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Trapp Family Lodge
Ranked #4 of 24 Hotels in Stowe
Certificate of Excellence
Woburn, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Just found heaven on earth”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

Just returned and bursting with a feeling of well-being I wanted to let others know about the Trapp Lodge. Hope to find the right words so I'll start at the beginning when I called and talked with Rita in Reservations. I was warmly greeted and Rita seemed to have a feeling for what I was looking for. We made plans and had a 3-1/2 hr. beautiful easy ride from Boston: everything was so lush and green. We were greeted at the door by Virgil as he took charge and whisked us off to our room after a brief check-in. We were in a beautiful suite with exquisite bathrooms (jacquizzi) working fireplace, vaulted beamed ceilings, much more than we expected. We went from window to window taking in the beautiful views, you could almost touch the clouds. The dining experience is first-class where they use all their own grown produce and meats collecting over 100 eggs daily from their hens. We had fun each night in the Lounge enjoying the piano of John Cassel where even a local crooner jumped in and belted out a Sinatra tune. At every turn there are fresh flower arrangements, fresh daily from their own gardens. Many different activities and tours are offered daily and there are 3 different pools. There is also the Memorial Garden where the graves of the Captain and Maria are lovingly tended to. We also enjoyed the casual Bakery/Deli and what I enjoyed was sitting out on our Romeo and Juliet Balcony, enjoying the fresh mountain air and sunshine with my latest book. Lest I forget, bring a camera; this is truly a picture-takers paradise. Here, at The Trapp Family Lodge, no stone was left unturned.

Room Tip: We stayed in the West Wing, which I believe is the newer part. Very quiet, large and sunny with bea...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Julie W
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Guest-Communications, Executive Assistant at Trapp Family Lodge, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Thank you for your wonderful and very comprehensive review of your recent stay with us. Your enthusiasm shone through your descriptions of your suite, our farm-fresh produce and the beautiful views. Thank you for mentioning our reservationist, Rita, who will be pleased to know she met your expectations. Our flower arrangers will be thrilled to know how much your admired their lovely displays throughout the lodge. Maria von Trapp's love of fresh flowers has carried over to the current gardeners who lovingly take care of our gardens, both vegetable and floral. We are glad you spent time relaxing on the private balcony of your suite to enjoy your book and fresh mountain air. It is always rewarding to know that we made a positive difference for a guest. We hope to welcome you back again to our resort. Cheers! Rebecca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

My daughter and I visited the Trapp Family Lodge the last weekend in May. This as a trip to celebrate her receiving her Masters degree. I selected the Trapp Family Lodge because she lived in Austria during her sophomore year in college and I knew this place would be perfect for her. We arrived early afternoon on Friday and our room was ready when we checked-in. The room was spacious and we had a balcony that overlooked the front of the lodge, onto a beautiful mountain range. There are pictures all over the lodge of the Von Trapp family, telling their story.

The staff there was just exceptional! From the people who work in the recreational center to the bike shop to a wonderful waitstaff. Everyone was friendly and so willing to help. On Saturday morning we wanted to go horseback riding so we asked the person at the front desk, Westin, if he knew of any places in the area. He gave me the names and numbers of two places. We made reservations for Top Notch Stables for later that morning. On a related note, this horseback ride was awesome and our trail guide, Carly, was adorable. The stable owner was very nice and the price for an hour was extremely reasonable.

The 24 person outdoor hot tub was very enjoyable. We did our own trail walks Sat morning, evening and Sun morning. The trails were beautiful and were of all levels. We ate breakfast each morning at the bakery/deli that is a bit down the street. The bakery/deli is also a great place to have one of the Trapp beers and sit outside and view the beautiful mountains.

I would recommend a spring time visit for anyone who wants to see a little bit of Austria in a lot of Vermont.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Cheri G
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Guest-Communications, Executive Assistant at Trapp Family Lodge, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Congratulations to your daughter on receiving her Master's Degree and thank you for choosing Trapp Family Lodge to celebrate her achievement. We are delighted you found the choice to be a perfect fit for your getaway. Our staff will be glad to know they provided exceptional service to both of you. Thank you for letting us know how many aspects of our resort your enjoyed from the outdoor hot tub with mountain views to our DeliBakery with it's deck to enjoy the fresh mountain morning air and views - a favorite among guests while they eat one of our scrumptious breakfast sandwiches made from Trapp Family farm fresh eggs! Thank you for letting us know that our staff accommodated your request for an area horseback riding stable. We hope to welcome you back to our resort again. Cheers! Rebecca
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bergen county NJ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

