These seven Opal resorts offer fire pit experiences that are nothing like your average campfire – but you can still feel free to toast marshmallows.
Now is the perfect time of year to enjoy an evening spent outside – after all, there’s arguably nothing better than relaxing outdoors on a cool summer night. But there is a way to take that alfresco fun to a whole new level of “hot” – by accenting it with the ambiance of a fire pit. Opal Collection resorts know that all too well, which is why so many – from the Northeastern properties to those along the fringes of Florida’s Gulf Coast – offer up fiery experiences for the guests looking to lounge outdoors. One thing consistent between all these fire pits? Complimentary s’mores kits, featuring all the accoutrements down to the toasting sticks. But that’s largely where the similarities end: These fire pit experiences wildly differ in their surrounding scenes, setup, and accompanying food and beverage services to savor.
Lake Placid Lodge
As the only hotel on Lake Placid, this Gilded Age–style retreat would be remiss not to give visitors every opportunity to enjoy a waterfront view. Although, it’s more than the lakeside positioning – set right on the edge of the 2,170-acre lake behind the resort – that makes this fire pit an irresistible spot for daytime lounging and after-dinner drinks. The unparalleled views of the Adirondack Mountains and their comfortable namesake chairs that surround the fire pit also lure in visitors at any time of day. Don’t want to leave when the sun goes down? The experience can continue in your room: All 30 suites and cabins offer private fireplaces that are always prepped for you at turndown.
Treasure Island Beach Resort
If you’re more into dipping chips than toasting marshmallows, grab a to-go order of one of BRGR Kitchen & Bar’s popular dips (we suggest the bacon-jalapeno-cheeseburger dip or the smoked fish dip) for dining around this Gulf Coast escape’s fiery oasis. Six chairs form a semicircle, facing the ocean, around the sleek and modern pit with an electric built-in base filled with blue marbles that glow something like the moon on the crystal blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico – which, incidentally, is often part of the breathtaking scene you get to take in while sitting here.
Just past the patio of Tate Island Grill, an on-property casual dining spot, Sandpearl Resort put a fire pit right on the sands of the award-winning Clearwater Beach. That means you don’t just get to enjoy the sound of crackling flames, but the waves crashing on the beach, making this spacious communal area the perfect place to toast a vacation well spent with a perfectly toasted marshmallow – or cocktail. Time your visit to the spot just right and you’ll also witness the nightly sunset bell ceremony, which alerts guests to the beautiful sunset right as it is about to begin its descent below the ocean horizon.
The Sagamore Resort
Right outside of this Lake George island hotel’s historic facade, you’ll find a stone-stacked fire pit surrounded by wooden benches and space heaters (for when those final days of summer start to feel like fall). But the best part of the experience isn’t just the drinks served from La Bella Vita, but the acoustic guitarist that sometimes plays in the evening beside you.
Opal Sands Resort
The Sandbar at Opal Sands Resort offers quintessential beachfront dining and drinks, elevated by the tiki bar atmosphere that is well-lit late into the evening thanks to the abutting fire pits. So, grab a frozen jalapeño margarita from the bar and secure your spot by the fire at this beachfront oasis.
Edgewater Beach Hotel
After a day of play, swimming, snorkeling, and paddleboarding, along the seven-mile stretch of private white sand beach just steps from the Edgewater Beach Hotel, there’s nothing better than sitting back and enjoying the view. And there’s no better place to take it all in than their fire pit, lined by Adirondack chairs, situated with views of the pristine beach and seemingly endless shoreline, and supplied food and beverage service from Reflections Pool Bar.
Two hundred and thirty acres of coastal Maine is where Samoset Resort calls home, but perhaps its homiest spot is at the fire pit on the patio of La Bella Vita, which overlooks the Robert Elder–designed golf course and bay. Rather post up by the 175,000-gallon, zero-entry pool? A second fire pit on the pool deck offers fireside food and beverage from Splash Pool Bar well into the evening.