After a very popular piece on the Catskills, NewsWhistle contributor Norah Lawlor now points us to some fireplace-filled destinations outside of New York City this fall and winter.
Few things compare to relaxing in front of a crackling open fire in New York’s fall and winter. Lucky for New Yorkers, there’s plenty of luxurious retreats within a short distance of the city that provide the perfect retreat to cozy up and enjoy a mulled wine or pumpkin spice latte. We’ve rounded up some of the very best.
1. The Lodge at Woodloch – Pocono Mountains, PA
The Lodge at Woodloch is an adult-only destination spa resort, a sanctuary for guests of Woodloch Pines and Springs, located in the Lake Region of Northeast Pennsylvania. Set on over 150 pristine wooden acres, with a 15-acre private lake, this resort is the perfect place to unwind and relax in front of a cozy fireplace. The Spa is award-winning – named as one of Travel + Leisure’s top global spa destinations – and offers many world-class amenities. Woodloch Springs’ gold course is also nationally recognized as one of the finest courses in America, rated 4.5 Stars by Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play. Take a walk in the picturesque surrounding area and soak up the stunning fall colors, or take advantage of the outdoor adventure program, with a variety of activities on offer such as kayaking, mountain-biking and fly-fishing.
For more information visit www.woodloch.com/
2. Point Resort – Saranac Lake, NY
The Point Resort, set next to a mountain lake which evokes the magic and beauty of Upstate New York, is a popular fall and winter destination. The retreat was built by William Avery Rockefeller a century ago, as a Great Camp of the North Woods. The log mansions, crafted of native timber and stone, still personify the 19th Century view of comfort and style, with guest rooms decorated with country antiques and artifacts. In the fall and winter, this secluded, 75-acre property is warm and welcoming. Guests can enjoy skating, curling and ice-fishing on the magnificent frozen lake, or simply sit in front of the huge stone fireplace and enjoy a mulled wine and world-class cuisine.
For more information visit www.thepointsaranac.com/
3. Glenmere Mansion – Chester, NY
Glenmere Mansion was, in the Gilded Age, host to royalty, aristocracy and leading artists, as one of America’s finest country homes. As Forbes Magazine said, it’s hard to believe the mansion is only 75 minutes outside of New York City, considering how cozy and secluded you feel. Situated in the lower Hudson Valley, the graceful country villa has only 18 rooms – but there are plenty of charming spots to curl up with a book, including the library with its crackling fireplace and windows with sweeping views of the well-kept grounds. Enjoy cooler nights in the Supper Room, where a massive Italianate fireplace takes center-stage and you can enjoy local ingredients from one of the two excellent restaurants.
For more information visit www.glenmeremansion.com/
4. The Hotel Fauchére – Milford, PA
The Hotel Fauchére has 16 guest rooms, each restored to the original 19th Century luster, with hardwood floors and bathrooms comprised of Carrera marble and Pennsylvania blue stone. This hotel in Milford, PA, founded in 1852 by Delmonicos master chef, Louis Fauchére, was run by his descendants until closing in 1976 and was later reclaimed in 2006 after a meticulous five-year restoration. It is known today as a casually elegant destination with exquisite cuisine on offer at either of the two restaurants. Guests can also enjoy a ‘sweets party’ by the fireplace at the Pâtisserie Fauchère, where you can indulge in a selection of truffles, éclairs, nougat, macaroons, while sipping on spike hot chocolate and eggnog.
For more information visit www.hotelfauchere.com/
5. Blantyre – Lenox, MA
This renowned Relais et Chateaux and Forbes 5 Star property is reminiscent of a gentler time of elegance and romance. Located in the prestigious Berkshires of Massachusetts, the English-style mansion, built in 1902, boasts sumptuous guestrooms, an excellent wine cellar with over 12,000 vintages and intimate spots for warming up in front of magnificent fireplaces. Blantyre has a ‘Warming Hut’ – where you can play a game of pool, watch a game, or toast s’mores over the fabulous cauldron and circle of stones, and its very own skating rink, surrounded by softly glowing lights and swirling music. There is a selection of rich Hot Chocolates served from the special Hot Chocolate menu as well as Ice Picnics and Snow Barbeques on offer.
For more information visit www.blantyre.com/
Norah Lawlor is a New York based global trend and travel observer in addition to being the founder and owner of Public Relations strategy firm Lawlor Media Group.
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