The lodge itself was beautiful. It does not have the typical layout of a hotel which makes exploring it a lot of fun. We got a superior room overlooking the apple orchards. You are set apart from town but a couple a minute drive but you feel isolated and private. Despite the fact they had a bunch of people staying at the hotel we didnt see people except for in the lobby and the restaurants. It gave us a great feeling of privacy. The superior room was beautiful. It came with a fridge and microwave. Every night they turned down the bed and left an itinerary of the next day and delicious chocolates. We came up to Stowe for our honeymoon and told the hotel that. We entered our room and saw a bottle of champagne and a note congratulating us on our recent wedding. It was such a nice touch. They have lots of pictures of the family and Sound of music stuff along the walls and as decoration. Honestly we booked here because I love the movie, we will come back here because I love the lodge and the location. Slightly random but I love the scent of the shampoo and conditioner they give you. If you are going here to be surrounded by the sound of music and the von trapp family you may be disappointed. If you come here for the beauty that is Stowe and the lodge you will not be disappointed. Oh yeah they had BEAUTIFUL fresh flowers throughout the hotel and planted outside. All of the staff was friendly and kind.

We booked 2 massages as well. The spa is located in the fitness center. As a result you can hear people in the center and walking outside while you are getting your massage. They try to drown out the noise with waterfalls and music but it doesnt always work. The massages themselves were wonderful and the lotion they use leaving you feeling silky smooth. My husband said it was one of the best massages he has gotten.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank lovinparadise314
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Guest-Communications, Executive Assistant at Trapp Family Lodge, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post a comprehensive review of your stay with us. We appreciate you pointing out the extra touches such as turndown service with chocolates, the feeling of privacy and the congratulatory champagne in your room on arrival. The location of our resort is what the von Trapp's fell in love with the first time they visited the property in 1942 - it reminded them so much of Austria that this is where they decided to settle. We are always delighted when our guests have similar reactions to the stunning views from our location. If you would like more information on what type and where to get our shampoo and conditioner I suggest you e-mail "info" at trappfamily.com and our hotel manager will look into this for you. The family keeps the "Sound of Music" references low key and shares their actual story of the escape from the Nazi invasion of Austria to their settling in Stowe, VT. A documentary about Maria von Trapp is shown daily and in it she tells the story of how she came to be the governess for the seven children of Captain von Trapp and how they fell in love, married and eventually ended up in Vermont. It is an interesting story told in an endearing way by Maria. We are very pleased you enjoyed our massage therapists and will make sure they receive your compliments. We look forward to an opportunity to welcome you back to our resort again. Cheers! Rebecca
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Ludlow,MA
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

One of my best vacations ever. Great location. Wonderful staff. The unit was roomy and clean with a great view. Lots of shopping in nearby communities. Lots of things to do on the activity schedule at the lodge. Restaurants at the lodge were very good.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Joyce S
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Guest-Communications, Executive Assistant at Trapp Family Lodge, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Thank you for reviewing your recent stay with us. We are thrilled that we met and perhaps exceeded your expectations. Our staff will be pleased to know they made your stay more pleasant. We hope to welcome you back again to enjoy our resort! Cheers! Rebecca
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New York City, New York
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

The location of the property is breathtaking. The views are wonderful and the Lodge, is just that a lodge. I just went on a business outing with another 40+ colleagues. My room was #242. I guess it's in the older part of the hotel. It was 'quaint' with the furnishings. It had french doors that had the veiw of the mountains, but I had the communal balcony which wrapped around most of the property, which meant if the doors or the window was open you had people walking by and they could've walked into your room...There is no air conditioning, so you would have to open the doors or window for some cooler air. The thermostat was not working so in the evening it was actually quite stuffy because i wasn't opening the window or doors for the reason mentioned above. I had tried to move the the temperature to 60 but nothing ever clicked on. They do have oscillating fans in the room ; ). I feel the bathroom fixtures definately need to be upgraded, all three morning while starting the shower the pull mechanism to start the water ended up in my hand. Getting the faucet clip to turn to get the shower going was also a struggle and the water pressure was minimal. The room had stenciled flowers as a border both above the chair rails and the below the ceiling line. Again, this was quaint...but I would've highly suggest upgrading the bathrooms. Some colleagues did have rooms in the newer building where they had update bathroom facilities...should we go back I will ask for those...and not decorated in the Pennsylvania Dutch style either. As far as the restaurant: go for the Hangar Steak in truffle oil and the cauliflower risotto....it made up for the shower issues I had.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Rosemarie N
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Guest-Communications, Executive Assistant at Trapp Family Lodge, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Thank you for writing a review of your stay with us on Trip Advisor. It is without question that the most complimented aspect of our resort is its location with, as you stated, "breathtaking views". This is exactly why the von Trapp's settled here in 1942, the views of the mountain ranges and valleys reminded them so much of Austria. The 96 room hotel was built to resemble the original lodge and family home that burned down in 1980 and Maria lived in a suite of rooms until her death in 1987. The room in which you stayed does not have air-conditioning, although most of our rooms do, is located on the strolling balcony level and accessible only by hotel guests and staff. Thank you for bringing to our attention the issues with the shower handle and the water pressure. Our Maintenance Department has addressed these problems. You are correct in that our Millennium Wing rooms have updated bathrooms but they do not have the full front view of the Worcester Mountain Range; however, they do have either views of the Nebraska Valley Mountain range or of a lovely apple orchard where guests can sometimes see deer feeding at dusk or sunrise. Thank you for your compliments of your meal in the Main Dining Room. Our Executive Chef, Cody Vasek, will be delighted to know how much you enjoyed your Hangar Steak in Truffle Oil. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to our resort again and we appreciate your constructive comments. Rebecca
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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89 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

