5 Ways to Conquer Cabin Fever

By now, even the winter-lover might feel the season has lost its luster, but we’ve got a few more weeks to go before spring arrives. Here are five ideas for getting through the end of winter with a smile. Or at least without pushing over every snowman in sight.

1. Drink a margarita

Photo by Shannon Bryan

A warm-weather getaway would be ideal, but if that’s not in the cards, you can at least get a hint of summer in the form of a margarita. Let the colorful cocktails (with a dolphin or mermaid hanging onto the rim) and the brightly patterned decor at El Rayo’s Portland and Scarborough locations take you away. (elrayotaqueria.com)

2. Throw an ax

Photo courtesy of The Axe Pit

If you’d like to express your feelings about winter in a socially appropriate (and unique and fun) way, head to The Axe Pit in Westbrook. You’ll get a lesson in axe-throwing and an hour to throw, after which you’ll feel like an axe-wielding champ who won’t let winter get her down. (theaxepit.com)

3. Ride a mattress down a mountain

Photo courtesy of Shawnee Peak

You heard right. The annual Mattress Race at Shawnee Peak is a lively way to say “I ain’t afraid of you, winter.” You’ll need a mattress and a good team name for this event, which happens on March 17 (you won’t literally be riding down the whole mountain, there’s a short course on the Main Slope). Embrace winter and have a good story to tell your friends. (shawneepeak.com)

Photo by Gavin Bond

4. Laugh with Trevor Noah

Get your mind off winter and onto…well, whatever Trevor Noah is talking about. The host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central will be in Portland on March 16 at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, and his insightful comedy will have you laughing, whatever the weather. (porttix.com)

5. Soak in the Roman bath

Photo courtesy of Meadowmere Resort

Feel miles away from the winter with a day soaking in the saltwater Roman bath at Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit, or relax in the sauna or steam room. Make a weekend of it with an overnight stay (they have a Girlfriends Spa Getaway) or pay $8 for day access. There’s also indoor pool and outdoor hot tub, which is open on weekends. (meadowmere.com)

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