Christmas at the Trapp Family Lodge
Enjoy Caroling with the Von Trapp Family
5 Days December 23-27, 2012
Spend a magical Christmas in The Trapp Family Lodge this holiday season. This trip includes Christmas Eve Caroling with the Von Trapp Family, a horse-drawn sleigh ride, a Best of Vermont Tour and plenty of last minute Christmas shopping.
Option of adding Dog Sled Outing or the Vermont Ski Museum
Day 1 – On arrival in Vermont you will be greeted at the renowned Trapp Family Lodge, for a luxury four night stay. “The Sound of Music” will seemingly resonate across the hills and hearth during your Holiday stay at this classic Austrian chalet, owned and operated by the Von Trapp Family.
Dinner tonight is in the Main Dining Room were a candlelight atmosphere creates the perfect setting. After dinner, enjoy some of the Lodge’s many amenities. Take a dip in the indoor pool, make use of the fitness center, partake in a beer tasting at Trapp Family Brewery or relax in front of the fire.
Day 2 – After breakfast at the Lodge, join your local guide for a full day Best of Vermont tour. Your first stop is Morse Farms. Watch how real maple sugar is made, from the trees to the finished product, on a traditional Vermont maple sugar farm. You will tour the sugarhouse, sample freshmade maple syrup and visit the largest and most unique maple, crafts and mail order shop in the area. A traditional holiday Vermont “sugar on snow party” will sweetly end your tour.
Next, at the Cold Hollow Cider Mill, open the door to the mouth-watering aroma of fresh-baked cider donuts. The Cider Mill gift shop offers a fine collection of Vermont specialty food products, crafts and wines. Visit “A Special Place,” a retail outlet that offers a vast variety of Cabot Cheeses and Lake Champlain Chocolates. Enjoy the samples! You will also find Danforth Pewter and Snowfarm Wines. This is a must stop for the last minute holiday shopper.
Then enjoy a tour and tasting at Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. Learn how $5, an online course and a beat-up truck turned into “Vermont’s Finest” ice cream.
Head into Stowe Village, “Ski capital of the East.” This quintessential New England village is decked out for the holidays. Tucked between the Stowe Community Church with its triumphant steeple and the venerable Green Mountain Inn, you will find shops that have provided the necessities of life for residents and visitors since 1840. Stowe’s Main Street has kept its turn-of-the-century look, while being home to popular galleries, antique shops and craft stores. Have lunch on your own at one of the many charming restaurants in the village. You have the option of addling a visit to the Stowe’s Ski Museum ($4.00 per person).
Returning to the Lodge you enjoy a late afternoon caroling session with the Von Trapp Family. Sing-along, enjoy, relax Christmas Eve dosen’t get much better than this. Tonight’s Christmas Eve Dinner is also at the Lodge.
Day 3 – Merry Christmas! After breakfast, enjoy a day exploring Trapp Family Lodge and grounds. You may partake in one of the following activities: a horse-drawn sleigh ride, cross country skiing or snowshoeing, cross country and showshoe equipment is included. Lunch and dinner are included today at the Lodge as you celebrate the season.
Day 4 – After breakfast meet your guide for a day of sightseeing in Shelburne Village. First stop is a visit to the world-famous Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, home of Vermont’s most lovable bears. Take a guided tour, visit the bear hospital and shop the whimsical retail store. Then visit Shelburne Farms, a National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain. Shelburne Farms was created in 1886 by Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb as a model agricultural estate. The 400 acre estate is home to a herd of 125 purebred, registered Brown Swiss cows, the Inn and Restaurant- originally the 19th century home of Seward and Webb, a cheese making facility, bake shop, gift shop and educational center.
Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh or hayride through this magnificent property. Your ride begins and ends at the gift shop where you may sample the artisan cheeses, Vermont specialty foods and fresh hot coffee. Then visit the Shelburne Country Store, a flashback to simpler times that offers old-fashioned penny candy, Vermont products and gifts.
Stop at the Church Street Marketplace located in Vermont’s largest city, Burlington. Each holiday season this historic outdoor pedestrian mall is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Stroll through the galleries, shops and pubs and enjoy the lights, holiday decorations, classical music and the peace that comes with a fresh snowfall. Have lunch on your own in one of the quaint cafes or festive pubs at the marketplace.
Then visit the Ziemke Glassblowing Studio, Vermont’s premier art glass studio. The studio features a large gallery showcasing the complete line of classically inspired art glass. From the observation room, you may watch glassblowing in action as each unique piece is created.
Before dinner, you have the option to participate in a dog sled ride ($72.00 per person) led by experienced ‘mushers’ and their team of Siberian Huskies. You will learn the history of this sport and make some new four-footed friends on this exciting optional outing. Nestled between the mountains and the village of Stowe is the Foxfire Inn and Restaurant which combines the Italian art of eating and the New England tradition of hospitality. Enjoy your farewell dinner in the inn’s cozy dining room.
After dinner, embark on a “Ghosts of Christmas Past Tour.” Stroll along with your guide and candle lit lantern as you hear entertaining stories of the resident ghosts of Stowe and New England.
Day 5 – After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.