All the Glorious Places You Can Close Your Eyes and Pretend It’s Summer
That first snowfall in December was charming. The millionth gloomy day of the season, on the other hand…not so much. If a tropical getaway isn’t in the cards, you can still escape the winter—at least temporarily—at these summery spots in the city. Bring on the mai tais.
If You Miss Picnics and Sidewalk Cafés
We’re a few months away from dining alfresco, but the lush hanging plants and Caribbean eats at Glady’s make for a pretty good stand-in. You can also work on that vitamin D deficiency in the sun-soaked dining room of Llama Inn (while noshing on shared Peruvian plates). If a New England beach shack is more your speed, head to Cape House for fried clams and a Narragansett (minus the sand in your shoes).
If You Wish Day-Drinking Season Would Start Already
It seems like everyone you know is planning a trip to Cuba. Well, at Cienfuegos, the rum-based punch bowls and old-world Havana decor will transport you to the island without the need for a flight. Or channel your inner Floridian retiree at Royal Palms (pictured), where you can hit the shuffleboard courts while sipping coconut- and citrus-infused cocktails. Oh, and make sure to check out the best-ever flamingo wallpaper in the bathroom.
If You Miss Being Outside Without a Giant Coat On
You can escape to a world of rainbow-colored flora at the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show (February 18 to April 9) or a makeshift, magical rainforest populated by hundreds of vibrant butterflies at the Museum of Natural History’s Butterfly Conservatory (until May 28). Sure, everything is gorgeous, but it’s the temperature control that we’re really excited about.
If You’d Rather Be at the Beach (or the Pool)
Head to the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers for the city’s only indoor beach volleyball court (yes, with real sand) or a Surfset class: a surf-inspired interval-training workout that works your core like crazy (no wetsuit required). If you’d rather spend a day lounging poolside, Great Jones Spa boasts a three-story waterfall and “water cure lounge,” where you can unwind in a thermal hot tub, cold-plunge pool, river rock sauna or chakra-light steam room.
If You’re Sick of Sweaters and Boots
Dress for the job you want. And the job we want is laying out on the beach. Sneak a gauzy top or a palm-print skirt from Soho’s Planet Blue into your winter wardrobe for an instant pick-me-up. But if you really want to get to get a head start on summer, scope out the swimsuits at Everything But Water: You’ll find tons of on-trend suits (like those blogger-approved Kiini one-pieces) for every body type. Opening weekend at Rockaway, here we come.