After a year of listening to my son begging me to go camping, we were off for an outdoor adventure. The chosen place – Brewster River Campground in Smugglers’ Notch area of Vermont. It is located right along Brewster River, providing the combination of relaxing sounds of water and nearby nature. The place offers cabins, campsites, a waterfall, private and share bathrooms and water activities to do in the river.
I must confess that you won’t find camping on the list of activities that I enjoy. But my oldest son has been begging me to do some real camping for over a year. Most of the places we visited last year weren’t camping friendly. So when I started to plan our trip to Vermont I promised him to go camping.
My biggest challenge was finding a place where we could camp that also had cabins for the not-such-excited-campers (me and my brother mainly).
While doing my research. I quickly found Brewster River Campground in Smugglers’ Notch area. It looked like it would work for all of us, so I contacted Tim, the owner, and after a short chat I decided it was the place!
The campsite is near Smugglers’ Notch Resort and ArborTrek Canopy Adventures and Stowe Village, places we wanted to visit.
Is Camping in Vermont for Everyone?
The campsite is literally located on Brewster River and is one of those true campsites that I used to visit when I was younger. But age managed to take the camper out of me.
There are 26 camping areas that are separated to provide privacy and a space for campfire. We had a six person tent with a small porch and we still had tons of space.
I requested the Loft, an apartment that was located right next to our campsite. After visiting the place I can tell you that campsite #7 is one of the best in the place.
It is located right next to the shared bathrooms.
Each of the campsites has an area for a fire, a grill and a picnic table.
The firewood is also really close to the sites and can be purchased for $5. Plus there is a small cart that you can use to carry the wood. In that same area you also find extra chairs that you are allowed to use to sit around your campfire.
The Campground and River
As I mentioned before the campsite is located on the shores of the river, so all you hear are the noises of surrounding forest and sounds of the water. It truly feels refreshing, especially if you come from a city.
If you follow the little path by the river, you will find a 20 foot waterfall and swimming hole. They are both located less than five minutes away from our site.
On some of the camping sites you also get small cabins and lean-to’s, with no bathrooms. So you can opt for one of these enclosed spaces as well.
The waterfall is great for swimming and just chilling out on the huge boulders that surround it.
The Loft – for the ‘Other’ Type of Campers
This is what ended up convincing me that this was the perfect camp for us. The Loft is an apartment with a full kitchen, refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. It also comes with games to play, a private bathroom with hot showers and a bedroom with queen sized bed.
If you need more sleeping space remember that the living room is equipped with a pull-out coach as well.
Blankets and pillows are provided to you but you do need to bring your own sheets.
Also keep in mind that there is no internet but if you REALLY need to use it the owner can set it up from his house. We declined his offer. I thought it was nice to disconnect and be with my family.
More Features and Info for Brewster River Campground
- Water and electric hook-ups are not available in some campsites.
- There are 3 sites that are special for trailers/RVs.
- A trail to Mt. Mansfield, the highest point in Vermont, can be easily accessed from the campground.
- Horseback riding, fishing, bicycling, and canoe/kayak are all available locally.
Information for Staying at Brewster River Campground
– Tim doesn’t take any walk-ins.
– The campground is open from Mid May until November.
– Phone – 802-644-6582
- Tent site without electric hook-up: $25 per night
- Tent site with electric hook-up: $30 per night
- RV/camper with hook-ups: $30 per night
- Lean-to: $43 per night
- Cabin: $54 per night
- Loft (apartment): $80 per night