Winter in upstate New York can 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 really wear us down, especially once the fun of the holidays is over and we’re pretty much just looking forward to warmer weather.
To help get you through these long winter months, 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!
Quite possibly our favorite spot when we want to cozy up in front of a fire, Henry Street Taproom has two amazing fireplaces. Both are wood-burning, which adds some extra authentic flair, and are pretty much going non-stop throughout fall and winter.
We love sinking into a deliciously luxurious leather chair 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Editors Note: This post was originally published in February 2017 and has been updated for accuracy.