10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Has the snow and cold got you down? Cheer up: Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun. From snowshoeing and swing dancing to bargain shopping, we’ve got ideas on how to defend yourself against the winter doldrums


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The holidays are history. If you’re like most people, you ate, drank, partied — and spent — way more than you should have. It was fun while it lasted; but all good things must come to an end. Now it’s January, and there’s not much to look forward to — other than snow squalls, sub-zero temperatures, and (if you’re really lucky) swine flu. It’s enough to put even the most avowed optimist into a three-month funk.

But don’t bury yourself under that down comforter just yet. We’ve found a host of different activities — from starting a book club in Hudson to learning to tango in Poughkeepsie; taking in an indie movie in Millerton to snow-tubing down an 800-foot hill in Montgomery; soaking away stress in Saratoga to savoring Sunday brunch in West Point — that are guaranteed to lift your spirits. Why not pick one (or two, or even three) to try? We think you’ll come away convinced that spring isn’t really all that far off.

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