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Great family vacation place in Vermont

My husband, two young daughters and I have vacationed at Tyler Place for two years in a row and we love it so I thought I'd share some info.  Tyler Place is up in northwestern Vermont on Lake Champlain. It's a family-run business that's been catering to family vacationers for many years. Essentially, it's a bit like going to camp with your kids. Each family stays in a cabin that's like a small home. A few of the accommodations have 2 or 3 units but most are single-family. The children are together with kids their age (and counselors) from 8:30am through 1:30pm and then again from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Afternoons are reserved for "family time".

Positives (in our opinion)

- The age groups for the children are quite discreet. For example, Daughter #1 was in a group that ranged from age 2.5 to 4 years. In other words, they don't try to put your 3-year-old with a bunch of 9-year-olds.

- They cater to children as young as infants. The youngest children are assigned one-on-one "parents' helpers" (essentially nannies), provided by Tyler Place.

- The childrens' activities are fabulous. A typical day for our 3-year-old was:

--- 8:30 - breakfast with group

--- 9:30am - fishing trip (yes, she caught a real fish)

--- 11am - craft project

--- noon - lunch with group

--- 12:30 - nature walk with a professional guide

--- afternoon - We napped but if your kids don't want to sleep, they have lots of family activities to choose from

--- 5:30pm - dinner with group followed by puppet show

- The adult activities are fun, too. We did yoga, a ropes course, water aerobics and a nature walk. But there's everything from golf to archery to water skiing to manicures.

- The food is not fancy but is very good. Plus, mom & dad get to eat lunch and dinner in the *adults-only* dining room in the main lodge every day.

- The accommodations are also not fancy but are totally fine. Importantly, there are no phones or TVs in the cabins so you can truly get away from it all.

- Baby sitters are in plentiful supply if you want to stay out past 8:30. They have evening adult activities such as a jazz trio or "game night" if you want to socialize with other families or you can find a quiet spot to be alone in the lounge.

- They have programs for children through the early teen years, so the place "works" for families with children of varying ages.

- Best of all, the children have a great time while mom & dad get some much-needed R&R, too.

Negatives (again, in our opinion)

- It took us 5 hours to drive there from Boston (including a 45-minute stop along the way)

- To get a "prime" week, you have to book quite a bit in advance. They give priority to returning guests and people tend to go there year after year. However, I'd say you could have a great time whether it was high summer, late spring or early fall (they're not open in winter). 

- It ain't cheap (but we truly felt that we got good value for the price)

They have a web site.  Just google Tyler Place and you'll find it.

Reviews
Kate P.
We are going this year for the second time. Savings tips - If you can schedule on the non-peak weeks (May and Labor Day Week) - it can cost A LOT less. Also, the farther you stay from the main building lowers the cost as well...and its never more than a 10 minute walk regardless. WELL WORTH any price! :)
Audrey D.
Totally agree! We went to the Tyler Place for the first time in 2008 and will be returning this summer. It is pricey, but WELL WORTH the money!
HBragdon
I have heard amazing things about Tyler Place. Thanks so much for the great tip!
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