Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA: Some children are still on summer vacation, so visiting the Rancho Bernardo Inn would be a great end-of-holiday hoorah for National S'mores Day. In fact, you'll get a weekend full of the sticky stuff thanks to a boatload of young ones' programming that includes popcorn, dive-in movies at the Santiago Pool and a fire pit where everyone gets a free s'mores kit. The resort takes it further with their "Kid's Rule" package. Tiny tykes can sign up for the "S'mores and Snores" special which includes an in-room tent, sleeping bag, stuffed animal, glow stick and S'mores kit. Super fun!
Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge, Hershey PA: If you're searching for a S'more, may as well head to chocolate mecca (also known as The Sweetest Place on Earth) where there's a theme-park, too. Double score! This weekend purchase a dessert kit from their Cocoa Beanery store, then assemble and enjoy them in the evening around the Swan Lake Fire Pit.
Chebeague Island Inn, Portland, ME: The coast of of Maine seems built for fire-pit activities, so it's not wonder this resort went and purchased a new one that comes with its own menu and “Make-Your-Own S’mores” kit. The Ocean views provide the scene while assembling your sweet treat. But, you can do a lot more at the pit as well including Dogs on a Stick and Truffled Popcorn.Add a Bucket O’ Beers for the adults and you're in Northeast nirvana.
Oh, you want to drink your dessert? No problem. Just head to the Sugar Factory at Paris Las Vegasfor their S’mores Martini. It's Godiva Milk Chocolate liqueur mixed with Three Olives Chocolate Vodka, the vanilla-flavored Licor 43, and served in a glass rimmed with graham-cracker crumbs and topped with cocoa-dusted marshmallows.
Or...try this easy way to make them at home: Assemble your sandwich in aluminum foil, place on a medium-hot grill and cook 1 to 2 minutes on each side. You should end up with gooey greatness!
[Photos: Arizona Biltmore/San Diego Tourism Authority/Foodspotting.com]