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Simple steps to forget you’re in Minne-snow-ta
Hot yoga—26 poses of bikram yoga performed in 105-degree rooms—will loosen muscles, sweat out toxins, and set your mind adrift. CorePower Yoga, 501 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-375-9642 , plus four other metro locations.
Forgo snow-covered scenery for vibrantly-colored azaleas, bright amaryllis, and heavenly humidity at Como Conservatory’s Winter Flower Show. Through March 16. 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul, 651-487-8229, www.comozooconservatory.org
Book table 26 or 52 at W.A. Frost & Company: Both are situated directly in front of one of the restaurant’s many fireplaces, so you can get cozy with your dining companion. 374 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-224-5715, www.wafrost.com
It’s never too cold for a cocktail, especially when you join Bar Abilene’s margarita club, where a $25 card buys you ten $2 margaritas—one each time you visit. Try the Sunburnt Senorita or the Green Iguana. 1300 Lagoon Ave., Mpls., 612-825-2525, www.barabilene.com
For a hot read on a cold night, pick up local romance writer susan K. Law’s new novel, Just Sex, which follows a Minnesota housewife on a tropical vacation. Berkeley Books, $14
If you didn’t get to Cabo this year, Tropical Minnesota’s airbrush spray tans will make you look like you did. The 15-minute process offers a more even application than spray booths, giving you that sun-goddess look without having to leave the state. 1001 Mainstreet, Hopkins, 952-933-6666, www.tropicalmn.com
Instead of watching Dancing with the Stars again, why not get out there and try it yourself? Take salsa or tango lessons at Four Seasons Dance Studio to see if you can heat things up with some sensuous hip-twisting. 1637 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-342-0902, www.fourseasonsdance.com
Prepare a meal that’s hot, hot, hot at Cooks of Crocus Hill’s Mexican Cooking Club on February 15. 877 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-228-1333, www.cooksofcrocushill.com
Put on your white suit, undo a couple of shirt buttons, slick back your hair, and head to Restaurant Miami. You’ll find plenty of Don Juans and Don Johnsons at this neon-lit hot spot, which was inspired by Scarface and Miami Vice. 13 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-823-1984, www.restaurantmiami.us
Slip-slide away at the Water Park of America, the country’s largest indoor water park: Catch a wave on the surf simulator or roll with the rapids on the mile-long raft ride. 1700 E. American Blvd., Bloomington, 952-698-8888, www.waterparkofamerica.com
Dreaming of snorkeling with the fish on a tropical island? Here’s the next best thing: Getting your open-water diver certification at Scuba Center. The Eagan center holds classes in its 12-foot-deep in-store pool. 1571 Century Pt., Eagan, 651-681-8434, www.scubacenter.com
Start getting excited about summer with a trip to Nani Nalu for a swimsuit-shopping spree. The store has a Hawaiian feel and is filled with swimwear and accessories to prepare for warm weather and open water. 12631 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka, 952-546-5598, www.naninaluswim.com >> Update: Recently moved to 3922 W. 50th St., Edina.
Journey to the Islands without leaving the metro. Juut’s Hawaiian Lomilomi Massage incorporates the sacred and holistic stress-relieving elements of warm stones, therapeutic oils, and hot towels into a two-hour treatment. Edina and Wayzata locations only. Southdale Shopping Center, 6901 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-925-4343; Colonial Square Shopping Center, 1125 E. Wayzata Blvd., 952-404-9955; www.juut.com
Easy ways to enjoy the winter white
If you want to be “Freezin’ for a Reason” this winter, partake in a Polar Bear Plunge to support Minnesota Special Olympic athletes. For more about the frigid jumps, go to www.specialolympicsminnesota.org.
Explore the life and polar expeditions of Ann Bancroft at Minnesota Monthly’s Women of Influence Luncheon, hosted by WCCO radio’s Sue Zelickson. Proceeds will benefit the Ann Bancroft Foundation. Visit minnesotamonthly.com or call 612-332-3787 to register.
Curl up next to the fireplace with a steaming cup of cocoa and local author Brian Freeman’s latest novel, Stalked. Set in Duluth in the dead of the winter, this mystery will give you the chills without leaving you out in the cold. Available February 19 from St. Martins Press/Minotaur, $25
Weather: It’s our favorite topic of discussion. Learn how we’ve dressed for it, played in it, battled it, and survived it, at the Minnesota History Center’s “Weather Permitting” exhibit. 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651-259-3000, www.mnhs.org
Get out in the winter wilderness by signing up for a yurt-to-yurt cross-country skiing weekend or an overnight dog sledding trip (learn how to mush!) with Boundary Country Trekking. Grand Marais, 800-322-8327, www.boundarycountry.com
When flooded baseball fields and indoor rinks get boring, try ice skating at Centennial Lakes Park in Edina. It has 10 acres of Pond ice connected by curvy canals. Skate rental available. 7499 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-832-6789, www.centenniallakespark.com
Rent the Coen brothers’ movie Fargo and then visit local filming locations (none of the scenes were actually shot in Fargo, dontcha know). Embers Restaurant in St. Louis Park and the Minneapolis Club parking ramp are just a few spots on the list, available at www.imdb.com/title/tt0116282/locations
Relive childhood days building snow forts with something a little more sophisticated. The Chambers Ice Bar—built from 12,000 pounds of ice—graces the courtyard outside the swanky downtown Minneapolis hotel. Don your preppiest parka and order something on the rocks. There’s a fire pit to warm you up if the alcohol doesn’t. 901 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-767-6900, www.chambersminneapolis.com
You’ve been cross-country skiing since before you could walk, but can you glide with the big dogs? Find out at the 35th annual American Birkebeiner, February 21 to 23 in Hayward, Wisconsin, a 51-kilometer race that’s sure to test your skills and endurance. www.birkie.com
Need something more enticing than just strapping on snowshoes and tromping around to get your family out on the trails this year? Try maple-sugar tapping at Richardson Nature Center. You can get your hands sticky every Sunday through March with free demos open to the public. 8737 E. Bush Lake Rd., Bloomington, 763-694-7676, www.threeriversparkdistrict.org/outdoor_ed/center_richardson.cfm
After you’ve mastered snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, learn a hard-core winter hobby with a class at Midwest Mountaineering. Instructors will teach you how to go winter camping without becoming a human popsicle, ice-kiting—flying across a frozen lake at break-neck speed—without breaking your neck, or skijoring (being pulled by a dog while you cross-country ski) without falling on your face. 309 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-339-3433, www.midwestmtn.com
If you’ve ever dreamed of completing a triple salchow or a double toe-loop in the middle of a cheering arena, make it a reality with lessons at the Figure Skating Club of Minneapolis. Group classes or private training available. 2323 Riverside Ave., Mpls., 612-359-6490, www.fscmpls.org