smugglers’ since 1997. Many of these were plein air, or outdoor, landscape painting in oils, but the equipment was heavy and a bit less portable than watercolor, and oils took longer to dry, which meant students would be traveling with a wet painting. Why Walk & Watercolor? Winslow replies, “I am a multi-tasking person. I’m a mom of 5 (and now, a grandmom of 8) and that means multitasking for sure. The Walk & Watercolor allows us to explore some of the walking trails around the resort village, get a little exercise, and observe, appreciate, and record the beauty of nature.” Winslow’s Sunset Landscape Painting, Drawing on Nature and new Sketch & Go classes follow this same format, with each involving a walk of about a mile. “Most of my walks go from the Artists in the Mountains building at Morse Highlands across Morse Mountain, where we can look down the valley to get a long view. That view also allows me to explain atmospheric perspective,” she notes. “Other trails, such as the nature trails behind the Tennis Center, offer more intimate views with little waterfalls, ponds, and shafts of light and dappled sunlight highlighting trees or flowers.” Winslow teaches participants to make observations, or how to see with an artist’s eye. “Learning to look at a complicated scene and simplify it so that it can be read as a realistic illusion of light, form, and space takes thought and problem solving, and most people find that relaxing and fun,” she says. Last summer a trio of young high school age women, who had grown up together on family getaways at Smugglers’, signed up separately for one of Winslow’s classes. None knew that the others were interested in art. It’s one of her favorite memories: “They all had such a good time they signed up for a second class, along with the mom of one of the girls!” She adds, “I enjoy seeing parents and children take the class together. They often discover it is something they can continue to share.” Winslow paints alongside her students, demonstrating and explaining as she goes. She says, “Each guest translates what they see and creates their own unique picture.” And as the class wraps up? “They are often surprised and delighted with their results.” While a “Walk & Watercolor” painting becomes a prized souvenir of the student’s Smugglers’ vacation, all the combination classes deliver something equally special: unique memories. So tap into creativity, find a new source for inspiration, or look at physical activity in a new way. Mix it up! Karen Boushie is the public relations director at Smugglers’.

Yoga Wike led by Lizabeth Maris, Wednesdays, 8:00 am – 10:30 am. Maris has studied and practiced yoga, meditation and bodywork with internationally known teachers in the United States, India, Thailand and Nepal. She loves to share her knowledge and practice with guests at Smugglers’. Maris is excited to be leading a yoga retreat to India in Winter 2015. Walk & Watercolor led by Karen Winslow, Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm. Winslow began studying oil painting in 1973 at the Art Students League of New York and in landscape painting workshops in Vermont. In 1979, she moved to Vermont and with her husband Jack, also a painter, established the Winslow Art Studio. Although they paint a broad range of subject matter, the Winslows’ paintings are really about light and movement, and all of their paintings are from life (not photographs). Winslow’s paintings are on display at the Visions of Vermont gallery in Jeffersonville. MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO MIX IT UP Stretch & Go – A popular option for those wanting to maintain fitness levels while on vacation, Stretch & Go is available Monday through Friday with multiple sessions providing guided stretching paired with a high intensity aerobic walk or a walk at a more relaxed pace. Water & Wine – Travel down the Lamoille River by canoe or kayak with a guide at select times Wednesday through Sunday and learn how the waterways were used by early settlers and how the landscape continues to shape Vermont. Finish at the Boyden Winery’s restored carriage barn, where you’ll enjoy a wine tasting of Boyden’s award-winning wines paired with local Vermont cheeses. Please see the Resort Information Guide for details.

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Offering local produce seasonally and year-round organic fresh options. Fresh bread, Vermont cheese, local meats. Gluten free groceries, body care and supplements.

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The Quarry Hill wagon, a local landmark, painted by artist Tara Goreau

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Telling the story of a small town business incorporates themes of hard work, passion, and community and family involvement. That’s certainly the story of two Jeffersonville businesses that showcase fresh local foods and other products in a unique, visitorfriendly experience. Years of commitment are starting to pay off as both Jennifer Bishop of The Farm Store and AnnMarie Gillilan of Quarry Hill Farm prepare for a busy summer of growth.

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LAURIE CARTWRIGHT AND JENNIFER BISHOP OF THE FARM STORE.

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Jennifer Bishop knows good food. Since the mid-1990s she has devoted much of her life to the culinary world, building the knowledge, resources, and connections that led to the creation and success of The Farm Store. Bishop’s history in the culinary and agriculture world began after graduating with a degree in Culinary Sciences from Newbury College in Brookline, Massachusetts. Bishop then moved to the White Mountains of New Hampshire to work as a family’s estate caretaker for four years. This job included such tasks as gardening and catering. “That’s when I started having a more direct line into sourcing foods,” Bishop said, explaining the farm-totable approach of the meals she would construct for the family. Bishop and her husband Noel moved to Fletcher, Vermont in 2001 and a couple of years later she started The Buying Club. Her customers in the Club would order through Bishop, and pick up their orders at Waiora Valley Farm between Jeffersonville and Johnson. She remembers, “Customers started inquiring about [Waiora’s]

meats and wanting to purchase those. And I thought, ‘what if I ordered from Butterworks [Farm]? Would people buy from me?’ That is how by July 2010, the Buying Club slowly developed into The Farm Store at Waiora Valley Farm. With all the contacts from wholesalers and farmers through the Buying Club, Bishop had everything she needed to make a smaller version of what has now become The Farm Store: a farm stand meets natural food store. All of her items are hand-selected to keep people shopping and consuming locally. Bishop sometimes doubles as a customer’s private buyer. “If people have allergies, I like to search and find items to match their diets,” she explains. For local customers, The Farm Store is saving them the time and gas of driving to Essex or South Burlington, easily over an hour round-trip. Bishop points out, “Why spend 30 minutes in the car to get food that you can get in your hometown?” The Farm Store is a place to see a smiling face and pick up some organic and natural foods, otherwise not available within a 20-mile radius.

