Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center

Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center, Stowe: Address, Phone Number, Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center

Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center
4.5
Ski & Snowboard Areas • Cross-country Ski Areas
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At the Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center the question isn’t what to do. The question is, where do you start? From sunrise to sunset, and in every season, there is an invigorating adventure or relaxing activity waiting for you at every turn. The Trapp Family Lodge is a 2,500 acre mecca for the outdoor and nature enthusiast. In the Winter there is cross country skiing, back country skiing and snowshoeing. In the Summer there is mountain biking, disc golf, hiking,Nordic walking and even concerts in our meadow. The lists go on and on for people of all ages!
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OlderCodger
Tyngsboro, MA1,526 contributions
Feb 2020
Two years ago there were significant issues concerning use of the groomed trails. The staff tried to restrict use to classic and skate skiers. This year it was clear that anyone could use the groomed trails, even those on snowshoes. This is as it once was and should always have been. In our Guest House the manual actual stated that snowshoers had the right to use the groomed trails.

There were also many more snowshoe trails than in the past, reducing the need to use groomed trails. It is possible to use different trails to climb to the cabin and return. Some of the areas with nice views now have dedicated snowshoe trails. Kudos to the staff for meeting the needs of the many who snowshoe.

There are several guided snowshoe tours at Trapp. A group that went to the chapel saw a deer. Those of us who went to the Beer Hall enjoyed hearing Chris Poacher's wonderful tales. We also stayed long enough to enjoy some of the very fine Trapp Beer.
Written February 16, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

sourney3
Davidson, NC4 contributions
Aug 2021
I went into the tour with low expectations; thought I knew everything from reading all the books. I was very pleasantly surprised. Michael did a fabulous job of telling the Von Trapp family story from beginning to present. I learned many things I hadn't heard and Michael's style and voice are very pleasant to listen to. He also showed us a very enjoyable BBC documentary of Maria's story that included plenty of footage of Maria. Next Maria's grandson was present for any questions we wanted to ask about the family.
Afterwards we had a very delicious lunch in their cafe and then toured the grounds which made for a very special day.
Written August 14, 2021
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Bob E
3 contributions
Aug 2021
When my wife and I grew up in the 60s and 70s, The Sound of Music was one of the "classic" movies for families. The movie's story and the music were interwoven into our childhood. When we found out (on Trip Advisors) that the REAL Von Trapp Family had, eventually, emigrated to the Stowe, Vermont area, we knew we had to visit! We spent 4 hours at the Von Trapp Family Lodge, and were thrilled to attend the "Von Trapp History Tour!" The tour included a 30-45 minute overview which provided an excellent summary of the "actual" Von Trapp family history...and the presenter made sure to emphasize the part of their history that was not the same as the fictional storyline that we had seen many times in the Sound of Music film. We were also shown a BBC film that featured actual footage of Maria Von Trapp returning (as an older lady) to Austria and seeing her old friends. The History Tour concluded with a brief presentation by Georg and Maria's grandson, Sam, who lives in Stowe and he shared his experiences and he also conducted a question and answer session.
After the tour, we enjoyed a very delicious lunch at the Von Trapp outdoor cafe. Our group of four included two of our adult children and we all really enjoyed this memorable visit to the current family home of this famous family.
Written September 22, 2021
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nickn789
Ballston Lake, NY3 contributions
Oct 2020
We did the maple tour. We had Chris Poacher as our tour guide. He was excellent- somewhat eccentric and very passionate about the facility and homesteading work he does at the property. We really enjoyed the tour. If we had time, we would have done some hiking on the property, that looked really nice as well.
Written October 20, 2020
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Thanks for visiting and taking the Maple Sugar Tour -- we'll pass your kind words along to Chris! Please do return and explore the hiking (or soon cross country skiing!) trails.
Written October 22, 2020
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StephenV
Sarasota, FL3 contributions
Feb 2021
We are beginner XC Skiiers and had an amazing time at the Trapp Family Lodge. They had affordable rentals and well groomed trail with friendly staff there to assist with trail picking and directions. Parking is easy to find as well. Once you're done you can head to the beerhall which has great lunch and beer!
Written February 16, 2021
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV2,541 contributions
Sep 2021
As a native German speaking American, yet a lover of movies, I really wanted to love this place. A. No one spoke German. B. Hospitality was not their primary concern.

We did not have dinner reservations and were told, flat out, forget it. Sat in the bar area and ordered 2 beers and 2 pretzels. Ok….pricey, but expected. When we had the audacity to move a bar stool. Head “male hostess”“ came over and told us in a stern voice not to move the stools. Really? It is cold and raining on a late September afternoon…and we just moved a stool.

Not exactly Gemütlich.
Written October 3, 2021
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Teammilitello
Des Moines, IA649 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
The trails were not well-maintained. Two of my four kids left bruised up after separate wipeouts. Either large rocks, long grass, muddy holes, or maple tubes were hard to go around at fast speeds.
We had no idea where we were most of the time because the trail map was awful and the few signs on the trail don’t match them. How about adding a “You are here,” to signs along the way?! We were done after 2 hours.
For 6 bikes, for a 4-hr. rental, I thought paying almost $350 was too much.
Written August 9, 2021
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L C
10 contributions
Feb 2020
My friend & I were looking for a place with groomed trails since we're not very experienced nordic skiers. The locals highly recommended this location and it was definitely a great option. We asked about the trails for novices and were given a map with the routes shown. We had mentioned we weren't very experienced and I thought we would be asked if we wanted pointers but nothing was offered so we decided to just go on past knowledge (and a quick you tube review!). I was surprised that much of the trail we went on had only one set of marked lines. I had to leave the tracks quite a bit when I saw someone approaching from the opposite direction on the same side. I was also surprised that the trail (Sugar Hill) was not more clearly marked, but it is possible that I missed a sign along the way! All in all, it was a great experience. I am glad we chose this location.
Written February 24, 2020
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jonathb5
Glen, NH689 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is an area we return to annually due to its extraordinarily maintained and extensive Nordic ski trails across their beautiful 2,500 acre property. The views are quintessential Vermont and the mixed forest is beautiful. Always a highlight of the winter season and a favorite personal tradition.
Written February 25, 2020
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Rebecca L
Chicago, IL25 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Absolutely charming. Only stayed for one night on a road trip but our room was great and the views spectacular. (Highly recommend the brewery, too.) This was a summer trip—would love to return in winter or fall.
Written August 8, 2021
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