This week's check-in is at one of my favorite hotels in New England, the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont.
If the name Trapp is conjuring up scenes from The Sound of Music, there's a good reason for it: the Von Trapp family portrayed in the film came to the U.S. in the early 1940s, touring the country as the Von Trapp Family Singers and eventually settled in Stowe, where the mountain scenery reminded them of their native Austria (you can read all about the full family history here).
The current 96-room alpine lodge was built in 1980 and sits on 2,500 acres. For me, of the best part of the lodge are all the cozy great rooms throughout. We met up with friends on our last visit here, and our evenings were spent nestled around fireplaces chatting and sharing a bottle of wine in the various public spaces. The atmosphere is relaxed and homey, great for those traveling with kids, and they also provide L.L.Bean dog beds and blankets, treats and dog-friendly trail maps should you want to pack your pooch. Here's our dog, Harold, taking in the snow.