The Chloe in New Orleans, Louisiana. Image courtesy of The Chloe.
Throughout the pandemic, we’ve spent more time outdoors when we’re able to gather, but the onset of cooler weather can make convening en plein air a challenge. We applaud the restaurants, bars, and event spaces across the country that have harnessed their creativity to provide safe outdoor areas we can enjoy with family and friends. Here, our editors share the exceptional patios, terraces, and verandas that deliver a much-needed dose of coziness and merriment—which they plan to visit all season long.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Image courtesy of The Chloe.
THE PLACE: The Chloe
WHY IT’S SPECIAL: The Chloe is a lively 14-room hotel with a restaurant, bar, pool, and patio. Housed in a 19th century Uptown mansion, their 21st Century Southern hospitality draws from the old-world glamour, creative culture, and unique charm that make New Orleans feel like home.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “After much anticipation, The Chloe has finally opened its doors and it does not disappoint. The welcoming veranda, with rocking chairs, gorgeous pendant lights, and verdant potted plants, is the perfect perch to watch the streetcar drive by on St. Charles while enjoying a classic New Orleans Sazerac,” says Taylor Morgan, editor of The Scout Guide New Orleans. “This has been a dream project of owner Robért LeBlanc, who also manages other popular spaces in town including Cavan, Sylvain, Longway Tavern, and Barrel Proof. He tapped uber-talented and chic designer Sara Ruffin Costello for the interiors and Todd Pulsinelli as the chef. This is the place to be in New Orleans right now.”
Mobile Bay, Alabama
Image courtesy of The Hope Farm.
THE PLACE: The Hope Farm
WHY IT’S SPECIAL: This unique establishment opened in early 2020, and has overcome the pandemic in every way because of its outdoor space. The Hope Farm inspires engagement and immerses guests in modern tranquillity by combining hydroponic farming, pristine gardens, and an inviting outdoor space with exceptional wine, food, and cocktail bar.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “There is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy a small group, whether it be in the green space, under the pavilion, sitting on one of their multiple soft seating areas, or by one of two large outdoor fireplaces,” reports Katie McNeil, co-editor of The Scout Guide Mobile Bay. “The Hope Farm is truly a pandemic hideaway.”
Image courtesy of Quirk.
THE PLACE: Rooftop Bar at Quirk Hotel
WHY IT’S SPECIAL: The rooftop at Quirk Charlottesville has a laid-back vibe, complete with gorgeous views and a wonderful, locally inspired drink, and food menu.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “A hot spot all summer, The Quirk hasn’t missed a beat as the temperatures have cooled,” says Christy Ford, co-editor of The Scout Guide Charlottesville. “They’ve added transparent igloo lounges that allow you to take in the gorgeous views while making it the perfect cozy and safe space to sip cocktails, nosh on amazing nibbles, and enjoy the outdoors all winter long.”
Asheville, North Carolina
Photography by Rachael McIntosh Photography.
THE PLACE: Hemingway’s Cuba at Cambria Hotel
WHY IT’S SPECIAL: Upon arrival on the fourth floor terrace of the Cambria Hotel you feel as if you’ve been transported into the Cuba of Hemingway’s era until your eyes spy the backdrop of the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. Patrons enjoy the perfect marriage of Cuban cuisine with Asheville flair.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The terrace at Hemingway’s is set up with cozy seating, heaters, and a fire pit to keep you warm while enjoying the incredible views, yummy bites, and specialty cocktails,” says Meagan Harris, editor of The Scout Guide Asheville.