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There’s something to be said about lodging that really feels like a home away from home. And that was what our kids said over and over about the Eagles condos in The North Hill community at Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont.
Admittedly, our condo was probably as big as our house and far more space that we would likely rent for ourselves if we weren’t hosted. It had three bedrooms, just like home. A living room and dining room, just like home. A full kitchen, just like home.
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Like I said, our condo was spacious. With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, full cooking facilities, space to spread out and two fireplaces under which we could warm our toes (or socks and boots each morning before putting them on), our Eagles condo had every comfort we needed.
With one king bed, one queen bed and four single beds divided between our three bedrooms, we could have easily fit another family of four in with us. Good to know for our next visit.
The Eagles condo at Smugglers’ Notch was so spanking clean. Nothing looked dated or worn and it was absolutely spotless when we arrived.
There are only six condos in the entire Eagles complex. So it’s generally a pretty quiet place to be, which is nice when you want to head back to your place to relax after a busy day.
Eagles is situated right beside an awesome indoor pool, and it’s far less busy than the “main” pool because it’s, well, not the main pool. When we were there on a Saturday afternoon, there was one other family and a group of about six adults, who were using the hot tub. Bliss.
We loved all the local artwork on the walls in the Eagles hallways and in our condo. The commitment to showcasing Vermont artists is impressive.
I absolutely LOVED our king-sized mattress. We have a TEMPURpedic at home, which I thought I quite liked, but this memory foam mattress was even better! I slept like a baby. You know, until my babies woke me up.
No non-stick cookware! And, yes, this is a GOOD thing. There was a note on the fridge about the potential dangers of non-stick pots and pans and Smugg’s is committed to being safe. That means all of the cookware is stainless steel. That’s what we cook with at home now, so I was pleasantly surprised to find it in our condo, too. The added décor bonus in our Eagles kitchen? Granite countertops.
The fireplaces are on timers, so you can choose 30, 60 or 120 minutes of roaring flames. It was great not to have to remember to turn them off as we came and went each day.
Having ski locker storage on the main floor, alongside a house phone to call the shuttle when you’re ready to walk out the door, was really convenient.
The Eagles property is not ski-in/out. It’s easily accessed by Smuggs’ free shuttle, but you definitely don’t have the on-hill convenience you’d have with some of the other lodging in The Notch. We never waited more than 10 minutes for a shuttle, since they’re on-demand, but because there’s no ski valet at the hill, we did have to schlep our skis each day.
You will hear the people directly above you if they walk around with their ski boots on. The good news is that obviously the timeframe in which this is happening is during daytime hours. So unless you have a light napper, it’s unlikely to really affect you.
If you’re expecting the Ritz, you’re not going to find it here. Other than the kitchen (with its granite countertops and stainless appliances), the décor is not ultra-modern five-star. As I mentioned above, the condo was scrupulously clean, but you need to go in expecting more “country bumpkin chic” than anything super contemporary. It’s perfect for a ski chalet and it makes it easy to feel like you can just chill.
I really think Smugglers’ Notch needs to make one specific change: bedding. Fluffier, cozier pillows and down comforters for every bed. The pillows were fine but nothing compared to the awesome mattress. And the comforters were those thin, motel-style ones and they just didn’t fit the rest of the condo, IMO. Plus, if I’m there in winter, I want a down blanket to keep me warm at night!