The Farm Store recently moved to a new location, in the center of the Jeffersonville, at 143 Main Street. The new location, years ago a general store, provides three to four times the space and allows for expanded features like prepared foods for take-out, workshops, guest speakers and demonstrations, and specialty items or foods brought in as specials for a limited time. “I have people come in at lunch time who just need something fast to grab and eat that isn’t Doritos,” Bishop explains. She also hopes to bring in a local herbalist for one or two hours each week for customers to use as a resource for questions or assistance. Just a mile west from Main Street on Vermont Route 15 is the ever-expanding Quarry Hill Farm. AnnMarie Gillilan and her husband, Kenny, have created the ultimate 21st century family farm. Between the two of them they are a 5thgeneration farmer/maple sugar maker team. And in addition to the farm and sugarhouse, as the name indicates, there is also a quarry. The quarry is famous for “Jeffersonville Stone” – a stone specially extracted from the hill behind their farm that is unique to this area.

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THE FARM STORE 143 Main Street Jeffersonville

Offering a variety of fresh organic produce and natural foods, cleaning and personal products and more. Open Monday – Saturday, closed Sunday; for store hours please visit thefarmstorevt.com or facebook.com/ thefarmstorevt.

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Conveniently loCated only 10 minutes from Smugglers’ notch Resort. We are a family owned and operated horseback riding facility that has been in business for over 25 years. We are the only horseback riding facility open 7 days a week all year long, with something for everyone. our stables are nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains. Your trail ride will take you through our hardwood forests, cross into a grove of blue Spruce overlooking sloping fields. The views of Smugglers’ Notch remind you of the primitive beauty that is Vermont. We can accommodate all levels of riding ability – from the first time rider, to the family ride, to a faster paced private ride. We can custom fit a tour for you and your family. We offer ½, 1, 2, and 3 hour rides.

Our family and experienced staff are looking forward to making your horseback ride a memorable experience!

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QUARRY HILL FARM 4405 Vermont Route 15 Jeffersonville

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“It’s truly a family business,” explains Gillilan, while multi-tasking between running her country gift shop and talking about their business. Their three sons help out at the farm daily, and each has their own particular expertise. “Keegan, who is 14, is the milker. He milks all of the cows,” Gillilan says, smiling. “13-year-old Kayden helps in the quarry. He runs the equipment – he’s better than a lot of the grown men are with the equipment! And our 11-year-old, Kaleb, is our tour guide. He does the sugarhouse and farm tours.” Touring their farm is just one of the highlights upon visiting Quarry Hill. The sugarhouse is set up year round to easily simulate the process visually for visitors even outside of the spring maple sugaring weather. The barn, which just opened within the last year, is a story within itself. “Kenny’s grandfather owned the barn that was there originally,” Gillilan explains. It had been constructed with Dutch Elmdiseased lumber and in 2006 caved in after nearly 200 years of serving as a barn. True to their pride and adoration for their history and their land, the

Gillilans rebuilt the barn. “It took us 10 years to gather all of the wood from the trees in our woods and make the lumber. It’s all post and beam,” says Gillilan. Currently calves, donkeys, horses, chickens, ducks, and one bunny call Quarry Hill home, all creating an ideal Vermont petting zoo experience. The barn will get a fresh coat of red paint and idyllic cupolas will be placed on the slate rooftop in the coming months while their country store will move into a new, larger space inside the barn. Gillilan stocks her shelves with art, crafts, and gifts all from within a 10mile radius from their farm. They fill their refrigerator with organic grass-fed beef and pork from pasture-fed pigs from a neighboring farm. They also sell their own “raw” milk (milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized) in glass containers. And of course – their award-winning organic maple syrup can be found in their country store too. Making a certified organic maple syrup includes strict regulations and guidelines that the family must follow in their production process. For example, their

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Country store offers pottery, quilts, folk art, jewelry, photography, maple products and more. Shop open daily; please visit quarryhillfarmmaple.com or facebook.com/QuarryHillFarms for information. Quarry Hill Farm is also on Twitter: @QHFarm On Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm from mid-June to early autumn, Quarry Hill hosts a farmers’ market on the green by their barn. Valley Dream Farm of Cambridge will be there each week to sell fresh produce and flowers.

forestry plan was constructed with sustainability at the forefront, and they use an organic certified agent in the boiling process. Each facet of the Gillilans’ Quarry Hill Farm and Bishop’s Farm Store showcases their respective commitment to keeping Vermont farms thriving and the local economy buzzing. Justin Marsh is the President of Cambridge Artists & Entrepreneurs (www.CambridgeVT.com), a group committed to strengthening the economic muscle in the Smugglers’ Notch Area. He grew up on his family’s farm and sugarhouse and has a strong dedication to agriculture-related commerce.


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Smugglers’ Autumn Walking Experience

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magine yourself on a fall foliage tour where you can photograph a scenic rural farm, then meet the owners and enjoy a meal together made with food they have grown. Where you can walk beneath the colorful trees and hear the crunch of the leaves underfoot. Where you can pull a ripe, sunwarmed apple from a tree and taste the sweet juiciness. Thousands of visitors come to Vermont in autumn to drive the scenic roads and photograph the trees and hillsides in their display of brilliant color, but you can’t get immersive experiences from the seat of your car. That’s why Smugglers’ developed the Vermont Autumn Walking Experience, a multifaceted vacation that will have you tasting, listening, touching, smelling, and seeing the northern part of Vermont in new ways during the most spectacular time of year. One of the program’s destinations is Knee Deep Farm, a 14 acre certified organic farm that produces vegetables, herbs, garlic and flowers just over a mile down the road from Smugglers’. From the farmhouse at the top of the hill, Morse, Madonna and Sterling mountains and Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, frame the land. Owners Shane and Eliza Steffens and their 2 year old daughter, Quinn, greet visitors before beginning the walking tour of their farm. In the fall, their greenhouses burst with ripe tomatoes, and fields yield kale, brussel sprouts, potatoes, broccoli, peppers, beets, onions, squash and more. “The farm tour is packed with information about organic vegetable farming, rotating crops, and growing in greenhouses … as well as offering a little peek into the life of a family living in Vermont,” says Smugglers’ walking tour guide Martha Gamble. At the end of the tour, guests enter a rustic barn and gather at a table with a basket of warm, fresh rolls at the center. The smell of butternut squash soup fills the air. Imagine bringing a spoonful of hearty soup up to your mouth as you look out the open barn doors and admire the fall foliage outlining the ski trails at Smugglers’. On another day, you might decide to exercise your creative side, and meet renowned local artist Karen Winslow for a “Walk & Watercolor” class. A relaxing stroll through the woods ends at a scenic spot where Karen teaches you to set up a “plein air” (outdoor) painting studio. With the leaves rustling in the wind and the sun peeking through the trees, you find yourself capturing the moment on paper using a variety of watercolor paints. In the afternoon, you may choose to meet Karen again for a “Drawing on Nature” class. Another stroll along wooded trails leads to a serene location. You’ll receive your own art journal, and under Karen’s guidance, bring your journal pages to life as you create images of leaves, trees and flowers using colored pencil, pastels and watercolor.

