NORTH CAROLINA

Fireside Memories: Made in North Carolina

Picture yourself and your lover in a cozy inn with a crackling fire and a glass of North Carolina wine. Warm your toes now and your heart later when you remember this magical getaway.

Keep in mind, however, there is more than you may realize in finding accommodations with a fireplace. Not all fireplaces are wood burning, although flaming gas logs come close. Some electric “fires” make heat, and some are just for show. Some lodgings say they have fireplaces, non-working hearths in rooms or a big fireplace in the lobby for everyone to enjoy.

To light your fire, take a closer look at these North Carolina inns:

  • Archers Mountain Inn, Beech Mountain, is a B&B with wood-burning fireplaces in all rooms. Once the personal home of legendary LSU football coach Paul Dietzel, it’s close to ski runs and it has a gourmet restaurant. Breakfast is included in rates and winter packages are available with snowshoe rental, sled rental or ski lift tickets. Www.archersinn.com
  • The luxurious Inn at Crestwood Boone has gas fireplaces in most rooms and a grand fireplace in the restaurant. The inn has an expansive spa with a full menu of therapeutic services and a large lap pool. From the Inn see snow-sparkled views of Grandfather Mountain and nearby ski slopes. Choose from a long list of packages such as a Wine Lovers’ Weekend, girlfriend getaways and spa packages that include couples massage. Www.crestwoodresortandspa.com.
  • The Front Street Inn in historic Wilmington has a wood-burning fireplace in the Hemingway Suite and gas-burning fireplace in the Taverna Suite. The building once served as a Salvation Army hospital. Stroll hand in hand as you explore the city’s historic sites, restaurants and museums. Breakfast is served in the Sol y Sombra room at the Inn and there’s also a bar serving beer, wine and champagne. Massages can be arranged. Ask about spa packages. Http://frontstreetinn.com
  • Also in Wilmington, The French House B&B, circa 1850, has an English style gas grate in the cozy living room. Although fireplaces grace other rooms, they’re just decorative. Walk brick-paved streets to historic points of interest and the Cape Fear River. Continental breakfast is included in rates. Www.thefrenchhouse.com
  • Gas logs also warm the dining room (not guest rooms) at the Hoge-Wood House B&B, circa 1891 in Wilmington. Walk to shops, historic sites, restaurants and take a stroll along the Cape Fear River http://www.hogewoodhouse.com/

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