Tucked away in the northwestern corner of Vermont, on Lake Champlain and just minutes away from the Canadian border, Tyler Place Family Resort rightly boasts of its beautiful setting and family-friendly atmosphere. The Tyler Place was one of the first resorts to devote itself entirely to families. Open from late May to early September, it’s the kind of place that families return to again and again. Parents and even grandparents who came here as children now bring their own kids.
Accommodations: The inn is the hub of activity, with its recreation rooms, main dining room, fireside lounge, deck, and glass-enclosed porches for visiting, relaxing, cocktails, and candlelight dining. Guest rooms—some are studios, some suites—are located in a separate wing. In addition, thirty cottages, most with a fireplace in the living room and two or more bedrooms, are situated on or near the lake; these have kitchenettes and can sleep up to eight people. Many of the rooms include sleeping lofts or bunk beds; with these special attractions, it may not be difficult at all to get a youngster to go to sleep in a strange place. Cribs and high chairs for infants and toddlers are available at no extra charge.
Dining: The main dining room in the inn serves a semibuffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner. New American country cuisine is the kitchen’s specialty, with fresh, locally grown foods, and since a Full American Plan is in effect, you have only to decide which delicious entree to sample. Children have earlier dining hours with their counselors, allowing parents to relax over evening meals. Share breakfast with your children in the family breakfast room or request a family picnic lunch basket at no extra charge.
Recreation: Beautiful Lake Champlain is the source of much of the recreation and relaxation of Tyler Place. Take off in one of the resort’s sailboats, canoes, kayaks, pontoons, or sailboards. Try waterskiing (with instruction), windsurfing, guided canoe and bike trips, yoga, aerobics (step and water), and the workout facilities. Or bait your fishing line for bass and pike. The outdoor and indoor heated pools and Jacuzzi on the lakeshore provide hours of fun. Kids and adults both get a thrill from the “banana boat ride.”
Retreats for the whole family, a popular addition, started in 1998. They feature hands-on activities for all ages, including such topics as gardening, nature and outdoor skills, lakeshore studies, rural and farm life, and family wellness.
On land, six tennis courts and a fleet of bikes (one-speed, mountain, children’s, tricycle, and child seats, all with helmets) are at your disposal, and the nature trails beckon hikers and joggers. For a change of pace, challenge another guest to an old-fashioned game of horseshoes, or try your hand at archery. Maybe you’ll join a soccer game or start up a tennis round-robin with the folks in the neighboring cottage. Golf privileges are available at three golf courses within a fifteen- to forty-five-minute drive of the resort. Recreation fees are applied only for golf, outboard motors for fishing, water-skiing, lake cruises, and mountain bikes.
Within an hour’s drive you can get a taste of Europe by visiting cosmopolitan Montreal, or take a mountain hike and an aerial tram ride at Stowe or Jay Peak. Covered bridges, waterfalls, little New England towns, country auctions, and antiques shops are even closer. A plethora of working farms, state parks, and vineyards and wineries can make decisions difficult.
Nighttime brings other events, from dances and live jazz to guitar sing-alongs and Monte Carlo nights—pick your pleasure. What many guests like most is the hospitable atmosphere of the many and varied activities, with never any pressure to participate.