We all grumble about winter: The traffic and crowds that holiday shopping brings, the bitingly cold winds on the way to the Metro after work, the prospect of another Snowmageddon. (Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen again.)
But that’s only half the story, because there’s so much to enjoy about this season: Getting bundled up to go ice skating outdoors on the Mall, grabbing a date and sipping hot toddies around a roaring fire at an outdoor bar, indulging in warm mugs of hot cocoa, or catching up with friends while filling up on comfort food.
With that in mind, we present our guide to making the most of winter. You can find even more ideas, from the best winter cocktails to the area’s top stops for grilled cheese, in the Editors’ Picks section of the Going Out Guide.
Take a twirl: Favorite ice skating rinks
Fire it up: Bars and restaurants with fire pits
Indulge: The best hot cocoa drinks
Warm up: Enjoy a hearty bowl of soup