An Anniversary of Note

TRAVEL SMARTS

January 14, 2001

More than 35 years after its film release, "The Sound of Music" is still going strong. Based on the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, the film -- re-released last year -- tells the story of the Von Trapp family, who left their Austrian homeland in 1938 to escape Nazi rule.

The real Von Trapp family has been going strong as well. The mountain lodge the family opened in Vermont has become a popular New England resort.

The 116-room Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, with Tyrolean architecture and other Austrian flourishes, caters to cross-country skiers, hikers, and those looking for a relaxing getaway in a scenic New England setting.

The 2,700-acre lodge is run by Johannes Von Trapp, the youngest of the Trapp children.

To help celebrate its 50th anniversary, the lodge is sponsoring a photo contest that will send the grand-prize winner on an all-expenses-paid trip to Austria. To enter, you have to submit pictures of the original lodge, grounds or Von Trapp family dated before 1980. Entries are due by the end of the month.

For more information, see the lodge's Web site, www. trappfamily.com, or call 800-826-7000.

TAKE COMFORT IN POETRY

The Inn at Alameda in Santa Fe, N.M., warms guests now through May with monthly fireside poetry readings. The inn even has its own poet-in-residence, Gary Mex Glezner, who coordinated the themed readings and opened them to the public.

But if you're not spending the night, you miss out on a perk: small, scrolled poems placed on guests' pillows nightly.

Next month's poetry theme sets a romantic mood for Valentine's Day: Two artists will perform a dramatic reading of World War II love letters exchanged between an Ohio lieutenant and his beloved. March's theme explores 1920s New Mexican poems, and April's takes a lighthearted jab at taxes and money.

The inn's 69 rooms are decorated in classic Southwestern style with handmade furniture, Spanish tile accents, fireplaces and authentic Native American handiworks. Rates start at $125. For information, call 800-289-2122 or go to www. inn-alameda.com.

Essential numbers, addresses

The staff at Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel magazine compiled a list of what they consider the "100 Most Important Addresses in Travel (and Phone Numbers and Web Sites, Too)."

Here are the top three addresses under the "Trip Planning and Preparation" category (for the entire 100, go to www.frommers.com / features / articles / 0012_1a.html):

For names of qualified, English-speaking doctors overseas, contact the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers in New York at 716-754-4883 or go to www. sentex.net / ~iamat / .

To learn what inoculations or vaccinations you need, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc. gov / travel, or call 877-394-8747.

To find out if you need a passport or a visa for a particular country, go to the State Department at www. travel.state.gov / passport_ services.html or call 800-741-7874.

-- Tricia Bishop

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