OK, this couple and I were on a foliage trip near our bases in Burlington and across the lake in NY but as we got to Jeffersonville on a crisp, clear Sunday in late Oct. fact was the foliage was past it's peak in this part of VT so we decided to go up through Smuggler's Notch--always interesting--and see what Stowe had to offer.
They had been to several Mozart-series concerts at Trapp Family Lodge but I had never been there so we detoured slightly off the Mt. Road to take a look. I was impressed by the size of the place and as we turned around saw the Austrian Tea Room and the Bakery below it so stopped for some baked goods. A nice view and hunger awareness=decision to have lunch there as well.
Our expectations were realistic: a touristy-type restaurant at a big tourist stop in Stowe; we didn't set our sights too high. If the food was decent we'd be satisfied. It took a short wait to get seated in the room-with-a-view---and the view, complete with grazing cows offset by mountain ridges, is terrific--and as we checked the menu the Austrian music being piped in seemed a bit schmaltzy.
Judging from some of the reviews posted here some people haven't had a very good experience. But for us the service was friendly and competent, and most of all, the food was excellent.
I had the special, chicken a la king, my friends had the sausage combo with sauerkraut and warm potato salad and a reuben sandwich respectively and all three items were, frankly, much better than we'd expected. My only quibble is that it would have been a nice touch to have some bread or rolls with the meal.
We didn't have dessert because we'd stocked up on delicious pastries from the bakery before we came in for lunch.
We all agreed we wanted to come back; I'd suggest a clear day as the sumptuous view adds to the experience.
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