Does the blanket of glistening, soft-looking, new-fallen snow have you itching to get out in the elements? It’s definitely working its charm on us—and it’s safe to consider us the types who are perpetually cursing winter. We’d rather be inside if it’s below 65 degrees Fahrenheit. But just for now, all the moisture is most welcome: If it’s going to be winter, it might as well be pretty.
Though we’re sure the fresh pow-pow is close to amazing, we’ll be steering clear of crowded and expensive ski resorts and heading downtown instead. For a weekend activity, we suggest a night of dinner and dance … okay, not dance (that was yesterday), but skate.
First, try Italian-inspired Piastras (220 S. Main Street) for dinner—parking on 300 South is best—and then proceed to the Gallivan Center Ice Rink (239 S. Main Street), strap on your skates, and prepare to glide across the ice … preferably on your feet.
The rink is open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children, and an additional $3 for each pair of skates (or $3.50 for hockey skates, if your guy is too much man for the figure-skating type).
Hat, gloves and/or mittens, and a scarf are musts, but if you still have a hard time warming up, you can head to Starbucks (200 S. Main St.) for a hot drink.