Trapp Family Lodge Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Stowe & Smugglers' Notch, Vermont, United States

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Pros

  • Historic lodge in a gorgeous setting above Stowe Village
  • Large indoor pool, and two smaller (summer only) outdoor pools
  • Relaxing spa with assorted treatments and a sauna
  • 3 dining options on-site, plus a brewery and bakery
  • Large, bright rooms, most with great views and balconies or patios
  • 4 clay tennis courts
  • Sun-drenched fitness center with sweeping views and yoga lessons available
  • Scavenger hunts, s’mores, sing-alongs and more for kids
  • Free coffee and free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Rates and restaurants are a bit pricey
  • Rooms could use an update

Bottom Line

This 96-room lodge has become a destination unto itself, not just for its excellent amenities and impressive views, but for its rich history. The charming property is still run by the famous Trapp family, whose story was told in the movie The Sound of Music, and original memorabilia from past generations is displayed everywhere. Rooms, though large, bright and comfortable, have fairly bland cottage-style decor. But there’s a lot to do on-site -- the hotel has three restaurants, a brewery and bakery, a fitness center, and three pools (including an adults-only option).

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 Location

Set atop a hill high above Stowe, with jaw-dropping views

The Trapp Family Lodge is located on a hill a few minutes’ drive from Stowe, boasting impressive views from most rooms and common areas. A narrow, winding road leads to Mountain Road, the main thoroughfare in the Stowe area. It is a busy road that can get congested, but it offers easy access both to downtown Stowe and the mountains. There are several excellent restaurants within a few minutes’ drive, and the jaw-dropping vistas from Smugglers’ Notch (closed in the winter) are a quick drive away.

The tiny, slow-paced village of Stowe is probably the best base to explore the area. It has its share of urban amenities, such as unique shops, a movie theater, entertainment venues, and bars, plus one of the best dining scenes in New England. The actual downtown area is compact and quiet, but there’s always a lot going on here.

  • 55-minute drive to Burlington International Airport
  • 10-minute drive to Stowe
  • 10-minute drive to Stowe Golf Course
  • 15-minute drive to Spruce Peak Arts Center
  • 15-minute drive to the gondolas
  • 17-minute drive to Smugglers’ Notch (closed in the winter)
  • 20-minute drive to Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory

 Bottom Line

This 96-room lodge has become a destination unto itself, not just for its excellent amenities and impressive views, but for its rich history. The charming property is still run by the famous Trapp family, whose story was told in the movie The Sound of Music, and original memorabilia from past generations is displayed everywhere. Rooms, though large, bright and comfortable, have fairly bland cottage-style decor. But there’s a lot to do on-site -- the hotel has three restaurants, a brewery and bakery, a fitness center, and three pools (including an adults-only option).

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 96
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Kids Club: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
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Hotel Information

Location: Stowe & Smugglers' Notch, Vermont
Address: 700 Trapp Hill Road, Stowe, VT 05672
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