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 stopped in as we were in the area. Reading the reviews talked about the wonderful views, that you had to see. Neither of us were overwhelmed, actually the opposite. We were there about 15 minutes and drove away. I wouldn't make that trip, unless I was staying there. And we won't do that as they are pretty expensive.
We love the TFL. Always our home away from home. Guest houses are comfortable, cozy, and clean and they provide all amenities as if you were home. We can't wait to go back again in July and use our second week and see what the summer season offers.
I rarely give a review on an establishment even if I have positive or negative opinions. However, I am in the gracious mood not to a give a good review; I’m here to provide an ultra-exceptional review of the breathtaking family orientated Trapp Family Lodge. My wife & I recently spent two days at the lodge where we hiked and took a bike ride on a portion of the spectacular 2000 acres. We took tours of the history and maple making process. We were honored to meet a bona fide Von Trapp descendant. (Grandson of Maria). Our room was the cheapest available, yet, it was marvelous, spacious and had magnificent views of the green Vermont mountains from our outdoor patio. Swimming in the heated indoor pool & relaxing in the jacuzzi overlooking the mountains was awesome. Dining in the dining rooms, while a bit expensive was worth the price. I non-drinker decided to have a “Vermont” beer. Understanding, the “true” history of the family and reminiscing of the awesome movie the Sound of Music will have many lifetime memories. Have fun and visit this wonderful lodge.
We were in Room 316. The carpet in room had several stains
We had dinner and the steak was hard to cut. The Cesar salad needed more salad dressing. Very little taste. When asked what kind of cut of steak the server didn't know. The shintial was very dry. The dessert was two small light bites.
We attended one of sessions on the history of the Trapp family. That was educational. The grandson asked if got beer samples? We did not. He said he was checking this out. But we were leaving.
When we checked in, we tried to take a nap before dinner. The kitchen below us was banging pipes or whatever and it was loud. Called front desk and they said it was from kitchen. Unbelievable.
I wouldn't stay here.
My wife is a big fan of the Sound of Music, so of course, we had to stay here. I was on a business trip and she came along. we toured New England for 4 days. Made this one of our stops. Very nice lodge and grounds.