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Archive for ‘December 2011’

The Soul of New England Skiing

What I remember most is the anticipation. The tingling in my fingertips and toes when I pried my eyes open before the sun crested the horizon. Grandma’s house in Manchester, New Hampshire, brimmed with aromas — sizzling bacon, percolating coffee, and freshly warmed maple syrup. The smells were a sweet harbinger, promising a day on

In times like these, learn from the children

Make best of snowless winter On Dec. 11, I got to spend a day seeing the outdoors through fresh eyes. Not only was I having fun outdoors, I was also being reminded why getting outdoors and being active is so much fun, so rewarding and so enriching. It’s a lesson we all need to re-learn

Congratulations – Trapp Family Lodge is honored in Travel & Leisure Magazine as one of The World’s Best Hotels 2012!!! Every year Travel + Leisure readers vote on thousands of hotels based on rooms, location, service, food, and value. In 2012, the 10th anniversary of the Travel + Leisure 500 World’s Best Hotels, the winners are a mix of remote escapes and city hotels—and a record 133 have rates that start as low as

36 Hours: Salzburg, Austria

WITH its medieval citadel, Baroque palaces and yodel-ready Alpine vistas, Salzburg has never had trouble luring visitors. The Austrian city abounds with tourists, most searching for the sound of music — be it Mozart or the von Trapps. Yet some of its best offerings are its least historic: contemporary galleries, fair trade coffeehouses and the

Family Ski Guide 2011-12

January is National Learn a Snow Sport Month with more than 200 resorts offering free or discounted ski, snowboard, and cross-country ski and snowshoe lessons for beginners. Many resorts are pulling out all the stops for families with increased programming, free lift tickets and free flights. If everyone in your gang are beginners, consider smaller

28 years ago in Stowe, Vermont

We open up the news vault to remember a big celebration in Stowe 28 years ago — a family made famous for their musical talents were alive with the sound of hammers, nails and paint brushes with the focus on the finishing touches at the Von Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. The austrian style lodge

Resorts giving from Vermonters for Vermonters

The word “giving” means a lot in Vermont; it’s a way of life. Individual citizens, communities, businesses and families work to help one another in creative, often inspiring ways. The rally of Vermonters for Vermonters during post Irene efforts was a clear example of our people’s natural sense to lend a hand. This willingness to

Orono will come alive with the ‘Sound of Christmas’

Elisabeth Von Trapp, of the beloved “The Sound of Music” singing family, will perform with the Empire Brass at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono on Sunday, Dec. 11. With a surname like Von Trapp, your reputation precedes you. For Elisabeth Von Trapp, granddaughter of the legendary Georg and Maria Von Trapp, she

The story behind the ‘Sound of Music’ singalong

If you go to the website for the Trapp Family Lodge, a resort in Stowe, Vt., you can click on a series of links about the family’s history, where 97-year-old Maria von Trapp (the third child born to Captain von Trapp and his first wife) offers up a few choice memories. "The Germans were the

Vermont Ski Resorts Full of Holiday Cheer

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The holidays make December all the more enticing in Vermont’s snowy mountains with festivals, events and good natured cheer emanating from the resorts. Here is a sampling of some of the resorts’ holiday packages, events and deals. Holidays at Stratton are Spectacular Enjoy traditional celebrations like the Gobble Gobble Wobble 5K, feasting