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Pa Bailey couldn’t have been more right in It’s a Wonderful Life when he said, “It’sdeep in the race for a man to want his own roof and walls and fireplace.” It’sno different when you’re at the mountaintops for ski season or just enjoyingtime away from home during the chilly months. Curling up next to a classic stonefireplace can be the perfect antidote for a long day of shopping, skiing andsightseeing. And let’s face it: Sometimes spending a lazy afternoon firesidewith a good book and a cup of cocoa is the most anticipated part of atraveler’s itinerary.

So we scoured the country to find hotels that offer notjust a roof and walls, but also decadent fireplaces to fend off the cold. ParkCity’s hillside Washington School House hearth is filled with 18th-centurycharm, while The Little Nell in Aspen features a double-sided fireplace builtwith local stone. The crackling blaze of The Equinox in Manchester Village,Vermont, is the fabled meeting place of the state’s Green Mountain Boys, andover in New York’s East Village, an urban oasis awaits in the lobby of The BoweryHotel. And for a change of pace, soak up some southwestern warmth in front ofan ornate adobe-beehive fireplace at Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona, ornext to the buffalo-adorned one at the Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas. Here, amenagerie of glowing hearths that would make Pa Bailey blush, from modernarchitectural marvels to bastions of old-world glamour.

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