October 24, 2019

#192 Stowe Mountain Resort

“Beginning at the Massachusetts border and continuing north along the rugged spine of the Green Mountains, the winding 2-lane Route 100 is Vermont’s country road and main street. At the road’s northernmost reach, toward the Canadian border, lies the Stowe Mountain Resort, the queen of the Northeast ski resorts and one of the oldest in the United States, created in the 1930s.”

There were numerous signs warning gondola riders that there are no beginner trails from the top of the mountain.  Also, all the gondola warning signs were first in German and then in English - which I thought was interesting.  

The top of the mountain was beautiful, but so crowded - probably because it was a perfect autumn day in Vermont.

“The Trapp Family Lodge, the country’s first-ever cross country ski center, [was] created in 1968.  This is where the Austrian family of Sound of Music fame settled in 1942 after crossing over the Alps to escape the Nazis.  The quality of Tyrolean coziness, old-world service, and promise of a mean wiener schnitzel and spaetzle in the lodge’s restaurant make this chalet-style lodge one of the loveliest around.”

My lunch was good, not great - and the service was pretty slow, but I stopped at the Kaffeehaus for dessert and my pastry was out of this world delicious. Mostly, I spent the afternoon trying not to burst out into "The Sound of Music" score.