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Do the cold, dark days of winter leave you perfectly content snuggling up on the couch with your favorite blanket and the Netflix remote? Making plans with friends and going out just seems like too much effort when everything necessary is right beside you in the warm, cozy confines of home. If this sounds all too familiar, chances are you may have a case of the Winter Blues. Find the cure this year by heading out to one of these five local social spots throughout Greenwich.  Between the parks, activities and variety of restaurants, chances are, you’ll be glad you did.

A Walk in the Park

Although it’s winter, a walk on the beach can be just what you need. Greenwich Point Park, a multiple-use recreational park on a peninsula jutting into the Long Island Sound, is a popular spot for coastal activities during the summer. The winter, though, offers a whole new perspective for its brave visitors willing to face the cold—a peaceful, natural sanctuary ideal for a walk with a friend or loved one, while overlooking flocks of waterfowl that rest and feed here. The park also features a network of trails that weave among the woods, marshes, groves, gardens and constantly changing yet always beautiful shoreline of the Gold Coast.

Looking to make new friends this winter? Stop by Grass Island Dog Park with your canine companion for some pup-friendly socialization. Having an adorable dog by your side is the perfect way to strike up a conversation. The park offers two fenced-in areas for dogs to run and play, depending upon their size.

A Healthy Good Morning

Start your day off the right way! Enjoy real food at The Granola Bar, a healthy, casual dining spot great for breakfast and lunch. Using local and organic ingredients with no fryer or stovetop, The Granola Bar is committed to serving high-quality food, with opportunities for patrons to build their own perfect meal. With established locations in Greenwich and Westport, and more to soon open in Stamford and Rye, New York, this popular café is clearly worth a try. Contact that friend you’ve been meaning to call, and make plans to catch up while nourishing yourselves with delicious, savory food in an all-around friendly neighborhood setting. Visit The Granola Bar’s website here to learn more, and see its unique menu offerings.

Happy Hour Is Always a Good Idea

“Happy Hour” got its name for a reason—it’s happy. It’s a surefire way to escape the monotony of winter after a long day at work. It may seem easier to promise your coworkers “next time,” and, instead, indulge in your own bottle of wine that’s been sitting around on the counter at home calling your name. But there’s no denying that Greenwich has a wealth of warm and welcoming bar spots for a positive end to the day. Little Pub, located on East Putnam Avenue, offers delicious food, great drinks and a lively pub atmosphere that will have you feeling right at home in no time. Its especially easy to appreciate during the cold, winter months, for its rustic, cottage style and centrally located fireplace.

The Ginger Man is another place to visit, either for Happy Hour or late into the night with friends. Offering scrumptious pub food and an endless beer list, this restaurant is comfortable and inviting. And yes, there’s a fireplace, too!

Embrace the Season

Another way to beat those winter blues is to embrace seasonal activities. For those who are unaware, retired American figure skater and 1976 Olympic champion Dorothy Hamill, was raised in Riverside. She trained here, before New York City, Lake Placid and Toronto. In honor of her local legacy, Greenwich formed the Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink, which is now in its 45th year of operation. Open to town residents only, the skating facility offers lessons, leagues, competitions, general sessions and more. Picture it now—that cute hat and scarf, and two pairs of mittens hand-in-hand, as you glide gracefully beside your loved one. Up for a winter date, anyone?

Shopping Therapy

Perhaps one of Greenwich’s most well-known destination is The Avenue, lined with high-end shops. Call the gals and spend time together, while also splurging that cute Kate Spade bag you’ve been wanting, or that navy Shep shirt from Vineyard Vines. Greenwich Avenue holds its highly regarded, distinct reputation for a reason. From its independent boutiques and eateries to its well-established shops, such as Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Brooks Brothers, there’s always a buzz here.

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