It’s officially sweater weather and this can only mean one thing: It’s time to up the cosy factor. Concepts like Hygge and Lagom have taken over the Internet in recent months and we’re all about it. Though the Scandinavians may have coined the terms, New Brunswickers have it down when it comes to the art of getting cosy in cold weather. We get that it can be tempting to just Netflix and chill until the summer equinox rolls around again, but there are so many more ways to ward off the winter blues that don’t involve the ‘s’-word. (Although that’s fun, too). Here are a few of our favourite ways to meet the softer side of winter.
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 Hygge. We like this one for chill nights spent with your favourite people.
Find a fireplace and park yourself.
Order something fancy in a cute cafe.
Cappuccino and macarons? Yes please. The great thing about coffee shops is that you can pick a corner and kick back for as long as you like. Bonus if there’s snowflakes falling outside. Here are a few New Brunswick cafes to try out this winter.
Stick your nose in a book(store).
What’s better than the old familiar smell of books on a wintry day? If this is totally your thing, New Brunswick has some really cool used bookstores to check out. Try the Owl’s Nest in Fredericton, Cover-to-Cover Books in Riverview, and Used Books, Etc. in Campbellton.
Plan a weekend escape (and actually escape).
Raise your hand if you’re famous for saying “We should go somewhere this weekend”... but not actually going somewhere. Make a vow to escape somewhere magical this winter, even if it’s just a short drive away. Here are some great options in New Brunswick.
Treat yo’self to something special.
A hand-knit blanket, a local piece of pottery, a yummy scented candle. If you’re vowing to be more Hygge this winter, there are a few things worth splurging on (plus it’s so much fun browsing local shops for special-somethings). Try Reimagine Designs in Fredericton, Buckland Merrifield Gallery in Saint John, and Carte Blanche in Dieppe. Prefer experiences over things? Do a winter spa experience at Chance Harbour Nature Spa.
Get comforted with comfort food.
So you’ve got the soundtrack, the perfect blanket, a flickering candle, and a snowy cabin in the woods. What’s the cherry on this Hygge sundae? Cooking a comforting feast for family and friends, of course. It’s an important element in the Hygge lifestyle and we couldn’t agree more (hence the kitchen parties we’re so famous for). Pick a recipe and bring a little New Brunswick into your life.
And if all else fails... find the closest cat and snuggle.
Winter + kitties = A match made in heaven. 🐱
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