Nature October 28, 2016
The One Spot In Vermont That’s Basically Heaven On Earth
If you’re a fan of the Sound of Music, then you know that the hills are alive at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. Simply walking around the grounds is heaven on earth, and there is much, much more available if you choose to indulge. Whether you spend some time away on vacation or travel there for a fantastic day trip, let’s take a look at some of the things to do that makes the Trapp Family Lodge a beautiful and scenic destination in Vermont.
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This 2,400-acre estate was where the von Trapp family moved after they fled Austria before it was captured by Nazi Germany.
Baron Georg von Trapp and his wife Maria settled with their family in Vermont in 1942.
After the Baron's death in 1947, the von Trapps expanded and operated their home as a 27-room ski lodge. It was destroyed by fire on 20 December 1980, forcing 45 people, including Baroness von Trapp, to flee in their nightclothes.
A new Austrian-style lodge with 93 rooms was opened in 1983.
The country roads leading to the lodge are magical.
Between the roads and the views, this drive alone may be worth the trip!
Stroll through the gardens and admire the handiwork.
There are interesting things to see in every season!
Take a 90-minute tour and learn about the Von Trapp History.
The tour often ends with Sam von Trapp, General Manager and son of Johannes von Trapp, or another von Trapp family member answers questions about what it was like growing up in the family.
Enjoy a walk and say hello to the animals like these sheep and lambs.
Or snap some pictures of these fuzzy fellas.
Maria von Trapp loved the property here too, as you can see in this picture of her playing music in the garden.
Fall is when the hills are alive with more than just the sound of music.
The views in autumn are spectacular!
Plan a trip to see some Music in the Meadows in warmer weather.
There isn't always a cost! This picture was taken at a free Concert in the Meadow featuring USAF Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble this August.
Many things to do on the property at Trapps is free.
For example, take a hike to the chapel, which is one of the most special places on the property. It is a must visit in any season.
If you want to spend some dough to make a day out of the Trapp Family Lodge excursion...
Stop in for a delightful lunch at the deli & bakery.
Or grab a beer at their onsite brewery.
This is an impressive building with some of the tastiest brews in Vermont.
The outdoor center will set you on the right path to see a different side of the property.
Nature trails for walking or bike trails for the mountain bikers, there is the perfect path for everyone.
If you want Cross-Country skiing in the winter, there is no better place.
Trapp Family Lodge was just nominated for the 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest! This year, they are a contender for Best Cross-Country Ski Resort.
Ski on over to the Slayton Pasture Cabin for a bite.
You'll have earned it after the trek!
Take a quintessential sleigh ride this winter.
Last but not least...
Be sure to catch a sunset or sunrise - the colors change by the minute.
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