Winter is here, and for many of us that means crisp air and fun in the snow. Others struggle with colder weather, but that doesn’t mean you should hibernate! Humans need fresh air and sunshine all year long. Here’s your guide to getting creative about cold weather outdoor fun. From warming things up to chilling outdoors, here are some great ways to enjoy the season.
Fire Pits For Warmth And Ambiance
If you’re bundled up and still too chilly, start a fire! Gather around a fire pit to enjoy conversation, social time and some fun food. Our popular fire pits with cutouts offer beauty and warmth, with charming woodland scenes highlighted by the burning flames.
The Firehouse Fire Pit has fully enclosed spark guard for safety and a capped chimney to cut down on smoke, making this fire pit especially great for gatherings.
Light A Fire
For some folks, getting the fire started can be a hassle. Maybe your firewood got a little damp, or it just takes too long to achieve the roaring fire you’re hoping for.
Try our easy, reliable fire starters to get your fire going quickly. Our iconic Fatwood kindling lights instantly, even when wet, and it only takes two sticks to get the fire going. Or, build a fire in seconds without kindling or matches with our Pull Start Firestarter, which will start a fire in snow or rain, even when your wood is wet or frozen.
Once the fire is going, turn up the fun with color-changing pine cones. Kids and adults alike will love throwing one onto the fire and watching the flames change color to green and blue.
Fire Up the Grill
Let’s be honest: cooking over a fire is just more fun than being in the kitchen! Make the most of your fire with some outdoor cooking. Most of our wood-burning fire pits include cooking grates, perfect for roasting hot dogs, marshmallows and more.
Campfire Roasting Fishing Poles make outdoor cuisine both safe and fun. Each holds a pair of hot dogs, four marshmallows or whatever you can dream up to dangle over the flames!
A Fire In Your Belly
Warm up from the inside with a classic hot toddy. This iconic adult beverage brings a relaxing end to the day, so grab your favorite mug, mix a drink and sip by the fire. Some of this drink’s ingredients are known to be useful in soothing a sore throat, so don’t worry; it’s medicinal.
Hot Toddy Recipe
1 ½ oz. brandy, whisky or rum
1 Tablespoon honey
½ oz. lemon juice
1 cup hot water or hot tea
Lemon wedge or cinnamon stick for garnish (optional)
The Outdoor Living Room
As a kid at camp you may have sat on stumps or logs around the fire… but you’re all grown up now and your outdoor living experience should be, too. The right outdoor seating makes any al fresco gathering more like home. Classic Adirondacks are perfectly contoured for maximum comfort. Made of practically indestructible Polywood, a mixture of recycled plastics, they won’t fade or crack even in the harshest of weather.
If you like a more rustic look, try versatile, reclaimed wood pieces that can go indoors or out, from mudroom to front porch to yard with ease. This collection is crafted of shorea wood railroad ties, already proven to stand the test of time for up to 100 years. They’ll thrive in your yard for a long time! If you want to relax in luxury, outdoor furniture with cushions offers the same feel as the sofa in your living room. Snuggle up in soft comfort, but it’s best to cover this furniture in winter when not in use.
Brightening The Season
One deterrent to getting outdoors in winter is…it’s icky. Skies may be gray, trees have dropped their leaves and the flowers have gone dormant. Why go outside when it doesn’t even LOOK inviting?
You don’t need a carpet of green grass to enjoy your yard (and isn’t it nice to get a break from mowing?) Transform your winter landscape into something full of color, fun and light, making your garden a sunny, sparkling place to be even on dreary days.
Snow Lovers, Unite
Maybe you’re a winter person and the last thing you want to do is pretend it’s spring. That’s ok! Embrace the season with décor designed just for cool people like you.
Creative Ideas For Kids
Ditch the electronic devices and keep the kids busy this winter with outdoor entertainment. It doesn’t have to be fancy: an old-fashioned snowball fight, snowman building and snow angels are classic fun fare that families have enjoyed for centuries.
If you want to kick it up a notch, trade the traditional sled for the Zipfy Mini-Luge. Its lightweight, streamlined design is engineered for speed…great for kids and adults alike. Or, take snowman building to the next level with a Decorate-a-Great Snowman kit, including more than 40 features to make your snowman unique.
No snow? No problem! Send the kids on a scavenger hunt, blow bubbles and watch them freeze, take a hike and look for animal tracks, or go bird watching.
The bottom line: don’t hibernate this winter. Embrace what the season has to offer and find new, creative ways to enjoy the outdoors in any weather.
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