Hike name: The Chapel and the Cabin at Trapps Family Lodge
Location: Stowe, Vt.
Length: About six miles round-trip, combined.
Rating: Easy to moderate.
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Dogs: Leashed, clean up after.
Maps: Available at Outdoor Center.
Features: Pleasant walking on wide woods roads/ski trails to worthwhile destinations: a historic small, stone chapel, and a WOW! of a rustic, backwoods cabin.
Watch out for: You're gonna wanna live here …
Background: "When the von Trapp family left Austria and first gazed on the sweeping mountain vistas of Stowe, Vt., they knew immediately they had found their new home."
When you get there, you'll know why. In 1950 they opened a 27-room lodge. Continuously family owned and operated, and the inspiration for "The Sound of Music," the now-2,400-acre resort and its 96-room Austrian-style main lodge occupies a stunning setting, with panoramic eastern views of the majestic Worcester mountain range.
Back when I was an avid downhill skier — I used to (almost literally) run up and down Breakneck in the fall to get in shape for the ski season — Vermont's Mad River Glen was, for me, the coolest place to ski, and the legendary single chair, servicing near-vertical slopes, was the ultimate (I skied them once, and bragged about it for decades).
Route 100 — a winding two-lane road through a sometimes wide, sometimes narrow Vermont valley, and small, rustic, white-church-steepled villages: Granville, Warren, Waitsfield — was the classic ski route. I'd occasionally venture farther north to Stowe, but my '63 Corvette Sting Ray coupe (a blast on Route 100) with the MAD RIVER GLEN, SKI IT IF YOU CAN bumper sticker more often than not ended up in the Mad River parking lot.