No ordinary fluff, these gourmet buttery beauties come in strawberry, orange, vanilla bean, and banana
A small crowd was gathering around one particular fire pit; that's where we found the s'mores. A whole buffet of 'em. There were giant bins filled with chocolate Hershey bars, graham crackers, ordinary marshmallows and--bam!--square-shaped gourmet marshmallows. The kind folks working outside invited us to help ourselves, sharing the fireside sweets were part of the Park Hyatt's complimentary S'mores Happy Hour, held daily from 4-5 p.m.
Score! We made a point of trying every gourmet marshmallow flavor; strawberry won by a landslide (tasting just like a strawberry milkshake), with banana a close second. In talking with other fireside revelers, we learned that the flavors change daily and that rootbeer, Grand Marnier and toffee were among the others. We noshed on the sticky, gooey marvels, thoroughly enjoying the warm fire, sunset and sweeping views up the mountain, all complimentary.
Afterward, we stopped inside for a drink and, once again, found ourselves feeling right at home in the lobby. A towering, real Christmas tree in front of the windows, a huge warm fire, guests of all ages lounging around and warming up, even a guitar player who was now sharing the mike with the wee ones for Christmas carols. We kid you not, it was like some kind of magical après-ski scene.
Rates at the hotel begin at $349 per night (plus a $25 daily resort fee) during the winter season.
[Photos: Nina Kokotas Hahn for HotelChatter]