Under the same ownership as the lovably bohemian American Flatbread , the hub of which is based on the property, Lareau Farm Inn (48 Lareau Rd., Waitsfield, 802/496-4949, www.lareaufarminn.com , $85–135) names its rooms after principles its management holds dear—love, patience, and respect among them. A copy of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax is found in every room, and of course, children are welcome. In fact, guests of every age are made to feel like part of the family. With delicious breakfasts and free wireless Internet included—not to mention the attention of a genuinely warm staff—Lareau couldn’t offer better value.
Looking for cheap but clean? The Pierre Motel (362 N. Main St., Barre, 802/476-3188, www.vtpierremotel.com , $55–99), with 20 rooms with cable and fridges, is your answer. If that and the conveniently close location to downtown Barre  don’t convince you, the complimentary continental breakfasts and the outdoor pool will.
Two gracious Federal-style buildings (filled with no fewer than 10 fireplaces) comprise the Inn at Montpelier (147 Main St., Montpelier, 802/223-2727, www.innatmontpelier.com , $132–229). The antiques-filled common areas lead into 19 neat rooms, with canopy beds, colonial-style bureaus, and walls ranging from tomato-red to bold floral.
Exquisitely decorated, the Relais & Chateaux–designated Pitcher Inn (275 Main St., Warren, 802/496-6350, www.pitcherinn.com , $425–800) houses 11 rooms and suites—each individually decorated in a Vermont  theme and with Wi-Fi, CD players, TVs, whirlpool tubs, and radiant floor heating; a few have wood-burning fireplaces. There’s also a stand-alone spa on the property, offering everything from hair care and pedicures to facials.
Romance, thy name is the Round Barn Farm (1661 E. Warren Rd., Waitsfield, 802/496-2276, www.theroundbarn.com , $165–285). Most rooms in the 19th-century farmhouse have skylights, king-sized canopy beds, whirlpool tubs, gas fireplaces, wireless Internet access, and jaw-dropping mountain views. In the wintertime, guests can take advantage of miles of snowshoeing trails, on trips guided by the resident Chocolate Lab, Cooper.