Travel New England
January 28, 2013

“The hills are alive…” I don’t know anyone who would not be able to finish this line of music. And the hills, or rather, the mountains, of Vermont are still alive with the renowned von Trapp family history. Nestled on 2,500 acres in the quaint, 200-year old town of Stow, Vermont is the Trapp Family Lodge, a luxury resort that sits on the site of the original farm/lodge established by the von Trapp family who, after their escape from the Nazi regime in Europe, settled there in 1940 and began welcoming guests in 1950. Still owned and run by the von Trapp family, this is where visitors find that it’s not your typical resort. Boasting “Austrian-inspired architecture and European-style accommodations,” the resort has something for everyone – even man’s best friend, with their dog-friendly accommodations in the main lodge. You can also opt for the resort’s villa or guest house rentals. No matter your choice, and no matter if it’s you and friends, you and your special someone, or you and the kids, you really can’t go wrong.

The Trapp Family Lodge resort is a hop, skip, and a jump from downtown Stowe with its many shops, restaurants, and cultural events and attractions. The resort offers so much in the way of seasonal indoor and outdoor activities that you will no doubt want to return again and again to enjoy it all: maple sugaring, skiing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn carriage rides, bird watching, sightseeing, historic tours, hiking, fitness center, wine tastings, special events, activities for kids of all ages, and then some! But one thing I especially want to point out to all of you cross country skiing and snowshoeing enthusiasts (including novices) is the Nordic Center that offers 60km of groomed trails and 100 km of back-country trails that have terrain for all skill levels. Did you know that Vermont is home to the very first US cross country ski center? The Nordic Center is also Stowe’s largest cross country ski center. There, you will find equipment rentals and a retail shop offering everything you need for your fun in the snow.

Another bonus, the Trapp Family Lodge is also located near Waterbury, home of the Ben & Jerry’s Factory and the Green Mountain Coffee Visitor’s Center.

Don’t you just want to go now? I do. Be sure to check out their packages and last-minute specials!

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