Winter Bucket List

Winter Farmers MarketCourtesy of the Somerville Winter Farmers Market.

Sweat it out

Be. In Union hosts yoga classes with a twist—a twist of the thermostat dial, that is. The studio offers a blast of heat for beginner and expert yogis alike, with classes heated between 80 and 95 degrees. The heat is a blessing for cold, tight muscles.

If a high-temp workout sounds intimidating, ease in with the studio’s restorative yoga class. Instructor Kristi McNeil guides students with feel-good poses, essential oils, and an extra-long savasana (yoga-talk for lying down and relaxing) with bolsters, blocks, and blankets at your disposal.

Find your inner Adam Rippon

Any local knows the nightmare of dodging tourists in below-freezing temperatures while skating on the famous frog pond at the Boston Common. Avoid the crowds, cold weather, and commute by skating at the Veteran’s Memorial Skating Rink in Somerville. The rink is open to the public Monday through Thursday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Friday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Sunday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

If you prefer pucks over public skates, check out the StinkySocks adult hockey league. The league offers a range of commitment levels, from game-by-game play to travel tournaments, and plays regularly at the Veteran’s Memorial Skating Rink.

Get crafty

The Somerville Public Library brought back a popular winter event series this year: Getting Cozy at the Library. Held on the first Sunday of every month at 2 p.m., the event is inspired by hygge—a Danish word and concept that emphasizes cozy, comforting moments amidst the dark days of winter. What better way to get your hygge on than an adults-only craft day? BYO project, or use the supplies available at the library. Hot cocoa is provided, and cozy attire including hats, warm socks, and scarves is encouraged. February’s craft event will be making pop-up Valentines.

Cabernet-away the cold

Since its opening last fall, Bow Market’s wine bar Rebel Rebel has poured a steady stream of natural wine (read: no chemicals, no filtering, and no added sulfites). This hangout isn’t just focused on drinking wine, though—it’s made educating future connoisseurs a priority, too. Rebel Rebel hosts events regularly, including Meet Your Wine(maker) gatherings and a themed Natural Wine 101 workshop every Sunday. Some previous topics have included orange wine, California wine, and blind tastings. Bonus? There’s outdoor seating with heat lamps, and they even provide blankets—both solid and liquid.

Taza Chocolate

Taza Chocolate, photo by Michael Piazza.

Chocolate beats the chill

Taza Chocolate doesn’t have to be reserved for those holiday cookies you made in December. Swing by the factory to take a tour, learn about the chocolate-making process, and shop their factory store. Once your kitchen is stocked, check out their website for recipes to beat the cold weather, including Mexican hot chocolate, bourbon truffles, paleo brownies, or even short rib chocolate chili. Cocoa is a go.

Get tropical without the airfare

It’s warm. You’re surrounded by friends. You have a cold, tropical drink in your hand. Are you on the beach in Hawaii? Nope. You’re at Tiki Mondays at Highland Kitchen. A Highland Ave. highlight on everyone’s least favorite day, Tiki Mondays feature a special menu of tropical drinks, with daiquiris, rum cocktails, cocktail umbrellas, and tiki-man glasses. As an added bonus, the restaurant also serves its award-winning buttermilk fried chicken to add some Southern comfort to your frozen soul.

Support your local farmers

Farmers markets are often reserved for the warmer days of spring, summer, and fall. But for Somerville residents, it’s a year-round affair. The Somerville Winter Farmers Market is held on Saturdays through April 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center for Arts at the Armory. Expect some familiar faces from the Union Square Farmers Market selling fresh produce, cheese, meat, baked goods, and more. Sprinkle in some live music and cafes, and you’ve got yourself one delicious and productive Saturday morning—all under one roof.

This story originally appeared in the Free Time Fervor issue of Scout Somerville, which is available for free at more than 200 locations throughout the city or by subscription.

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