Trapp Family Lodge
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
we would not recommend this tourist trap to anyone. It's not worth $450/night. Althought it's a gorgeous location on a Vermont mountain top in Stowe, we would not return,. Touristy and much too expensive. Public restrooms were dirty and disgusting on the first floor, most likely due to the droves of buses with tourists stopping by for photo ops and lodge tours. Felt more like a tourist trap than a historic lodge of the Trapp family. We did not have any meals at the Lodge so cannot comment on the quality of food or service. Lodge seems to be overdue for a facelift, especially the sleeping rooms.
Wonderful lodge and grounds. We stayed for our anniversary and did hiking in the snow, walked to the beer hall which had great food and beer. Overall staff was amazing. We can not wait to return. Just for a longer stay next time.
As people who have owned other timeshares - this one is the best experience we've ever had. We come here once a year and we always know we're going to have a high quality experience that gives us a little bit of everything: relaxation, great outdoor experiences, delicious food, amazing connection with nature - and of course loving Vermont. We couldn't recommend it more highly.