The Great Outdoors for Every Season
For all four seasons, the area surrounding Trapp Family Lodge offers breathtaking scenery and outdoor adventures. While everything is green and flowery in the spring and summer, in the fall, the gorgeous Vermont fall foliage sets a brilliant backdrop for outdoor activities. When the snow begins to fall, Stowe is transformed into a dazzling winter playground. There is an array of activities available in every season.
Hiking, Biking, & Horseback Riding
The spring, summer, and fall offer excellent opportunities for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Explore trails at Spruce Peak Mountain, Mount Mansfield State Forest, Smuggler’s Notch, and several other destinations, all of which are just minutes from our resort.
Go hiking along trails like Pinnacle Trail, which wends its way along a shaded path to a lovely view at the top. Popular mountain biking trails include Cotton Brooke and Stowe’s award-winning Recreation Path.
For those who prefer adventures in the saddle, Stowe offers lovely areas to explore on horseback. Both Edson Hill Manor and the Equestrian Center at Topnotch Resort & Spa offer guided trail rides around pretty scenery.
Glide through Stowe’s many lakes and rivers in a canoe or kayak. Lake Elmore, the Green River Reservoir, and Lamoille and Winooski Rivers are easy drives from Trapp Family Lodge and offer excellent boating experiences as well as exceptional views of Vermont mountainscapes. Canoes and kayaks can be rented at Umiak Outdoor Outfitters, Bert’s Boats, and Pinnacle Ski & Sports.
If you prefer spending the day reeling in big ones, there is plenty of fishing to be had in the area. Operations like Catamount Fishing Adventures and The Fly Rod Shop can get you outfitted and guide you to the best spots. In the winter, you can also try your hand at ice fishing.
Stowe in the Snow
In the winter, Stowe becomes a snowy wonderland, with activities like cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, and ice-skating to entertain visitors. You can enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and sleigh rides right here at Trapp Family Lodge, though we recommend visiting Stowe Mountain Resort for downhill skiing and snowboarding.
If snowmobiling is something you crave, Stowe Snowmobile Tours will get you set up with a vehicle. If you want to give dogsledding a whirl, Umiak Outdoor Outfitters offers experienced "mushers" and handsome teams of Siberian huskies that will give your family a ride they’ll never forget. For ice-skating, head to the Jackson Arena, where you can rent skates and glide around the rink.