Cabin Fever – Beating the Winter Blues

. February 1, 2016.

It’s easy to start going a little stir-crazy during the winter, especially in February, when the skies have been gray for a few months now. Luckily, Ann Arbor and the surrounding area have plenty of activities to get you off the couch and out and about.

So bundle up, bear with the snow and ice, and don’t stop moving this winter! Here is a quick guide for some fun ways to keep active this winter season.

Purple Rose Theatre

137 Park St., Chelsea
734-433-7673 |

Relieving the winter doldrums isn’t just about staying fit – it’s also important to get out of the house and grab some culture when you can. During the early winter months of 2016, Purple Rose is putting on a production of The Odd Couple (page 28) through the month of March. Catch the show, or better yet, volunteer as an usher or member of the event staff and help support local independent theatre. For those interested in a career in theatre, keep the Apprentice Program in mind – applications are due March 25.

Mount Brighton Ski Area

4141 Bauer Rd., Brighton
810-229-9581 |

Since 1960 Mt. Brighton Ski Area in southeast Michigan has been one of the legendary family winter destinations on the Midwest snowsports scene. Now with ties to Vail Resorts’ premier ski/snowboard destinations around the world – and with a recent influx of $10 million of improvements including new chairlifts, enhanced learning terrain, new base area facilities and children’s ski and ride school center – Mt. Brighton offers an entire guest experience that’s been completely re-imagined and elevated far beyond what other Detroit area ski hills have to offer. Highlighted by new and innovative terrain parks and jump lines, and featuring a powerful state-of-the-art snowmaking system, Mt. Brighton delivers that ‘out west feel’ to skiing here in SE Michigan. With easy access to 24 trails and five chairlifts, Mt. Brighton prides itself in converting thousands of first-timers into lifelong skiers and riders through programs such as Ski Girls Rock and the I Ride Park City Rail Jams. And those skiers can now take this passion to Vail Resorts’ iconic western mountains through Mt. Brighton’s Preferred Program, making Mt. Brighton a stepping stone for Midwesterners who yearn to ski out west.

A2 Yoga

2030 Commerce Blvd.
734-216-4006 |

For 13 years, A2 Yoga has been keeping Ann Arbor healthy through a combination of yoga, Nia and spa services – making it the perfect place to stay fit and feeling good while it’s overcast outside. Featuring 12 different kinds of yoga and Nia – a combination of martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts – A2 Yoga can tailor classes to anyone and everyone. Workshops and events are put on throughout the year. Interested in becoming a certified yoga instructor? A2 yoga can provide training. Check the website for details.


300 W. Huron St./117 N. First St., Suite 30
734-623-1951 |

Sometimes staying sane in the winter means just taking some time to chill. RelaxStation, opened in 2002 by Eileen Bristol, is the perfect laid-back atmosphere to leave worries at the door and enjoy a massage. With a “walk-in” theme that takes the hassle out of juggling schedules, RelaxStation features a full roster of experienced massage therapists and two convenient locations for men and women dropping by while taking care of their business downtown.

Revel and Roll

1950 S. Industrial Pkwy
734-665-4474 |

No matter what the weather is like, sometimes you just have to party! Revel and Roll has all sorts of activities that makes getting together with friends easy. A one-stop party destination, visitors can bowl a few games, hit the arcade for a chance to win prizes and grab a nice meal or crafted cocktail at the restaurant, all without leaving the building. Ann Arbor has never had an entertainment zone like this before.


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