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The Bridges Vermont Resort & Tennis Club
The Green Mountain Tennis Academy

Warren, Vermont

By Roger Cox, Editor

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The Bridges is a year-round resort, situated just below the ski slopes at Sugarbush. It comprises 100 condominiums all within easy walking distance of a recreation center and a dozen clay courts (two of which will be red clay by splate spring 2017), two of them indoors. Those courts and a popular swimming pool are its principal amenities, and that, when coupled with excellent children's programs, accounts for the large number of families who own or rent.

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Curt Johnson has taken over as tennis director after a stint as head pro. He had previously worked for New England Tennis Holidays next door at Sugarbush Resort as well as for several other clubs in Vermont.

Tennis Programs. Johnson continues to offer the resort's popular 90-minute adult and junior weekly clinics, which variously focus on singles or doubles Curt Johnson, The Bridges Vermont Resort & Tenns Club, Sugarbush, Vermontstrategy or stroke mechanics. His plans to expand and emphasize the adult camps, now entitled "The Green Mountain Tennis Academy," with both full-day and half-day options. Offered late spring into early summer and late summer into fall, these camp bundles three hours of work on stroke production, efficient body mechanics, footwork, and live ball drills each morning with two hours of match play and strategy each afternoon, with lunch in between. Alternatively, the morning program is available as a stand-alone. Beyond these tennis options, the weekly summer calendar includes several doubles mixers, singles ladders, and during July and August a well-attended—and often very entertaining—pro exhibition.
There are also three junior programs: the Green Mountain Tennis Adventure for advanced juniors ages 11-14; Super Champs, an 45-minute skill development clinic for those ages 10 and under; and Camp Bridges, a half-day program of swim and tennis instruction that includes tennis for those ages 5-12. There is also a junior tennis team that plays matches against other camps, like Windridge. Though focused on kids of members or owners, there are opportunities to draft children of guests as well.
Courts & Fees. The courts at the Bridges occupy two locations. There are five Har-Tru courts at the recreation center: 2 indoors and 3 outdoors. Those outdoor courts nestle against a hillside inset with terraced wooden seating capable of holding up to 500 spectators. Across from the recreation center a pathway leads up a low hill to an additional 7 courts—2 red clay (as of late spring 2017) and 5 Har-Tru—grouped around a pavilion with umbrella-shaded picnic tables. Court Fees: Courts are free to lodging guests; visitor fees are $40/hour outdoors and $60/hour indoors.

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New England Tennis Holidays. The tennis camp that feels like a vacation! Join one of our adult summer sessions in New England and enjoy spectacular mountain scenery, fine lodging & dining, and experienced professionals--all while improving your game and having fun at an award-winning camp! Camp runs every day from May to Oct. at Sugarbush, VT and on select dates in North Conway and Waterville Valley, NH. Our 30th year! Call (800) 869 0949 or go to www.netennisholidays.com

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Golf Courses. The Bridges does not have a golf course but guests can play at the nearby Sugarbush Golf Course, an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones design. It has a classic mountain layout, notable for its great views and for punishing errant shots. Par: 72. Length: 5,187-6,524 yards. Open May to October.

Fitness Center. There is a small, unattended fitness center in a mirrored room that looks out at the yard around the swimming pool. It contains an assortment of cardiovascular equipment, some Paramount weight-training stations, and some free weights. Aerobic classes are also available in a newly renovated fitness studio.

And ... The recreation center has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, saunas, hot tub, game room, and an outdoor playground.

Children's Programs

The resort runs a half-day Kids Camp from Monday through Friday in summer. It's geared for kids ages 5-12 and focuses on tennis and swimming.

Lodging

There are roughly 100 condos altogether at the Bridges, all of them built in two phases—one on the same level as the recreation center, the other on the bluff behind—beginning in 1973. They have 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms and come with a total of six floor plans. Although all of these have been furnished and decorated by the owners, they have to meet minimal standards of quality and upkeep for the resort to agree to rent them.

