We love a good fire pit… because it’s fall and who doesn’t want to warm their hands around an open flame, in a drop-dead-gorgeous setting? Grab your boo and book a stay at one of these charming properties — just remember to BYOM (bring your own marshmallows).
Playa Vik José Ignacio, Punda del Este, Uruguay: The Punta del Este region of Uruguay has some of the most stunning sunsets in the world and watching them from Playa Vik José Ignacio's private paradise only makes them that much better. I mean... this setting? Good luck leaving. Enjoy small bites, cocktails, and a selection of vino from the VIK vineyards while you sit back and savor South American living.
The St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City, UT: If over-the-top is your jam, then look no further than The St. Regis Deer Valley for an epic pit setup. Not only does the insanely luxurious mountainside resort have multiple fires going in their outside oasis where they do “Scotch & S’mores,” but they also feature regular Champagne sabering events. Because fire pits and overflowing Champagne bottles go hand in hand.
Rancho Valencia, Rancho Santa Fe, CA: There may be 70 fireplaces on-property at Rancho Valencia, located just 25 miles north of San Diego, but this chimayo is certainly one of the best. After having dinner in The Pony Room, you can head outside with your main to continue the evening under the constellations. Oh and the panorama of the resort's adorable croquet lawn and the canyons and mountains don't hurt either.
Inn at the Presidio, San Francisco, CA: Part of the allure of checking into the Georgian Revival-style Inn at the Presidio in San Fran is for their fire pit experience. As part of your stay, you can spend your morning breakfast by there, or swing by in the evening for a complimentary wine and cheese reception. Fresh smells of the nearby forest are just an added bonus.
The Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston, MA: Boston’s only 5-star luxury waterfront hotel The Boston Harbor Hotel is Beantown's best escape for adult fun, so clearly they have a fireside lounge. Treat yo' self to toasty favorites like cheese or chocolate fondue and winter warming cocktails such as the Avalanche (Reyka Vodka, Kahlua, Frangelico, Mozart Chocolate Liquor, Coffee, Hot Chocolate).
Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA: Ivy-ensconced fireplaces are trending at Rancho Bernardo Inn, a destination resort and spa just 20 minutes north of downtown San Diego. So settle in for an intimate evening with bae — just be sure to go early for a prime spot.
The Inns of Aurora, Aurora, NY: An escape in the Finger Lakes is ideal for vineyard hopping, great eats, and a little R&R at The Inns of Aurora. Go kayaking, visit nearby MacKenzie-Childs for a farmhouse tour, take a drive to Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard for the best vino in the area, and have a meal at locals-loved spot Hazelnut Kitchen, which focuses on seasonal fare in a low-key setting. Then, cheers to a great weekend by the pit post-dinner, obviously.
The Lodge at Vail, Vail, CO: Dig into some mountain comfort cuisine on date night, at the base of Vail Mountain at The Lodge at Vail. The historic hotel offers old-world charm with world-class service so you'll feel right at home as fire butlers handle the hard work.
Helena Bay, Hikurangi, New Zealand: The fire pit experience at Helena Bay is far from your average s'mores show around some wimpy kindling. No no, friends... you get extras like warm blankets, binoculars, and iPads set up with a stargazing app to lead you through an exploration experience. Pretty next level if you ask us. And those pure night sky views you'll be taking in? Those would be of New Zealand’s North Island, which are best seen from this luxurious retreat while sipping on digestifs.
Kamuela Provision Company, Waikoloa, HI: Whale watching by a crackling flame? Count us in. Hilton Waikoloa Village’s Kamuela Provision Company restaurant unveiled new outdoor pits overlooking 180-degree Pacific Ocean views, so you can easily spot a humpback whale (or two).
The Lodge & Club, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL: Country-club living should always be associated with fire pits, don't you think? The Lodge & Club is situated on sprawling grounds in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, so the sound of the waves crashing along the shore is just one of the perks of this stunning location.
Weekapaug Inn or Ocean House, RI: For prime Taylor Swift sightings, head to her beloved Watch Hill, Rhode Island and reserve a room at one of their prized Relais & Châteaux sister properties, Weekapaug Inn or Ocean House. Weekapaug hosts clam bakes and s'mores in the evenings while Ocean House's pit resides in the lovely herb garden made for nature appreciation and unwinding. Tay would approve.
Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley, CA: Napa and romance go hand-in-hand, especially when you visit the beautiful Calistoga Ranch. Known for their 50 cedar-shingled guest lodges that feature two-way fireplaces and serene outdoor living areas, you're bound to have a magical trip.
Dirty Habit, Washington, DC: Dirty Habit’s patio comes equipped with comfy couches, fire pits, oversized lamps, orb string lights, and awesome tunes, making it one of the top hidden outdoor gems in DC. And the cocktails are reallllly good.
Cliff House Maine, Cape Neddick, ME: A trip to Maine wouldn't be complete without a lobster dinner, followed by libations around a fire overlooking the ocean’s edge. Cliff House Maine offers just that, after a day spent strolling around downtown Ogunquit and getting pampered with a couples massage in the Spa Sanctuary.
Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Los Cabos, Mexico: We would have to say the fire pit at this new Cabo resort by the Auberge Resort Collection is ideal for two things: Mezcal and making out. Time to take advantage of both.
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