The Bitterroot Mountain view is half the pleasure from this fire-warmed lobby lookout in a premiere Montana lodge. The other half comes from the luxury-included hospitality, personalized service, and cozy furnishings that make you feel like you’re in your BFF’s mountain home; and oh, by the way, your BFF’s a billionaire.
Photo courtesy of Triple Creek Ranch
Woodstock Inn & Resort
Located in the charming Vermont town that was beloved by a Rockefeller, the Woodstock Inn is somehow elegant yet bohemian at the same time. Every corner of the hotel, from the lobby to the bar to the courtyard spaces, manages to combine traditional elegance with bohemian insouciance.
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As one of the rainiest cities in the U.S., Seattle would obviously need to have some blissful little nooks to escape gloomy weather. The Fireside Room at the Sorrento Hotel is one of the best and most beloved. Located in the city’s original boutique hotel, it’s a highly popular date spot, with classic wood paneling, yesteryear décor and the fireplace with its unique tile inlays as the focal point.
Photo courtesy of Sorrento Hotel
Different Pointe of View
The patio bar area of the signature restaurant at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs is exactly where you want to go with a date, good friends, or anyone whose company you truly enjoy. Between the desert climate, the stargazing, the fire and the absolutely delicious liqueur-infused marshmallows pictured, you’ll wind up completely losing track of time.
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When not in Rome, pretend you are at the second outpost of Antica Pesa—just opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and a sweet little sister-venue to the original Italian landmark. Have a glass of wine by the fire, surrounded by leather-bound books, decorative wine bottles, and more than a few Brooklyn hipsters and Manhattanites on date night.
Photo courtesy of Antica Pesa
With a Rittenhouse Square address and a Stephen Starr pedigree, this gastro-pub has a lot to recommend...but when instinct alone drives you, and it’s the middle of winter, it’s the fireside couches that’ll draw you in like a magnet. And good news: A full afternoon tea menu is served, so you can hole up in here pretty much any time after 11 a.m. and be cozy-warm, well fed and drinking Dark ‘n Stormys (or Pimms) till closing time.
Photo courtesy of Dandelion Pub
Devil’s Thumb Ranch
If you love Colorado, this under-the-radar Rocky Mountain getaway is one for the must-visit list. The skiing’s great, the warm service and warmer beds are enough to make it a local “stay-cation” favorite, and the fire burns merrily in the dramatic stone fireplace for many months out of the year. This is the kind of place that makes even the slickest city-dwellers dream of packing it all in and moving to the mountains.
Photo courtesy of Devil’s Thumb Ranch
So, you didn’t know that Los Angeles had its own log cabin lodge complete with Sasquatch signs and a crackling fire? Then you’re out of the loop! This Los Feliz spot is a date night standby, and a favorite of every LA sterotype from college kids to hipsters to “industry” up-and-comers. Toasted Marshmallow cocktails are the poison of choice, and every socialite is equally shocked and amused by the taxidermy menagerie surrounding the fireplace.
Photo courtesy of Bigfoot Lodge
West Shore Café & Inn
Though the weather conditions are rarely as frigid as Montana (or New York City!), Tahoe gets plenty of snow and some dark days in the winter. In response, local venues like the West Shore Café crank the heat and show some California love. Live music on weekends and full moon parties cater to night owls; but by day, the Fireplace Room welcomes families, Scrabble junkies and snow bunnies looking for an apr?s ski warmer.
Photo credit: Justin Dohms
Eventi, A Kimpton Hotel
Vintage charm has its place in ski lodges, but in Manhattan, let’s face it, everyone wants to check out the latest thing. Especially when it’s a beautifully decorated, uber-chic jewel of a place. Case in point, Eventi—the latest offering by Kimpton Hotels—and its jewel-like Living Room. This is the hotel’s social centerpiece and features a glowing fire surrounded by burnished screen paneling.
Photo courtesy of Eventi, A Kimpton Hotel
Lena Katz is the author of the Travel Temptations series (SIP, SUN, SNOW), published by Globe Pequot Press in 2009. Lena is also a travel expert for Celebrations/1800FLOWERS and WEtv (online and on-air). She contributes to the South China Morning Post and ABC News online. Lena is a former Orbitz Travel blogger and former columnist for the LA Times. She's been published in Brides Magazine, Robb Rep...(Read More)