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
- 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
As I stated Wifi better this year = thank you. Would like secure wifi.
Kaffeehaus experience still nowhere near the Tea Room experience.
You need a Peloton bike in the exercise room.
Main Dining room has lost our business the past couple of years. Limited selection.
I was a bit disappointed that we did not get to stay in the actual lodge. We stayed in a separate cabin across the street. But the staff was great! Would recommend this place to others Soak up the history...
I stayed here during the winter, but I think this place would be incredible in the summer. The complex is massive and the views of the mountains are incredible. The area is also really nice to walk/hike around which is why I think it would be great in the summer. It's also not a very far drive from Stowe Mountain Resort to Ski and there are a few really good dining options on the complex.
The amenities and food were amazing and the view was perfect. We loved everything provided by the spa and fitness center as well as the chance to get outdoors while renting from the outdoor center. The lounge, library, and Sun room were a great place to hang out and spend some time playing board games. Unfortunately the only place that was really not enjoyable was our bedroom. It was nearly impossible to get comfortable on the bed and we both woke up sore from it in the morning. Due to that we would not be likely to recommend anyone staying there, only for them to visit for the day.
My fiance and I just returned from our second stay at Trapp Family Lodge, and it has proven to be the highlight of our winter. This hotel has a quaint, family-owned-and-operated charm that is increasingly rare in an era of bohemoth resort chains. Our room was recently renovated, and the modern touches added a contemporary feel (USB ports in the wall) while keeping loyal to the Austrian lodge aesthetic.
The included amenities at TFL make this spot stand out the most - being able to snow shoe for hours on the property trails, stopping at a cabin for hot chocolate and the bierhall for a flight, and then relaxing in the outdoor hot tub with a gorgeous mountain view as the sun sets. You might as well be in a Hallmark Christmas movie.
What else? The staff are very helpful and friendly. We especially appreciated the staff at the Outdoor Center taking the time review the trail map with us and make sure we had everything we needed for a successful winter hike. The lodge is toasty warm and smells delicious.
Trapp Family Lodge strikes the perfect balance of being both family-friendly and a one-of-a-kind getaway for moderately adventurous 30-somethings such as ourselves. If you like to cross-country ski or snowshoe, I highly recommend this gem of a place. Trapp will not let you down!