There's nothing quite like crackling embers and warm flames to stoke the heat -- romantic heat, that is. A roaring fire is like a sultry winter whisper, gently coaxing you to snuggle up under the blankets with someone special. The only thing better is when those fireside snuggles happen in a cozy cabin, surrounded by stone and wood and wool. Here are seven getaways that deliver...
Stationed on the scenic shores of Lake Tremblant, Hotel Quintessence seems tailor-made for romance: the hot tub has beautiful lake views; the restaurant serves fine French cuisine; some suites have private rainfall showers and outdoor hot tubs; and the wine bar is stocked with international selections. But the best part is Clagett’s Cabin, which offers a romantic canopy bed and antique tub for two, fireside.
If you like mountain villages, the great outdoors, and alone time, you’ll love the Mountainaire Inn in the North Carolina Mountains. Located on wooded grounds, the understated inn doesn’t offer a ton in the way of amenities: beyond the stocked library, there’s not much to do but take long walks and then warm up in your room. Which you won’t mind doing if you stay in the aptly named Sweetheart Cabin, where you’ll find not only a seriously cozy stone fireplace in the living room, but also a stone-encased tub in the bedroom.
This luxe wilderness resort proves that staying on national parkland doesn’t always mean roughing it. Though surrounded by the Deschutes National Forest, FivePine offers an upscale escape complete with free wine and craft beer receptions, a luxury spa, and a neighboring cinema. But the best part is the property’s Romance Cabin, which has a stone fireplace and a fireside, in-ground — yes, you read that correctly — tub.
Another romantic retreat in the North Carolina Mountains, Lands Creek promises scenery and seclusion in your choice of creekside, ridge-top, or wooded cabins. Our favorite spot to bring the heat? The resort’s fireplace cabins, equipped with plush-yet-rustic log beds, full kitchens, cozy sofas and, of course, romantic fireplaces. You’ll never have to (or rather, want to) leave your cabin.
Take one part rustic, add one part southwestern charm, top it off with sweet amenities and you have Dripping Springs Resort. The riverfront locale offers stunning mountain views, a riverside massage room, fire pits, and river fishing, but the best part is the Pinewood Cabin, where you’ll find a rustic wood “canopy,” king-sized log bed, secluded porch and, of course, a wood stove you can fire up whenever the mood strikes.
Sixty sprawling acres unroll over Maine forest to reveal a luxurious but not over-the-top lodge. We love the tranquil ambiance, free yoga classes, on-site organic farm, and treehouse-like spa here, but what we really love are the 36 cottages sprinkled throughout. Our favorite for romance: the Bungalow Sea-Esta, complete with an ensuite living area and incredible electric fireplace. Even better, your morning breakfast consists of a fresh bakery basket, delivered to your door.
Need a romantic getaway where the kids can tag along? Enter The Peaks See Forever, where spacious two-, three-, and four-bedroom cabins have marble and granite bathrooms, beamed ceilings, luxe furnishings, gourmet kitchens, and abundant fireplaces. Best of all, some cabins have master suites with private fireplaces, so it’s easy to steal away for some fireside alone time.
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