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7 Ways to Winter (Wonderfully) in Decorah
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7 Ways to Winter (Wonderfully) in Decorah

Now that the hype of the holiday season is wearing down, winter in Northeast Iowa can sometimes feel unbearable. Its cold, it’s long, and it’s easy to wish for sunshine and warmer weather. But Decorah has so many fantastic activities, adventures, and opportunities to take advantage of this time of the year! From local businesses to community-wide events, there’s fun for the whole family. Here are just a few of the ways you can shake off the winter blues with a visit to Decorah.

1. Take classes at Arthaus:

Arthaus offers year-round classes! Head over to downtown Decorah to “brush up” on your acrylics skills at their Cork & Canvas Class happening Friday, February 9th at Rubaiyat. Your first drink is even on the house! Or, try Life Drawing Model Sessions! There’s no experience needed. Arthaus is also offering a Making with Maui and Moana class where you can learn to make paper flowers, printmake tribal tattoos, and more!

2. Venture over to Vesterheim and attend a Koselig event!:

In Scandinavian countries, some say that that empathy is the key to high levels of happiness. Banish the winter blues at Vesterheim and with Cake Breaks and cozy Nordic Noir Movie Nights. Every Wednesday this winter, you can eat treats and learn all about community koselig at Vesterheim’s weekly events. They’re open to the whole community. To really get a feel for koselig, attend a Nordic Movie Night! Each film will feature unsettling crime films from Scandinavia. Sit back, settle in, and stay cozy!

3. Spend time outside and ski, skate, or bike your way around Decorah:

Head on over to Decorah Bicycles for all winter-related outdoor activities! Their winter equipment rentals include skis, snowshoes, ice skates, hockey skates, and fat bikes. What better way to stay active and take advantage of all that Decorah has to offer this time of the year? It’s fun for the whole family!

4. Attend the Oneota Film Festival:

Mark your calendars film-lovers! The Oneota Film Festival is in its eighth season and this year’s programming is filled with screenings, stories, and discussions that are sure to intrigue! Hosted at Luther College, this festival is a fantastic opportunity to support your local community and learn about people, places, art, and ideas from all over the globe. You won’t want to miss it!

5. Catch up with friends and family at your favorite brewery or coffee house:

Who doesn’t want to spend time with loved ones over a locally brewed beer or a cozy cup of coffee? Toppling Goliath and Pulpit Rock Brewery offer a wide variety of craft beer for all IPA, stout, and ale enthusiasts. If beer isn’t your thing, grab a cup of coffee at Impact, Java Johns, or Magpie. Mmm! We’re toastier already.

6. Head over to Hotel Winneshiek and enjoy appetizers by the fire:

We can’t think of a better way to escape the winter weather than by settling in by the cozy Hotel Winn fireplace and enjoying artisan cocktails, bar bites, good vibes, and great company at Hotel Winneshiek. The lounge opens at 4 pm Fridays and Saturdays. Brides-to-be can also get inspired at the Winneshiek Wedding Market at the hotel this January! From regional vendors to prize drawings and fashion shows, the Winneshiek Wedding Market is your source for all things festive.

7. Get your blood flowing at Day Spring Spa:

Day Spring Spa is ready to help you relax and recharge this winter season. Offering both simple and therapeutic treatments, their highly skilled staff provides a variety of spa services for the mind, body, and spirit. It’s time to treat yourself. Winter wellness is a key to Northeast Iowa living. What are you waiting for? Make an appointment now.

Do you have other wonderful winter activity ideas for Northeast Iowa? We’d love to hear them! Share yours in the comments below.

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