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Warming up to winter

Plan now for fun cold-weather weekends.

An ice bar.

© Downtown Rochester

It looks as if winter has settled in for good time to have fun with it.

Here at MidwestWeekends, we actually like winter, and we'll give you 20 reasons why.

Winter doesn't last that long, once the holidays are over, so it's best to plan now. Get yourself some snowshoes or learn how to cross-country ski, then reserve a weekend at a cozy lodge where you can ski or snowshoe from your door.

Plan a getaway around one of the popular candlelight events or a big festival. If you're a beginning downhill skier or boarder, check out learn-to-ski bargains. Or snap up Wisconsin's Skiing Wisconsin Coupon Book, $99, good for lift tickets at 13 hills (Michigan's $219 White Gold Card, good at 33 hills, already is sold out).

Still not sold on the cold? Winter also is a good time to cocoon in a cabin or stay at an hotel or resort where everything is under one roof.

Last updated on November 25, 2014