The Trapp Family Lodge seemed like the perfect place to celebrate my fiance's birthday, as the Sound of Music is his favorite movie. I however, am not a fan of the movie, so I feel like I can give an unbiased opinion of the hotel.
You truly feel like you've been transported when you arrive at the Trapp Family Lodge! The outside architecture is quite unique, at least for this part of the world. I think the family stayed true to their roots when they built it. There was a greeter at the door when we arrived, and we knew right away we would be treated well! All of the employees wear uniforms/costumes that tie into the theme. They were all very friendly.
We spent two nights in a standard room, but there was nothing standard about it at all! Our room had French doors that opened up to a shared balcony overlooking the mountains! It was magnificent! We made sure to catch one sunset and one sunrise while we were there. There are rocking chairs and small tables for those who want to prolong their stay, but it was a little too cold to fully enjoy. Still, we could watch the sunrise from our bed. So, we really didn't need to go outside! The room, including the bathroom were spacious.
I loved the set-up. To get to our room we had to go through a sitting room. To get to the restaurant, you could go through a library. One night we explored and found a game room. This led to the only disappointment.... there are quite a few fire places in all of these little sitting rooms, but none of them were lit. It would have added just the perfect touch after a long day of skiing, to sit by the fire and play a board game. We still played the game, it just wasn't as fun! They looked like old fashioned wood burning stoves. So, I'm guessing they aren't lit for safety reasons.
On our first night, we had dinner at the nicer of the two restaurants. I'm not a big fan of German food, which the menu reminded me of. However, this is the kind of place you can't go wrong. Everything we ordered was delicious, and part of me wanted to come back the second night! I also tried something I'd never had before.... a maple martini! At night, the lodge is lit with little white twinkling Christmas lights. That was our view from the window with the mountains just beyond. Gorgeous! Right before we headed home, we were looking for some place to grab a quick bite. We just decided to head back to the Lodge to try the casual restaurant. It too was very good! Oh, and I almost forgot... also on the property is a second casual restaurant, part of the brewery. It's basically grab and go sandwiches. We ate there for breakfast. We also went back in the evening to try a beer, which my fiance told me was really good. I bought one for my dad and he enjoyed it too. It's a fun little place and it looked like everyone crowded around the bar at night was having a good time.
Just look at the activities page on their website! You could spend a week there and never leave the lodge! The only one we participated with the Trapp Family Tour. We did this for my fiance, because he's such a big fan. Needless to say, it was a hit. I even enjoyed it! I will write a separate review for the tour, but the highlight was when Maria's youngest son joined us at the end. My fiance got tears in his eyes, and I did too, because I was so excited for him. That put the extra special touch on the tour.
We had every intention of trying it. However, having it across the street from the Lodge is less than ideal, especially when it's cold outside. It also kept short hours while we were there. We walked over but it was already closed.
And, if you're a really big fan, don't forget to stop in the gift shop, where you can find anything you ever wanted to know about the Trapp Family or the Sound of Music!
In summation, the Trapp Family Lodge blew away my high expectations. I know we will return some day!
- 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