Upstate New York is in the depths of winter, and it’s starting to take its toll. After all, one can only spend so many nights and weekend afternoons tucked away at home before things get a little boring. The freezing temps and gloomy skies have worn us down and we’re all looking forward to warmer weather. Unfortunately, Punxsutawney Phil has said we’re in for another six weeks of winter… and judging by the 10-day forecast, he appears to be spot on!

To help get you through, we’ve put together a list of our favorite fireplaces to sip (and sit) by, which are perfect for passing the time until spring. So grab a loved one and brave the cold. You’ll be glad you did!

Henry Street Taproom

Henry Street Taproom

This one’s a “not-to-miss,” as it’s quite possibly our favorite downtown fireplace. It’s also wood-burning, which adds some extra authentic flair, and is pretty much going non-stop throughout fall and winter.
We love sinking into a deliciously luxurious leather chair (there are four fireside) with a hot toddy or craft beer, and spending hours chit-chatting with friends while the snow comes down. Full table service is available, so you won’t miss a beat.

The Inn at Saratoga

Inn at Saratoga

As the oldest operating hotel in Saratoga, this ranks as another favorite—especially as there are two historic fireplaces, each with a brick façade and antique wood mantle, topped with glorious 19th-century mirrors.

If you’re headed out for a quick drink, grab a seat in the tavern’s side room, located just off the bar, and pretend you’re in a Dickens’ novel (A Christmas Carol was released the same year the hotel opened, so you’re guaranteed a truly Victorian experience). Gas inserts keep things convenient and allow guests a ready-to-enjoy fire with the flip of a switch.

Olde Bryan Inn

Olde Bryan Inn

Step inside and walk back into history, literally, as this Inn was first established in 1773, with the old stone house portion of this Saratoga mainstay dating back to 1825.

With three fireplaces to enjoy—two in the main dining room, and one in the tavern which still burns real wood—we’ll let you pick your favorite. But plan to get there early to claim one of the coziest seats in the house—on a cold night, the fireside bar stools, booths, and tables are a hot commodity.

The Local Pub & Teahouse

The Local

With a solid craft beer list and fantastic brunch offerings, this neighborhood hangout is a great place to sit back with a few of your nearest and dearest. A broad table by this gas, stone-faced fireplace is always in demand, so plan ahead. Or simply grab your pint glass and hover nearby.

The Brook Tavern

Brook Tavern

Thanks to a gas-insert, this double-sided exposed brick fireplace with gorgeous wood mantle throws off quite a bit of heat, making what was once an 1800s’ horse carriage factory, truly cozy.
With a pair of leather easy chairs on one side and several cocktail tables on the other, there’s plenty of fireside seating. Tip: They do a great happy hour, so head here instead of a cold home once five-o-clock strikes.

The Gideon Putnam

Gideon Putnam

Opened in 1935 alongside the Roosevelt Baths, the hotel remains a legendary place to celebrate with loved ones or sneak away. Its lobby, complete with two wood-burning fireplaces, dressed up with a white scroll-worked mantle, can transport even locals to another time and place and is often fairly quiet. Grab a cup of coffee and a newspaper and watch the time pass, or grab something adult-friendly in the evening hours with a date.

The Wishing Well

Wishing Well

Their four fieldstone fireplaces—three or which are in the restaurant, and two of which are over 150 years old—are going all fall and winter long, thanks to convenient gas inserts. Eight tables sit adjacent and are always in demand. Two small tables located fireside in the oldest part of the restaurant are Valentine’s Day favorites and are consistently reserved one year in advance. For something more spontaneous, head to the bar and enjoy the fire there.

The Wine Bar

The Wine Bar

This stone, gas-burning gem is a bit hidden underneath shelves of wine, so if you’re lucky, you can snag a table fireside and lose an evening while gazing out the large front window which overlooks Broadway. This is our absolute favorite spot to settle in with a glass of Malbec or Chardonnay, or perhaps a signature gin cocktail, and watch the snow fall.



With two giant, brick-faced, wood-burning fireplaces, you can have your pick—either the tavern or the wine cellar. Both have two tables situated in front of them, are running consistently from late fall to early spring, and are always in demand. So call ahead, if you can, and round up friends and family to spend an evening, warm and cozy, in the very best company.