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
Stopped for the night to enjoy the views and relax.
Room was excellent. Opened to the continuous balcony. Beautiful scenery. Staff was kind and will to carry on with conversation.
Only recommendation - Don't eat dinner there. Stowe is close enough. Restaurant food is not worth the price. Only disappointment.
A lovely, relaxing spot. We can't wait to return and spend more time. The staff was so friendly and welcoming - from Ken the shuttle drive and Gunal (I hope I am spelling that correctly) the bartender to Heath the bellman, everyone went out of the way to make sure we enjoyed our time at the Lodge.
The place was beautiful! The views, the lodge itself was lovely. First time here and it was a nice stay but.. We were looking forward to the adults maria pool which is still on the map on the hotels website but it’s actually gone which was a bummer. So we walked across the street to the main outdoor one and it was full with no where to sit or put your things which would have been fine but another guest was telling us some people drove up just to use the pool. So they weren’t even guests. You could just walk right in. Also for a 4 star lodge the pool had weeds growing between the tile so it could have been nicer. The view is amazing from the pool. The biggest complaint was the pools closed at 8pm! During the summer! The outdoor one, whatever since it’s out in a field with no lights really. But even the indoor one..Their restaurants on site also closed early. Bierhall at 9pm? We were staying at the Green Mountain Inn in town for a few nights and decided to splurge for a night here and was kind of sad we did because we missed our original hotel. Jacuzzi and a large nice room for cheaper. Their pool was clean, no weeds and was open until 10pm. The amenities were great here with all the tours, trails, biking, etc but not sure it’s worth the new $35/night resort fee. All in all the lodge was nice but I think I’d look elsewhere next time we’re in town.