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
Had a nice stay at the Trapp Family Lodge, enjoyed great food at the bierhall, and took a fabulous tour of the brewery. Only disappointment was not having breakfast included with our stay after asking the front desk if it was included and told no. Would liked to have experienced a yummy breakfast our last morning in Vermont.
Dawn breaks on another beautiful day in the mountains of Vermont. The Trapp Lodge is at 1700 ft elevation in the mountains with spectacular views in all directions. It is April so the Maple sugaring operation is still working on the Italian restaurant on the mountain road (La Trattoria) and then had late evening cocktails in the Lodge lounge with a piano player. All making the Hills alive with the Sound of Music.
We sincerely enjoyed our stay at this Lodge. It was so much nicer than I thought it would be. I have always been captivated by the Von Trapp family story from the moment I saw "The Sound of Music". Heartwarming to learn more about the real story behind the faith and humbleness of the family and the philanthropy that continues. The property is lovely, situated on the side of the hill overlooking beautiful scenery. The walking trails were fun to explore. We wandered into the area where their maple trees were set up to gather the sap. Along the way we met up with a few people who worked for the Lodge - but we are certain one was a member of the family. They were very kind and helpful. Afternoon tea was a treat, breakfast was delicious! We also enjoyed visiting the brewery for lunch. The documentary shown in the theater was very interesting. It made me appreciate the sincerity and faith shown throughout Maria's life and her legacy seems to continue. Heartwarming.
Yearly we go to Trapp in February and stay in a Guest House, so obviously we think highly of the place. This trip we stayed at the Main Lodge before our unit was ready, and took advantage of most of the restaurants and amenities. So I am going to give a few comments and specific pointers for those who know they want to stay here.
You can do breakfast at Main Lodge or the Kaffee Haus. I suggest treating yourself to the Main Lodge restaurant for the buffett or a la carte menu at least once. It feels like you have been transported to Europe. Classical music, white table cloths, golden scones, and fresh flowers set the ambiance, but the table and chairs are unfussy. Since many people are heading out to go skiing and it’s the only place to get breakfast at the Lodge, the vibe is casual and comfortable. My nephew had the blueberry pancakes with their own maple syrup while I had eggs, ham, local bread and berries. There is also a substantial and diverse buffet with fresh made pastries and their own granola. It was such a pleasant experience I came again later in the week as a treat.
At the Kaffee Haus, you can get Trapp eggs, granola and baked breads to help stock your Guest House. They also make pastries all day, breakfast sandwiches and lunch make your own sandwiches. Interestingly, they have a breakfast option for eggs, ham, toast and coffee or tea for $10. Its about $6 less than the same thing at the Main Lodge, so if you are looking for saving a bit, try the Kaffee Haus first.
Healthy Options/Food Sensitivities
We ate at the Lounge for both lunch and dinner, the Main Dining Room for breakfast, the Bier Hall for dinner and the Kaffee Haus for both breakfast and lunch. I have recently had to go on a restricted diet and what I noted was the lack of healthy options. At the Bier Hall, the salmon with mustard glaze was amazing as was the chicken kabob. But the options for simple sides, like rice, quinoa or roasted potatoes, were not available at the Bier Hall or Lounge. Also, there was no garden salad option where you could add protein. I was able to adapt the grilled chicken sandwich and make salad substitutions but I found that the wait staff at both the Lounge and the Bier Hall seemed a bit put off by these requests. They also were not very clear on detail of ingredients. The menus are not as specific as they should be. Numerous times I would order something and then find it had an ingredient I could not eat but had not been listed. After a few days of trying different request and exploring, I was able to put together some good options. The Kaffee Haus make your own sandwich is a particularly good choice.
What I have seen, even though the vibe around the property is comfortable and relaxed, the service is not casual. If you are staying at the Main Lodge and then moving to a Guest House, talk to the front desk to make your transfer easier and more timely. They will arrange to take your bags from your room, hold them and automatically put them into the Guest House as soon as it is available. They will call you when the Guest House is available. While technically the check in for a Guest House is 4pm, both times we were able to move in at 1pm and gear had been all moved in. Since our unit is up multiple levels, not having to carry it was wonderful.
I am looking forward to going back, particularly for breakfast in the Main Dining Room.
Well equipped kitchen & fitness center. Kaffeehaus' pastries yummy! Snowshoe tour was great; bit pricey for 2 hrs as shoe rental is extra. Lodge dinner was pricey but good. Wish master bed was more comfortable; affected sleep quality.