There are few things cozier than a bed and breakfast on a cold winter’s night. That is, of course, except for a B&B with a fireplace! Here’s a round up of five East Coast inns that will let you defrost -- and decompress -- beside some flickering flames that add a warm light to the darkest days of winter.
At this B&B in western North Carolina, you won’t have to worry about choosing a room that lets you get fireside, because they ALL contain attractive gas-log fireplaces to warm you up on those crisp mountain nights. To really get things sizzling, book a stay in the Wintersun Luxury Suite that not only has a marble fireplace in the main room, but another fireplace in the spa bathroom that also features a 500-gallon hot tub and steam shower for two. This is a true destination B&B, so you might just want to enjoy hiking around the ample grounds, but if you decide to venture out, downtown Asheville
is just a 15-minute drive away.
1 Wintersun Lane, Fairview, NC 28730; 828–628–9979; Rates: $200-390
In America’s colonial days, the fireplace was more than a fancy feature, it was a way to heat the house and cook the meals -- a fact you’ll be reminded of as you explore historic Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia
. But you won’t have to stoke the stove yourself in the morning when you stay at the Boxwood Inn’s Washington Carriage House; just head on over to the breakfast room for a scrumptious multi-course feast served at a 9-foot Shaker table made just for the inn. Spend your nights bathing in the glow of the gas-log fireplace -- or in the in-room Jacuzzi tub.
708 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185; 757-221-6607; Rates: $150-185.
Some inns have a fireplace or two. At this stunning Relais & Chateaux
retreat in Pennsylvania, there are actually 42 different wood-burning fireplaces. One of my favorites is the pair you’ll find as part of the secluded Forest Hideout -- one inside and one out. Then again, there’s Dale’s Cabin where you can gaze at the fire while nestled into a comfy king-sized bed. Then again … well, with 12 cabins and an assortment of rooms in the main lodge to choose from, you really can’t make a bad decision. 28 miles of hiking trails over 1450 acres ensure you’ll enjoy a well-earned rest by the hearth at night.
1000 Glendorn Drive, Bradford, PA 16701; 814-362-6511; Rates: Starting at $299 Read a review.
Courtesy 1871 House
Think of a visit to New York City and chances are good that curling up in front of a fire wouldn’t be at the top of your list of activities. However, when you stay at the 1871 House, you can do just that after the embers of a Broadway show
have died down. The B&B features five different “half-floor” suites and three different “full-floor” suites. You’ll find fireplaces in the Front and Rear Library Bedrooms, the Garden Room and in the Madison Avenue, Lexington Avenue and Library Suites. They’re all wood burners and you can buy Duraflame-style logs from the inn.
130 East 62nd Street; New York, NY, 10065; 212-756-8823; Rates: $195-665
With a tagline that promises “Firesides & Fireflies,” you know you’re in for a glowing good time at this bed and breakfast in the Berkshire Mountains
of Massachusetts. You’ll find wood-burners in the Dana, Dewey and Egleston rooms and gas-log fireplaces in the Wright-Smith Mini-Suite, The Post and The MacDonald rooms. If you can tear yourself away from the hearth, be sure to check out their “Fun For Foodies” opportunities that lets you participate in everything from a private beer tasting to learning how to make your own scrumptious B&B breakfasts at home.
7 Hubbard Street, Lenox, MA 01240; 800-524-1646; Rates: $200-375