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    Great Ways to Get Into the Season

    Well, here goes nuthin’. The winter is upon us, and as Robert Frost once said — the only way out is through. Here are six fun ways to make the most of the snowy season.

      Shop Away

      There’s nothing better than giving the perfect gift — except maybe supporting a small business in the process. Take full advantage of this season’s winter markets and holiday strolls to find what they’ll love while simultaneously boosting the local economy. Be sure to reward yourself after by cozying up to the fire pit with a warming winter cocktail.

      Take the Hill

      At the first sign of snow, bundle up, team up, and find some elevation. Whether you want to go the easy route with a walk to Flagstaff Hill in the Boston Common — or you’re up for a short trek to a bigger hill with less congestion, we’ve got you covered. Check out this comprehensive list of the best places to sled (or tube) in and around Boston.

      Hit the Ice

      Tried and true, the Frog Pond in Boston Common is definitely a top option — with reasonable rental prices and a season pass for avid skaters. But don’t sleep on the other great options around town, like Skate @ Canal District Kendall in Cambridge and the ultra-hip Rink at 401 Park in the Fenway between Timeout Market and the Trillium Brewery.

      Walk On

      There’s perhaps no prettier way to spend a winter afternoon than snowshoeing. Whether you’re eager to get your sweat on (snowshoeing can burn up to 1,000 calories an hour) or just want a relaxing walk in nature — this is the year to give it a try. We recommend the short 9-mile drive to the beautiful 50-acre Gore Place, where snowshoe rentals are only $20.

      Warm Up

      A piping hot chocolate on a freezing cold day is one of life’s simple pleasures. Gates Commed des Filles in Somerville’s Bow Market and L.A. Burdick on Clarendon in Back Bay are two of the best (and fanciest). But if you’re looking for something a little more down and dirty, you can’t beat @thinkingcup and @brothersandsisterco.

      Do It All At Once

      From shopping to skating to curling — and yes, even igloo dining on the roof — Snowport is a one-stop wonderland. Experience it all, as the Seaport becomes a giant snow globe for the season. Time it right, and you may even catch a fleeting glimpse of Betty the Yeti, the fuchsia fashion plate that flies in from the Himalayas every winter.

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