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There’s something about the winter season that can make people feel like they’re in a slump. Does the color of your skin resemble Ed Sheeran’s upper thigh? Have you run out of shows to binge-watch on Netflix during a Sunday afternoon? Do you look at your iPhone weather forecast and see rain/sleet/snow everyday for the next week? Well, we hear ya - we miss vitamin D, too. Unfortunately, this blog post will not end with your chance to win a tropical vacation for two, but IT WILL give you a few awesome ideas specifically for winter weather.
It can be tough finding the motivation to go out and explore when it requires putting on four layers and stepping out into the near freezing temps, but if there’s one thing we pride ourselves on here at Cowbucker (besides making awesome gear), it’s embracing ALL of the elements, no matter how worried our mom's are about us catching a cold. Check out our list below of the best winter getaways, and next time you pick up that remote for a House of Cards season rewatch, remember this list instead:

Retreat from Civilization

A change of scenery can do wonders for that dead-of-winter drag. Even if you’re lucky enough to have friends with a cabin (nice work/ jealous), sites like Airbnb hook it up with an authentic cabin home for you and all of your friends at the click of a button. Grab your grill, some red cups, Battleship and movies, and you’ll be ready to go.

Head up the Hill

cowbucker rain hat, the reign

Don’t let the semi pro skiers and snowboarders intimidate you, because nothing is more badass than some good ol’ team snow tubing (look, they’re in helmets!) And if you really don’t like being cold, many mountain areas have world class breweries and bars that will be sure to serve up an Irish coffee or spiked hot cocoa. Honorable Mention Mountain Activities: sledding, snowshoeing & x-country skiing (for 15 minutes because that ish is HARD).

Hit the Beach (but stay off the wet sand!)

Who says the beach is only for summer? Nothing warms you up like a steaming bowl of clam chowder. Head to a coastal city for a night and watch the storms roll in. Chances are there’s a local candy store serving up some sweet fudge or saltwater taffy to sustain your hotel hibernation.

Get Wet

No hot tub? No problem! Mother Earth has afforded us many wonders, including natural hot tubs. Many hot springs require a scenic hike to get to but don't require clothes, both of which make a hot springs adventure that much more fun. Now get nekkid and embrace the prune!

When all else fails: Burn Stuff

Want a FUN project to add to your never ending winter to-do list?  Grab some pallets or the Christmas tree that's still leaning against the back of the house and build a bonfire! You won’t regret it. Fires are awesome all year round, but during the winter when you’re permanently accustomed to the chill, they provide an amazing source of heat while still enjoying the outdoors. Grab a lawn chair, s’mores and alcohol (not necessarily in that order) to warm you up because your crappy heater in your apartment probably doesn’t cut it.
What’s your favorite winter getaway? Let us know in the comments below!