Sure, if you’re staying at the Stagecoach and you’ve booked the Margo or the Hickok, you can cozy right on up to the fireplace in your room. But even those who are just stopping in for dinner can enjoy the crackle of an open hearth downstairs in the dining room. And what pairs better with those wintery sounds than decadent dishes like filet mignon with shiitake mushrooms and rosemary jus, or a steaming baked lasagna? For some fall flavor, opt for the pan seared scallops with crispy prosciutto and butternut puree. And don’t discount weeknights either: Wednesdays will get you a burger and beer for $15, while Thursdays take a turn for the tasty with $2 tacos.
Goshen — 268 Main St, 845.294.5526
Registered on the National Landmark of Historic Places, Hoffman House has been a local favorite for decades. Its stone architecture and dark wood interiors create a warm, welcoming colonial atmosphere, heightened by the fireplaces in the dining rooms. On the menu, start with classics like French onion soup or bacon-wrapped scallops before moving on to the entrees, which consist of crowd-pleasers from a variety of cuisines. The grilled leg of lamb with garlic butter and mint jelly relies on time-tested flavor combinations, while roast duckling, prime rib, and Maryland crab cakes number among the other standouts. For a more selective menu of lighter fare, check out the tavern menu.
Kingston — 94 N. Front St, 845.338.2626
Charlotte’s photo courtesy of venue
A quaint little spot just outside the heart of Millbrook on Route 44, Charlotte’s includes an eclectic mix of Mediterranean and American cuisine centered around seafood and prime cuts of meat. Seafood crêpes feature a healthy mix of lobster, shrimp, bay scallops, clams, and crab, while pork scaloppini offers a more traditional dish with a delicious crunch. In the summer, the outdoor seating overlooks a picturesque garden, but for the cold months, Charlotte’s has two fireplaces in their public dining areas (and another two are in the private banquet room), so whether you’re nursing a cocktail at the bar or savoring a three-course meal, the warmth of the fireplace is never far.
Millbrook — 4258 US 44, 845.677.5888