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Getting Wet and Much More in Jay, Vermont

A Great Vacation in the Green Mountains

The Pump House Waterpark in Jay, Vermont. Photo by Chrissy LefavourThe month of May brought much more than just flowers to Vermont this year. Severe weather precedes summer with freezing temperatures, high winds and spectacular storms, but it also brings plenty of sunshine and warm weather to jumpstart summer. Vermont is famous for the Green Mountains, rushing streams and serene lakes welcoming an abundance of outdoor activity year round. Lesser known but equally desirable destinations lie in the resorts and spas around the region; I was lucky enough to recently spend time at one of the most all-encompassing resorts Vermont has to offer. A surprise trip for my boyfriend’s birthday sent us on a mini road trip to the Northern borders of our state, driving through landscapes of farms, up mountain roads and through the woods we weren’t entirely sure what to expect. Out of nowhere pops the brand new Hotel Jay at Jay Peak and we felt like we were worlds away from home. Jay Peak Resort features completely new renovations and big changes including a golf course, multiple lodging options, delicious dining and a brand new, indoor waterpark.

If you’ve never heard of Jay, VT I wouldn’t be surprised. The mountain Jay Peak has been serving skiers for over 50 years and opened its first hotel in the 1970s, but the location is so far north your cell phone will thinks it’s in Canada. I had been to the mountain maybe a dozen times due to my 20 years of skiing and riding in Vermont because Jay has always offered great deals to locals. Now the resort offers something for everybody from locals to international travelers. Hotel Jay and the Tram Haus Lodge are both connected to the Pump House Waterpark making it easy for families to move freely from room to activities. There are multi-room suites as well as cottages and condos located near the golf course and ski slopes. I booked a penthouse studio for an overnight “Splash and Stay” deal which landed me a $25 gift card I could use anywhere at the resort!

So what can you expect from the waterpark? There is something for Mom, Dad, the kids, even for Grandma and Grandpa! On hot days the glass roofs retracts, but there is also an outdoor swimming pool, patio and hot tub. The park features four slides, two “mellow” tube slides and two “intense” body slides. The most impressive is La Chute, which features a floor that drops from beneath your feet only to The Pump House Waterpark in Jay, Vermont. Photo by Chrissy Lefavoursend you on a vertical drop followed by a complete inverted loop. The slide is the only one of its kind featured at an indoor park in the U.S., and it comes highly recommended from yours truly! The lazy river is a fun alternative from the adrenaline rousing rides, but other fun features include a surfing wave, climbing wall and basketball hoops. The Drink is a bar the looks over the entire waterpark so you, and the lifeguards, can keep a close eye on whoever you need to.

Finally, there are plenty of dining options that all take on great reviews. I had a more than exceptional experience at The Foundry Pub and Grill, where I redeemed my gift card. This all around great getaway is for families, couples, retirees, and anyone looking to explore hidden gems in Vermont. My advice…? Stay as long as you can. My boyfriend and I stayed for only one night which still got us two days at the waterpark, but there was much left to be done. The spa offers full services including pedicures, deep tissue, Swedish and Reiki massage, sugar scrubs, body wraps and much more. I already knew about the great terrain Jay has to offer every winter with high annual snowfalls and well regarded woods skiing, but I had no idea I’d be itching to go back there in the summertime. Whether it’s golf, swimming, sliding, skating, relaxing, sunning, or wining and dining you’re looking for Jay Peak resort has it all.

Check out for rates, deals and more details on all the features you can expect. Do whatever you can to get to Jay Peak; the good news is that the year round amenities and brand new facilities come at prices that can’t be beat. Enjoy!

Chrissy Lefavour is a Contributor to The Free George. Photos by Chrissy Lefavour.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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