Between the ski-centric motels, historic inns, and cozy bed-and-breakfasts that cluster around Middlebury, it isn’t tough to find something that suits everyone’s wallet.
Plunked right between Rutland  and Middlebury  sits the modest, affordable Brandon Motor Lodge (2095 Franklin St., Rte. 7, Brandon, 800/675-7614, www.brandonmotorlodge.com , $69–139). Rooms have standard motel decor but are well-kept, and all have access to a communal hot tub and pool. Well-behaved pets are welcome (with a $15 surcharge), and continental breakfast is included May through October.
Name any creature comfort, and odds are you’ll find it in spades at Middlebury Inn (14 Court Sq., 802/388-4961, www.middleburyinn.com , $98–285). From free access to the fitness center and extra-deep tubs with original fixtures, elegant breakfasts to afternoon tea, the 180-year-old spacious inn leaves guests wanting for very little indeed. Suites are also available.
An 1814–home-turned-inn (once belonging to Vermont judge and governor John Stewart), Swift House Inn (25 Stewart Ln., Middlebury, 866/388-9925, www.swifthouseinn.com , $110–265) is actually three buildings, each renovated and appointed with ornate stained glass and luxury furnishings. Pristine and individually decorated rooms, many outfitted in subtle florals, come with claw-foot tubs, quilt-covered wood or iron-wrought beds, and/or working fireplaces.
If you’re looking for the Vermont of entertainment-world dreams, look no further than Waybury Inn (457 E. Main St., East Middlebury, 802/388-4015, www.wayburyinn.com , $100–250): The exterior was used at the beginning of the Bob Newhart show, Newhart, which ran from 1982 to 1990. The interior is just as picturesque; guests lounge in suites enjoying views to the lush lawns and mountains. Some rooms have four-poster beds and whirlpool tubs. Several rooms are located in private cabins. A quiet, elegant restaurant is on-site, as are beautifully kept gardens.
The Federal-style Inn on the Green (71 S. Pleasant St., 802/388-7512, www.innonthegreen.com , $119–189) overlooks the Middlebury town green; with a handful of suites, plus rooms with twins and queen beds, it’s perfect for families (or couples looking to relax; the kitchen serves breakfast in bed). Rooms are cheerfully decorated with bright color, bay windows, and high-quality country wooden furniture—some antiques.