Trapp Family Lodge & Guest Houses
Reviews of Trapp Family Lodge & Guest Houses
The Trapp Family lodge is a quaint, old world style, 5 star resort. Their are 3 places you can stay here. There is the lodge, which are hotel type rooms, the Guest House Chalets, that are quaint cabins, and then the luxury Villa"a that are considerably more expensive to rent for the week. We stayed in the Guest Houses. They have just recently been updated with new kitchens, carpeting, furniture etc. We love the dining room table that is built into the wall, very Austrian looking, and the great view from the dining area! The Kitchen is a bit small, but all the appliances have been newly updated! The Rec center is very new and is easy to walk to especially from the Guest Houses that are in Village 1 or 2. They have a large indoor pool with a fitness center and an exercise specialist. They offer a spa and hot tub that is large and out doors with a great view of the mountains( I believe it is open all year). They have a rock climbing wall for the kids and parents, and they have a kids activity club. There are two outdoor pools. A large one that is fairly new, and the smaller original "Maria" pool in the back of the lodge. There is premeir cross country skiing and bike trails. There are many sites to see on the trails such as the chapel and the cabin that has food and drink offered for the skiers or those snow shoeing in the winter. The restaurants are good, with piano and/or jazz almost nightly. They had a wine tasting evening in the wine cellar one evening that my Dad and I went to. The wine steward was very knowledgeable. They just opened a Beer Garden, tasting room and restaurant this Fall. They have a first rate bakery on the premises and they have baking classes you can attend. In the summer they have horse drawn wagon rides, and in winter sleigh rides for a fee. The flowers and grounds are beautiful. During the Summer and Fall there are many events in Stowe to participate in. Many cute stores and restaurants. All and all this is a resort that you can come to any time of the year and enjoy. Just know in the Summer the guest houses are not air conditioned. But the nights usually cool down so it is not usually needed.
We stayed here in March with our 3 kids in a 2bdr sleeps 6. The view from the living room took our breath away. The cabins were clean and cozy. The resorts offers free wood for the fire place so we had a beautiful fire going on every evening which made it even more magical. The kitchen is small but still has everything you need to make meals for a big family. Our friends came to visit and we sat 9 people around the kitchen table for supper!! The kids enjoyed the nice pool and the activity center. We also liked the convenience of having a Redbox (movie rental for only 1.13$ located a few minutes from the resort). The resort also offer good affordable homemade dishes (specialties every night) that you can dine in or take out if you prefer eating in your villa. The grounds make it nice to take a walk. Also many sports to choose from. Just take a look at their website as there are just to many to describe here. Something for everyone! I have to say that we are Marriott's owners of 10 weeks and for the first time we are considering buying a week elsewhere as we would love spending every spring break with the kids at the Trapp family lodge. The staff is exceptionally friendly. They will go out of their way to make your vacation a memorable one and unfortunately not many resorts share this philosophy (my son forgot his new hat in the room at check out and the front desk was actually nice enough to mail to us)!! So special thanks to Barbara for that kind gesture. We will be back next march and will personally make a point of thanking her and management in person. So to all those out there that are looking for a great vacation place in an peaceful and amazing mountain surrounding with so many activities to choose from for all ages; This place has it all. And even if you are on a budget or don't do sports, you can just breed in the fresh mountain air and enjoy the free activities (pool, sauna, Jacuzzi..) and not spend a single dime! You just can't go wrong with this resort!
Just spent a week at Trapp and it was great ,we loved it,,we will be back next year.
There are two types of homes at Trapp, the Villas & the Guest Houses. The Guest Houses (which is where we stayed) were nice. I would not call them 5 star by any means, but they were clean and spacious. I think they were built in the 80's and you can tell. They do appear to have had the furniture and carpeting replaced not too, too long ago. If the TV is important to you, then you might want to think twice because the TV is very, very small .. especially for the large living room. I'm guessing the TV is only 21". Fortunately, there is plenty to do here in the area, and so the TV was not that important to us on this trip.
The lodge itself was nothing spectacular (very nice, but not spectacular) itself, but the whole experience of staying here, watching the Sound of Music, learning more of the rest of the story of the Trapp family made this trip, and staying here worthwhile. The fitness center is 5 star. The pool is very new and the locker rooms are great too. There is an outdoor heated hot tub ... open in the winter. The outdoor pools were closed when we were here. There is a rock climbing wall at the fitness center that the kids loved. Also, the massages were great as was the Yoga. They had kids yoga that was lead by one of the von Trapps ... the kids loved it!
I found it interesting that the staff did not necessarily go out of their way to offer 5 star service, however, if we asked for anything at all the staff immediately went out of their way to help us out. For example, they did not have Kids Yoga on the schedule for the week we were here. When we expressed our disappointment because the kids had been looking forward to it, the person at the desk called one of the von Trapps on her cell phone and set it up to fit our schedule and then opened it up to the others staying here. Another example, was when my wife and I wanted to both get massages at the same time ... they set up a kids club activity specifically for our kids during our massages.
The grounds really are spectacular. We were here over Thanksgiving which due to unseasonably warm temperatures did not allow for snow. In the summer, there is plenty of hiking and mountain biking. Don't worry, you can rent whatever you need. In the winter they have plenty of cross country ski trails (this is the first cross country ski resort in the world!) and they even make snow on the cross country trails.
The location is nice, on the top of the mountain just a couple of miles from the main road in Stowe, so your close to everything to do in the area. I definitely recommend the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream factory tour. Also, the kids loved making candy canes at Laughing Moon Chocolates downtown. I recommend the sugar house hike where the guide is one of the crew of the maple sugaring crew here. Again, the kids loved it, and it was very interesting and educational.
