If you don’t mind a daily commute (half-hour), the most intriguing nearby B&B choice has to be the Four Columns Inn in Newfane (near Brattleboro). It’s scenicly located in a grand country farm with carriage barn, with elegant rooms and a extraordinarily good restaurant. Fourcolumnsinn.com; 800-787-6633
Founders Lodge, one of Stratton's newest properties, was completed in 2006. A 10-minute walk from the lifts, the condos in the Founders Lodge come with spacious kitchens and living rooms and give you access to a fitness room, fireplace lounge, sauna and ski lockers. Stratton.com
This grande dame might be getting up there in years (it opened in 1769), but recent renovations—including a great room that finally gives this historic hotel its due—keep things current. Today, skiers set up base camp here for trips to Stratton and Bromley, 17 and seven miles away, respectively. To bring modernity into the mix, designer Geoffrey Bradfield used lighting, fabric and artistic influences in guestrooms and public spaces.