Ski lodging is a distinctly personal choice. Some folks prefer ski in/ski out slopeside condos stocked to the gills with modern appliances. They are the epitome of convenience, whether you’re skiing or entertaining. Others prefer a quaint bed and breakfast, steeped in history and chock full of antiques and comfy quilts. Then there are a raft of properties that fall somewhere in between.
The funny thing is, I can call myself a fan of all of these properties, depending on what I’m looking for during a particular visit. If I’m with a large group of family or friends, the condo is a terrific option. If I prefer a romantic getaway with my wife, I might go with the cozy B&B. During our recent visit to Stratton, the one-bedroom condo at the Long Trail House was ideal.
The Long Trail House, named after the legendary trans-state hiking route, is one of several large condo complexes built on the Village Common, just steps away from the resort’s Welcome Center and Stratton’s eclectic village and base lodge. Other buildings on the Village Common include Founders Lodge, Hearthstone Lodge, Rising Bear Lodge and Black Bear Lodge (situated behind Founders), and all offer the same basic amenities and packages.
From the outside, the broad, yellow facade of the Long Trail House, built in 1999, is nothing to write home about. The two buildings that make up the “house” are fairly nondescript, but with clean, architecturally straightforward lines (by comparison, the Hearthstone Lodge next door, modeled after the grand National Park lodges of the West with exposed timber and stone, has a far more appealing exterior). However, for my wife, Lauri, and I, our fourth-floor unit was really the perfect “ground central” for a few fun days skiing at Stratton.