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Shane Steffens from Knee Deep Farm explains how garlic is dried and stored for future use.

A different adventure explores historic Enosburg Falls, the heart of Vermont’s dairy industry and selfproclaimed “Dairy Capital of the World.” The walk follows the Missisquoi Rail Trail, an old railroad bed that has been converted into a recreation path stretching from St. Albans to Richford. The trail winds through the agricultural landscape and the views are postcardperfect. The Missisquoi River meanders alongside the trail and majestic Jay Peak punctuates the fields of corn and hay. After a gentle two mile walk, a working dairy farm with goats, cows and chickens comes into sight. This is Boston Post Dairy, an award winning cheese-making facility and store. The owners, Robert and Gisele Gervais, have been farming with their 15 children since 1962 and bought Boston Post Dairy with four of their daughters in 2007. At the dairy, it’s decision time: should you try the goat cheese or the cow cheese? Maybe a little of both. “Seeing a milking and cheese making operation was great,” says guide Martha Gamble. “The tour offered us a chance to look at the cheese cellars and see the processing of cheese, which was really interesting. I learned something about cheese making every time we toured!” Smugglers’ guest Charles Ferrera recalled the visit to the Boston Post Dairy as his favorite part of the Vermont Autumn Walking Experience. “The cheese was great and the people seemed to really enjoy what they were doing,” Ferrera said. Ferrera, who is from Florida,

praises the program saying “I had never been to New England or Vermont before and this was a great way to experience the local countryside and people.” What else might you do on your Vermont Autumn Walking Experience vacation? In addition to guided foliage walking tours, “Nature photography, a tour of a winery, wild mushroom hunting and learning how to play pickleball,” responds Gamble. Smugglers’ walking tour guide Laird McDowell adds, “Another unique experience is walking on the famous Stowe Recreation Path,” with its beautiful views of the mountains, farm land, and quaint Stowe Village. A trip to pick apples at a local orchard, an evening walk through lantern lit woods, a massage class and a culinary class are part of the many activities offered. The Vermont Autumn Walking Experience gives everyone who enjoys the experience a connection to the land, people, communities, culture and food that are unique to this part of the state. This is authentic Vermont. Linda Blasch is a Program Coordinator in Smugglers’ Activities Department. On any given day she can be found walking, canoeing, hiking, swimming, running, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or downhill skiing. She lives in the Jeffersonville area with her husband Chad, 2 year old daughter Juniper, and their two dogs.

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TAKE OUT AVAILABLE — CALL EXT. 1247 Soups

Soup du Jour • French Onion Crock • New England Clam Chowder Smugglers’ Mountain Chili Cup

Side Salads

House Side Salad • Caesar Side Salad • Caprese Salad

Appetizers

Buffalo Chicken Wings • Maple Ale Glazed Chicken Wings Garden Hummus Plate • Calamari • Garlic Cheese Toast Smugglers’ Nachos (also available with chili and/or guacamole) House Mussels • Sirracha Shrimp Cocktail

Quesadillas Add a side salad for a great combo!

Pasta Lemon Garlic Linguini (also available with shrimp or chicken) Pesto Primavera • Black Tie Chicken & Pasta Vermont Bacon Macaroni & Cheese (also available with no bacon)

Buffalo • Veggie • Cheese

Grilled Flatbreads Add a side salad for a great combo!

Goat Cheese Flatbread caramelized onions, portabella mushrooms, VT goat cheese, tomato sauce

Vermonter Flatbread apple chutney, bacon, spinach, VT Cheddar, cheese blend & honey mustard

Caprese Flatbread pesto, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil &

SERVING BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER Daily, 8am - 9pm • Extension 1247 Located in Smugglers’ Village Center

balsamic drizzle

Entrée Salads Dressings: Ranch, Caesar, House Chipotle Ranch, Bleu Cheese, Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette, Maple BBQ Ranch and House Maple Poppy

Highlands Caesar Salad (also available with chicken or shrimp) Sycamore Salad • Scallop and Walnut Apple Salad Farm Stand Spinach Salad • Chopped Cobb Salad BBQ Chicken Fiesta Salad

Sandwiches All sandwiches, wraps and burgers are served with a pickle and

Seafood

Fish & Chips Platter • Roasted Salmon with Orange Honey Butter House Mussels over Linguini • Seafood Platter

House Favorite Entrées (dinner only)

Rib Eye Steak with VT Blue Cheese Butter • Cajun NY Strip Steak Bourbon BBQ Sirloin Steak Tips • Mountain Chili Platter Chicken Tender Platter • Spicy Peach Chicken Thai-Style Stir Fry (with chicken, shrimp or Vermont tofu) Smuggs-Style BBQ Ribs (8 or 4 rib portions) Side Options: cheddar mash, wild rice pilaf, house seasoned platter fries, hand-cut fries, curly fries (gluten-free option available), carrots & celery, house coleslaw or housemade maple baked beans.

Housemade Desserts

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Wrap • Chipotle Chicken Pulled Pork • French Dip • New England Lobster Roll

Fresh Apple Tart • Vermont Maple Cheesecake Hershey’s Chocolate Mousse Cake • Seasonal Crème Brûlée Hershey’s Chocolate Cupcake Sundae Cinnamon Bun Bread Pudding

Sandwiches (lunch only)

Kids’ Menu

your choice of hand-cut fries, house seasoned platter fries, carrots & celery, house coleslaw, curly fries (gluten-free option available) or housemade maple baked beans.

Veggie Wrap • Spicy Turkey Club Wrap

House Burgers

Our 100% beef burger patties are housemade and served on a gourmet roll

House Burger • House Cheeseburger • Pub Burger Firecracker Burger • Morse Mountain Burger Vermont Boyden Farm Sustain-a-Burger Your choice of cheese includes: Swiss, Cabot cheddar, American, Cabot pepper jack, or blue cheese crumbles.

Penne Pasta with marinara sauce or butter Combo Basket - chicken tender & mozzarella sticks Chicken Tenders • Grilled Cheese • Breaded Fish Filet Housemade Cheddar Mac & Cheese • Cheese Pizza Pepperoni Pizza • Hamburger • Cheeseburger • Hot Dog

Join us for breakfast - offering a full selection à la carte menu daily.

