I'm a bit overwhelmed thinking of creating a post that will somehow convey what a great time we had in Vermont. We took 3 million pictures and managed to do an awful lot while also fitting in time to do nothing at all.
Our home away from home for the week was a guest house on the property of the Trapp Family Lodge. It was the perfect place to stay because it was equipped with a fully functional kitchen, two bedrooms and a large family room. It was more economical and a better fit for a family than staying in the Lodge!
We've decided that we love Vermont. It's beautiful, peaceful and the air just feels different. We had some very cool weather while there and it was perfect! Here are some of the views we enjoyed!
This was our view from our cabin. In the evening we would sit on the patio while the children played and have Vermont cheddar and crackers (and a local beer or two!).
The pond was very close to our cabin. The Lodge provided nets for the children to catch fish or go frog hunting. It was endlessly fascinating.
The Lodge had lovely gardens that we enjoyed exploring.
This is the chapel that Werner von Trapp built upon his return from the war. He is buried to the left of the chapel. It was a short hike from the Lodge and it was so pretty! Several Trapp family members have been married at this chapel.
One of the nicest things that happened on our trip was also the most unexpected! On our first full day, Grace and Harris met 6 other children that they immediately connected with. The children spent the rest of the week playing together outside whenever they had down time. The three families of these children have all gotten to know each other through the years as they all come to the Lodge at the same time every year. I love that!
Zachary, Brock, Paige, Sidney, Grace and Harris. (Casey and Haley are not pictured)
There is much to do in Stowe but I think we managed to fit in a lot without constantly being on the go. Here are some highlights of our adventures!
We went hiking through some beautiful woods. In a case of mistaken identity we took a trail near Mt. Mainsfield that while beautiful was really difficult. I still can't believe that the children were able to make it! At one point I told Bryce that I didn't think that Grace would be able to make it much longer but I was really only using her as an excuse. It felt like we were hiking straight up! I will never understand how Bryce was able to hike up that mountain with Harris on his shoulders!
We did eventually find the waterfall we were looking for and the children and Bryce went for a dip in the freezing cold water!
We enjoyed our tour of the Ben and Jerry's ice cream factory. Even more than the tour we enjoyed the ice cream.
Up on a hill behind the factory they have a graveyard of retired flavors!
On our way back from eating ice cream we stopped off to get fresh cider doughuts. We figured we were on vacation!
Apparently Gourmet magazine chose these doughnuts as one of the top four doughnuts in the country! Yum!
The Lodge has extensive biking trails and they have recently added a fun bike park. Grace had fun!
One afternoon we rode up to Stowe Mountain and had a lot of fun with the activities up on the mountain!
During the summer months they have an alpine slide. We each went with a child.
Grace's favorite thing was the bungee trampoline! She went so high!
Grace was able to do double somersaults!
Harris also went high although he was not yet ready to flip over!
Harris did not weigh enough to do the rock climbing wall at the mountain but Grace did try it. It was not her favorite thing to do. She said it was really scary at the top!
Our last evening we went for a lovely carriage ride! It was so much fun!
The Lodge has various activities going on throughout the week for children and adults alike. The children participated in a few of the activities and had fun at each one. Every Friday the Lodge hosts a campfire to roast s'mores and say goodbye.
Of course we did lots that is not included in this post. We went swimming (we went to the indoor pool- it was just not hot enough for the outdoor pool), ate a good deal, ran around singing, "The Hills are Alive", and had fires in the evenings. The children played with friends and picked berries off of the trees, went wading in the pond and we even played a little bit of tennis. It's a good thing that I have those 3 million photos because I wouldn't want to forget this great vacation!