Stumped On What To Do This Winter? Here's How To Leave Your Hibernating Behind

By Carolyn Stine February 13, 2019 

Baby it's cold outside, but we've got some ideas for how to leave your hibernating behind.

The holidays have come and gone. Presents have been put away, cookies have been demolished, and the days of luxuriating on the couch sans-work are officially over. You’re back at the office, your pants don’t fit, and there’s only grey days on the horizon. You know what that means… cue the winter blues.

We always find ourselves in a bit of a lull this time of year, with temperatures dropping below freezing (and not in a cute Nutcracker-esque way) and wide-open nights and weekends without all of those holiday soirees. So… what now? What does post-holidays winter look like? We pulled together our favorite things to do across the country this month that will get you out of the house and into the wild with your crew.

Museum Moment

Our favorite time to go to a museum? Now. Without the hoards of out-of-towners in visiting for the holidays, the museums tend to be much quieter on the weekends, especially if you go on the early side. The incredible Andy Warhol exhibit at The Whitney is open through 3/31, and is the perfect excuse to get your friends together on a chilly weekend day. We also can’t wait to see the Ansel Adams photography exhibit at Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, which is running through 2/24.

Visit Sauna Valley

Does anyone else have a fixation with saunas these days? After trying Higher Dose, which has locations in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey now, we became obsessed with finding the best sauna experiences across the country. This landed us at Premier57 in Manhattan, which features multiple saunas with varying temperatures, a pink Himalayan salt room, an infrared lounge, meditation room, and vast series of hydrotherapy pools. Our other favorite is Chicago Sweatlodge, which has both Turkish and Russian saunas (and a restaurant!). Bring a friend, bring a group, or go solo with a book and just chill. This is literally you, on a Sunday, living your best life.

New Year, New Recipes

Find yourself in a cooking rut, making the same handful of recipes ad nauseam? Yeah, we’ve been there too. That’s why we love a cooking class to reinvigorate our kitchen mojo and provide us with an arsenal of new recipes for the new year. At the top of our list this winter is Haven’s Kitchen in Chelsea, which offers classes ranging from ramen-making to Middle Eastern mezze, and serves wine while you chop and saute. We also have our eye on the Scandinavian Baking class at 18 Reasons in San Francisco, one of our favorite west coast cooking schools.

Let it ROCK

Who knew that the most sore we’ve been in the past year would be from indoor rock climbing? Not only is it an incredible workout, but it’s so much fun to go for an afternoon with friends, and is good for all levels (including couples). Check out Brooklyn Boulders in Gowanus, where newbies can take an hour-long “Intro to Climbing class” that includes gear rentals for the day and a return day pass too. In Los Angeles, LA Boulders has over eleven thousand square feet of climbing walls that you can scale to your heart’s content.

Head to the Baths

Sometimes, our biggest January wish is to own a hot tub. Welp, Aire Ancient Baths is the closest we’ve come to realizing that dream. With locations in NYC and Chicago, you can literally spend a full day soaking in a series of relaxing thermal baths at Aire, which feels like you’ve been transported to Marrakech via a short subway ride. Bonus points if you book a massage or one of their “experiences,” such as the “wine bath experience” (trust us, you want this).

Speak Now

We read, we podcast, but sometimes hearing a lecture and being around like-minded folks is 100% invaluable and unique. Take the time to seek out institutions in your city that host lectures and speaker series that speak to you. We love the 92nd Street YMCA in NYC, which hosts cultural events, classes, and talks on a daily basis. You can find everything from swing dance lessons to a conversation with chef Jamie Oliver happening here for all age ranges, genders, and interests. In Seattle, the Seattle Arts & Lectures hosts female-focused literary lectures that are perfect to attend with your girlfriends or family members.

What do you do to get out of the house during winter? Tell us your favorite winter activities.

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