Just in case there is someone out there reading this that hasn't stepped foot outside this week, it's freaking freezing out there! Yes, we are in the middle of a bomb cyclone, and yes the cold temperatures combined with the brutal winds make us want to never leave the warmth of our beds ever again. The bummer news is that things don't seem to heating up anytime soon. The good news, is that we have seven hot tips to get you through the thick of winter.
Get stretchy and steamy at a local hot yoga studio. You'll feel 100x more zen when you emerge, despite the doom and gloom of winter weather. You can take all that warmth with you and carry the torch all day long. While there are a lot of fantastic hot yoga studios in town, we have a soft spot for Mind the Mat Del Ray, where we did a 30-days-of-hot-yoga challenge in 2016. In addition to hot yoga, they offer hot pilates, which we fell in love with!
If you're looking for a fun twist on date night, nothing spurs romance like melted cheese or chocolate. Gaze into your beloved’s eyes and dunk, eat, repeat at these five spots around the DMV, then use their dip tips and recipes for your own fondue experience at home.
Add A Little Vitamin D To Your Diet
Here's an easy one that you can do every day to get things started off on the right foot. You know that one vitamin you're supposed to get from the sun? Well, it's a little harder to get when then sun is MIA. You can pick up vitamin d tablets from most local grocery or health food stores.
Hit the Spa
There is absolutely no shortage of day spas and specialty treatments in this town. Heck, we even have a detox scrub for the politically stressed Washingtonian! Whether you want a wine-themed massage or a Vichy rain body polish, we've rounded up a few of our favorite treatments here. Or, if you're looking for the best day spas to hit for an entire day of relaxation and rejuvenation, you can find our best recs right here.
Nothing gets the kitchen warmer than dialing up the oven to 350 degrees. For some wholesome goodness, we love getting busy in the kitchen. Reference our handy dandy tips from D.C.'s top pastry chefs on how to bake a better cookie here, and then snuggle up with a blanket, good book, stack of cookies and glass of milk and call it a day, champ.
Plan A Trip Halfway Through Winter
Maybe you have your sights set on sunny Florida, or perhaps a more exotic locale is in your forecast. Chunking up the monotony of the season by splitting town halfway through is the perfect way to get a little break from the cold. Seriously, a little sun could do you some real good. We've got a roundup of the best travel deals from the local airports on DC Refined right now. And good news: we'll be bringing you new flight and resort deals every month in 2018!
Try Your Hand At Glassblowing
Feel the heat, my friends! You can't help but feel warm from the inside out as you simultaneously play with fire and feel positive about teaching yourself a new skill. Check out DC Glassworks or Glen Echo Glassworks for workshops.