CALLING ALL THOSE WITH CABIN FEVER
Photo courtesy of Robert Harris, Mecklenburg County Tourism www.VisitMeckVA.com
Virginia State Parks become a winter wonderland when it snows
Put a few logs on the fire – – many cabins are available to rent year-round
Bring the whole family and snow tube down the spillway at Hungry Mother State Park (nearly all parks have some sort of hill you can reclaim for snow-tubing or sledding when the white stuff falls!)
After the fun outside we'll convene back at the cabin to sit around the fire and sip hot cocoa and enjoy each other's company. I have found that the times when we get away from it all, are the best times. They allow us to focus on our families and spend valuable quality and quantity time together.
- Make the best snow-angel – see who is the best at this, it isn't easy getting back up!
- Hula hoop contest outside (it is much harder when you are all bundled up with your winter clothes).
- Build an ice fort
- Roll the biggest snowman. Hint: Bring one of those LED keychains and push it into the snowman and leave it on so the snow man glows after the sun goes down.
- Winter wildlife tracking, look for animal tracks in the snow and try to identify them.
- Play tag following in each other's footprints (this can be really funny if the snow is deep).
Love the one you're with
You can take advantage of the off-season cabins at Douthat State Parkis known for the quaint one room efficiency cabins (nicknamed the honeymoon cabins) as the bed is in the same room as the fireplace.
Don't forget the four-legged family members who also get cabin fever this time of year! They can stay with the family for a per pet/per night fee of just $10. That is less than a kennel charges to board them.
What do you say…how does a cabin stay to break up the winter monotony and thaw out those popsicle toes sound?Click here for more information on state park cabins.