Into the Woods: Family Camp in Vermont

September 29, 2016

At the Tyler Place, Enjoy an All-Inclusive Summer Camp for the Whole Family.
Best of All:  Kids Hang with Kids, Teens Hang with Teens and Parents Hang with Adults.

By Nikolai Wood
High School Freshman in San Diego

This past summer, my family and I spent a week at the Tyler Place Family Resort in Swanton, Vermont.  This beautiful and peaceful lakefront property lies hidden away on the northeastern edge of Lake Champlain, a short distance from the border of Canada.  The Tyler Place Resort is a summer camp for the whole family!  The resort is family-owned and the Tyler family has been serving other families solely for over 80 years.  Our Vermont vacation started with a comfortable airplane trip into Burlington, followed by a short car service with a ride to the resort.

We arrived at the resort mid-day, got checked-in, then settled into our cottage.  The property is vast and offers wide-open meadows and lawns, gardens, and wooded areas.  There are 70 different cottages on the property, and each one is tucked here and there.  Our cottage was near the entrance of the property. It was clean, cozy, and rustic – similar to the historic plantation cottages we stayed in on the magical island of Kauai.  We unpacked and strolled back up to the Inn, the center of all the community activities.

Nikolai and Family at Tyler Resort

On our way, we stopped at the Bike Shed to pick out our bikes for the week.  Bikes are the chosen mode of transportation on the enormous property.  Each of us got to pick out our own bike.

Bikes at Tyler Resort

My two brothers and I hurried off to check into our assigned groups, Teen, Pre-Teen, and Senior.  Honestly, I was a bit relieved we were not going to be grouped together during our weeklong vacation, for I was looking forward to meeting other teens my own age.

On my first evening with my group, we cruised around the lake on a pontoon boat.  It was a lot of fun and a good opportunity to get-to-know fellow campers and the terrific college counselors.  I felt 100% welcomed.  We played Charades and Heads-Up, and ate cheese and grapes and drank sodas on the ninety-minute ride.  When we returned to the dock, we all headed up to the hot tub located in the pool area, which included both indoor and outdoor swimming pools and separate spas for teens and adults.

The next morning and evening, and for each of the next six days that followed, I hurried off at the first chance to join my new friends and counselors for another day of exciting activities.  It was freedom from the usual annoyance of having to ask my parents for permission or extra cash every time I wanted to try out a new sport or activity or hang out with friends at the Waterfront or Teen Lounge.  Some of my favorite activities during the week were banana boating, tubing, tennis, archery, the lake trampoline and slide, basketball, volleyball, kayaking, canoeing, and the mountain bike trip to the nearby quarry for cliff jumping – where I frantically leaped from over thirty feet into the cold water below.  It was both terrifying and exhilarating!

Every afternoon was devoted to family time.  During this time, I reconnected with my family to hear about their daily adventures, and we had a few great adventures of our own.  We went on biking and hiking outings and swam in the lake together, and I caught my first fish on our fishing expedition.

Nikolai Fishing at Tyler Family Resort

My favorite experience with my family was when we went boating and I learned to water ski.  And, well no, I did not get up on my first try.

The food at Tyler Place was just so amazing and so tasty!  The chef did an awesome job of preparing and presenting some delicious meals throughout the week, and never the same selection.  Many of the food items and produce are locally grown and come from other Vermont or nearby businesses.  My favorite desert was the Vermont vanilla and maple ice cream.  The meals were served buffet style, so I got to eat as much as I wanted (and I was never asked to do the dishes!).

I am sincerely grateful for the many fun vacations I have been on with my family, and our family friends, but our summer vacation at the Tyler Place Resort was one of my favorites.  It was perfect from beginning to end.

About the Author

Nikolai Wood, Blogger

Currently a high school freshman in San Diego, Nikolai Wood has a passion for the performing arts, writing and traveling the world. He can often be found singing and acting in local plays and musicals. When he is not on stage, Nikolai enjoys exploring cultures around the world with his dads and two brothers, including exotic destinations like Turkey and Greece as well as nearby favorites like Palm Springs.


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