Faced with gray stucco or weathered wood, these units have fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, full decks, and barbecues. All come with televisions and DVDs (a selection of DVDs is available from the main desk). In multi-bath units one or more of baths will have shower only. Master bedroom in some has private entrance. Although bedrooms tend to be small, the condos as a whole are well laid out and inviting. All have a sleeper sofa and one-day supply of coffee on check in. Late arrivals can fill out shopping list and arrive to a condo stocked with what they need. WiFi is available in each unit as well as in the recreation center.

Restaurants

The singular dining option at The Bridges is Café 1-Love, a tennis themed eatery featuring a selection of homemade soups, salads, and local produce and a variety of hot and cold sandwiches for lunch. The dinner menu rotates weekly to feature seasonal local produce, cheeses, and meats. Otherwise, there are numerous restaurants in the valley.

See Also

For other unpretentious, child-friendly resorts in the mountains with solid tennis and condominium lodging, look at:

For something on the beach, look at:

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The Bridges Vermont Resort & Tennis Club

Visit the website for current rates

Bridges Vermont Resort & Tennis Club
202 Bridges Circle
Warren, VT 05674
802-583-2922
Toll-free: 800-453-2922
Fax: 802-583-1018
Web Link: The Bridges Vermont Resort & Tennis Club

The Green Mountain Tennis Academy

The academy has full-day and half-day options. A full day can either be a five-hour-a-day program with lunch (three hours in the morning, two hours in the afternoon) or three-hour morning clinic, lunch, and a 45-minute private lesson. The half-day format ends after the three-hour morning clinic.

May 19-July 2 & Aug. 26-Oct. 15, 2017
Bridges Guests: $145/day, $70/half day

Green Mountain Tennis Academy
Warren, VT 05674
802-583-2922
Toll-free: 800-453-2922
Web Link: The Green Mountain Tennis Academy

Travel Essentials

Seasons. Although the Bridges is open all year, with tennis available on its two indoor courts, the height of the tennis season runs from June to mid October.

Travel Instructions. By Air: The nearest major airport is Burlington, Vermont, 45 miles to the northwest. By Car: The resort is 140 miles from Montreal, 190 miles from Boston, and 300 miles from New York City.

General Tourist Information. Visit the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing website or contact them at 6 Baldwin Street, Drawer 33, Montpelier, VT 05633-1301; Phone 800-VERMONT (800-837-6668).

©2017 Roger Cox

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(61 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
4½-Ball Rating Instruction
4½-Ball Rating Tennis Complex
4-Ball Rating Lodging
3½-Ball Rating Spa & Fitness
3½-Ball Rating Dollar Value
4½-Ball Rating Kids' Programs
5-Ball Rating Solo Travelers
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Tennis Staff
5-Ball Rating Game Matching
3½-Ball Rating Junior Tennis
4-Ball Rating Cuisine
3-Ball Rating Other Recreation
4-Ball Rating Setting
4-Ball Rating Romance
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Green Mountain Tennis Academy Ratings
( 2 Reviewers)
Tennis Overall
5-Ball Rating Instruction
5-Ball Rating Dollar Value
5-Ball Rating
Tennis Staff
5-Ball Rating Junior Tennis
4-Ball Rating


NETH Text+Graphic

New England Tennis Holidays. The tennis camp that feels like a vacation! Join one of our adult summer sessions in New England and enjoy spectacular mountain scenery, fine lodging & dining, and experienced professionals--all while improving your game and having fun at an award-winning camp! Camp runs every day from May to Oct. at Sugarbush, VT and on select dates in North Conway and Waterville Valley, NH. Our 30th year! Call (800) 869 0949 or go to www.netennisholidays.com

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NETH Text+Graphic

New England Tennis Holidays. The tennis camp that feels like a vacation! Join one of our adult summer sessions in New England and enjoy spectacular mountain scenery, fine lodging & dining, and experienced professionals--all while improving your game and having fun at an award-winning camp! Camp runs every day from May to Oct. at Sugarbush, VT and on select dates in North Conway and Waterville Valley, NH. Our 30th year! Call (800) 869 0949 or go to www.netennisholidays.com

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©2017 Roger Cox