Your cure for the gray days of winter

"We drink."

Two words jokingly muttered when one asks another what one does in Wisconsin to shorten the gray days of winter. 

Truth be told, a Friday night fish fry and cocktail in the presence of a crackling fire place is most certainly a divine way to spend a chilly Wisconsin evening in January, but it is by no means the only way to beat winter.

The state of Wisconsin offers a variety of winter activities - both indoors and out - that are great for blowing off steam, and appeasing younger family members.

Below is a short list of ideas for you to use as inspiration to win winter...a season that has defeated me in year's past, but never again I vow.

  • The Petit National Ice Center in West Allis offers a 443 meter indoor walking/running track, public ice for skating, youth and adult hockey leagues and more. 
  • Ever try curling? The Wauwatosa Curling Club has been in business since 1921. Curling is a great way to learn a new sport in a relaxed setting. Join a league or book a corporate outing...either way, you're likely to become addicted. 
  • If you'd prefer actually being outside in the elements, you might like skiing and/or tubing at Sunburst in Kewaskum, or Cascade Mountain in Portage. 
  • Maybe take a long weekend trip to the U-P and visit breathtaking Whitecap Mountains in tiny, Upson, WI.  
  • Wisconsin also offers useful terrain for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snow-shoeing. 
  • If warmth is what you seek when the temperature is hovering around zero, think summer thoughts at the indoor water park at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee. 
  • And if you think 5K's and other fun-runs of varying length are absent in winter, think again. Check out this list.

Winter can be relentless - but we chose to live in Wisconsin, so why not find a way or ways to combat the cold? The above list is nothing more than a list of thought-starters for you. What fits your profile the best? What would the family enjoy most? 

Whatever fits best into your bag, be proactive and take winter head-on.

You got this.


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