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he MORSE MOUNTAIN GRILLE in the Resort Village has it all: breakfast, lunch, cocktails, and dinner. Breakfast mountainside is a morning favorite with bountiful selections of pancakes, signature French toast, meats, baked goods, fruit and omelets. You’ll also find quick selections to pick up and take with you like the generously sized and delicious homemade maple cinnamon roll. Families will enjoy the Friendly Pirate dinner on Wednesdays and breakfast on Fridays. Marko the Magician performs tableside magic during dinners on Tuesday evenings. Lunch includes appetizers and a wide selection of sandwiches, soups, entrée salads, specialty grilled pizzas and burgers.   In the afternoon, relax in the Pub with a beverage and munchies. Enjoy a family-pleasing dinner menu until 9:00 pm. Be sure to check out the selection of wines by the glass, the Little Smuggs Fun Menu for children and the great dessert selection. If you don’t have room for a slice of the Vermont Maple Cheesecake after you eat your dinner, take a piece back to your condominium for a treat later - you’ll be glad you did!  Extension 1247.

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ou can’t come to Vermont without eating Ben & Jerry’s ice cream! The BEN & JERRY’S SCOOP SHOP at Smuggs is located in the Village Lodge and is open daily from noon until 10:00 pm. Tempt your taste buds with a selection of ice cream flavors, sorbets, and low fat frozen yogurt in cones, sundaes or shakes. More than 15 unique and fun flavors to choose from…try a different flavor each day of your stay! Extension 1303.

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IGA-BELLO’S, a taste of Italy in northern Vermont! Pizzas with traditional toppings as well as combinations unique to Smugglers’ … try the Doc Dempsey topped with green peppers, mushrooms, red onions, broccoli, black olives and sliced tomatoes. Also serving calzones, pasta, meatball subs, salads and more. Open daily for evening dinein or take-out 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Join the Friendly Pirate and Resort mascots Billy Bob Bear and Mogul Mouse for a pizza party on Friday evenings. Extension 1142.

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njoy lunch or an afternoon snack at the GREEN MOUNTAIN DELI. Featuring freshly made sandwiches, salads, vegetarian options, and specials daily. Cookies, muffins, and other tasty treats are also available to satisfy the sweet tooth. The Green Mountain Deli is located in the Village Lodge and is open daily from 11:00 am until 4:30 pm.

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It tastes as good as it looks. The Hearth & Candle’s bacon & egg salad features frisee, house bacon, garlic aioli, citrus gastrique, and tomato.


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he HEARTH & CANDLE serves dinner nightly in a cozy setting right in the heart of Smugglers’ Village with an innovative menu featuring a selection of beef, poultry, and fish, and local and organic products. Reviewers from website Bite of the Best note, “The Hearth & Candle is a lovely restaurant with an exciting, delectable menu as well as a charming and knowledgeable staff.” An extensive list of desserts satisfies the most discerning sweet tooth with selections including chocolate confections, cheesecake, or Vermont apple crisp. Separate dining rooms for family friendly and adults only dining. Children’s menu available. Open for dinner nightly from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Extension 1260.

If a Montreal bagel and a New York bagel had a baby, it would be a Mtn Seasons Woodfired Bagel. So good you might just swoon. Available at Smugglers’ Monday farmers’ market.

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ocated just across from Smugglers’ Notch Village entrance, STELLA NOTTÉ is just a walk or quick drive away. Offering a full service dining room upstairs and a bar/lounge downstairs, Stella has options for a family to frequent several times during their stay. Stella Notté’s mountain view dining room features family friendly Italian cuisine incorporating local Vermont produce, dairy, and meats. The restaurant is chef owned and operated, offering great pasta, risotto, meat, and seafood selections with friendly, knowledgeable servers. Stella’s extensive menu of classic dishes and daily specials give options to please everyone! In Stella’s Lounge you will find locals and vacationers alike enjoying New York-style pizza, awesome wings and other freshly prepared bar fare paired with a vast selection of Vermont microbrews and wines. The lounge offers a projection screen television for all sporting events viewing as well as pool and arcade games. Reservations encouraged in the dining room. Take out available. (802) 644-8884.

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own Route 108 from Smugglers’, the BREWSTER RIVER PUB & BREWERY offers hearty pubstyle fare in a casual atmosphere perfect for hanging out after a summer day filled with fun activities. A section of the menu entitled “Smaller Appetites”

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caters to munchers young and old with items like sliders, grilled cheese, chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, and more. Appetizers include traditional favorites such as chicken wings, nachos, potato skins, and more unique flavors such as Andouille corn dogs. There are a variety of burgers and sandwiches, all served with a side of hand-cut fries. Entrées include beef, seafood and barbecue selections. Soups and salads with homemade dressings complete the menu. Enjoy a wide selection of local beers, in addition to the pub’s own craft beers. Nightly chalkboard specials and live music. (802) 644-6366.

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Open daily, 4 pm - 10 pm

Extension 1142  Dine-In or Take-Out

Located in the Village Lodge

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Calzones

Specialty Pizza

CHEESY BREADSTICKS

Fresh dough is filled and baked with our special blend of ricotta and shredded mozzarella cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings. Served with a side of flavorful marinara sauce.

MOUNT MANSFIELD Refueling after a day outdoors? This hearty combination of pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, red onions & green peppers certainly does justice to its imposing namesake, Vermont’s tallest mountain!

BUFFALO CHICKEN WINGS available plain, or honey BBQ

MOZZARELLA STICKS CHICKEN TENDER BASKET available plain or spicy hot Buffalo

FRENCH FRIES

Salads Add grilled or crispy chicken to any salad!

GARDEN SALAD

Flatbread Pizza MARGHERITA Zesty tomato sauce with fresh mozzarella balls as a topping

BIANCA A white pizza with fresh mozzarella balls as the base and pesto, ricotta, and garlic as flavorful toppings.

POLLO A hearty combination of grilled chicken

CAESAR SALAD

and roasted red peppers with tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella balls.

CHEF SALAD

ITALIANO Italian sausage as a topping adds punch

Pasta & Meatballs SPAGHETTI OR ZITI MARINARA with or without meatballs

KID SIZE PASTA with or without meatballs, includes kid’s beverage

Oven-Roasted Heros MEATBALL PARM CHICKEN PARM

to a traditional pizza with tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella balls.

