Washington February 11, 2018
10 Wonderful Ways To Beat The Winter Blues In Washington
Although it hasn’t been a particularly snowy winter in Washington, the cold weather and dreary skies definitely have us feeling the winter blues. The final stretch before spring can sometimes feel like it lasts for years. Here’s how to stay busy and happy until the warm, sunny weather returns.
1. Go for a nice winter hike.
Although nothing sounds more unappealing than going outside right now, winter is the perfect time to hike some of our more accessible trails. The scenery is beautiful, and you'll have a much better chance at enjoying some solitude. Just bundle up.
2. Start planning all your spring and summer road trips now.
Where will this year take you?
3. Go on a day trip and explore a new town.
The best thing about a mild winter: Most of our highways are still easily accessible.
4. Hit the slopes.
We're lucky to be able to enjoy all four seasons here in Washington. Embrace this one. And if you're not a skier, you can always hang out in the lodge with some hot chocolate while your friends brave the weather.
5. Make it a point to check out at least one winter festival every year.
Seattle, Spokane, Leavenworth and Tacoma are just a few cities that host exciting events every winter. With something exciting on the calendar, you won't be hit with the blues.
6. Treat yourself to a weekend at a cozy resort.
If you have the means to do so, head to one of our beautiful resorts that have plenty of winter activities. This is the amazing view from Suncadia in Cle Elum.
7. Drive to the coast.
The weather on the Olympic Peninsula stays mild and mellow all winter long, and even though the sunsets are much earlier than summer, they're always beautiful. Take a "sick day," drive to the coast, walk by the ocean, and feel your winter blues melt away.
8. Buy some show tickets.
Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and Yakima, among others, often have a great selection of shows and performances all winter long. Seeing that event on your calendar will boost your spirits.
9. Find your next favorite coffee shop.
Cold winter days are perfect for spending a few hours working, reading or conversing over a cup of delicious coffee (or tea). This is Revel 77 Coffee in Spokane, and it's fantastic.
10. If it gets to be unbearable, it's OK to get away.
If you just can't wait anymore, you can always book a flight to somewhere warmer. Spending a few days away from Washington always makes you appreciate our state much more.
If you’re looking for a great winter getaway that’s right here in Washington,
Winthrop, our old Western town, is especially charming this time of year.