At Vermont lodge run by real von Trapps, recent musical brings business, armchair reviews

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Trapp Family Lodge shows cross-country skiers outside the lodge in Stowe, Vt. After a televised update of "The Sound of Music" on Dec. 5, 2013, the hills of Vermont were alive with phones ringing at the lodge. Three-quarters of a century after the singing family arrived from Austria, they're still in demand at the 96-room chalet style inn they started. The family moved to the spot in 1942 after visiting Vermont on a singing tour and vacationing in Stowe. (AP Photo/Trapp Family Lodge, File)

STOWE, Vt. - The hills of Vermont are alive with phones ringing at the Trapp Family Lodge. Yes, those Trapps.

The singing family arrived in Stowe three-quarters of a century ago from Austria. And in the week since NBC's musical revival became a national topic of conversation, they're in high demand at the vacation lodge they started.

The lodge offers wide views of the mountains that reminded the family of their homeland. Charm is high around Christmas, with trees and poinsettias as decor. Weiner Schnitzel and apple strudel are on the menu, as well as the family's beer.

On Christmas Eve, guests get a special treat: The von Trapp family sings Christmas carols with the guests. But no songs from "The Sound of Music."

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