We live about 3 hours from Stowe, VT. I had heard about the lodge about 15 years ago, when I went on a "Sound of Music" tour in Salzburg, Austria, and learned that after the von Trapp family left Austria, they settled in Vermont and had since been running a resort/inn. As a result, when we were looking to go on a cross-country skiing trip for a couple of days, and this lodge kept coming up in our Google search results, we decided to give it a shot.
Overall, we just had such a lovely, lovely time. If you enjoy cross-country skiing, and you're a fan of "The Sound of Music," you will enjoy it here very much. The mountains and scenery are beautiful, the lodge is quaint but well-kept and clean, and the employees are very courteous and friendly. We didn't meet one mean person (guest or employee) the whole time we were there! I imagine that no matter the season, it would be a great place to visit. One of the things we enjoyed about our room was that even though we got one of the older (and cheaper) rooms, we still had a shared balcony that overlooked the mountains. I can't even imagine how breathtaking the scenery would be in the fall!
A couple of things that are helpful to know about the resort before coming. First, this is a "family" lodge/resort. As such, expect to see young children -- lots of them. The walls were a little thin in the part of the lodge we stayed in, and we could often hear our neighbor's children running up and down the halls . . . repeatedly. And we saw this throughout the resort -- including the gym. Although we don't have kids, we like them, so it didn't bug us too much. However, if you're expecting a "couple's getaway," just be warned that you will see all ages there. In addition, I was thoroughly impressed at how many activities the Trapp Family Lodge runs every day. Every morning, you wake up to find an itinerary slid under the door that tells you the various tours, movies, fitness classes, excursions, etc. available for the day (some are free and some do have a participation fee). Every evening, they run a documentary called "The Real Maria" that is quite a treat, once again if you're a fan of "The Sound of Music." I really enjoyed learning more about the real von Trapp family. The Trapp Family Lodge is a little ways from town; however, the food choices on the premises were always good and didn't disappoint. We ate in both the lounge and the bakery/deli (both are more affordable that the main dining room). In regards to the cross-country skiing, I thought the trails were awesome. Be forwarned that a lot of them are rather hilly/steep. If you are a beginning cross-country skiier, there are a few basic trails, and you just have to stick with those - there are still enough to keep you busy for a few days. I had considered myself an intermediate skiier before I went there but quickly learned that the intermediate trails were just too steep for what I was used to. Finally, the spa was also very nice. I had a great massage there (that I found affordable when compared to my local spa), that was very welcome after a long couple of days of skiing.
Finally, know that the only drawback to this place is the price. At more than $200/night even during the off season and during weekdays, there's no doubt about it - it is expensive compared a basic hotel. As another reviewer mentioned though, it is a class act. I felt that it was a very worthwhile couple of day excursion. While I can't afford to come here often, I wouldn't hesitate to come back again for a special occasion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Harmony. A simple word that captures the essence of what makes Trapp Family Lodge and resort such a special place. Here in Stowe, Vermont you'll discover so many different experiences, activities and opportunities to enjoy your mountain escape. And yet all this remarkable variety - hiking, swimming, tennis, birding, cross-country skiing, meetings, weddings, an indoor spa, and more - lives in perfect harmony. A vacation here will leave you rested and refreshed. Recharged and reconnected. But most importantly, it will remind you of what's truly important. A magnificent 2,500 acre resort managed by the family that inspired The Sound of Music, this New England treasure is the perfect place for your next vacation. A little of Austria. A lot of Vermont. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Trapp Family Hotel Stowe
- Von Trapp Lodge
- Trapp Lodge
- Trapp Family Stowe
- Von Trapp Family Lodge
- Trapp Family Lodge Stowe, Vermont