Ten Ideas to Get You Out of The House When It's Cold
Did anyone else realize that next Thursday is Thanksgiving? When did that happen??? Honestly, I've been so wrapped up in report cards, deadlines, and travelling to summer-like Southern California (tough life, right?) that I hardly realized the holiday season is upon us. Which also means I am WAY behind planning my Black Friday shopping but that's for a whole other post.
The best part about this time of year is always all the holiday activities. I'm starting to get the house ready for the holidays, a.k.a I am finally moving our pumpkins to the composter out back. You know, because October and November went by in the blink of an eye and I'm still not over it. But I am excited to get our tree, get out all my favorite glittery decorations, and make our home extra cozy.
The thing is, with the start of the holiday season, I start to become a hermit. Part of it is that I just love how home feels at this time of year. Part of it is wanting to deny the impending cold. And the last part is trying to watch each and every Hallmark movie ever. So today I thought I'd share with you the 10 ideas I brainstormed to get me, and maybe you too, out of the house when it's cold out.
Plan a weekend brunch at a new restaurant. Who doesn't love a good brunch? Call me basic but one of my favorite weekend activities is to grab a few friends or even just Nick and settle in for brunch. I also love trying somewhere new. On my list right now is Walnut Street Cafe in Philly.
Go on a coffee crawl. This one is not for the easily caffeinated and I suggest only hitting up 2 or 3 places at the most. But cold weather calls for warm drinks so head out on a coffee crawl. To find new coffee shops, check out Instagram for that #latteart or hit up those in the know on Twitter. And even if coffee isn't your thing, there's plenty of hot chocolate and tea spots in most places!
Do some window shopping. Around the holidays, window shopping is my favorite thing. Why? Because most major retailers deck out their windows to the max and it gets you in the holiday spirit. Plus, you can also do a little shopping and have somewhere to escape to when it gets too cold.
Head to the library. Even though technically the library is not "getting out in the cold" going to the library will definitely get you out of the house. I will spare you my speech on how amazing the library is because it's long and sappy. It was my favorite spot as a kid. It's still my favorite spot all year round but especially in the winter. If you're looking for a good read, I just finished Lauren Graham's memoir "Talking As Fast As I Can" and it was so, so good, especially if you love Gilmore Girls.
Take a tour. I'm not talking a big city, open top, double decker bus tour; let's be a bit more refined please. There are plenty of different tours you can take from my favorite brewery tours to distillery tours to non-drinking tours like the Herr's factory tour outside of Lancaster, PA.
Get sporty. Summer and fall get all the props for sporting events because you can get a tan and drink in the parking lot. You can still drink in the parking lot in the winter if you choose but unfortunately you won't get a tan. However, I feel like sports are more fun in the cold weather. Hockey is my sport of choice but basketball and football are just as much fun to go to. Plus you can take advantage of the fact that college sports are in full swing and the rowdy student section won't make you feel bad if you enjoy a hot dog and a beer like the good old days.
Get your workout outside. No, I'm not in fact crazy. And no, I don't like spending tons of time outdoors. But the world is different and beautiful when it starts to get cold out so it's not too crazy to take a quick walk. Then follow it up with lots of hot chocolate.
Do all the holiday things. One of my favorite traditions is doing all the holiday themed activities. Between tree lightings in small towns to cutting down your own Christmas tree to visiting outdoor holiday markets, it's the perfect way to get out in the cold and actually enjoy it. One thing I really recommend if you're in the Philly/Bucks County/Central Jersey area is Shady Brook Farms Holiday Lights Tour which has miles of holiday lights. It's a sight you must see!
Go on a mini road trip. Besides the fall, this is my favorite time of the year to hit the back roads and do a bit of exploring. You might stumble across a little decorated small town or find the perfect present in a cluttered antique shop.
Do a little bench sitting. If you didn't go to Mary Washington, you probably don't know that bench sitting is a verb and an awesome activity. If you didn't know me in college, you probably don't know this was one of my favorite things. It's basically finding a bench in an area where people like to walk and doing a little people watching. When it's cold, pack a thermos of something warm and a flannel blanket too and then watch the world go by. I have to say this is probably my favorite thing to do when it's cold out and all year round.