Tuesday, February 25, 2014

10 Best Fireplaces by USA Today's Larry Bleiberg

In the midst of this ridiculous cold and snowy winter, I had to share the following USA Today article, "10 Best Places to Curl Up By a Hotel Fireplace" by Larry Bleiberg.  If for no other reason, I thought perhaps some cozy design photos may warm us up for the moment.  This is one of my favorite things about winter...a glass of wine or hot cup of tea with my family next to a warm fireplace.  A little winter-travel-get-away with the following photos...Enjoy!

10 best places to curl up by a hotel fireplace

Travelers caught in the chilly weather blanketing much of the country this winter can appreciate the comfort and beauty of a hotel fireplace. But hearths offer more than mere warmth, says best-selling erotic romance novelist L. Marie Adeline, a pseudonym for Lisa Gabriele, author of Secret Shared (Broadway Books). Fireplaces can provide ideal settings for romance, she says. "If you linger, things may happen, and memories will be made." She shares some favorite fireplaces with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.
La Fonda on the Plaza Santa Fe
A welcoming fire has long comforted travelers at this bustling grand hotel at the end of the Santa Fe Trail. The fireplace in the dining room keeps guests warm in the high desert, which can be chilly. It's decorated with a modernist terra-cotta sculpture by a contemporary of Georgia O'Keeffe. The hotel has recently been renovated, and rooms and public areas have been upgraded. 505-982-5511; lafondasantafe.com

My favorite of all these hotel photos...LOVE the southwest vibe for interiors.  Also happens to be the only one of the hotels on this list I have visited.

Grove Park Inn Asheville, N.C.
This historic, high-end hostelry offers a variety of cozy niches to warm up guests around its twin lobby fireplaces — each of which is 14 feet wide. The stone chimneys are so large that they were used to hide the inn's elevators. "They (create) unique clusters so you can have private conversations and still benefit from the lovely glow," Adeline says. "It still feels as though you're in your own world, even though you're sharing space in a grand lobby." 855-427-1409; groveparkinn.com

Bowery Hotel New York
Amid the bustle of New York, this clubby Lower East Side hotel reveals a surprisingly romantic lobby fireplace with comfy clubby chairs and overlapping carpets. "In a city as busy and neon and loud as New York, when you walk into the Bowery, you can exhale and relax," Adeline says. 212-505-9100; theboweryhotel.com

Love the tudor elements in this hotel, stone fireplace, dark wood panelling, antique brick red rugs, pop of kelly green (see my post from earlier this week!)

Love the bold grass green color (a more contemporary vibe) of the chairs against the more traditional antique (Persian?) rug
Hotel Burnham Chicago
The big city still has cozy hideaways, including this boutique hotel in a National Historic Landmark building. Inspired by architect Daniel Burnham, who helped design and build modern Chicago, it has wood paneling, marble stairs and ironwork that recall the city's formative years, when guests would ward off the chill in front of its stone fireplace. 312-782-1111; burnhamhotel.com

Not my favorite in terms of interior design, but room certainly looks cozy!

Love the historical staircase, architecture, etc.

Sorrento Hotel Seattle
It's hard to beat the appeal of a fireplace when you're visiting the Pacific Northwest on a damp, gray day. Adeline likes this hearth, with its niches and nooks for intimate gatherings. More than a century old, the hearth is surrounded by green glazed tiles and a mosaic of an Italian landscape. "It takes the chill out of your bones when you walk in, and imagine how lovely your skin would look in that light." 206-622-6400;hotelsorrento.com

Exposed brick provides a warm, cozy vibe...

Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe Truckee, Calif.
While any self-respecting ski lodge is expected to have a roaring lobby fireplace to greet guests, this towering stone hearth stands out. "It's incredible," Adeline says. She likes how the hotel surrounds the hearth with furniture, inviting visitors to sit and soak up the atmosphere. 530-562-3000; ritzcarlton.com

I would love to sit here with a cup of coffee and newspaper for about an hour enjoying this gorgeous view!

This lovely outdoor fireplace = heaven!
Old Faithful Inn Yellowstone, Wyo.
This grand National Park lodge, which celebrates its 110th birthday this year, has been called a cathedral in wood and is one of the largest log buildings in the world. Its main lobby is centered on a massive lava-stone fireplace that measures 16 feet square at the base and has four main hearths, one on each face. It's where generations of park visitors have warmed up after a day of exploring. "The architecture is just spectacular," Adeline says. 307-344-7311;yellowstonenationalparklodges.com

Hanover Inn Hanover, N.H.
In chilly New England, fireplaces aren't just for show. The one at this hotel, tucked into an alcove in the lobby, has small areas for seating and is surrounded with green wood paneling, inspired by the Dartmouth College colors. "This one is cozy," Adeline says. 603-643-4300; hanoverinn.com

River Inn of Harbor Town Memphis
Adeline, who sets some of her stories in the South, has visited hotels throughout the region. She says this lobby, which has a crystal chandelier, Oriental rugs and a wood-burning hearth, welcomes guests with a warm, classic design. "The South is romantic, and it's beautiful, quite lovely." 901-260-3333; riverinnmemphis.com

Camelback Inn Scottsdale, Ariz.
Arizona may be desert, but it's not hot all the time. "It can be surprisingly chilly in the winter, especially at night," Adeline says. That's what makes the adobe beehive fireplace here so welcoming. "It gives a cozy feeling. It's quite beautiful." 480-948-1700; marriott.com

Another article from Departures.com, "Spectacular Hotel Fireplaces" ...named several of those listed above, and named a few additional hotels...

Another related link...

The Equinox, Manchester Village, Vt.
This legendary meeting place for the fathers of the American Revolution has been serving up comfort by the fireplace’s warm glow since 1769. The original stone hearth from the tavern where Ethan Allen and the militia group Green Mountain Boys once regularly gathered now sits amid the browns, burgundies and old hardwood floors of the resort’s upscale restaurant. Oversized tables and cream leather banquettes make it the ideal spot for guests to connect over a leisurely meal. Rooms, from $200; 800-362-4747; equinoxresort.com.


The Little Nell, Aspen, Colo.
After a day on the slopes, guests — and their dogs — can enjoy a cocktail around the lobby’s double-sided-wood-burning hearth, crafted using local buff sandstone. Guests seeking a little more privacy are in luck: Each of the 92 Holly Hunt–designed guest rooms at The Little Nell — the only ski-in and -out hotel in the city — have an electric stone fireplace. Rooms, from $265; 888-843-6355; thelittlenell.com.

Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Nelson’s, named for legendary ocean preservationist Mike Nelson, from the midcentury show Sea Hunt, is the bar within Terranea. With a counter made from recycled wine bottles, it was recently recognized as one of the top ten ecofriendly bars in the United States. So it makes sense that it’s moved the fire outside, letting guests enjoy the California weather (and the SoCal seafood menu) next to their enormous stone fire pits overlooking the Pacific. Rooms, from $300; 310-265-2800;terranea.com.

Cozy and charming outdoor patio with amazing views of the Pacific!

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