Breakfast with Sam von Trapp
“Fresh chicken eggs from our farm” are the words Sam von Trapp uses to greet us at breakfast at the Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont. Sam is a member of the real von Trapp family and one of the heirs to the Sound of Music Hotel in Stowe. His family built the hotel there after their musical success. He laughs as he invites us to help ourselves at the breakfast buffet. In Vermont, homegrown agricultural products play a major role. No wonder, as we drive past one farm after the other on our tour of this state. Slow food from Vermont. It's nothing more than what our grandparents did. To live from the products of their work and from the region. This is still done today at the Trapp Family Lodge Hotel. The own farm supplies numerous products that are served in the hotel's restaurant. Von Trapp Lodge even owns a brewery.
The Sound of Music Hotel – the von Trapp Lodge in Stowe
It was no different in Sam von Trapp's grandparents, as he tells us, and as we can see from the numerous photos hanging on the walls of his home by his grandmother, Maria von Trapp, and her own children and their own children. You can see the family catching up on the hay, on the hay wagon and on many other farm work.
We had ours Visit to Salzburg Experienced by the Trapp family a few years ago, they are a magnet for visitors, especially for guests from the USA. The family of Trapp 1938 emigrated there because Georg von Trapp, as a monarchist-minded officer, did not anticipate the development in the Third Reich. At the instigation of Maria Augusta, the second wife Georg von Trapps, the family had already become famous in Austria with her family choir. The family had lost all of their fortune to 1935, and Maria appeared with her husband's five daughters and two sons. Only two years later, they won the first prize in the folk singer competition of the Salzburg Festival. An insight into the family history and the filming of "The Sound of Music" we received during this visit in Salzburg.
Why did the von Trapp family leave Austria?
Where was The Sound of Music filmed?
The Sound of Music and the von Trapps
They continued their concert tours in the USA and quickly gained a large fan base there too. “At one of these concerts,” says Sam von Trapp, Maria's grandson, “they had to wait for the musicians. Because the audience was already sitting in the concert hall, Maria came up with something. She stepped on the stage and told the audience the story of our family. Then an enthusiastic fan came to her and suggested that she write this story down and publish it. ”She never let go of the idea, and so in 1956 she published her book under the title“ The Trapp Family ”. The family's global success was unstoppable: two years later the story was filmed and in 1959 the successful musical "The Sound of Music" spread the family story around the world.
How the von Trapp family founded their lodge
“And how do you get the idea of opening a hotel?” I ask Sam von Trapp. He laughs and says: “It happened all by itself, as my grandmother ran a very hospitable and open house. We always had guests from all over the world visiting, and so it turned out that we turned it into a hotel. ”Also with success, as we can see for ourselves. The Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont is very popular with its mainly American and international guests. Everything here is still reminiscent of the family's Austrian homeland: there are Mozart, Strauss and Schubert rooms. The hotel itself looks like one of the mountain huts in the Salzburg Alps, only it's much bigger. And even the surrounding area of Stowe, Vermont, with its rolling hills and beautiful scenery makes it seem like Salzburg is just around the corner.
"Do you still speak German yourself," I want to know from Sam von Trapp. He laughs again and says that unfortunately he can't. His travels took him to the Latin American regions of the world, and other languages were more helpful. However, he now prefers to spend most of the year in Stowe. "Only now and then do I go skiing in the Rocky Mountains or in other ski areas in the world."
Where is the Trapp Family Lodge?
The Trapp Family Lodge is located on a hidden side street on a hill above Stowe. From there we have a view of the valley below and the range of hills on the other side of the valley. Our room has a balcony from which we have a panoramic view of the surroundings. The curtains and the photos on the walls show episodes from the family history of Maria von Trapp, whose soul can still be felt in this house to this day.
Trapp Family Lodge
700 Trapp Hill Road
PO Box 1428
Stowe, Vermont 05672
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