Tii Gavo Restaurant, Sedona

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By: Jessica Dunham

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November 14, 2017

When it comes to enjoying Arizona’s mild winter, all you need is a fireplace.

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Jessica Dunham

Jessica Dunham

Jessica Dunham is a travel, food and fitness writer whose work has been published in PHOENIX Magazine, Runner's World, Phoenix New Times, Valley Guide, Phoenix Travel Guide, Modern Luxury Scottsdale and more. She is passionate about all things Arizona, especially spontaneous Saturday daytrips around the state. She can be reached at dunham-media.com.

With cooler weather comes the desire to get cozy. Whether that means curling up with a good book or toasting the season with spiked cider, you want a place that knows how to set the scene – ideally with a crackling fireplace nearby. Here are a few perfect spots for snuggling up.

Tranquil Accommodations

El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon

After a day exploring the Grand Canyon, sink into a sofa in front of the lobby’s fireplace and put your feet up. The hotel’s lodge vibes and its locale on the Canyon’s South Rim make it easy to feel as though you’re worlds away from everything else. El Tovar Hotel is one of the oldest lodges at Grand Canyon National Park, opened in 1905 as part of Fred Harvey’s empire of railway hotels and restaurants.

Arizona Inn, Tucson

Not only does this 1930s-era hotel have a fireplace in the library (where complimentary coffee is served to guests, perfect for a chilly morning), but many of the rooms boast fireplaces as well. With its elegant Southwest decor and slow-paced tranquility, the Arizona Inn feels like your own private getaway.

Hacienda del Sol Resort, Tucson

Wingback chairs frame the giant hacienda-style fireplace in this resort’s reading room. Although, once you settle back and let the sound of snapping logs lull you into relaxation, you might not do much reading. To enjoy the warm glow of a fire at bedtime, book any of their roomy casitas – each has its own cozy fireplace.

Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix

This luxurious resort is all about tucked-away nooks, secret spaces and fireplaces galore. Make a reservation at the award-winning on-site restaurant, T. Cook’s and request a fireside table, or arrange for Via Cappella – dinner for two at a hidden spot on the resort grounds, likely near a fire pit. Of course, you can always retreat to your room with its private patio and fireplace.

Hannagan Meadow Lodge, Hannagan Meadow

Each of the cabins at this lodge – nestled in the aspens of the Mogollon Rim – has a fireplace with hand-carved mantels, which is great if you’re in need of alone time. But you’d be remiss not to savor a mug of hot cocoa among your fellow guests in the lodge’s aptly named Fireplace Sitting Room. Leather armchairs and authentic wood log walls add to the cabin atmosphere.

Fireside Dining

Cibo Urban Pizzeria, Phoenix

This restaurant is a favorite of locals, mostly because of the thin-crust artisanal pizzas, but also because of its intimate space. Housed in a 1913 bungalow, the restaurant utilizes the homey atmosphere by clustering tables in different rooms, including one with a fireplace. We guarantee you’ll dine leisurely, just to spend more time fireside.

Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn, Phoenix

Often referred to as a hidden gem, thanks to its lush gardens and oasislike location in the middle of the city, Lon’s beckons diners to sit and stay awhile, especially those by the fire. Whether you’re just enjoying creative cocktails, or indulging in the restaurant’s global cuisine, it’s worth it to wait for a space on the patio near the beehive fireplaces and cozy couches.

Quiessence at The Farm, Phoenix

Once you enter the grounds at The Farm at South Mountain, follow the gravel path through the pecan grove until you reach Quiessence. Set in an historic farmhouse and aglow with outdoor string lights and a cozy fireplace inside, this restaurant’s sustainable fare and farm-grown goodness will warm you as much as the firelight.

Josephine’s Modern American Bistro, Flagstaff

Fine dining, a chef-driven menu featuring only the best ingredients and not one but two fireplaces. At Josephine’s, whose Craftsman bungalow is in the National Historic Register, you’re in for a romantic evening of exquisite service and even more exquisite food and wine. 

Tii Gavo Restaurant, Sedona

Sure, you can soak up Sedona’s beauty on a hike or a Jeep tour. But we recommend this: Head to Tii Gavo (“Gathering Place”) at Enchantment Resort, snag a seat on the terrace near the outdoor fire pits, order a glass of wine and a shared plate, and then look around. Stunning views surround, and the flickering glow of the fire enhances the otherworldly beauty of those famed red rocks.

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