It’s fall – the season to be cozy. And Massachusetts boasts some great ways to enjoy this time of year, thanks to well-placed fire pits.
There’s something special about gathering friends and family around a fire pit, whether it’s your own, or one of these great spots. Consider these entertaining options:
At the Rye Tavern (https://theryetavern.com) at 517 Old Sandwich Road in Plymouth, the patio is a nod to the perfect autumn outdoor experience. A rectangular bar is warmed by overhead heaters. Beyond the bar there’s a lovely fire pit to cozy up to, as well as other tables, heaters and smaller fire pits all along the patio and lawn.
The restaurant – said to be one of the oldest still operating taverns in the nation – dates back to 1792 and has a quaint ambiance amped up with modern conveniences. It’s tucked into the woods aside historic Old Sandwich Road, protected from the wind.
Their seasonal cocktails are on point, and their menus shifts with both their own garden (visible from the patio) and the local farms they source from.
Bring a shawl or jacket, pull up a chair and savor the cozy.
On the North Shore, a beach vibe glides into autumn at The Sunset Club (https://sunsetclubpi.com) on Plum Island (4 Old Point Rd, Newbury).
Pull up an Adirondack chair and let the fire pit warm you as you enjoy the fresh salt air. Here you’ll find live music many nights, trivia on Thursdays, and an autumn cocktail list that adds its own warmth.
Consider the Reservation Rum Punch (named after the Plum Island Reservation); a blend of Privateer New England Reserve Rum, cinnamon, cherry, Angostura bitters and citrus.
In Boston proper there’s a cozy little spot right in the middle of the North End that’s perfect for this time of year. Mare Oyster Bar (https://mareoysterbar.com) is tucked just behind Bricco at 3 Mechanic Street off Hanover.
Here you’ll find a patio with fire pits along with an overhead cover and heating. Let the temps drop – you can still enjoy Italian fare while basking in the fire pit glow. And don’t forget the after dinner Limoncello.
Out in the woods of Harvard, where the foliage is deep, you can claim your own personal fire pit – sans the set up and hard work.
The Fruitlands Museum at 102 Prospect Hill Road, operated by The Trustees (https://thetrustees.org), offers daytime fire pit rentals by the hour through the cooler seasons. You bring the blankets, snacks, camp fire songs and friends/family (each fire pit site can host up to six people), and they provide the wood, seating and of course, fire.
Most of all, though, they provide the setting. From the patio, guests enjoy views out over the Nashua Valley, looking out towards Mount Wachusett and the Monadnock Mountains of Southern New Hampshire.
The fire pits are available in the daytime on select days, and there are some special events as well, including “Fire Pit Fridays” on Nov. 25 and Dec. 16, an after-hours rental offering in the late afternoon or evening with added fire pits scattered on the grass area. On these occasions, string lights and luminaries add to the atmosphere. New this year is their “Festival Fireside Cocktail Party” on Dec. 9.
Reservations are required for all and you can make them now – the fire pits open beginning mid November. The fee for the fire pit also includes museum entrance, access to hiking, and – should snow hit – cross country skiing or snow shoeing. You can make them here: https://thetrustees.org/program/fire-pits/ and also find other Trustee fire pit spots to consider.