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Key Info

700 Trapp Hill Road

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Free, Hiking, Recreation, Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

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. Over time, the farmhouse grew into a large resort with cross-country ski trails, mountain biking paths, tennis courts and more.

The now expansive lodge mainly serves as a ski retreat, but the property's hiking trails and horse-drawn carriage rides are equally popular. "The Sound of Music" fans and von Trapp aficionados recommend partaking in a history tour of the lodge to get an overview of the family's history.

Trapp Family Lodge is situated approximately 4 miles west of downtown Stowe and 8 miles southeast of Stowe Mountain Resort. The lodge is free to visit year-round but is not accessible via public transportation. One-hour history tours are offered at 11 a.m. on Mondays and 1 p.m. on Thursdays. Maple sugaring tours, which walk visitors through the process of harvesting and making maple syrup, are also available seasonally on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Both tours cost $10 per adult guest, $15 for each adult not staying on-site and $5 for every child between 7 and 12. Fees vary for additional activities like ski lessons, snowshoe excursions and brewery tours. Restrooms and free parking are available as well. Check out the lodge's website for more information.

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