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Cozy Corners: 12 Upstate Restaurants with Fireplaces 

Last Updated: 03/07/2019 9:43 am
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  • Foxfire Mountain House

As Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra once crooned, “Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful.” Yes, they had it right. And although Christmas is long gone, this cold, snowy weather has not let up, and fireside nights are calling.

While most of us don’t have the luxury of our own fireplace or wood stove at home, many of the inns, lodges, taverns, and restaurants upstate have flaming hot hearths to warm the cockles of your heart. We’ve rounded up 12 Hudson Valley bars and restaurants with fireplaces so you can stay cozy while sippin’ and suppin’ on the town (and getting your much needed winter socialization). Let us know in the comments if we missed any.

Ulster County

1. Lis Bar, Kingston, NY

A soft amber glow illumines the deep emerald walls and artfully mismatched vintage furniture in this Midtown bar. Serving up Polish-inspired cocktails and small plates, Lis Bar is an elegant place to meet for a drink and a bite. Sit at the long bar and chat to your neighbors, or pull up a chair next to the roaring Jotul wood stove and sink into a reverie. (Don’t forget to try the bison grass vodka (zubrowka), a super tasty, dry, herb-flavoured Polish vodka distilled from rye.)

2. Hasbrouck House, Stone Ridge, NY

Since reopening as a hotel and restaurant in 2013, the Hasbrouck House has become a wildly popular nesting place for upstate-bound city birds. The romantic stone inn was refinished with elegant furniture and whimsical wallpaper in all the rooms. Order a cocktail or a glass of wine at the marble-top bar and sink into a cozy armchair next to open brick fireplace in the common room, where zeppelins and hot air balloons drift on the walls.

3. Deer Mountain Inn, Tannersville, NY

Tucked away in the hills above Tannersville, a pert c.1891 Arts-and-Crafts house presides over sloping lawns and sweeping valley vistas. The main building of Deer Mountain Inn houses six guest suites and restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Ryan Tate. The ever-changing menu, made entirely with ingredients from Upstate farms, is worth a pilgrimage. While you wait for your table, sip a cocktail by the open stone fireplace.

4. Rough Cut Brewing, Kerhonkson, NY

If you don’t already know Rough Cut, a microbrewery on Route 44/55 in Kerhonkson, it is worth making the trip for the beer alone. The head brewer Kayne is often behind the bar with a friendly smile, ready to answer all your questions and serve you delicious samples. With a solid bar menu, the small roadhouse fills up quickly, but the foyer has a big ol’ woodstove where you can stay warm while you sip a beer and wait for your table.

5. Scribner’s Lodge, Hunter

Like a any good ski lodge, Scribner’s Lodge has multiple wood stoves and fireplaces to warm your nose and toes—in the lobby, in the corner of the dining room, a chiminea outside (some of the suites even have their own fireplaces). The restaurant, Prospect, offers panoramic views of Hunter Mountain and a complete menu spanning from drool-worthy brunch fixings to apres-ski cocktails to hearty farm-to-table entrees.

6. Foxfire Mountain House, Mount Tremper

This vintage Catskills inn has been outfitted to bohemian perfection. (See the before and after.) A mix of flatweave rugs, plants, sheepskins, dark wood, and plastered walls lend this 11-room hotel an eclectic Old World feel. The great room at Foxfire Mountain House boasts a large fieldstone fireplace (previously covered in drywall) that roars all winter long. Thursday through Sundays, the bar room serves a menu of locally sourced and seasonally-inspired rustic cuisine and craft cocktails made with wild-foraged herbs and house-made infusions and bitters.

Delaware County

7. Binnekill Tavern, Margaretville

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  • Binnekill Tavern

As part of his renovation of the former Binnekill Square restaurant, owner/chef Bryan Calvert (formerly of James restaurant in Prospect Heights) installed a copper-faced fireplace, which casts a warm glow over the whole dining room. Just minutes from Belleayre ski resort, Binnekill Tavern offers up mountain comfort food for refined palates in an elegant-yet-laidback setting overlooking its namesake creek.

Sullivan County

8. The Arnold House, Livingston Manor

After a day of playing in the snow, unwind in The Arnold House’s pine-clad great room, next to the roaring wood stove. The 11-room inn also has a fireplace in the spacious laid back tavern (plus a pool table and vintage jukebox!). For dinner, choose from hearty, local dishes like the smoked trout dip ($13) and the venison chili ($6/$10), and wash it down with a barrel-aged cocktail or a black currant margarita.

9. The DeBruce, Livingston Manor

At The DeBruce, a renovated boarding house in the Catskills, Executive Chef Aksel Theilkuhl’s draws inspiration from the foodstuffs produced by the farms and forests surrounding the inn as well as the historic cuisine of the region. Kick back a comfy leather armchair in front of the custom-built fieldstone fireplace while you wait for a table in the dining room. Reserve in advance for the chef’s tasting menu (it’s worth it, trust us!).

Dutchess County

10. Beekman Arms, Rhinebeck

Founded in 1766, Beekman Arms claims the title of oldest inn in America. This stately Colonial building is at the heart of Rhinebeck and has long been a cornerstone of the local community. Order drinks at the bar and head to the lobby to sit fireside on the plush couches. Or head to the Colonial Tap Room with its charming bar and open hearth fireplace.

Columbia County

11. Fish & Game, Hudson

At Fish & Game, James Beard award-winning chef Zak Pelaccio churns out locally inspired haute cuisine, blending farm-fresh produce and meats with foraged greens and fermented foods. Located in an antique blacksmith shop in Hudson, the restaurant boasts two fireplaces (one is often used for cooking). Named one of America’s 100 best wine restaurants by Wine Enthusiast four years running, Fish & Game boasts an extensive natural wine list with a particular focus on terroir expressive wines. Order a glass and enjoy the warmth of the open fire.

12. The Maker, Hudson

A self-described “celebration of craftsmanship spanning eras of design, art, and literature, thoughtfully collected from all over the world,” The Maker Lounge is a sensuous labyrinth of rich colors, textures, and materials. Choose from their spirituous cocktail list and contemplate the flames of the open fireplace through the decorative iron grate.

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