2 New England hotels ranked among the top 25 hotels for families

You'll find both hotels in Vermont.

02asksmugglers - Smugglers Notch offers a non-skiing package that might include snowshoeing, ziplining, snowmobile tours, dog sled adventures, ice climbing and other winter adventures. (Smugglers Notch)
Families can choose from many winter adventures when staying at Smugglers' Notch Resort in Vermont. –Smugglers' Notch

Parents searching for the ultimate family vacation spot in New England should look to Vermont, according to TripAdvisor users.

Two Vermont resorts landed on the travel website’s list of top 25 hotels for families in the U.S. as part of the 2019 Travelers’ Choice Awards, which were released last week.

Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Jeffersonville, Vermont, ranked No. 4, and Jay Peak Resort in Jay, Vermont, ranked No. 12 on the list. Homewood Suites by Hilton Anaheim Resort – Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. nabbed the No. 1 spot.

Families who stay at the four-season Smugglers’ Notch Resort can sleep in mountainside condominiums with up to five bedrooms. During the winter months, kids can learn to ski at Smugglers’ Snow Sport University, a ski school with specially designed, kid-friendly programs. They can also go ice skating, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing at the resort’s Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Adventure Center. For multi-generational sliding fun, the resort offers a family tubing party (with hot chocolate and a bonfire). Off the slopes, kids can frolic in the FunZone 2.0 Family Fun Complex, a 26,000-square-foot indoor playground with arcade games, inflatables, laser tag, ping pong, mini golf, and an arts and crafts station. During the summer, families can splash in four water playgrounds, go zip lining, or take a hike. The resort also has childcare and a teen center.


Jay Peak Resort is a four-season resort in northern Vermont where lodging includes mountainside condominiums, townhouses, and hotel suites. Amenities include an indoor waterpark, ice arena, movie theater, climbing gym, recreation center, and childcare. Families can go skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, hiking, and fat-biking. The resort also has a summer camp and a heated outdoor pool.

The TripAdvisor rankings were determined by reviews submitted by users in 2018.

View the entire list of top 25 hotels for families in the U.S.