We are avid Sound of Music fans & last year visited Salzburg Austria to look at home of the event etc. Doing a road trip of Northern USA this time & i wanted to surpise my wife with a visit to this Lodge which was a bit out of the way but where I understood would be boutique type lodging & as seen in reviews Von Trapp descendants are walking around the place at any time.
Firstly the Lodge is quite large & impersonal. Unfortunatly to get the Von Trapp experience (a tour) you need to be there on certain days. We missed so after all the trouble was just a large ski/country lodge (in summer) nice rooms but nothing to do , The brwery/bakery is small & not value.
Recommend the in-house Von-Trapp film which covers the history from real family leaving Austria to current times.
Was a wast of money and time for what we wanted & being Australian dont need summer hikes etc have plenty of that.
Had an expensive view room, but basin & shower water did not work. Went down to advise & was told a service guy would fix straight away, never happened, eventually after an hour or so went down & asked for a new room so we could shower etc after a long road trip to get there. That was done promptly without hassle, so got that done at least.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank GJA54
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Richmond, Virginia
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014

I've been very conflicted on writing this review but it needs to be said. We checked in to our Interval Vacation rental at the Von Trapp Family Guest Houses and while unpacking our food into the kitchen I opened the kitchen cabinet and found a bug that no kitchen should have. Fearing that I could bring this bug home to infest my house I refused to stay there.

Now the reason I was so conflicted on writing the review is because the management at the Trapp Family Lodge was very accommodating. Withing minutes they upgraded us to one of their Villa and moved all our belonging for us. I must say the Villas are 10 in my book. They explained that the Guest Houses were maintained by a different managing company and apologized (I would guess Interval has something to do with the management of the timeshares but it was not said).

I read all the reviews on this location and there was no mention of the issue I came across. If I had read that I would never even booked this trip.

Room Tip: The majority of the Guest Houses are down a very steep hill that requires many stairs and it you'...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DonnaG0713
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Ryan K, Director of Lodging & Guest Services at Trapp Family Lodge, responded to this review, 6 May 2014
Thank you DonnaG0713 for your recent review regarding your experience with us in the Guest Houses and Villas. After you had arrived in the Guest Houses to find a specific type of bug, it was my pleasure to assist you in finding alternative accommodations for the duration of your stay. We do pride ourselves upon the cleanliness of our units as well as always making our guests feel welcome and comfortable. As I had mentioned to you in person, our Villas offer all the luxuries and amenities befitting of the most discerning guests’ expectations and would be a fantastic complimentary upgrade for you and your party. Once you were comfortable in the new Villa unit, we did immediately contact our pest control professional to inspect the Guest House unit you had arrived in as we take pest/insect complaints very seriously. He was able to perform a thorough inspection of the unit you had originally arrived in and stated that there was absolutely no evidence of the bug you described being present in the Guest Houses; much to our relief of course. He also mentioned that the climate in which we are situated is not conducive to the habitat required for the type of insect you saw to survive, which was again of great relief to us. Again, it was my pleasure to have been able to immediately remedy the situation that you encountered upon arrival into the Guest House and we will look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Best regards,

Ryan Krukar
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Property: Trapp Family Lodge
Address: 700 Trapp Hill Rd, Stowe, VT 05672-5074
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Region: United States > Vermont > Stowe
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Stowe
#5 Business Hotel in Stowe
#6 Family Hotel in Stowe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Trapp Family Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Harmony. A simple word that captures the essence of what makes Trapp Family Lodge and resort such a special place. Here in Stowe, Vermont you'll discover so many different experiences, activities and opportunities to enjoy your mountain escape. And yet all this remarkable variety - hiking, swimming, tennis, birding, cross-country skiing, meetings, weddings, an indoor spa, and more - lives in perfect harmony. A vacation here will leave you rested and refreshed. Recharged and reconnected. But most importantly, it will remind you of what's truly important. A magnificent 2,500 acre resort managed by the family that inspired The Sound of Music, this New England treasure is the perfect place for your next vacation. A little of Austria. A lot of Vermont. ... more   less 
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