Mid-Winter Wonders in Seattle (and beyond)

The weather outside is frightful, but chilly bike rides and pho are so delightful. Snag one of the ideas below and warm yourself up over the next few weeks. Don’t worry—there’s only one[1] more month of winter.

Chilly Hilly: This Cascade Bicycle Club tradition, now in its 42nd year, has both seasoned and hopelessly out of shape bikers riding a 33-mile route around Bainbridge Island. Do it for the exercise, the glory or the free grub along the way, just make sure you’re wearing a helmet. Registration closes on February 21st at 9am, so sign up now if you’d like to ride. The $28 adult admission price includes the ferry ride from Seattle to Bainbridge.

Cyclists wait for the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island for 2010's annual Chilly Hilly bike ride. Courtesy of Gene Bisbee, Flickr Creative Commons.

Cyclists wait for the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island for 2010's annual Chilly Hilly bike ride. Courtesy of Gene Bisbee, Flickr Creative Commons.

 

Pho: Looking for an inexpensive dinner in Seattle? Why not try a Pho place? The soothing broth and noodles have been known to combat the cold and rain that plagues Seattle in the winter months. Although some might argue that Pho is Pho, there are a few standout places known for their signature touches. Pho Than Brothers (Capitol Hill, Fremont and University District) serves a cream puff before you get your soup.

Delicious pho. Courtesy of Androog, Flickr Creative Commons.

Delicious pho. Courtesy of Androog, Flickr Creative Commons.


Reading in Public: It can be hard to find the time to catch up on reading in our smart phone-saturated world. To that end, The Fireside Room at The Sorrento Hotel hosts a “Silent Reading Party” on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm. Order a hot toddy and kick back with whichever dense novel you’re trying to read—what could more perfectly complement the rain?

Courtesy of Lin Kristensen, Flickr Creative Commons.

Courtesy of Lin Kristensen, Flickr Creative Commons.


Leavenworth: Leavenworth Washington, approximately 125 miles East of Seattle, is known as a charming Bavarian-style town with great skiing and tasty German brews. If you’re a fan of winter sports, those cute German houses or bratwurst, you should consider a weekend trip to Leavenworth. Although it’s sometimes thought of more as an Oktoberfest or Christmas destination, it’s really great any time of the winter. There’s even geocaching!

Hotel Edelweiss in Leavenworth, WA. Courtesy of Joe Mabel, Wikimedia Commons.

Hotel Edelweiss in Leavenworth, WA. Courtesy of Joe Mabel, Wikimedia Commons.


Oscar-Nominated Short Films at the Harvard Exit: Movies are great any time of year, but you can feel less guilty about sitting inside a dark movie theatre when it’s actually dark outside. Plus, impress your friends with knowledge of this somewhat more obscure Oscar category. At the Harvard Exit Theatre on Capitol Hill at 2pm and 7:20pm (animated shorts) and 4:30pm and 9:40pm (live action shorts).

The picturesque Harvard Exit Theatre on Capitol Hill. Courtesy of Joe Mabel, Wikimedia Commons.

The picturesque Harvard Exit Theatre on Capitol Hill. Courtesy of Joe Mabel, Wikimedia Commons.

-Maggie Tarnawa is a blogger for TWIF

 

 

[1] Two to four