If you're looking for a place for good all around skiing, Timberline is the place. If you are looking for a full service resort with a lot of night-life and entertainment, try somewhere else. For beginners, I think Salamander is the best beginer slope in the east. It's two miles long!!
This is a perfect place for families and small groups of friends who want to rent a chalet and spend some quality time together. There are no hotels to be seen and lodging is in the form of rental houses. If you want to be close, use the houses in the Yoakum Run area at the base of the slope. They're within walking distance and not as pricey as those on the mountain.
If you take the time to find them, there is an interesting selection of local eateries within 10 miles. Good food with local atmosphere. Don't be afraid to try the places that look like a hole-in-the-wall!