A Few of our Favorite Things: The von Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont

Jenny Schafer
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When The Sound of Music hit the big screen in March 1965, audiences fell in love with the von Trapp family.

The hills and the movie theaters alike became alive with the sound of music, dance, and romance thanks to Maria and her crew.

As the third highest-grossing film of all time, The Sound of Music stole our hearts, as did the film’s stars Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer as Maria and Georg.

Black and white photo of Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, 1964.
Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, 1965. Photo credit: 20th Century Fox, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

And these are just a few of our favorite things!

That’s why today, we’re taking a look at another big part of the musical family’s legacy: the Trapp Family Lodge in the United States. Continue reading about the family’s majestic alpine lodge that sits on 2,500 acres in the Green Mountain State.

How the von Trapps landed in the United States

The family’s homestead has more than just raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.

As the story goes, the von Trapp family escaped their native Austria as the Nazis took over their beloved homeland.

The family’s daring escape led them to none other than Vermont in the United States.

Before officially moving to the New England region of the US, they toured the country in the early 1940s as the Trapp Family Singers.

Cor Unum, the Home of the Trapp Family Singers.
Cor Unum, the Home of the Trapp Family Singers. Photo credit: See page for author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

They soon settled in Stowe, Vermont, on a farm with sweeping mountain vistas reminiscent of their beautiful native land. The house they lived in at the time was called “Cor Unum”, which means “one heart”.

How Trapp Family Lodge came to be

In the summer of 1950, the von Trapps opened their rapidly expanding, 27-room family home/lodge to guests.

After a devastating fire in 1980, the home was replaced by the Trapp Family Lodge, a 96-room alpine lodge situated on 2,500 acres.

Aerial view of the massive 96-room von Trapp Family Lodge.
Aerial view of the massive 96-room von Trapp Family Lodge. Photo credit: Sterling Kroll / Shutterstock

Offering guests a variety of indoor and outdoor resort amenities, the entire property is owned and operated by the von Trapp family.

How to get the von Trapp experience

Located at 700 Trapp Hill Road in Stowe, VT guests are greeted with wide, open arms at the stunning Vermont resort.

After the fire in 1980, the lodge was expanded, rebuilt and reopened to the public in 1983. And in 2000, the west wing was added.

Open all year long, the resort offers a year-round indoor heated pool and hot tub, along with an outdoor pool during the summer months.

Guests are treated to world-class dining with three different restaurants serving farm-to-table cuisine.

There are plenty of trails to explore, tours of the sugar house (via snowshoes during the winter), and brewery tours of the onsite brewery, to name a few of the fun activities.

And did we mention the ski hill?

Of course, there’s much to check out, including family photos, movie posters, playbills and more von Trapp family memorabilia on display at the Trapp Family Lodge.

Bring your family to the family lodge

Grab the kids and pack your bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens!

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The Trapp Family Lodge is a great place to explore the great outdoors with your family, while getting a huge dose of movie memorabilia.

Maria and Captain von Trapp are survived by their children Johannes and Rosmarie, many grandchildren, as well as many great-grandchildren.

You might run into one (or many of them) while visiting the lodge as they are the owners and operators of the exclusive Vermont resort.

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Jenny Schafer is the former senior editor of a high-profile celebrity blog she ran for 10+ years. A proud mom-of-three and resident of Vancouver, B.C., Jenny writes with a keen social consciousness and passion to keep things positive. She has been interviewed by various news sources such as CNN, Zimbio, Mom Spark and was a regular contributor for HerSay.