“Winter in the Woods” in Brown County, Jan. 15-17
By Aubrey Sitzman
Brown County CVB
Winter doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to stay inside. Instead, shake off that cabin fever in beautiful Brown County during Winter in the Woods, January 15-17, 2016. Enjoy several activities both indoors and outside that are sure to lift your spirits and beat those winter blues.
Unwind from the holidays and get ready for a happy and prosperous new year by spending this winter in the woods. A great weekend escape, Brown County’s Winter in the Woods is the perfect opportunity to get away from it all. Break up the winter monotony and embrace the brisk air, scenic surroundings, and quaint charm of Brown County instead.
Spend the weekend soaking up the winter landscape outdoors during several fun events, re-energize and learn to enhance life in healthier ways, savor the local flavors, or simply relax by the fire in a cozy Brown County cabin or hotel room. Winter in the Woods has something for everyone to enjoy and is an experience that should not be missed this January.
Kick off Winter in the Woods weekend on Friday, January 15. As part of the weekend’s Warm Up From Within retreat, there will be a free Tabata class at 5:30 p.m. at the Brown County YMCA, as well as a free belly dancing class at the Abe Martin Lodge in the Brown County State Park at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Warm Up From Within will continue on both Saturday and Sunday, January 16-17, at the Abe Martin Lodge. Reflect, refresh, and re-center in the new year at this unique Winter in the Woods event. From yoga and sacred dance to art and meditative movement, Warm Up From Within is a mind, body, spirit exploration retreat that absorbs the senses, the mind, and the creative spirit. Hosted by River Light Yoga, Warm Up From Within is a great way to spend Winter in the Woods without braving the cold temperatures. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday workshops are $80, with the option to attend as many or few classes as desired. For a complete schedule of daily activities and to register, visit http://www.browncounty.com/calendar/event/warm-up-from-within.
Meanwhile, for those wanting to get out and enjoy the fresh winter air, there will be plenty of opportunities to do so. Experience Winter in the Woods firsthand during a Winter Hike in the Brown County State Park. On Saturday, January 16, hikers can travel along one of two self-guided trails through the Park, ranging in distance from 2.75 to 3.5 miles. DNR interpreters will greet hikers with winter wildlife facts along the way and s’mores and hot chocolate will be provided by Local Boy Scout Troop 190 for a tasty hiker pick-me-up. The cost for this event is only $1 plus Park gate fees. The hike begins at 9 a.m.
Both before and after the Winter Hike, food will be served at the Little Gem Restaurant at the Abe Martin Lodge. Hikers can enjoy Breakfast with the Naturalists beginning at 7 a.m., as well as a Hiker’s Lunch Buffet from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
For those looking for a little more exhilarating winter adventure, there will be a challenging 5.2 mile trail run (or walk) along the scenic trails of the Brown County State Park. The Frosty Trails 5 Mile race, sponsored by INTIMECO Productions and Quaff ON! Brewing Company, begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 16. After the run, participants are welcome to warm up in the shelter house with food, drinks, and a fire. Register online through January 14 ($25) at www.intimeco.com/frostytrails or in person January 15-16 for $30.
Not up for a trek in the Park? Get just a taste of Winter in the Woods during the Tea-zer Hike, hosted by the Brown County Visitors Center. Meet at the Visitors Center on Saturday, January 16 at 1 p.m. for a short stroll along the Salt Creek Trail before ending at Sweetea’s Tea Shop just in time for Tea 201 at 2 p.m. Learn how drinking tea can improve your health in the new year and of course enjoy a few samples too. Attend each event separately or choose to participate in both activities together. There is no charge for the Tea-zer Hike and only a small fee of $4.95 for Tea 201.
Make a whole weekend of it and stick around on Sunday for another day of Winter in the Woods fun. Head to Trail Cache and the Dutch Oven Cookout on Sunday, January 17 beginning at 11 a.m. Join in on this exciting geocaching event, followed by some delicious food cooked over Dutch ovens outside the Trail Hobo shop in Nashville. Discover hidden Brown County gems and eat like the Pioneers at this one-of-a-kind event. The cost to participate is $5. Be sure to RSVP on the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/1669885609953742/ to reserve a spot.
For a complete Winter in the Woods experience, check out other great Brown County originals. Warm up with a locally-handcrafted drink and learn how it’s made during a Quaff N’ Brew Beer Tour at Big Woods Village or a Farm-to-Fifth Tour at Bear Wallow Distillery. Stop in for a sip or two at one of the wineries and/or tasting rooms in the county, enjoy a foot massage like none other at the Hillbilly Footwash, do some shopping in the Village, catch a movie at the Brown County Playhouse, curl up by a warm fireplace…the list goes on and on. With so much to do, Brown County’s Winter in the Woods is the perfect weekend escape.
Don’t let winter get you down. Spend it in the woods instead! Mark your calendars now for Brown County’s annual Winter in the Woods, January 15-17, and join in the fun. For more information on Winter in the Woods, please visit www.browncountywinterhike.com or call the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (812) 988-7303. Also, be sure to check out the Winter in the Woods Bucket List at blog.browncounty.com/winter-in-the-woods-bucket-list/ for must-do weekend activities!