There’s nothing like a roaring blaze to make nippy nights more pleasant, and a bonfire is a cozy — and fun — addition to any fall vacation. We’ve found five charming hotels in the U.S. making the most of this toasty tradition.
Hidden Pond’s outdoor bar and grill sits on a “sand bar,” with chairs circled around fire pits. This upscale boutique hotel in the Maine forests has 36 bungalows and two-bedroom cottages, a tranquil environment, and top-notch farm-to-table cuisine.
This hip former motel is a popular weekend getaway destination for New Yorkers, and its large lawn has not only a fire pit but hammocks, a volleyball net, and a spot for open-air movie nights. The covered lounge has games and music.
At Disney’s marsh-side campfire, families can participate in sing-a-longs and storytelling. The 123-room Disney Hilton Head Resort is a quiet, relaxed resort on a tiny island within the central region of larger Hilton Head Island. It’s less “Disney-y” than other Disney resorts, while still including a long list of kid-friendly amenities: two pools (one with a waterslide), a basketball court, a game room, and a playground.
This 462-room property near Sea World has sprawling, 44-acre grounds on a private island, activities galore (tennis, a putting green, water sports, basketball), five pools, and multiple bonfire pits along the mile-long beach.
Nestled near the heart of Chatham on 25 scenic acres overlooking Pleasant Bay, Chatham Bars Inn has been a local staple since 1914. The kids programs include activities such as evening beach parties with bonfires — adults can enjoy them too!