Beat the Winter Blues in Metro Detroit

By: Scott Davis | February 25, 2015

This is not another one of those winter-bashing stories we see so many of at this time of the year, but let’s be real for a moment. We’re over winter in Metro Detroit and a lot of us are starting to suffer from an illness known as “Spring Fever.” We’ve had enough of this bitter cold. The harsh reality is that spring is still a few weeks away and even that doesn’t automatically mean sunny and 75 degrees every day.

As winter hits its final stretch, we are counting down the days until it is over, and that can sometimes be a daunting task. A little piece of advice: keep busy and the sunshine and warmth will be here before you know it.

Sometimes, you just have to bite your lip, get a grip and make the most out of a less than ideal situation. Over the past few months, we have filled our front page with captivating ideas, activities and events to keep you sane in the winter. In case you need a refresher, here are some of the many ways to beat the wintertime blues.

A visit to Downtown Farmington can surely provide several winter-esque activities in a small area. Ice skating, movie theaters and several restaurants will keep your wintertime sadness at bay. A quaint downtown area that is quite festive for the season.

Winter is a funny season for fitness. A lot of us vow to ourselves on New Year’s Eve that we will lose weight, stay consistently active, exercise daily, etc., and then, like clockwork, the gyms that were crowded the first few weeks of January have less and less people. And now that beach season is not too far away, it may pick up again. If you are looking for opportunities to work out, read our articles in regards to upcoming races and cardio classesPilates studioskickboxing or yoga. Dedication is key!

On the contrary, it is still important to indulge with friends and family for a night out. There is nothing wrong with grabbing a cold one inside the warm walls of a brewery or bar. Check out our recent article on the latest openings, or try a trivia night—it’s indoors, brain-teasing and of course you can have a drink or two while you do it.

For those of you with an adventurous side who do not mind being outdoors in the cold, the Huron-Clinton Metroparks provide a plethora of winter-related activities, such as skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding and more. Of course, we’ve previously covered this topic. Give it a look. Other options include finding a local hill for sledding or skiing the next time it snows.

Perhaps, you are not looking for an activity. Perhaps you want something more tangible. Well, winter is winding down, but maybe you need a few more warm clothing items before it is all said and done. Maybe you are looking to buy items early for next year, which are probably going to be on sale. This story gives a few options for winter clothing stores.

Still not satisfied? Maybe music will do the trick. Detroit is somewhat of a music pioneer. The city and its surrounding area are full of great music venues, including small concert halls, clubs and theaters. These small gems have had a lot of talent walk through the doors.

If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, consider going on a beer tour with Motor City Brew Tours! Here, you can check out some of the finest breweries that southeast Michigan has to offer. Bus and walking tours go year round, and when spring finally does roll around, bike tours are available.

Hmm, did I miss anything? Variety is the spice of life. Here are some additional options for indoor fun:

Clearly, “In the D” is your one-stop shop (well, website in this case) for winter activities and this article is your guide. Participate in one or many of these activities and spring-like temperatures will be putting a smile on your face in no time. You are welcome.