Pizza HAND TOSSED or THICK SICILIAN-STYLE Toppings: pepperoni, meatballs, sausage, ham, bacon, mushrooms, red onions, green peppers, black olives, pineapple, broccoli, hot peppers, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, & chicken.

LUNCH MEAL DEAL Pick any two of the following plus a fountain beverage for just 9.95 slice of pizza soup of the day side salad 4 chicken wings

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DOC DEMPSEY Our black diamond Doc Dempsey is named for a local doctor who skied Smugglers’ in the early years. Combining green peppers, mushrooms, red onions, broccoli, black olives and sliced tomatoes, we think this tasty vegetarian combination would meet with the good doctor’s approval! 3 MOUNTAIN This is the Smugglers’ pizza; three mountains, three toppings! And it’s a fave with meat lovers due to its generous helpings of pepperoni, sausage and meatballs. Which mountain corresponds to which topping? That’s for you to decide! HAWAIIAN Who doesn’t love the sweet and salty combo of pineapple and ham? We take it a step further and add bacon for a meaty Hawaiian pizza that’s unforgettable. GARLIC LOVERS And white pizza lovers, this one’s for you! This delicious white pizza blends a base of ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, with savory toppings of garlic, broccoli and sliced tomatoes. BUFFALO CHICKEN Looking for something hot & spicy? Look no further! This scrumptious pizza combines tender white chicken pieces in a zingy buffalo sauce with creamy ranch dressing – all the flavors of classic Buffalo chicken wings, but on a pizza! Additional toppings can be added to make this spicy creation uniquely yours.


Perfect for when you just can’t decide on what to drink — The Crop Bistro & Brewery sampler board.

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ontinuing on down the mountain on Route 108, enjoy fine dining in a cozy, lodge-style atmosphere at the THREE MOUNTAIN LODGE. Serving a varied menu including fresh New England seafood, Black Angus steaks, prime rib, and vegetarian entrées, the Three Mountain Lodge has proudly provided great value, variety and quality since 1983. Children’s menu available. (802) 644-5736.

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ocated in downtown Jeffersonville just minutes from Smugglers’ in the historic Smugglers’ Notch Inn, the VILLAGE TAVERN serves pub-style appetizers and meals nightly with daily specials. Enjoy the casual atmosphere and a meal that will top off your Summer day with flavor and substance. Outdoor dining is available on the open patio or screened porch. (802) 644-6765.

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baker’s daily surprises. So whether you are looking for a before-hiking breakfast, break for lunch, wonderful dinner, or the perfect dessert to cap your day, 158 has it all! (802) 644-8100.

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he new VERMONT SUPPER CLUB in Hardwick is open daily for lunch and dinner with a locavore flavor that includes Vermont produce and food specialities. The proprietors will offer live music and they define the supper club experience as “social, all while ordering and eating great food that fits all budgets.” The lunch menu offers a lighter bistro-style menu including salads, flatbreads, paninis, fish tacos and more, while the dinner menu showcases heartier high-end fare such as grilled ahi tuna with pepperoncini and sweet pepper coulis. There’s also a bar menu. (802) 472-7053.

he FAMILY TABLE at the intersection of Route 108 and 15 in Jeffersonville has a loyal following who give rave reviews to its innovative menu and use of high quality fresh ingredients. Tops on the list of recommendations are the buttermilk fried chicken, penne with wild mushroom pesto and spinach, and beef dishes such as the Angus burger or grilled rib eye steak. Serving lunch and dinner Thursday - Monday, with breakfast menu on weekends. Extensive wine list and full bar. Children’s menu available. (802) 644-8920. fixture in Cambridge since 1985, ANGELINA’S offers quality homemade Italian pizza, pasta, cold and hot subs and calzones. Try the steak bomb — steak, mushrooms, onions and peppers — as a pizza or hot sub. (802) 644-2011.

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he ESSEX OUTLETS AND CINEMA, located about 25 minutes’ driving time from Smugglers’, features two casual dining choices. The Oriental Wok features varied Oriental cuisines for eat-in or takeout dining (802) 878-6688. Sukho Thai’s fresh and exotic flavors in authentic Thai recipes tempt your tastebuds. (802) 878-2788.

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VERMEXICAN CUISINE & CANTINA

Local, Fresh , Housemade and Unique! Located just 1.8 miles from Smugglers’ Notch Resort. Take a right out of the Resort and a right on Edwards Road off 108. MONDAY - THURSDAY 4 PM to 9 PM • FRIDAY & SATURDAY 2 PM to 9 PM CLOSED SUNDAY

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French Toast from The Mix, a local favorite, is guaranteed to make you drool.

RATED TOP 11 SLICES IN THE COUNTRY BY

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with blue cheese, bacon and potato tart, asparagus and Marsala reduction, selections highlight the region’s seasonal farm-to-table bounty. Serving lunch and dinner daily. (802) 253-4765.

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IECASSO on the Mountain Road in Stowe has been serving its delicious traditional New York-style pizza, authentic Sicilian pasta, and fresh seafood for over 10 years. Try a Shrimp Scampi pizza pie with a white base, pesto, mozzarella, fresh garlic, fresh basil and shrimp. A kids’ menu is available. The restaurant’s bar features fine wines, fun martinis and Vermont microbrews. And let’s not forget the homemade tiramisu and cheesecake! Open daily for lunch and dinner. (802) 253-4411.

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toweflake Mountain Resort offers CHARLIE B’S PUB & RESTAURANT with al fresco on the deck and a varied menu of sandwiches, salads, soups, and pasta, fish, poultry and beef entrées. Charlie B’s is a member of the Vermont Fresh Network, highlighting a commitment to sourcing as many local and new England grown foods as possible. Enjoy 50 wines by the glass and a large selection of draft and bottled beers. Menu items range from lighter fare such as a New England Crab Cake Sandwich to dinner entrées such as Mushroom and Leek Strudel or Ribs with Vermont Maple Barbecue Sauce. Please call (802) 253-7355 for reservations.

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ind a taste of Mexico and the American Southwest at Stowe’s CACTUS CAFÉ. Choose the warm ambience of the adobe dining room or sit outdoors and relax over your meal on the garden patio. Choices abound on the varied dinner menu.

