|In case you missed it - we are officially in snow season!|
If you don't ski but still want to get in some outdoor exercise, sign up for the Adventure Sports listserv or stop by their office (basement of Alumni Hall). We offer snowshoe hikes, ice-climbing excursions, and - if you're truly adverse to venturing outside - paddlesports practice in the pool. Adventure Sports programs usually cost between $5 and $15, and equipment is always included. If you don't mind some physical activity, check them out!
2. Burlington Winter Lights
Church Street decorates for Christmas, but starting in February, Church Street lights up for the winter! This weekend is the official Winter Lights event, with the lights going on this Friday and other events happening Saturday, but the lights stay on past that. Another cool feature is that different stores on Church Street will sponsor ice carvings, which will also go out at that time. Even if you cannot make it down this weekend, the lights are worth the busride. While you're there, warm up with something from Leunig's Petit Bijou, which opened New Year's weekend and has quick kiosk service with excellent food.
|Winter Lights - 2016|
You may or may not know this, but Burlington falls into that rare category of places where Starbucks and local coffee shops can coexist peacefully. I am still finding new places to visit and each offers something different. As you may know from previous posts, Uncommon Grounds is where I discovered my beloved maple latte. Last weekend's town excursion included my first visit to Muddy Waters, which takes a "zen" environment to another level. This weekend, I hope to make it to New Moon Cafe, which I am told has good breakfast. That's only three places; there are quite a few more that I hope to visit before I graduate. Whether you want a different place to do homework for a few hours or you just really need that caffeine fix, take your pick - they will all be good.
|A glimpse of the Muddy Waters aesthetic|
|Latte art will always be classic.|