Concierge.com's insider take:
Sometimes you simply gotta embrace the cliché, get your Julie Andrews on, and frolic through the high meadows of Austria—er, Vermont—with the Trapp family. The descendants of Captain Georg and Maria, who wrote the book that The Sound of Music was based on, still run this 96-room inn set on 2,400 alpine acres, along with 100 two-bedroom guest chalets and 16 three-bedroom villas. (Twenty-four additional villas will open in the next few years.) Even if you can't stomach the Tirolean architecture, the views rival that of any property in the state. In winter, groomed cross-country trails lead through wonderfully varied terrain (and connect with trails over the spine of the Green Mountains), and for downhill enthusiasts, Stowe Mountain is a mere ten minutes by car. Beware, though: It's a wildly popular spot for skiing families and includes a large conference center.
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The proper spelling is chord not cord. Sorry to be such a bore. more