How about kicking off your meal with Coconut Shrimp with Raspberry Orange Chipotle Dipping Sauce? Main dishes include enchiladas, quesadillas, soft tacos, chimichangas, burritos and chef’s specials. A kids’ menu is available. (802) 253-7770.

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HE SUNSET GRILLE AND TAP ROOM is a family restaurant & sports bar serving down home cooking including steaks, ribs, burgers, seafood, wings and more in a casual and friendly atmosphere. The tap room features 24 televisions, including 3 big screens & satellite TV. Bar munchies are available until midnight every day. Outdoor dining on Sunset Grille’s secluded patio May through September. Located on Cottage Club Road just off Route 108 in Stowe. Open daily for lunch & dinner, 11:30 am to 2:00 am. A kids’ menu is available. (802) 253-9281.

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eaded to Stowe for a late evening out? Don’t miss THE RUSTY NAIL if you’re looking for live music. This iconic nightclub on the Mountain Road is known for drawing local and national bands. The pub-style menu features wings in traditional, Bourbon barbecue, brown sugar and Asian flavors, fries smothered in beef and sausage gravy, burgers, and hearty gyros. Visit rustynailvt.com to see the show schedule. (802) 253-6245.

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Featuring hearty appetizers, daily specials and a wide selection of microbrews, and cocktails. Live music every Thursday night.

See our full menu at www.villagetavernvt.com

Family friendly atmosphere. Kids’ menu available.

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Featuring local ingredients and homemade creations from our chef’s kitchen. Thursday, Friday, & Monday 11am - 10pm lunch & dinner

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Saturday & Sunday 8am - 10pm breakfast, lunch & dinner John Raphael Chef/Owner

Located at the intersection of Routes 15 & 108 in Jeffersonville, Vermont

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’ Located just 12 minutes away from Smugglers’, Angelina’s Restaurant has been family owned since 1985. Serving quality homemade brick-oven pizza, subs and calzones. All our dough and sauces are made fresh daily.

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this isn’t just a Manhattan-style bagel transplanted up to Vermont. Here in Vermont, we also love Montreal-style bagels. These are denser, thinner, sweeter and woodfired to a crispy perfection. This bagel is the perfect cross between the two.

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Menus available at the Smugglers’ Notch Guest Service Desk.

802-644-2011 Eat in or take out. Delivery available when permitted. www.angelinaspizza.net


For full menu visit: vermontsupperclub.com

Peter J. McLyman & Jean Marie McLyman Chef de Cuisine General Manager

Check out The Green Mountain Deli for fabulous wraps, salads, burgers, daily specials, pastries, beverages and the BEST French fries around! Located in the Village Lodge. Ext. 1141

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FAMILY RESTAURANT & SMOKEHOUSE Stop by for lunch or dinner, or visit our Sports Bar with 30 TV’s, 6 big screens, and HD satellite system!

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Lunch • Dinner • Late Night Great children’s menu!

25 years of food, fun & friends! Open daily • 140 Cottage Club Road • 802-253-9281

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Patio Dining, Horseshoes, Volleyball and Badminton in the Backyard

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Open daily, 12 noon - 10 pm Located in the Village Lodge at Smugglers’.


“Hearth & Candle is a lovely restaurant with an exciting delectable menu as well as a charming and knowledgeable staff.” – Bite of the Best

Enjoy the Hearth & Candle’s cozy atmosphere for casual family dinners, or quiet white-tablecloth dining for adults only in the Birch Room. Our complete dinner menu features steaks, chicken, fresh fish and seafood. And, we serve local organically grown vegetables and salads, and we’ll tempt you with a delicious selection of homemade desserts. A full-service bar and extensive wine list will complement your dining experience or you can relax with a cocktail at our cozy bar. We’re located right in the heart of Smugglers’ Village - the whole family is invited and we have a complete children’s menu, too!

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Don’t forget our weekly farmers market in the Village Courtyard on Mondays from 8:30 am to 11:30 am through Labor Day. There’s also a weekly farmers and artisans market in Jeffersonville on Wednesdays from 4:30 pm until dusk through October 8. It is located at the Route 108 North and Route 15 intersection near the Smugglers’ Notch Distillery.

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TRAIL RACE at Smugglers’. Join us for the first trail race in our new three race series! A 4k, 8k and Kids’ Fun Run will take place in and around our cross-country trail network. Open to runners of all abilities! All races start at the resort’s Nordic/Tennis Center (check in there for onsite registration). The Kids’ Fun Run begins at 9:30 am and the 4k and 8k begin at 10:00 am. Cost: $20 with online registration on raceplanner.com prior to event, $25 day of event. $10 ages 7-15, online or day of. Kids 7 and under compete for free. A complete sports waiver is required before the start of the series. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Flyin’ Ryan Foundation, Cambridge Food Shelf, and Lamoille County Girls on the Run. www.smuggs.com/trailraceseries

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FREE FISHING DAY. On this day, Vermont residents and non-residents are welcome to enjoy fishing in Vermont’s lovely waterways without a license.

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VERMONT DAYS. Free day-use entry to residents and non-residents to explore Vermont State Parks, state-owned historic sites and Vermont’s History Museum. Celebrate Vermont’s natural resources, history and culture! www.vermontdays.com

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DISC GOLF TRILOGY CHALLENGE. The Disc Golf Trilogy Challenge at Smugglers’ Brewster Ridge 18-hole course will be a fun event that is geared to any ability level, beginner to expert. Registration costs $30 and includes 3 new, previously unreleased discs. Players compete over two rounds of disc golf at Brewster Ridge, but can only use the new discs provided by the three companies sponsoring the event - Westside Discs, Latitude 64, and Dynamic Discs. Join us for a great day of disc golf! Register online at www.gmdgc.org

Photo courtesy of Chris Diegel, chdiegelphoto.smugmug.com

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Photo courtesy of Chris Diegel, chdiegelphoto.smugmug.com

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Stowe Theatre Guild presents “TITLE OF SHOW,” the story of two struggling writers who hear about a new musical theatre festival and try to create a new work with the help of friends. www.stowetheatre.com or 802-253-3961.

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RATTLING BROOK BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. The 31st anniversary of this popular event. Multiple bands play from mid-day into the evening at the Belvidere town pavilion on Route 109. Rain or shine. Admission $15 at the gate, 12 and under free. Music from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm.

