By Jessica Bowne | January 5, 2017 | People
They don’t call us Hardy New England Warriors for no great reason; Bostonians make the best out of cold and snowy weather, from long brunches with friends to hosting dinner parties and turning out in the most fabulous winter fashion. We spoke with 7 Boston tastemakers on what they do when the temps start to dip.
“To be totally honest with you I absolutely hate the cold weather and snow! When I'm walking around on a cold winter day I feel it in my bones and it totally transforms me. I become "Cold Walk Alie", and she is fierce, walks quickly and is on a mission to get inside! I have two ways of handling the Boston weather and keeping "Cold Walk Alie" at bay. Firstly, a good brunch filled with plenty of Bloody Marys on a Saturday or Sunday is essential. A couple of my favorite spots for a winter brunch are Post 390 (those fireplaces get me every time) and Park Restaurant and Bar in Cambridge for a cozy oasis. It's kind of like apres skiing without the skiing. It's the perfect way to escape the winter blues because you can eat and drink with friends in a cozy warm space and forget about the misery outside. Secondly, in the depths of winter, around February when I've really had enough of the cold I always plan a little vacation somewhere warm. I have family in Miami so I generally head down there for some much needed vitamin D and recharge.”
“I’m a born-and-bred New Englander. But somehow I’ve managed to never get used to the cold. So when it comes to winter pastimes I’m always looking for the cozy angle. I love a stroll through those festive lights of North End so long as it’s followed by hot cocoa at Cafe Vittoria; I’m all for shopping in the revamped Downtown Crossing if it ends with drinks by the fire at Yvonne’s; and I’ll take any chance I can get to browse local vendors in South End when it means picking up a hand-poured candle from Olives & Grace. So, essentially, that best describes my perfect adult snow day.”
“When the temperature starts to drop in Boston, rather than creeping away from the cold, I immediately grab my parka, boots, and camera and head outside. While Boston is already a beautiful city, when blanketed in snow, it is absolutely gorgeous. My first stop is Back Bay, followed by a stroll through Beacon Hill and then Charlestown. Once my fingers are absolutely frozen from taking dozens of photos, I’ll stop by the North End for cappuccino at Caffé Vittoria’s to warm up. And while there, there’s no way I can resist a Modern Pastry cannoli...I know, touristy, but oh-so-delicious!”
“I absolutely love New England this time of year. We have so many amazing options for mountain getaways or wintertime seaside escapes. I plan on doing both. First, I'm headed to Stowe Mountain Lodge in bucolic Stowe, Vermont. They have these new "Learn To” experience packages where guests can get lessons on a new hobby like ice climbing or snowshoeing. I'm going with snowboarding. It's on my bucket list and I know I'll fall down a lot but I have to try it at least once in my life! It includes a videographer who can document the experience (AKA me falling on my butt) so I'll take home my very own (very comical) documentary. I'm also hoping to get to their sister property (both are Destination Hotels) The Cliff House in Ogunquit, Maine. There's something romantic about being by the sea in the dead of winter. I can also recover from my snowboarding bruises in their newly revamped spa.”
"Wheat timbs (Timberland 6-inch boot) are the only true waterproof option in my arsenal to keep me dry from the elements. Our Concepts x Arcteryx Beta SL jacket keeps me dry and I usually layer it with any of our Concepts x Canada Goose collaborations to provide the warmth factor."
“Getting through frigid Boston winters can be tough! I try to do everything I can to fend off the cold - so I like to make it a point to keep my muscles warm and moving at Everybody Fights in Fort Point. I do a lot more cooking in the winter (why leave the house?), so I love creating a hearty meal with seasonal, local ingredients - think cabbage salads and roasted brussels sprouts- and of course, ethically raised meat from Chestnut Farms at Boston Public Market. Pairing it with a heavy red wine makes sense right now. But I prefer super floral whites to remind me that spring is around the corner. And if all else fails, a weekend trip away with my honey definitely helps!”
“I’m lucky enough to live very close to a park right on the ocean that has this incredible sledding hill, so my son and spend a lot of time going down this crazy hill that ends right at the base of the sea. On super-snowy nights, it’s fun to cross-country ski downtown with my family for a warm bowl of lobster chowder. We also like snowshoeing because it’s super-easy (if you can walk, you can snowshoe), with a shallow learning curve, you can do it almost anywhere, it’s wonderful exercise and there is not a large up-front investment. And as we say here at L.L.Bean, there’s no such things as bad weather, just bad gear, so working there gives me the opportunity to not only ensure that my family and I have the outerwear we need to be warm and comfortable, but also the ability to buy the great toys that make winter a lot more fun, like sleds and snowshoes. On the more relaxed side, on a cold winter afternoon, I go to this Japanese noodle bar I love and eat a big bowl of steaming ramen, or maybe I’ll watch part of a football game at a cozy pub, sipping on a toddy, eventually followed by a long nap.”
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