Although it hasn’t been too icy this winter (fingers crossed), our minds can start to go stir-crazy through the long, gray days of January. Whether you find yourself with a few free hours or an entire afternoon to spare, there are some fun ways nearby (and inside) to embrace the chilly season.
Ok, we know it’s bound to get colder, but that shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the great outdoors! A walk, run or bike ride along the Loveland Bike Trail offers a different perspective in the cooler months. Bundle up and gaze as barren trees expose wider views and allow you to see farther into the woods and across the river. Then, warm up along the trail in Loveland by enjoying a rich brew at Narrow Path Brewing or a seasonally-inspired meal at Tano Bistro.
If you really want to take advantage of the crisp views, fly high in the sky above downtown Cincinnati on the Skystar Wheel at The Banks. This 15-story tall observation wheel includes 36 climate-controlled gondolas and 1 million LED lights, ensuring you have a toasty yet festive ride. These might be the last few months of Skystar’s operation in Cincinnati before it moves to another city, so be sure to take a spin soon!
Just north of Cincinnati in Hamilton, outdoor explorers can find hidden-gem Pyramid Hill, a 300+ acre sculpture park with more than 80 sculptures and an Ancient Sculpture Museum. Open all winter long (weather permitting), this unique landscape offers kids and adults alike the chance to enjoy the fresh air while viewing interesting architecture and art. There is a visitor center, gift shop and even “art carts” if you prefer to ride a golf cart through the gallery!
The winter season is the perfect time to pull open the blinds, let the sun shine in and settle down with a good book. The Little Book of Hygge is a quick read that invites us to “get consciously cozy” through the Danish art of “hygge.” From enjoying a warm fire with hot chocolate to sharing comfort food with friends, hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) simply is creating an atmosphere that makes you feel safe, warm and at home.
What places in your home have you not fully experienced lately? Light the fireplace, rent a movie with family, take a bubble bath, whip out the mixer and make cookies, or play a board game at the dining room table. Light candles to add warmth, play soft music to destress and choose a new houseplant to freshen the air when the windows can’t be open.
Whether you’re ready to get outside or stay indoors, the Vista Pointe community in South Lebanon is perfectly situated for both the adventurer and the homebody. Nearby access to trails, golf, biking and swimming complement custom-built homes with modern features to keep you toasty through the toughest of winters.