There's nothing like a roaring blaze to make nippy nights more pleasant, and a bonfire is a cozy -- and fun -- addition to any fall vacation. We've found five charming hotels in the U.S. making the most of this toasty tradition.
Hidden Pond, Maine
Hidden Pond's outdoor bar and grill sits on a "sand bar," with chairs circled around fire pits. This upscale boutique hotel in the Maine forests has 36 bungalows and two-bedroom cottages, a tranquil environment, and top-notch farm-to-table cuisine.
The Graham & Co., Catskills
This hip former motel is a popular weekend getaway destination for New Yorkers, and its large lawn has not only a fire pit but hammocks, a volleyball net, and a spot for open-air movie nights. The covered lounge has games and music.
Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, South Carolina
At Disney's marsh-side campfire, families can participate in sing-a-longs and storytelling. The 123-room Disney Hilton Head Resort is a quiet, relaxed resort on a tiny island within the central region of larger Hilton Head Island. It's less "Disney-y" than other Disney resorts, while still including a long list of kid-friendly amenities: two pools (one with a waterslide), a basketball court, a game room, and a playground.
Paradise Point Resort and Spa, San Diego
This 462-room property near Sea World has sprawling, 44-acre grounds on a private island, activities galore (tennis, a putting green, water sports, basketball), five pools, and multiple bonfire pits along the mile-long beach.
Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod
Nestled near the heart of Chatham on 25 scenic acres overlooking Pleasant Bay, Chatham Bars Inn has been a local staple since 1914. The kids programs include activities such as evening beach parties with bonfires -- adults can enjoy them too!