It’s winter and it’s February – so it’s chilly outdoors and, for many couples, feeling a little romantic indoors. Why not warm up with an evening out and dinner next to crackling fire in a gorgeous stone fireplace? Below are a handful of the delightful places to dine in New England in the company of a dancing fire:
Rhode Island — Brix Restaurant at Newport Vineyard, 909 East Main Road, Middletown, Rhode Island — The vineyard itself is sleeping at this time of year, but Brix Restaurant is busy serving fine food in a warm, luxurious setting. Meals are made from scratch and paired with wines from the vineyard and Taproot beer. You can even pause before or after dinner to admire the adjacent room of gleaming tanks and barrels where wine vineyard is produced. Open Wednesday-Saturday. Dinner menu. Map.
The Pitcher Inn, 275 Main Street, Warren, Vermont – Within this inn, you can choose a more-formal setting in the main Dining Room, a Relais & Châteaux-honored experience, or a casual meal at Tracks, with rural décor and living-room seating. The Pitcher Inn has received Wine Spectator’s Best Award of Excellence its wine cellar. That’s impressive! Open Wednesdays through Sundays. Dinner menu. Map.
Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room, 86 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine – Boone’s is on the Portland harborfront, in sight of the docks and boats that bring seafood for the restaurant’s baked stuffed lobster, oysters and other delicacies. Make no mistake, though, Boone’s is a year-round eatery, and if you have any doubt of that, come sit here night next to a delightful wood-burning fireplace. Open daily. Menu. Map.
Millwright’s Restaurant & Tavern, 77 West Street, Simsbury, Connecticut – Overlooking a pond and rushing waterfall, this restaurant in a former mill serves sophisticated comfort food from a chef-led kitchen. A blazing fire makes your meal every more delightlyl. Sunday brunch is served. Open Tuesday through Sunday. Dinner menu. Map. (photo: Matt Branscombe)
Bedford Village Inn, 2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, New Hampshire – This traditional New England inn gives guests a choice of three dining rooms, from a little more on the formal side, to a laid-back pub with brass foot rails at the bar and upholstered chairs. New England cuisine is served daily and brunch is on the menu on weekends. Open daily after 4 p.m. Dinner menu. Map.
Ebenezer’s Tavern at the Publick House, 277 Main Street, Sturbridge, Massachusetts — a member of Historic Hotels of America, Publick House Inn is near Old Sturbridge Village, one of New England’s most well-loved historic attractions. Come enjoy classic New England food in the Tap Room — the Inn’s original dining room — or in Ebenezer’s Tavern. Centerpiece of the Tap Room is a six-foot-wide fireplace. Enjoy Yankee pot roast or pan-roasted salmon. Bake Shoppe next door! Dinner menu. Map.