Winter in Minnesota tests all of us—especially lately with negative 32 degree wind chills. Really? Who can handle that? I know we’re strong and all, but seriously? It’s horrible. It makes me question why I live here and according to my Facebook newsfeed, I’m not alone. I sometimes let the weather take the fancy out of my life. I find myself making dinner at home, going to bed early and watching movies every night. I make excuses about why I’m not out trying new things or planning events. I’m cold. And it’s dark outside!
Not anymore. With only two horrible months left, I’m going to try to live my life now and find some cozy warm ways to spend my days in Minnesota and honestly, some not in Minnesota. I’m thinking South Beach! Some history for you—the average low in January is 4 degrees while the average high is 22. In February it increases to a low of 12 and a high of 29 and March will feel like a heat wave with an average low of 23 and high of 41. So, there is hope!
I have a few ideas of how to spend the cold Minnesota nights.
First, a beverage and some delicious hot food at a cozy restaurant is sure to warm us up. Try any of the following fancy Minneapolis and St. Paul eateries to help you forget that it’s cold outside.
Toast Wine Bar & Cafe
415 1st Street North
I personally have never been to this little eatery, but according to the review by My Inner Fashionlogue, it‘s a treat.
306 East Hennepin Avenue
Grab a glass of something delish, from local beers to wine or prosecco, and share one of their famous and fabulous neopolitan pizzas with someone special. This small pizza joint is definitely my favorite, not because their food is better than my absolute favorite (Punch), but because of the service. Top notch!
235 E. 6th Street
850 Grand Ave.
Cafe Latte’s chipotle bean chili is a sure way to get over the winter doldrums. So warm and satisfying. And you can enjoy a hot latte, a glass of wine or the most scrumptious dessert around! I go to Cafe Latte with three of my college girlfriends. We definitely need to make it more of a habit!
Ice skating indoors
As a former hockey player, my high school and college winters were much less difficult. Hockey made everything worth it. We lived for winter! Not so much anymore. There are many great places locally where you can ice skate, but the best place to stay warm and to feel like a fancy urban dweller is definitely The Depot. Check out their calendar for dates and times. With ice time available on Friday nights and all day Saturday, this might be a great date activity. Head to Bar La Grassa down the street for dinner and a drink after skating for the perfect evening. And Bar La Grassa has valet parking so you can avoid the outdoors for the most part.
Do something you’ve been putting off
For me, I’ve been putting off trying to write a book. I have many book ideas, but the idea of writing a book is daunting. I am going to just force myself to sit down each night for 10 to 30 minutes and just write. It’s ok if nothing comes of it.
I’m going to spend some time organizing a room in our house that is full of wedding stuff that I haven’t tried to get rid of yet. The time is now and seriously, what better time than the middle of winter? Whether you need to clean out your closet (by the way, if you haven’t worn it in 6 months, toss it, donate it or host a clothing swap party), tidy your office or completely remodel a room, why not now? For tips on organizing, check out my favorite resource—Real Simple!