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VERMONT QUILT FESTIVAL. New England’s oldest and largest quilt event celebrates 38 years! Displays of more than 400 new and old quilts, vendors, workshops, appraisals. Friday and Saturday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Sunday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction. www.vqf.org

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INDEPENDENCE DAY! Smugglers’ Notch Resort and Jeffersonville. An oldfashioned July 4th celebration in Jeffersonville with parade at 10:00 am, carnival with games and vendors, kids’ games, food and live entertainment. Don’t forget the world famous frog jumping contest! And back at Smugglers’ ... Starting at 5:00 pm, the Resort hosts a tasty Firemen’s Barbecue on the Green with proceeds benefiting the local fire department. Goodtime Charlie spins great tunes for all ages on the Green from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Vermont National Guard 40th Army Band plays their mix of classic favorites and patriotic tunes beginning at 8:00 pm. At dusk, enjoy the spectacular fireworks against the backdrop of the Green Mountains. It’s a full day of celebration!

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shoes, and enjoy music from the world of dance — from waltzes to swing and polkas to salsa. Toe-tapping melodies by Strauss, Delibes, Borodin, and Gershwin will put you “in the mood” for dance hits from Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. The 1812 Overture, marches, and fireworks conclude the show. Trapp Family Lodge Concert Meadow, Stowe. 7:30 pm. www.stoweperformingarts.com

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WATERBURY ARTS FEST. In celebration of Waterbury’s 250th anniversary, festivities Friday night feature live music in a street party atmosphere, and Saturday highlights high-quality, original artwork from 80+ exhibitors and entertainment. www.waterburyartsfest.com

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The 28th annual STOWEFLAKE HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL. More than 25 colorful balloons will be launched over the course of the weekend. Balloon rides and tethered rides available. Children’s activities, live entertainment, beer and wine garden, and food. Stoweflake Resort and Spa in Stowe, Route 108. www.stoweflake.com


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Stowe Theatre Guild presents “ON THE TOWN.” This Leonard Bernstein classic tells the story of three sailors on leave in New York City singing and dancing through the city while trying to find love. www.stowetheatre.com or 802-253-3961

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PLEIN AIR ART FESTIVAL. More than 75 artists will participate in the 4th annual Jericho Plein Air Festival. Artists will be painting at various spots around Jericho, capturing scenic vistas, lovely gardens, and historic buildings. As a festival attendee, you’ll receive a map that directs you to the various sites, allowing exploration of Jericho’s rolling hills and country roads en route to watching the creative process and chatting with the artist about their work. Pick up a map at the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery at 22 Barber Farm Road in Jericho Center. While in Jericho Center, don’t miss the store on the town’s lovely green — it’s one of the oldest continuously operating country stores in Vermont and can fulfill all needs from creemees to Vermont souvenirs! Further details: www.emilegruppegallery.com

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CIRCUS-PALOOZA at the Shelburne Museum. Enjoy circus artists, food, carnival games and family activities at this special event on the grounds of the renowned Shelburne Museum, one of the most diverse museums of paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, and New England history and architecture. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Event is free with museum admission. www.shelburnemuseum.org

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Lamoille County Players present “DAMN YANKEES.” This lighthearted and fun musical tells the story of Joe Boyd, a middle-aged baseball fanatic who would do anything to see his beloved Washington Senators win. He’s so desperate for the Senators to win, that he sells his soul to the Devil for the chance to become the greatest ballplayer in the world and to lead the Senators out of the cellar into a pennant race with their arch-rivals, the New York Yankees. www.lcplayers.com

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LAMOILLE COUNTY FIELD DAYS. Country fair with horse show, music, food, crafts, livestock exhibition. Johnson. www.lamoillefielddays.com

31 - August 3

FRANKLIN COUNTY FIELD DAYS. Agricultural and 4H displays, cattle show, crafts, games, rides, music, tractor and horse pulling, antique tractor pull, draft horse show and demolition derby. Airport Road in Highgate. www.franklincountyfielddays.org

MUSIC IN THE MEADOW at the Trapp Family Lodge. Performance by talented young musician Quinn Sullivan, whose wide range includes blues, pop and rock that will appeal to music fans of any age who favor authentic guitar-driven grooves and melodies. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe. 7:00 pm. www.stoweperformingarts.com explore • 77


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MUSIC IN THE MEADOW at the Trapp Family Lodge. Performance by Shemekia Copeland. Copeland’s passion for singing, matched with her huge, blastfurnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency. Of her debut album “Turn Up the Heat,” The Boston Globe proclaimed that “she roars with a sizzling hot intensity.” Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe. 7:00 pm. www.stoweperformingarts.com

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Annual CHURCH STREET MARKETPLACE SIDEWALK SALE. Merchants lining Burlington’s charming pedestrian shopping street display their wares both in front of and inside their stores. Great bargains to be found!

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LAKE CHAMPLAIN MARITIME FESTIVAL. Commemorating the past, present and future of beautiful Lake Champlain! Lake Champlain maritime exhibits; free sailboat, kayak and paddleboard rides; vintage boat show; U.S. Coast Guard exhibit; live musical performances; kids’ entertainment by Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate; food and crafts. On the Burlington Waterfront, from Perkins Pier to the Community Sailing Center. www.lcmfestival.com

Cost: $20 with online registration at raceplanner.com prior to event, $25 day of event. $10 ages 7-15, online or day of. Kids 7 and under compete for free. A complete sports waiver is required before the start of the series. Proceeds benefit the Flyin’ Ryan Foundation, Cambridge Food Shelf, and Lamoille County Girls on the Run. www.smuggs.com/trailraceseries

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57TH ANNUAL STOWE ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC CAR MEET. 800-plus vehicles on display, parade, automotive flea market, food. Nichols Field, Stowe, Route 100. www.vtauto.org

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6TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS in Jeffersonville. The Cambridge Arts Council and the Smugglers’ Notch Area Chamber of Commerce celebrate the creativity and talent of regional artists! Lovely galleries and a wide range of artists display their work along Jeffersonville’s charming Main Street. Children’s activities include special art activities and face painting. Enjoy toe-tapping music from the everpopular Green Mountain Swing Band. Local restaurants offer delicious food for purchase. Parking is available at Cambridge Elementary. Festival hours 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. www.cambridgeartsvt.org

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TRAIL RACE at Smugglers’. Join us for the second trail race in our new three race series! A 4k, 8k and Kids’ Fun Run will take place in and around our cross-country trail network. Open to runners of all abilities! All races start at the resort’s Nordic/Tennis Center (also site for day-of registration). The Kids’ Fun Run begins at 9:30 am and the 4k and 8k begin at 10:00 am.

