January is here and so is the chilly weather. With temperatures being this low, it’s hard to think of anything else to do besides warm up under a fuzzy blanket with a hot drink. However, snow and low temperatures don’t have to mean the outdoor fun is over! If you’re like us, we’re always looking for ways to enjoy our luxury outdoor spaces any time of the year – warm or cold. We’ve created a list of our favorite fun ways to enjoy your snow-covered backyard.
Turn Up the Fire Pit
Unless you’re bundled up head to toe, sitting outside in the cold snow does not sound too enjoyable for most people. However, if you have a warm fire pit you know that sitting outside in the winter doesn’t have to be as bad as it sounds.
Grab a hat, make a hot drink, turn up the fire pit, and relax outdoors while you enjoy the pristine and white snow-covered ground. You can even make things fun for the kids and bring out the marshmallows for a quick dessert.
Before you light up the fire pit, make sure it is clean and clear of all snow. You don’t want anything inside the fire pit that could potentially damage it. When the weather gets cold, it’s always a good idea to cover your fire pit with a lid or cover.
This keeps it protected from outdoor elements when it’s not in use and will keep the quality of your fire pit intact. When you’re ready to warm up, just clear the cover off, remove it, and you’re good to go.
Grilling for the Big Game
Similar to fire pits, grills don’t need to be reserved for the summer months only. With proper care, your grill can be used all winter long. If you’re hosting the big game this winter, don’t be scared to fire up the grill for some delicious food.
When grilling in the winter, there are a few rules you should follow for maximum enjoyment.
- Always keep your grill protected with a weather-resistant cover. If there is snow on top of the grill, brush it off and then remove the cover. Be sure to put the cover back on once you’re finished cooking and the grill has cooled down.
- Since the temperatures are low, you should also give your grill a few extra minutes to heat up.
- Remember to keep the lid closed and be sure to transfer your foods to a warm plate afterward.
Yummy grilled foods don’t have to be a summer delicacy, fire it up in the winter, and enjoy!
Snow Games and Activities
Snow days are always fun for the kids. Schools are closed, you can sleep in, and of course, play in the snow! Besides the traditional build a snowman and snowball fight, we’ve created a few other ways to keep your kids occupied on their day off.
1. Snow scavenger hunt
Hide a few items in the snow around your home. Plastic toys work best for this. Let your kids know what you’ve hidden and send them on a scavenger hunt to find all of the items. Whoever finds the most, wins!
2. Snow bakeshop
Kids love pretending to bake. Grab some cookie cutters, bowls, and spoons and create a make-believe bakery in your backyard. You can even use the snow to make a pretend oven or baking sheet.
3. Snow racecourse
Grab the shovels and sleds to create a personalized racing course. Find a small hill and create two different pathways out of the snow. Get the sleds ready at the top of the course, count down to zero, and race down the hill!
After you’re done in the cold, warm up inside with some hot chocolate for a perfect snow day.
Check out this Nutella hot chocolate recipe!
Dream it. Build it. Live it.
Are you ready to enjoy your backyard this winter? You deserve luxury outdoor living at its best. The team at Live Well Outdoors is here to make that happen.
If you’re looking to upgrade your outdoor space this year, fill out the contact form to schedule a consultation, or call us at 301.720.1000. We work with homeowners throughout the Capital Region, including Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia.