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The Trapp Family Lodge (Facebook)

Looking for "snowflakes that stay on your nose and eyelashes" this holiday season? Then grab your lederhosen and head to Stowe, Vermont, where the Trapp Family Lodge recreates a classic European ski resort just a quick flight from NYC. This is the real schnitzel with noodles: when the von Trapps, of "Sound of Music" fame, fled the Nazis in Austria, they were granted asylum in the United States and ultimately settled in Stowe. The youngest son of Maria and Captain von Trapp now oversees the family hotel, which sits on 2,500 acres with myriad trails for back-country and cross-country skiing.

They take winter very seriously at the Lodge, so if skiing isn't your thing, you can always fill your lungs with pure Vermont air on a snowshoe trek (bring your binoculars for birdwatching), or take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the grounds. Prefer to stay snug, thank you very much? Grab a mug of hot chocolate and walk around the hotel on a von Trapp family history tour (a must for the Fraulein Maria-obsessed), then head to the brewery on the premises for a culturally appropriate pick-me-up.

Trapp Family Lager (Cari/Foursquare)

The Alpine influence on Stowe is not limited to the von Trapp presence, however: visitors to the ski town can also hit up the Edelweiss Deli for breakfast sandwiches to take to Mount Mansfield (headquarters for downhill skiing), and toast a tough day on the slopes with a couple of local Switchback beers at the Matterhorn bar, where the housemade sushi isn't particularly Austrian, but it is very good.

Gentle Giant Rides

Haven't had your fill of "favorite things"? Gentle Giants offers impossibly scenic sleigh rides (covered bridges! Belgian draft horses!) for groups of up to 11 passengers. And for those who feel like a sleigh ride isn't complete without St Nick himself, the annual Holiday Artisan Showcase at the Stowe Mountain Resort provides a weekend's worth of photo ops with Santa Claus, as well as gingerbread decorating workshops for kids (and plenty of Vermont-made crafts for their parents).

If all this winter fun leaves you worn out, you might consider one last Mitteleuropean pastime in Stowe: taking a kur (Hungarian for "cure"), at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa. These mineral bath treatments (options include an Alpine Herbal Kur and a Thermal Mineral Kur) are purportedly detoxifying and restorative. Regardless of their actual effect, it's hard not to imagine Baroness Schraeder sinking into one with a sigh of relief after seeing the last of those singing von Trapps.

Betsy Bradley was born in Manhattan and raised in Westchester, to her eternal disappointment. She now lives in Brooklyn and writes about New York, headless horsemen and human zoos. You can follow her on Twitter at @knickerbockerny