Stowe Theatre Guild presents the musical “THE SECRET GARDEN,” a family favorite based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. “The Secret Garden” tells the story of the orphaned Mary Lennox sent to live with her reclusive uncle and how her new family comes together within the rambling estate with its secret garden. www.stowetheatre.com or 802-253-3961

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MUSIC IN THE MEADOW at the Trapp Family Lodge. Bringing over three decades of musical excellence to their audiences, the West Point Band’s Jazz Knights present the best in big band favorites, popular music, and original compositions and arrangements for jazz ensemble. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe. 6:30 pm. www.stoweperformingarts.com or 802-863-5966

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CHAMPLAIN VALLEY EXPOSITION. The Champlain Valley Fair caps the Summer season in Vermont! Vendors, midway rides and games, entertainment, food, agricultural exhibits, nationally recognized performers and more. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction. 802-878-5545 or www.champlainvalleyfair.org.

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SEPTEMBER 6

CAMBRIDGE MUSIC FESTIVAL. This festival, now in its fourth year, showcases local bands in a delightful outdoor setting. The festival runs from noon until midnight, rain or shine. www.cambridgemusicfestival.com

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THE VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at Johnson State College. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) brings its annual “Made in Vermont” concert of classical chamber works to Johnson State College’s Dibden Center for the Arts, located about 20 minutes from Smugglers’. The concert begins at 7:30 pm. www.vso.org

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BURLINGTON BOOK FESTIVAL. “Three days of authorized activity”! Readings from famed authors, family events, demonstrations and workshops. Presentations held at venues in beautiful lakeside Burlington. www.burlingtonbookfestival.com BRITISH INVASION. A weekend celebration and salute to the great British motorcar. Enjoy the cars and visit the market place! Festivities are at the Stoweflake Resort on Route 108 north of Stowe Village. www.britishinvasion.com GREEN MOUNTAIN DISC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP. The largest disc golf event in Vermont in 2014, the Green Mountain Championship at Smugglers’ Brewster Ridge Disc Golf Course will attract the best disc golfers in the world! Paired with a trail run and craft brew event, the first weekend of autumn promises to be extraordinarily fun at Smugglers’! With a prize purse of over $10,000 both pro and advanced players from across the country will compete over the course of four rounds and three days to bring home the Green Mountain Championship! Spectators are welcome. PDGA A-Tier, NEFA, 2015 USDGA qualifier. www.brewsterridgediscgolf.com

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36TH ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL at Shelburne Farms. Celebrate Vermont farm and forestry traditions at this special event with music, storytelling, children’s activities and traditional crafts. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm $8/adult, $5/child, free to children under age 3. www.shelburnefarms.org

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ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL at Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits. Celebrate the harvesting of the grapes at Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits with an assortment of family-friendly fun! Come taste our internationally award-winning wines, Vermont Ice wines and cream liqueurs – “Vermont’s Crème de la Crème”. The Boyden Winery is the best winery in Vermont in the 2014 Seven Daysies reader’s choice awards. Tastings, Meet the Winemaker, Local Artisans, Local Foods, Grape Stomping Contests for the kids, and more! 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday. www.boydenvalley.com

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Lamoille County Players present “THE MUSIC MAN,” a classic musical following fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. www.lcplayers.com

25 - October 12

Stowe Theatre Guild presents Cole Porter’s classic “KISS ME, KATE.” www.stowetheatre.com or 802-253-3961

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RELAY FOR LIFE: SMUGGS FOR LIFE A new and exciting 12-hour Relay for Life event located at Smugglers’ Notch Resort. Friends and family are encouraged to join Smuggs for Life and support the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving more lives from cancer. Form a team or sign up as an individual to walk a scenic trail loop at Smuggs. More information at www.relayforlife.org


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Old fashioned HARVEST MARKET. Located in Underhill, Vermont, about 20 minutes from the Resort, the Harvest Market kicks off on Saturday with a small-town parade at 9:00 am. Children’s games, music, Vermont artisans, and delicious food offer fun for all ages. The famous Underhill Clutter Barn and town-wide yard sales yield lots of treasures!

OCTOBER 2-5

The Lamoille County Players present “THE MUSIC MAN”, a classic musical following fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. Historic Hyde Park Opera House, Hyde Park. www.lcplayers.com

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VERMONT SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL. Demonstrations, wool and yarn sales, children’s activities. Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, Vermont. www.vtsheepandwoolfest.com VERMONT FOLIAGE STUDIO TOUR. Perhaps you’ve enjoyed the very popular statewide Spring studio tour, where artists and craftspeople welcome visitors into their studios? In Fall, there’s an extra bonus - your explorations include the addition of Vermont’s legendary autumn colors! There are many artists’ studios located just a short drive from the resort. Details on artists’ studios open for the weekend can be found, by county, at www. vermontcrafts.com

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TRAIL RACE at Smugglers’. Join us for the final trail race in our three race series! A 4k, 8k and Kids’ Fun Run will take place in and around our crosscountry trail network. Open to runners of all abilities!

with music by Kim & Reggie Harris

Friday, July 4th 10 am - 2 pm in Jeffersonville

All races start at the resort’s Nordic/Tennis Center (also the site for dayof registration). The Kids’ Fun Run begins at 9:30 am and the 4k and 8k begin at 10:00 am. Cost: $20 with online registration prior to event at raceplanner.com, $25 day of event. $10 ages 7-15, online or day of. Kids 7 and under compete for free. A complete sports waiver is required before the start of the series. Proceeds benefit the Flyin’ Ryan Foundation, Cambridge Food Shelf, and Lamoille County Girls on the Run.

with music by the Green Mountain Swing Band

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THE VERMONT HANDCRAFTERS’ HOLIDAY FINE CRAFT AND ART SHOW. This showcase of fine art & crafts is a seasonal tradition in our area! At the Sheraton Conference Center on Route 2/Main Street in Burlington.

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One of the finest, most diverse, and unconventional museums in the world. Minutes from Burlington! Just 40 miles from Smuggler’s Notch! Over 150,000 objects, including: • American Folk Art • Works by Monet, Degas, Manet, Wyeth, Pleissner, Homer and more! • Antique guns • Quilts and textiles • Carriages • Contemporary Art in the new Pizzagalli Center for Art & Education • Much, MUCH more! Tickets valid for two consecutive days.

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