Some of the best cross-country skiing in the country, with 62 miles of trails
Lots of four-season activities, from tennis to maple sugaring
Old World charm: Scottish highlander cattle, a croquet court, sleigh rides
New World amenities: a 60-by-25-foot indoor swimming pool, a spa and a brewery
Unparalleled views of Vermont’s Green Mountains
What To Know
It’s about 15 minutes to the village of Stowe and to Stowe Mountain Resort
Three restaurants, but options for vegetarians and vegans are limited
Not a hot spot for singles
Some guestrooms are showing the wear and tear of the lodge’s year-round popularity
Ski season typically starts around Thanksgiving and ends in mid-April
Parking on site
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Sprawling Stowe resort run by third-generation von Trapps, with year-round activities and Green Mountain views
Even if you haven’t watched The Sound of Music dozens of times, you’ve probably heard of the von Trapp family and their flight from Austria to America. What you may not know is that a third generation of von Trapps is running a smattering of mountaintop Tyrolean lodges in Stowe, Vermont. Stretching nearly 2,500 acres in the Nebraska Valley Mountain Range, the Trapp Family Lodge is actually a mini-village that includes a 97-room main inn, dozens of chalets and villas, fitness and outdoor centers, greenhouses and gardens, and several swimming spots. Trapps, as the resort is known, even has its own chapel, sugarhouse, concert meadow and brewery. The look is Austrian-inspired, with servers in dirndls, antique skis as decoration, and taxidermy galore.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms take a more restrained approach than the main lodge’s mountain style, with country florals, pine headboards, earthy-colored carpets and heavy drapes. Design-forward it isn’t, but all the comforts, including WiFi, coffeemakers and wood-burning fireplaces (in some), are present, along with supersoft beds for relaxing after a day of outdoor excursions. Simple bathrooms are done in pastel shades and white porcelain, with over-tub showers or whirlpool tubs.
Sam von Trapp — grandson of Capt. Georg and Maria — has been largely responsible for moving the property into the 21st century. There’s a new brewery, plus yoga and core strength classes, as well as harp lessons and singalongs, among the daily activities. Some travelers make the pilgrimage here in search of edelweiss (The Real Maria documentary is shown twice daily in the main lodge’s St. George’s Hall), but others arrive to simply cross-country-ski all day on the 62-mile network of trails before submitting to a mango ginger brown sugar salt glow at the spa and a plate of caramelized sea scallops or grilled pancetta-wrapped salmon with lentils in the Dining Room.
In the Area
Trapps is all about the great outdoors, and you can cross-country-ski or snowshoe the three miles up to Slayton Pasture Cabin, which has a hot fire, hot soup and hot chocolate. It’s all downhill from there. Fuel up at Hen of the Wood, a Waterbury restaurant that has earned nods from the James Beard Foundation — and don’t miss the mushroom toast. Or you can stick to Trapps’ 2,500 acres for the miles of cross-country-skiing trails, the horse-drawn sleigh rides, the hiking, the wine-tasting events and more. Beer lovers should save time to sample the crisp Vienna Amber or the Golden Helles lager from the resort’s private brewery.