Note that there are 3 "villages" of the Guest Houses ... village #1 & 2 have much better locations closer to the lodge and recreation center than village #3. Due to it's awkward location, we found ourselves frequently driving up to the lodge and rec center when we would have preferred to walk more often. If coming here again, I would try to stay at the Villa's instead. They look much nicer and newer and much closer to 5 star facilities.
Keep in mind that everything here is very expensive. This is definitely not a place that you will want to stay on a lean budget. Though the recreation and exercise facilities are included at no charge, but everything you do here costs at least $10 or $15 per person, which is reasonable, but it adds up quick with a family, especially when you add in the tips. The food and drinks are expensive as well in the bar and in the hotel restaurant. The food and drink is good, but again, it adds up quick.
Overall, we enjoyed our Thanksgiving stay here in 2009 and would recommend it others.
The Villas are magnificient and the views a little glimpse of heaven. Be sure you ask whether you are in a Villa or Guest house. The guest houses are clean and very much like a cabin. We also stayed in them one year. Loved them for 2, but not for 2 couples. We are spoiled and love King beds and extra amenities such as a washer and dryer in the unit. I give the Villas a 5, a 6 if there is such. The guest houses are not 5 star, but lovely for those who love the out- of-doors. Would say a 4 , because of the whole property setting.Joan Lease
Very Comfortable and clean accommodations. European setting with beautiful views. Great restaurants. Great Hiking and biking.
The best thing about these condos was their view and outside "chalet" style. Indoors, they are far from 5-star units. A tiny kitchen that's behind a door - almost like a closet! Only one television - almost too small for the large living room area. The two bedrooms are styled in early Holiday Inn, with no "Austrian" or mountain feel whatsoever. The bathrooms are basic motel style as well, no oversize tubs, no space for toiletries, etc. No TVs in either of the bedrooms.
As for resort amenities, they have a fair amount, but all for a price - you will get nickel and dimed the whole time you are here. Your best bet is to use the indoor or outdoor pools, walk or ski the X-country trails, then eat, shop, and do everything else down in the village or outskirts of Stowe and Waterbury.
As Marriott Villa owners, we were extremely disappointed in this supposed "5-star" property, and so were other time-share exchangers we talked with.
We stayed in the lodge, not the guest houses, for the week of July 5 - 12, 2005. Although we are originally from Vermont, this vacation was spectacular. We enjoyed hiking, playing tennis on wonderful clay courts, and swimming every day. The food in the Lodge lounge was very good, and we saw the VT Symphony Orchestra in the meadow on the property. Lovely property, great views and a lot nearby. European style, but no breakfast included. We only had problems with the phones. We reserved on Priceline.com.
The photos can't capture the panoramic views of Vermont's Green Mountains from the large front windows of these warm, beautiful chalets. We've been going for several years and I like the fact that The Von Trapp family still owns this elegant and rustic lodge and the atmosphere is totally Austrian Alps, from the architecture to the food at the on-site restaurants. Units are spacious and in excellent condition and well appointed but not super high-end luxury. You can ski out your door onto an extensive system of x- country trails or drive 10 minutes to the tallest mountain in VT for downhill skiing. The town of Stowe is one of the most authentic Vermont villages packed with excellent restaurants, high-quality art galleries and shopping. We go in winter but I'd love to go in summer and hike the Green Mountain trails.
Added 6/04: Re: Kathys post above: A FEW units seem to be modified for handicapped use. Uncle (76) had a ground level unit (in the old section), and there were no steps enter the unit directly. There were wood incline where steps might have been to enter the unit. THere were some steps to get down to the parkikng area, or you could walk way around. Office needs to know before you check in about requirements. end 06/04
03/03: HAve just recieved paperwork indicating new units are being built. If available (most will be quarter shares) they will offer 3 bedroms & 3.5 baths with a lock out feature. But the best is the Washers & Dryers will be in the units. Currently, in the older units, you went to an 'out building' to wash & dry clothes (next to the Austrian Tea Room-sit & have lunch while clothes get clean.)
The new units are being built just above the Austrian Tea Room, higher on the side of the hill where the apple orchards are.
They will also feature fireplaces, and a dedicated rec area...aside from the current and use of the hotels services.
BTW- if you need to check e mail and forgot computer, they allow free use in the lower levels of the guest houses. Dial up connections (last winter), but price was right (free). ________________________________________ _ Original:
Very nice, ultra clean 2 bed 2 bath units. Smallish TVs but most do not stay in the rooms that much. Units are more of a cabin feeling than an apartment. All overlook the valley. Plenty of room, small kitchen fully equipped, maint was excellent in bringing needed items (toaster-light burnt out). Only big negative was the W/D are in a separate building. Gym, pools & full service hotel attached. New T/S units being planned- some will be 1/4 share or more.
Food in resturants is excellent (a bit pricey). Ice skating & XCountry sking- no downhill here. Golf course in warm months.
Two small grocery stores in Stowe, also many nice shops & resturants. Amtrak station very close to stowe. See the TUG website for more detailed
What a great time we had at this resort last summer! We took the two boys.. teenagers, and if you've ever vacationed with teenagers you know it's not an easy task to find a vacation spot that pleases all... this one however fit the bill.
What great views, great drives, Ben & Jerry's was putting on a fantastic concert for charity.. Crosby was playing with his son and new band before his Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young concert.. I hear it's a great place for concerts year round...
Enjoy your safe travels! Colleen