For many of us, there’s a defining moment to summer. It’s the opening barbecue of the season. It might be the packing of the car for the annual visit to The Hamptons. Or, it could be the night you make a dinner prepared entirely from farmer’s market bounty. For us, it’s when we prepare the perfect s’more over a roaring beach bonfire. Luxury hotels around the country are capitalizing on that throwback summer experience with creative twists on the childhood favorite, offering everything from artisanal chocolate to flavored marshmallows. Explore a few of our favorite takes on National S’mores Day (August 10), or whenever the urge for something sweet hits you.
On August 10 from noon to sunset, the Northern California hotel transforms the s’more from a sweet treat to a savory snack. Try unconventional s’mores like heirloom tomato jam with toasted goat cheese on gluten-free bread or a scallop with reduced balsamic on walnut bread. Bonus: The bites are paired with local brews (Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA and Speakeasy Tallulah, respectively). If you’re a s’more purist, the hotel will still offer the traditional kinds with chocolate and strawberry marshmallows.
The Resort at Paws Up
In the wild woods of Montana, sing “Kumbaya” around a luxury tent or cabin with nightly s’mores made on in-room fireplaces or outdoor fire pits. Glamping guests have the option of a campfire butler to help get just the right amount of roast on housemade vanilla marshmallows sandwiched between graham crackers and your choice of chocolate bars.
The Tides Inn
Look out over the picturesque Chesapeake Bay while crafting traditional and creative twists at this Irvington, Virginia, property. Served on the terrace or beachside, Tides Inn’s signature s’more specialties include the Elvis (with peanut butter and banana) as well as mint chocolate chip, cinnamon toast and the sweet caramel apple.
Loews Ventana Canyon
Watch the sun set over Tucson’s Catalina Mountains while participating in complimentary s’more-making sessions every Saturday through Labor Day. Aside from the tasty experience, Sonoran Desert views from Cascade’s terrace ensure a Facebook-post-worthy good time, too. For a true taste of Arizona, try the local jalapeño-chocolate and prickly-pear marshmallows .
Montage Deer Valley
Many equate Park City, Utah, with the Sundance Film Festival and skiing, but the town is s’more central year-round — especially at this Four-Star hotel. A gratis s’mores hour takes place at the fire pit at 8 p.m. daily, and it includes five rotating varieties of marshmallows and two choices of Hershey’s chocolate.
Hotel Madeline Telluride
Sample housemade chocolate, graham crackers and mint marshmallows nearly two miles above sea level at this Four-Star Colorado charmer. Served nightly at SMAK Bar or REV restaurant, these treats are prepped over personal roasting lanterns or the communal fire pit.
This Four-Star hotel takes it up a notch with the noshing by having an onsite marshmologist who conducts a nightly Art of the S’more program. The expert dishes out creative history and guidance on how to build the perfect snack. As if that weren’t tasty enough, he also crafts cocktails such as the signature S’moretini (Pinnacle marshmallow vodka, Godiva white chocolate liqueur and cream in a glass rimmed with Hershey’s syrup and graham cracker crumbs) around the resort’s fire pit.
Hotel Del Coronado
Get inventive with your s’more creations with Ghirardelli chocolate, fresh fruit, flavored marshmallows and even bacon at a private beach bonfire at this Coronado, Southern California, treasure. Reserve your one-hour roast for a designated spot in the sand and to ensure you have enough fixings for you and up to 20 loved ones.