Location: Plymouth, Vt.
Square footage: 9,446
This 160-year-old Victorian mansion is now the Inn at Water's Edge, calling to mind the Vermont country inn of the 1954 film "White Christmas." It offers cross-country skiing during the long New England winters, and for skiing of the downhill kind, it's four miles from the Okemo mountain resort. Snowmobiling tours are available in nearby Killington. It has two wood-burning fireplaces and seven gas fireplaces, a pub and a commercial-grade kitchen. Adding to the beauty of the winter landscape are 900 feet of frontage on Echo Lake and the Black River.