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By: Amy Walter

I think I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that it’s not sweater weather anymore. I was holding out on wearing a jacket as long as I could so that I didn’t have to face the reality of winter being here. Don’t get me wrong, one of my favorite things to do is watch the snow fly while curled up in a blanket drinking tea and watching Hallmark movies, nothing gets me in the Christmas spirit more than that. It’s just the shock of walking out into the freezing temperatures that makes me want to quickly retreat back into my warm home.

If Hallmark isn’t your thing we have a few coffee shops that you can sit Coffee Shopand watch the snow fall while you dream of warmer weather. We have two great coffee shops in the City of Hayward, Hayward Coffee Company on Main Street and Backroads Coffee on Dakota Ave. If you’re looking for a place to stop for a good lunch and a something warm while you window shop check out Hayward Coffee Company. If you’re looking for a quiet, homey atmosphere to catch up with a friend or get some work done check out Backroads. Neither one will disappoint. If its wine that warms you up Hayward has a few places for you to check out, Out of the Woods Winery on Main Street and Tamarack Farms Winery on County Hwy B, both good choices.

If you are one of those people that has been dreaming of winter since springtime this parts for you. To the fisherman out there it doesn’t appear you have to wait much longer, in fact I’ve already had friends out ice fishing! You won’t catch me out there until I know the ice can hold at least a truck, but I usually just go for the food anyway. If you’re a snowmobiler you’ll have to wait a little longer but I can’t imagine your season is too far off. While I’m not much on snowmobiling I think I would enjoy a nice slow ride on a snowy night to watch the beautiful snowfall, and since snowmobiling is one of Hayward’s main attractions in the winter I should probably give the trails a chance. Maybe that will be my next adventure.

Usually I start to change my bad winter attitude when the snow is starting to stick and people are putting their Christmas lights up. Living in a snow globe makes it hard to argue with the fact that it’s the most wonderful time of year. If you’re like me and need something to get you into the winter/Christmas spirit make sure you check out Hayward’s “A Lure of Lights” starting November 29. Main Street is lit with Christmas lights making the drive up Main Street gorgeous; I always make sure that’s the route I take to work.

So even though I do my fair share of complaining about the cold weather and the snow I can’t complain about how beautiful it is living here. It’s definitely a sight to see if you haven’t been here. Who knows maybe you’ll catch me out on the lake or the snowmobile trails.

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