Sweater weather’s officially here and this can only mean one thing: the Great Winter Debate is ON. You know the one: Winter People vs. Non Winter People, Who’s Right and Who’s Totally Wrong. We all know which camp we fall into. If you’re the type who lovingly gazes at your gear while waiting for the next snowfall to just get here already, check this out. But if you JUST CAN’T with all that white stuff, we get it. Read on for our favourite ways to fall in love with the softer (read: warmer) side of winter.
1. Set the scene with the perfect playlist.
You know how a road trip isn’t complete until you’ve got the right soundtrack? Same goes for this. If you’re going to embrace winter, you’ve got to set the mood with good music from New Brunswick artists. We like this one for chill nights watching the snow fall.
2. Find a fireplace and park yourself.
3. Post up in a cute cafe.
Cappuccino and a macaron? Why yes, thank you. What better way to while away a winter afternoon? There are so many cute spots to chill in New Brunswick’s cities and little communities. Try Fredericton’s Chess Piece Patisserie and Cafe, Edmundston’s Cafe Lotus Bleu, Miramichi’s Cali.Co Café or Moncton’s Clementine Cafe and Deli.
4. Stick your nose in a book(store).
Consider yourself a total bookworm? Then New Brunswick has some really cool bookstores for you to check out. Even if you’re not, there’s a good chance you’ll find these places worth popping into on a cold day. Try Dave Shoots, Bookseller in Saint John, Librairie Pélagie in Bathurst, Caraquet and Shippagan, and Tidewater Books & Browsery in Sackville. Or, head to a New Brunswick Public Library for a toasty warm experience that’s totally free, like this one at the Saint John Public Library 👇
5. Plan a weekend escape (and ACTUALLY escape).
How many of us are guilty of saying “We should go somewhere this weekend....” But then not actually going anywhere? (Answer: Too many.) Vow to do it differently this year, even if it’s just a night or two. We’re pretty sure these nature getaways are just what you need right now.
6. Go ahead and treat yo’ self.
A hand-knit blanket, a locally made mug, a yummy scented candle, an artisan’s creation. Think Pinterest, New Brunswick style. If you’re vowing to embrace the season, this is how you take it up a notch. Locals love Reimagine Designs in Fredericton, Buckland Merrifield Gallery in Saint John, and Gift Galore in Moncton for special finds.
7. Get comforted with comfort food.
So you’ve got the soundtrack, found the world’s cosiest blanket, lit your mood-boosting candles, and rented a snowy cabin in the woods. What’s missing? Comfort food, obviously. Pick a recipe and bring a little New Brunswick into your life. As evidenced by the above, we do comfort right 👌.
8. And if all else fails... find the closest cat and snuggle.
Winter + kitties = A match made in heaven. 🐱