By: Lizzy McLellan
Dining by the fire was once the standard, back before boilers and furnaces heated homes. Now, for those with the modern conveniences, fireside dining is a comfortable novelty requiring a dinner out.
Several area restaurants with a variety of settings offer tables near the flames, whether they burn in a historic hearth or a less traditional fire fixture. Here is a sample of just a few of our favorites:
Middleton Tavern Four active fireplaces in this historic downtown Annapolis building provide plenty of hearth-side seating at Middleton Tavern, one of the oldest buildings in the city. All four connect to the original flue, which originally served seven fireplaces.
The two fireplaces upstairs are complete originals, dating to the 1700s, when Horatio Middleton owned the tavern, and George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin are said to have dined there.
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