It's the absolute best time to be outdoors, when some of our unique landscapes come brilliantly alive
DEVIL'S THUMB RANCH RESORT & SPA, TABERNASH, CO (pictured)
Total fireplace count: 48
Must-see hearth: The 3-story, 3-hearth hexagonal fireplace in the lodge restaurant is made of hand-stacked stones from a local rockslide. Massive Douglas fir timbers from Vancouver Island support the surrounding room.
Why go now: For the virtual herd of animals on the 6,000-acre spread—elk, horses, moose, even Wagyu cattle. From $259; devilsthumbranch.com
BRIGHT ANGEL LODGE, GRAND CANYON, AZ
Total fireplace count: 4
Must-see hearth: In the lodge’s History Room is architect Mary Colter’s fireplace masterpiece, built with rocks (like limestone and sandstone) from the Grand Canyon that replicate its geological layers.
Why go now: Spectacular lighting for photography. The sun sits lower in the sky, casting incredible shadows, and air tends to be clear. From $94;