Carl Berry, CEO of The World’s
Finest Resorts, has announced the affiliation of The Villas at Trapp
Family Lodge with The World’s Finest Resorts Collection of properties.
Since forming two years ago, The World’s Finest Resorts (WFR) has selected
40 member resorts and vacation entities including Villa La Estancia in
Cabo San Lucas Mexico, Poets Cove Seaside Resort and Spa at Bedwell
Harbour in the Pender Island off Vancouver Islands, The Hemingways in Sun
Valley Idaho, Humber Valley Resort in Newfoundland Canada, East-West
Partners’ Old Greenwood and to name a few.
“We are very thrilled to be able to immediately open exchange availability
to our WFR Members at this most wonderful and renowned four season resort
property in Stowe, Vermont,” said Berry.
This year, Trapp Family lodge was selected by the readers of Travel and
Leisure Family as One of the Best 500 Hotels in the World (January 2004)
and Top 20 Most Family Friendly Resorts in the United States and Canada.
Johannes von Trapp, President of Trapp Family Lodge, Inc., says, “This
past spring we were delighted to welcome 54 new fractional owners as
extended members of the Trapp Family. We know that our new family members
will truly appreciate the worldwide exchange and travel opportunities that
The World’s Finest Resorts program offers.”
The von Trapp family settled in Stowe in 1941 and began welcoming guests
to their lodge in the 1950’s. Trapp Family Lodge, Inc. currently operates
the world-famous 96-room lodge and a renowned ski touring center. The
Lodge continues to be owned and operated by the Trapp family, the
inspiration for the classic musical and movie The Sound of Music. Talented
chefs prepare European specialties in The Dining Room, The Lounge and the
Austrian Tea Room, complemented by nightly entertainment. First-class
facilities are available for meetings and weddings.
Tucked away on 61 secluded acres within the 2,700-acre resort, the Villas
offer unparalleled elegance and comfort in a tranquil setting high above
the mountain valley. Pitched gable cedar roofs and second floor balconies
are reminiscent of the original Trapp Family Lodge. Inside, the soaring
ceilings, exposed beams, light-suffused rooms and hard wood maple floor
rooms evoke the sophistication of a European villa and the magic of a
Vermont retreat. Structured as a Private Residence Club, The Villas are
offered on a 1/12th share ownership basis. Each twelfth share is 4 weeks
per year, comprised of 2 Gold season weeks, 1 Silver week and 1 Bronze
From a WFR Member’s point of view, the year round recreational
opportunities are boundless at Trapp Family Villas. Year-round
recreational activities include cross-country skiing and hiking on over
100km of trails, mountain biking, tennis, croquet, snowshoeing, sleigh
rides, children’s programs, maple sugaring, work-outs in the Fitness
Center, music lessons, guided nature walks, swimming, An Afternoon with
the Pastry Chef, and family sing-alongs.
Although WFR’s primary function is provide trade benefits for luxury
resort and residential resort owners, WFR Members and owners are also able
to use the inherent value of their ownership for dramatic price reductions
on luxury travel and cruise programs with the finest independent companies
in the world. They may also purchase specially selected travel programs at
a WFR Member-only price, rent other accommodations available within the
Collection for their use and trade time in their accommodations.