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
This is a wonderful place to stay. The staff is outstanding - helpful and friendly. From the font desk staff to the servers to the pool staff and the staff at the outdoor center everyone takes time to make sure you are enjoying your stay. The room was nice, loved the view, especially at night when you can see a million stars! The pool was terrific with fluffy towels. Take the time to enjoy some of the activities. We attended a concert, watched a movie, hikes the trails - there is so much to do. The breakfast buffet was very good and we also loved the Bierhall just a short drive from the lodge. We will definitely go back.
We have vacationed at Trapp Family Lodge many times and always find it extremely clean, friendly and
top of the line food. Some times in the summer there is food from their gardens...
It is a must see...
Rooms should be ready on time. We had to wait for an hour before we could get in. Also the couch has a bad odor and should be addressed. I know money is an issue with new features that are already in Village 1 (ac, new tv, shower in MB, etc, but a lot of people in Village 2 feel that we should still have been put ahead of Village 3.
My husband and I recently stayed two nights in the main lodge at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT. It was such a wonderful experience. The room was comfortable, spacious and very clean. We ate in all four venues on the premises and each venue offered excellent food and had very efficient and friendly staff. We hiked a little on the property and also thoroughly enjoyed the history tour about the real Von Trapp family and how they compare with the "Sound of Music" movie presentation. It was an honor to meet two of the Von Trapp family members while we were there! I highly recommend a stay at the Trapp Family Lodge. It is almost a magical place, with spectacular views, and a peaceful atmosphere, along with swimming in two pools, hiking, biking and reasonably priced meals. It is well-worth a trip!
This was fun to see all the family photos and see where the Von Trapp family came after fleeing Austria. It is also nice that it is still in the family. We had a suite on the fourth floor with a separate bedroom for the kids, which was great. The air conditioner was barely adequate, however. The room was never really cool no matter what we tried. It wasn't uncomfortably warm, though. The views were lovely of the pasture across the road and the mountains beyond. There are fun places to go on the property. We recommend the Bierhall and the Kaffeehaus for non-fussy and delicious dining and breakfast.