Chill Out & Embrace Winter

Your ultimate guide to enjoying the East Bay's coolest season

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With the flip of the calendar page, there’s no denying that winter is here. Whether you’re Team Winter or not, we’ve talked to some locals and assembled a list that will have you embracing the season or at least grinning while you bear it from the first snowfall to the last.

Come on, doesn’t the first glimpse of swirling flurries cause your heart to stir just a little bit? Remember the days of being a kid and the excitement of a potential day off from school (Operation: Snowball, anyone?). Sure, as adults, dealing with the logistics of a snowy day can be a drag, so be prepared as best you can and you’ll be able to roll with the squalls a bit better.

10 Spots for a Hot Cuppa Crawl

Your go-to destinations for hot cocoa, coffee, and more

Before it Snows

Follow these steps to be better prepared

5 Places to Get Crafty

Cozy up with some DIY art projects

It's All Downhill from Here

Top places to hit the hills for sledding fun

3 Fireside Chats

Sip and savor by these restaurants' hearths

Better than Amazon

Take advantage of e-books, movie streaming, and more at your local library

Farmers Markets

Shop local produce, even in the winter

4 Hardware Stores to Fill the Benny's Void

Where to find all the necessary snow supplies this season