5 Cozy and Fun Seasonal Activities From 55+ Communities in Oregon

Stay warm this winter with these ideas

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The winter is upon us, and that means spending quality time with loved ones, digging into family traditions, and staying warm while the weather is chilly. In Oregon, we’re lucky to have access to all four seasons and enjoy the chilly weather activities we’ve grown to love. Though sometimes we want some warm and cozy indoor time, and we have just the suggestions for you to stay entertained until spring arrives!

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite 5 festive activities to enjoy in or around our 55 and older communities in Oregon this winter! Use this list to plan some fun outdoor excursions or indoor bonding time with your loved ones this season.

Create a Cozy Club

Winter is the perfect time to cozy up with a book, movie, or craft. So why not do it with friends? Create a book club, weekly movie night, or regular crafting sessions with your close friends or family this winter season. It’s a great excuse to get together, enjoy some snacks and drinks, and enjoy a shared interest. Books, crafts, and movies are fun on their own, but it’s even better when you share them with people you care about!

Set up a Scavenger Hunt

Go on a winter scavenger hunt. A fun activity that can be done either indoors or outdoors, a scavenger is a great way to pair together physical and mental exercise! A simple but truly entertaining adventure, you and your loved ones can spend a little time coming up with either a list of winter themed items to find like a snowman, a cardinal, or a poinsettia, or hide several of the same item around and see if your friends can find all of them. Or get out on the town and search for historical sites and architecture! If you want to up the ante, give away cozy prizes that will keep the winners warm all season, like scarves or gloves.

Gardening – it’s not just for spring anymore

When you think of the Oregon winter, you may not think of gardening. But just because the weather is cold doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy tending to plants! Late winter is the perfect time to start cool weather early-spring crops like cabbages, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, and lettuce. Tiny seedlings need some time indoors to sprout and grow hardy before being transplanted outdoors anyway. Start your seeds late this winter and be the first to enjoy your home-grown veggies in the spring!

Bundle Up and Walk!

It can be tempting to spend winter completely inside. The cold weather, slippery ice, snow, and darker days can easily keep a person from venturing out and taking their daily walk. While we always advise precautions to be taken when it is icy out, the cold shouldn’t keep you from enjoying a brisk walk around the neighborhood. Choose a day that hasn’t seen a lot of precipitation recently to avoid ice, and bundle up in your warmest coat, hat, gloves, and scarves! For extra traction on your feet, we suggest Yaktrax or other adult foot stabilizers to keep your footing around snow or salted streets. To stay a little warmer, slip a disposable hand warmer in each glove, and foot warmers in your winter socks.

Get grooving with music

Nothing brings people together like music. And after a full season of holiday jazz, you may just be ready for some rock and roll classics! Find a friend who loves to tickle the ivories or strum a guitar and gather together for a jam session. Are your friends not musically inclined? No problem–host an informal karaoke night! Try searching YouTube for karaoke tracks, which often feature the lyrics and can be very helpful for those of us less familiar with some of the classics.

Winter doesn’t have to mean endless dark days spent inside watching the tube. With these ideas, your winter is sure to be as eventful as any other season here at our retirement communities Oregon! To learn more about our communities or to schedule a tour, reach out to our friendly team today.

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