Summer House Santa Monica
It's always sunny at Summer House Santa Monica.

Our skin has never been pastier; our toes have never been number. Will we ever break the freezing mark in this city again?

If there are no trips to Belize on your calendar this month, here are three ways to trick yourself into thinking you’ve escaped. 



California Dreaming Step into the white, breezy new restaurant Summer House Santa Monica and you’ll think the beach has washed up in Lincoln Park. Twinkling patio lights and lush hanging ferns--along with dishes like tender, smoky Japanese barbecue-glazed skate wing ($22)--will make you forget the tundra outside. 1954 N. Halsted St.; 773-634-4100 or summerhousesm.com



Pure Paradise The Chicago Botanic Garden’s first-ever Orchid Show kicks off next week with a resort-themed party on Feb. 14. Expect ukuleles and pink cocktails (tickets $125). The steamy greenhouse display of 10,000 blooms continues through March 16, with orchid-related classes and flower sales on weekends. 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe; 847-835-5440 or chicagobotanic.org

Hawaiian Tropic Shed your winter scales with the Four Seasons spa’s Maui sugar scrub and Hawaiian honey body treatment ($150). The cane sugar and tropical nut oils will leave your skin polished, super-moisturized and smelling like an island getaway. And don’t forget your bathing suit: Your spa visit includes a day pass to the hotel’s sky-lit indoor dome pool and a hot tub kept at a toasty 104 degrees. 120 E. Delaware Pl.; 312-280-8800 or fourseasons.com

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