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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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#1 Trapp Family Lodge 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 ... Read more » Michael Caruso / Flickr

#2 Stowe Recreation Path If you love exploring the great outdoors, then odds are you'll enjoy Stowe Recreation Path. This 5.5-mile-long greenway weaves its way between Stowe Village and Topnotch Resort. Motorized ... Read more » Lara Farhadi / Flickr

#3 Stowe Mountain Resort It might not be the biggest ski resort around, but Stowe Mountain Resort is still the place to go for skiers and snowboarders in northern Vermont. Why? The resort offers ... Read more » Nicolas Kipourax Paquet / Getty Images

#4 Smugglers' Notch State Park Smugglers' Notch State Park earned its unique name during the 19th and early 20th centuries when its towering cliffs aided illegal trade between the United States and Canada. Goods were ... Read more » Rain0975 / Flickr

#5 Moss Glen Falls Tucked within eastern Stowe next to CC Putnam State Forest, Moss Glen Falls features a series of cascading waterfalls. To access these falls, you'll need to hike along the ... Read more » PictureLake / Getty Images

#6 Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum When you need a break from Stowe Mountain Resort's slopes, take a peek in this quirky little museum. Nestled in downtown Stowe, the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum aims to ... Read more » Photograph by Erik Karlsson www.ekarlsson.se / Getty Images

#7 Ben & Jerry's Waterbury Factory Ben & Jerry's Waterbury Factory churns out delicious Chunky Monkey, Phish Food and other ice cream flavors in the nearby town of Waterbury, Vermont. Visitors are invited to watch ... Read more » Ivyandgold / Flickr

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The former home of the famed von Trapp family, the 2,500-acre Trapp Family Lodge boasts 96 alpine-inspired accommodations, plus all sorts of outdoor activities. Michael Caruso / Flickr

Stowe Recreation Path stretches 5.5 miles between downtown's Stowe Village and Topnotch Resort. Lara Farhadi / Flickr

Stowe's most well-known ski trails are tucked within the Stowe Mountain Resort complex, which sits less than a mile northwest of Smugglers' Notch State Park. Nicolas Kipourax Paquet / Getty Images

At Smugglers' Notch State Park, visitors are more than welcome to stay the night in one of 20 campsites or come for a few hours to hike its many trails. Rain0975 / Flickr

Situated alongside CC Putnam State Forest, Moss Glen Falls features a picturesque hiking trail and prime photo ops. PictureLake / Getty Images

Snow bunnies interested in learning more about Vermont's ski roots will want to check out the collections housed in the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum. Photograph by Erik Karlsson www.ekarlsson.se / Getty Images

Tours of the iconic Ben & Jerry's Waterbury Factory, which include ice cream samples, are offered just 9 miles southwest of downtown Stowe. Ivyandgold / Flickr

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