This past weekend I packed the kids and my mom up and we fled to Vermont. Our destination was Lake Morey Resort, a family-style resort located on a 600-acre lake surrounded by greenery, filled with water sports and packed with memories. I try to take my mother away with us once a year to somewhere unlike anywhere she has ever been and somewhere with an appeal to my kids. Lake Morey Resort was ideal for this year’s choice. The resort is rustic yet upscale at the same time. It has an old time feeling of genuine summer fun and there was something for all of us – actually more than just something. We all found an abundance of activities to spend our time, both together and separate, and all experienced many things for the first-time. Grandma and grandson became a kayaking duo. They would wake up and head right to the lake. We all played glow in the dark golf and laughed and laughed and laughed under the moon. We went blueberry picking at a farm 20 miles away. The trip was full of quintessential multi-generational experiences. Here’s the low down on our experience.
Getting to Lake Morey Resort
Believe it or not, I had not been to Vermont. The drive from our home in New York took about five hours with two stops, and the closer we got, the more rural and beautiful the scenery became. We took the 95 to the 91 and went another 138 miles until we came to Fairlee.
Lake Morey Resort has 130 guest rooms and suites. All have a cozy feeling that’s elegant and country style at the same time. They vary in size, location and price. We had an exquisite terrace with a view of the lake, two queen sized beds and a pull-out sofa. It was the perfect sized room for all of us to come back to after a day out on the lake – comfortable, spacious and immaculate. If we needed anything, the front desk was very helpful and receptive to our requests.
What to Do
Lake Morey Resort offers so much for parents and kids. First there’s the lake, which alone offers a plethora of sport – from paddle boarding to kayaking to canoeing to swimming to tubing to water skiing. Most of the water sports are free and your kids can spend hours upon hours taking advantage of everything they offer. The first thing we did at the resort was take a pontoon ride, giving us a full view of the lake. It put us all in the Lake Morey spirit that so easily came after our arrival. There’s also a pool with a hot tub to vegetate in, bikes you can take out anytime for a ride around the lake (a 5 mile radius), a pool table, ping pong and so many other kid-friendly activities. We were fortunate to be there during glow in the dark golf; part of their “Summer under the stars” program and it was incredible. They took us out on their 18-hole golf course at 9pm in a golf cart with neon golf balls and tees and we competed against each other. The resort is also located near blueberry orchards, so we spent a morning picking boxes of the loveliest berries we’ve ever seen at a farm called Wild Hill. We took out bikes (free all the time) and rode around Lake Morey. It was a five-mile ride that took us past summer homes, sleep-away camps and the home of famous classic film actor Melvyn Douglas. We lazed in the hot tub at night and went to family-friendly movies in the hotel’s movie theater. There was never a shortage of things to do and sometimes a sit on the terrace was all we needed.
Where to Eat
We opted to have most of our meals at the resort. The hotel has a meal plan which makes food choices and timing easier for families. Breakfast and dinner were spent in a dining room with fabulous views of the lake and offered healthy options for all of us using Vermont’s fresh produce – blueberry pancakes for example. The food was delicious and we all enjoyed the variety of selection immensely. I’m a vegetarian (the item in the photo was not my dish), and I was pleased with the variety of vegie options. So was my gluten-free mother. For lunch, we became regulars at Whippi Dip Snack Bar down the road where they make homemade tacos, sandwiches and yummy ice-cream.
I highly recommend a visit to Lake Morey Resort, and I can only imagine that fall in Fairlee would be the most heavenly time to visit. This fall they’re offering many opportunities for family bonding. From apple cider pressing lessons to cider hour, kids can try different varieties of apple cider while the Lake Morey Beer Master serves up delicious local tastings for adults, from hot mulled cider and Woodchuck Cider to a wide range of seasonal local brews. When not indulging in apple tastings, guests can enjoy activities on the lake (pontoon boat rides, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and more), hike the many scenic local trails, play a round of golf on the resort’s 18-hole championship golf course, indulge in the onsite spa, or catch a movie in the resort’s own 120-seat indoor movie theater.
They’re also offering a special this fall, starting September 19th through October 12th, rates for the Smash, Sip, & Stay package start at $418 per adult (kids 3-12 are $80 and kids 13-17 are $130), double occupancy, plus 9% VT tax, and include two nights’ accommodations, dinner, breakfast, apple cider pressing lessons, cider hour, an evening bonfire with make-your-own s’mores and use of the resort’s standard seasonal amenities.
For more information or to book, visit www.lakemoreyresort.com or call 1-800-423-1211.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary visit to Lake Morey to facilitate this review but all opinions are my own.