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This region is home to Smugglers' Notch Resort, a well-known, year-round family ski resort. Natural snowfall is often abundant in winter, and the resort features a water park for summer recreation. Sitting near the base of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s tallest mountain, the region offers a glimpse into the small town life that characterizes most of the state.

Those searching for cultural opportunities will also be pleased with the Notch. The area is home to many fine art galleries and craft and antique shops. Also in the area are local farms and maple sugar operations offering tours to the public. The road over the Notch to nearby Stowe is open in the warmer months of the year, offering access to even more restaurants and shops.

The area also hosts many theater shows and concerts. Johnson State College, located in Johnson, brings theater, music, and dance shows to its Dibden Center for the Arts. Morrisville’s River Arts hosts many concerts and classes for the community.

The Smugglers’ Notch region is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Every season offers a new pursuit. During winter, skiing and snowboarding take precedence at Smugglers’ Notch resort (Stowe and Jay Peak ski resorts are about an hour away). The spring and summer offer opportunities to hike, bike, climb, or fish in one of the area’s many rivers or streams. Autumn is a wonderful chance to see nature’s paintbrush at work, especially on Route 108, the road over the Notch that was reportedly used by smugglers at one time.

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The Smugglers Notch region is situated not far from the I-89 corridor, and is accessible from airports in Burlington, Boston, Montreal, and Manchester, NH.