It's the absolute best time to be outdoors, when some of our unique landscapes come brilliantly alive
TIMBERLINE LODGE, MT. HOOD, OR (pictured)
Total fireplace count: 14
Must-see hearth: Built in 1937 by Italian immigrant stonemasons, the central chimney is 98 feet high, with 6 hearths on 2 levels. The basalt came from Mt. Hood. The original Cascadian-style furniture by the hearths was also handmade in the ’30s.
Why go now: It’s quiet before Thanksgiving, and if the slopes open by midmonth, you can beat the crowds. From $125; timberlinelodge.com
NITA LAKE LODGE, WHISTLER, B.C.
Total fireplace count: 79
Must-see hearth: A see-through fireplace of basalt separates the lobby from the Cure Lounge—with great displays of art from Whistler’s White Dog Studio above the mantels.
Why go now: Serious deals. It’s officially shoulder season in Whistler—especially at Nita Lake, where the rates can be slashed by as much as $400. From $159; nitalakelodge.com