Destination guide

The only thing getting smuggled now is your heart

While Smugglers Notch is named for a narrow mountain passage once used by, you guessed it, smugglers, that's old news. Today, now affectionately called "Smuggs," the area is known for its gorgeous scenery, incredible skiing, and fun family appeal. While winter is the most popular time to visit Smuggs, the local activities and entertainment are nonstop, all year long. Opt for a Smugglers Notch vacation rental in the heart of it all, and let the hardest decision of your day be whether you want your hot cocoa by the fire, or on the front porch.

Things to do

From nature's playground to an actual indoor playground

Lovers of the great outdoors will feel right at home in Smugglers Notch, no matter the time of year. The surrounding mountains make for nonstop activities -- whether you're skiing in winter, or hiking, biking or camping the rest of the year. But there's more to do than take in the scereny. Visit the weekly farmers market, taste test the offerings from the local wineries, or take the kids to one of the nearby waterparks or Fun Zone -- an expansive, indoor playground with everything from ping-pong to mini golf to a climbing wall.


Plenty of happy, smiling mugs spotted around Smuggs

For winter visitors, one thing is certain: you better love snow. Snowsports are king in Smuggs, whether it's skiing, boarding, or snowshoeing. But if warm weather is more your speed, don't be deterred! There's plenty of fun to be had in spring and summer, from zip lining to mountain biking, pool hopping to forest hiking. Autumnal travelers will fall in love with the changing leaves, and yes, that pun was intended. Pick a Smugglers Notch vacation rental that's perched up high, or opt for one nestled in the trees. No matter when you visit, coziness is pretty much guaranteed.


Good news: chilly nights just mean more hot toddies

While winter is the most famous time to visit Smugglers Notch, there's something to be said for visiting the area any time of year. Snow falls for almost half the year, but the spring brings in warmer days to ease the chilly nights. Smuggs warms up nicely in summer, making days spent swimming or sunbathing an ideal option. The true beauty comes out in fall, as the leaves turn and the weather cools again. Pack layers for your Smugglers Notch vacation rental, its likely you'll need them no matter when you visit.

Natural features

Smuggling in the seasons, from winter through fall

South of Smugglers Notch is Stowe Mountain and Mt Mansfield State Forest, while the Lamoille River runs north of the area, complete with rapids and waterfalls, feeding into Arrowhead Mountain Lake. This makes for an ideal setting for fishing, birdwatching, and wildlife spotting through the year. Spring brings with it fields of wildflowers around the mountains, while snowcovered forests are picture-perfect throughout ski season. Summer travelers can enjoy sunny days, and visitors in the fall can feast their eyes on the glowing, changing leaves throughout the mountains and valleys.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Smugglers Notch

The nearest airport is in Stowe, VT (MVL-Morrisville-Stowe State), located 9.2 mi (14.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Burlington, VT (BTV-Burlington Intl.), which is 19.6 mi (31.6 km) away.

Where to stay around Smugglers Notch?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 663 vacation rentals near Smugglers Notch. From 192 Condos/Apartments to 341 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Smugglers Notch for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Smugglers Notch?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Smugglers Notch. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Stowe: 751 vacation rentals
  • Lake Champlain: 695 vacation rentals
  • New England: 39,475 vacation rentals
  • Smugglers' Notch Resort: 59 vacation rentals
  • Waterbury: 1,006 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Smugglers Notch! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Smugglers Notch?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Smugglers Notch:

  • Stowe: 751 rentals
  • Waterbury: 1,006 rentals
  • Montpelier: 1,179 rentals
  • Colchester: 233 rentals
  • Eden: 127 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Smugglers Notch?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Smugglers Notch. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Vermont Ski Museum: 807 rentals
  • Bolton Valley Ski Area: 944 rentals
  • Mid Mountain Lift: 939 rentals
  • Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center: 788 rentals
  • Birds of Vermont Museum: 986 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Smugglers Notch listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.