3567 Main St., Manchester, Vermont ( 802-362-4700 ) equinoxresort.com
There are plenty of reasons to venture outdoors in Vermont, but the Equinox Golf Resort & Spa in Manchester Village offers an excuse to cozy up inside thanks to a multi-phase renovation completed in July. Updates to the 1,300-acre property include a refresh of the 147 guest rooms, public spaces and restaurants, as well as the addition of numerous artifacts from Equinox’s past, such as an original 19th-century gas chandelier that now hangs in the lobby’s Great Room. But some things are perfect just the way they are: Eight antique fireplaces scattered throughout the property have remained relatively untouched, including one engraved with Louise Orvis’ initials located in the resort’s Chop House restaurant, another in the spa sporting stones sourced from Mount Equinox and a marble-clad fireplace in the library, a focal point where patrons have gathered to read and enjoy a glass of wine since the inn first opened its doors.
20 E. Main St., Mystic, Connecticut ( 860-536-1506 ) whalersinnmystic.com
Snuggling seaside at the Whaler’s Inn in Mystic, Connecticut, is a shore-fire way to beat back the winter woes. The property has been home to hotels for more than 125 years, with five historic buildings centered around a shared courtyard. Though all of the 47 rooms—each renovated in November—are suite escapes, the nearly 600-square-foot Morgan Suite in the 1865 House offers something special for those craving R&R. “This two-room suite features a double-sided gas fireplace, original hardwood floors and views of Main Street from the oversized picture window in the sitting room,” says general manager Amanda Arling. It’s also the only room where you can spring for the Winter Luxury Getaway package, a one-night mini-vacation that includes an in-suite couples massage by that stunner of a fireplace. Afterward, have a soak in the mammoth air-jet tub and let your worries float far away.
1385 State Road, Richmond, Massachusetts (413-698-8100) theinnatkenmorehall.com
While Richmond’s recent fame stems from former Gov. Deval Patrick’s private summer residence, the town’s beauty dates back centuries. That history is on display at the Inn at Kenmore Hall, nestled amid 20 acres of pastoral landscape in the Berkshire town. The Georgian/Federal transitional-style home built in 1792 has a storied past, including a stint as a boarding school and ties to Tanglewood—with icons like Leonard Bernstein spending summers in the carriage house cottage. The inn, which opened in August after extensive renovations, features antique and midcentury decor, original hand-blown glass windows and nine fireplaces burning wood from damaged fruit trees on the property’s orchard. Each of the five guest rooms includes a fireplace—with Room Three boasting a second beside its deep-soaking tub. “The fireplaces were and are integral to the design of this historic home,” says co-owner Scott Cole. “Two vast chimneys, one with four flues and one with five, had to be rebuilt from the roofline up.” Guests can request a fireside massage in their room or venture downstairs to mix a complimentary cocktail and cozy up by the fireplaces in the parlor and library with one of the inn’s many books on art, fashion and history.
116 S. Main St., Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (603-569-6948) pickeringhousewolfeboro.com
New Hampshire’s Pickering House Inn, steps away from downtown Wolfeboro and Lake Winnipesaukee, combines historic charm with modern luxury. Since opening in July, the luxury inn beckons with 10 airy guest rooms in the 1813 homestead and its mid-1800s addition. Five of the rooms boast a gas fireplace or gas stove, with additional fireplaces in the common library and living room for warming chats with other guests. If you’re looking for a private getaway, cozy up by the fire in the grand Pickering Suite, with its king-sized bed and separate sitting area featuring oversized windows. “The bedroom portion of the suite has a cathedral ceiling and a fireplace mantel crafted from reclaimed wood from the barn,” says co-owner Patty Cooke. Savor gooey brie bites from the nightly snack menu and a bottle of Pavilion, the inn’s signature pinot noir, and you’ll be toasting away the chill.
1 Bellevue Ave., Newport, Rhode Island (401-847-3300) hotelviking.com
Drop your anchor in the heart of Newport at Hotel Viking. The 91-year-old hot spot wrapped up a multimillion-dollar renovation in April that brought maritime touches, seersucker-inspired wallpaper and other updates to its 208 rooms and 24 suites, and also refreshed common spaces like the lobby, where guests can still spy the original brass letterbox and room keys from the Gilded Age. Settle into one of the three Estate Fireside Rooms that have flames roaring at the foot of king-sized beds, or book the Marble House Suite to stretch out on the oversized leather couch by the fireplace before slipping into the claw-foot bathtub. If you want to live like a Vanderbilt for a night, the Breakers Suite features a fireplace in the master bedroom as well as the dining room, where five guests can sup under a chandelier. And for those gathered ’round the fire on the property’s One Bellevue restaurant patio, there’s only one burning question: How do you roast a s’more to golden gooeyness without spilling your hot toddy?
591 Shore Road, Cape Neddick, Maine (297-361-1000) destinationhotel.com/cliffhouse
Perched on Bald Head Cliff in southern Maine, Cliff House has a new shine after adding 40 suites in late 2017 as part of a years-long project to update the 70-acre property. Among the new digs are five one-bedroom corner suites, which boast fireplaces in the living rooms, and the Elsie Weare Suite. Named after the woman who was the visionary force behind creating the property in the 19th century, the suite includes a full kitchen, terraces, plenty of ocean vistas and two fireplaces—one in the living room and one in the master bedroom. And you might need those fires to warm up quickly after some of Cliff House’s winter activities, including a new skating rink on the North Lawn and an Ice Bar opened one weekend a month through March. If you’re still looking to heat things up, the fire pit on the outdoor terrace burns year-round with s’mores at the ready in the summer.