As avid fans of The Sound of Music already know, the real von Trapp family was a musical troupe that toured the world after their escape from Salzburg, Austria in 1938. As the family business became lucrative, the von Trapps purchased a small farmhouse in Stowe and settled down to live amid the mountains yet again in 1942. Over time, the farmhouse grew into a large resort, hosting a popular music camp among other activities.
The now expansive lodge mainly serves as a ski retreat, although there is also a bounty of warm-weather outdoor activities like bird watching and mountain biking. Sound of Music fans and von Trapp aficionados should take a tour to get an overview of the family's history.
Most recent visitors recommend taking advantage of the lodge's many amenities. One recent visitor tells TripAdvisor : "The best way to enjoy the day at the VT Lodge is to go up early for breakfast … Then after the tour visitors are free to enjoy the trails off into the woods."
You'll find the Trapp Family Lodge on Trapp Hill Road about three miles west of downtown Stowe. The lodge is open year-round with a wide schedule of activities. History tours are offered every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. Tickets are $10 for Trapp Family Lodge guests and $15 for non-guests. Check out the lodge's website for more information.