5 ways to beat the dog days of winter

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Is anybody else out there starting to get a little spring fever? I don't know about you but I sure am. Lets face it though, up here in the bold north of Minnesota, we've got a few more months of frigid temps and snowfalls ahead of us. So we might as well do what we can to enjoy it.

Here are a few of my favorite cold weather warm ups to get you through the next few months. 

Plan a visit to the Como Conservatory

If you've never been to here, this is a winter MUST in the twin cities. Upon entering you'll be bathed in luxurious humidity and sweet aromas that will fill your senses with so much (moisturizing) love. You can enjoy permanent tropical and changing seasonal plants and flowers in several different gardens. An instant pick me up from the winter blues!

Go on a Staycation

Who doesn't love a refreshing getaway from the daily grind without having to worry about airfare or a long car ride? A staycation is the perfect way to escape these long winter months and enjoy time with your family. Snag a hotel room with a pool, pack a bag and pretend like you're on vacation! 

Get out and enjoy it

The cold and snow may be getting old, but that doesn't mean you can't get out and enjoy it! Besides, it can be really fun if your dressed properly. So go on! Take a walk, visit a state park, or go ice skating. Then come home and warm up with some hot cocoa and marshmallows. Divine!

Heat up your kitchen

Stir up some of your favorite recipes and spend the afternoon heating up your kitchen with a bake off! Whether you make your goodies from scratch or with the help of Betty Crocker, you're sure to have a great time in the kitchen together. It may be cold outside, but it will be warm in the kitchen!

Treat yourself at the Salt Cave

Did you know that this is Minnesota's first therapeutic salt cave? The benefits of salt therapy have been used for centuries to alleviate symptoms of asthma, allergies, respiratory problems, anxiety and other ailments. After recently visiting the salt cave for the first time, I would highly recommend taking the time to experience it for yourself. Not only will you escape the winter cold but you'll find yourself feeling relaxed and ready for what's next. 

Meghan Doll