52-D Brattle St., Cambridge
MBTA: Red line to Harvard
There’s no better way to warm up than with hot chocolate that isn’t made from a powder mix. And at this place the drinks are practically just melted chocolate bars in a cup.
69 Norman Street, Everett
MBTA: Orange line to Wellington
The indoor climbing center offers lessons all winter, so when your roommate is driving you up a wall, go drive to a place where you can climb up a wall. After all, you will need some exercise to work off the pudge that will result from nurturing the hot cocoa addiction you will inevitably develop at Burdick.
Prudential Center, Boston
MBTA: Green line to Prudential Center
A snow-covered Boston is always a sight to see, especially when you’re 50 stories high and out of the cold. Duck into the Top of the Hub for a cocktail too. While the dinner menu might be pricey, a drink is a bit more affordable.
First Friday Open Studios
450 Harrison Ave., Boston
MBTA: Silver line to East Berkeley St.
On the first Friday of each month (including this Friday), head inside to check out or maybe even to buy some pieces from the eclectic SOWA Artists Guild. Nothing can make you feel like you are in a better place than staring at a painting somebody did of a better place.
The Frog Pond at Boston Common
Boston Common, Boston
MBTA: Green Line to Boylston
If you can’t beat the cold, then you might as well join it, and enjoy skating at this classic Boston spot.