It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and that means it is time to express your love for the special people in your life. The Lakeside Collection has plenty of gift ideas if you are not sure of just what to get. Personalize a photo frame just for them, or a piece of jewelry they can wear every day. A whimsical mug might make them laugh, or read up on new ideas on how to be romantic. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.
Connecting with friends on The Lakeside Collection’s Pinterest boards was a real hoot in January! Trendy owls got a lot of attention, whether they were on cozy throws and pillows or fun and functional hobby organizers. Some of our followers already are looking forward to creating whimsical miniature gardens or adding colorful decorations to their yards. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for January.
We are all spending a lot of time indoors, and that makes it an ideal time to update your kitchen with items from The Lakeside Collection. Organize the space with a sink caddy and a big set of bowls that is great for mixing and storing. Speed up your prep with new kitchen gadgets, and brighten up your cooking with brilliantly colored pans. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.
Winter is back and, if you live north of the Mason-Dixon Line, without the sparkle of holiday cheer, winter can be dreary. Instead of staying at home and twittering away the hours until the spring sun shines, get out of town! It’s one guaranteed way to prevent cabin fever from setting in. Here are the 9 best places to escape to in January.
If you live in the West or the Northwest, pack your bags and head to the Southwest for a winter intermission to warm up.
Arizona With temperatures in the 60s and 70s, Tucson, AZ is a welcome respite from January up north. Tucson is in the Sonoran Desert surrounded by four mountain ranges that give you plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you’re into hiking, biking or horseback riding, you won’t get bored in Tucson. If you have little ones with you, head to the Funtasticks Family Fun Park for laser tag, go karts or bouncy castles to give your kids the perfect winter escape. For something a little more cerebral, plan a visit to the Pima Air & Space Museum to explore more than 300 planes. Tucson is also a popular place to film movies — Old Tucson Studios has old west sets where you can see Living History Presentations and historic tours. It’s not a bad break from the cold.
California Carlsbad, CA is between San Diego and Los Angeles — that means mild weather during the harsh winter months we have in the Northwest. Beautiful beaches and sunshine are enjoyed by everyone. Carlsbad provides calm away from home when snowstorms and cold winds are at their most intense. For families, Legoland provides hours of interactive entertainment to give your kids a break from snowmen and sledding.
New Mexico Alamogordo, NM is an outdoor playground with something for everyone. Because of its unique climate, skiing and golfing can be done in the same day! But Alamogordo’s most precious gem is the White Sands National Monument. It’s 275 square miles of sand made up of gypsum crystals. Let the kids climb the dunes and slide down them — it’s just like hills of snow without the freezing temperatures.
The Midwest gets painfully cold in the winter. Last winter CNN said, “It’s too darn cold.” When it gets that cold, the only direction you should head is south.
Texas A place for a winter warm up in Texas isn’t hard to find and temperatures in the 50s and 60s in January are hard to resist. Day or night, entertainment abounds in Austin, TX. Sample the finest Tex-Mex in the country for breakfast, lunch and dinner, swim at Barton Springs Pool — which is open year-round — during the day and go two-stepping at night. Those aren’t things you will find in January in Illinois.
Louisiana Temps in the 60s in Lake Charles, Louisiana beat the sub-zero temps we get used to in the Midwest during January! And the birds know that, too! The migratory patterns make Sam Houston Jones State Park a great place to be for bird watching — it’s also an excellent spot for camping (in cabins or tents) and other outdoor activities exploring marshland and lagoons you can’t find in Minnesota in January.
Tennessee Winter in Memphis feels like spring for Midwesterners! It’s a short trip to the birthplace of rock and roll and a comfortable time of year to tour the town Elvis Presley called home. You can visit Graceland to see just how the King lived and relaxed when he wasn’t onstage. But Elvis isn’t Memphis’s only claim to fame — for most people, Memphis barbecue alone is worth the trip.
If you’re in the Northeast, head south for a quick trip for warm adventures.
Georgia Savannah, GA almost never gets cold — at least not the kind of cold Northeasterners are used to in January. The comfortable weather makes visiting historic landmarks pleasant in addition to fascinating. With all of the history surrounding the city, there are a lot tales to be told — it’s considered “America’s Most Haunted City.” You can take the Ghosts and Gravestones tour to explore the city’s sinister past on a trolley. But if you want the history without the spirits, there are mansions and houses to visit that have been well-preserved from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.
South Carolina Charleston, SC is rich in history with attractions to stimulate all of your senses that might otherwise be numb in the Northeast in January. There are a lot of parallels between New Orleans and Charleston — food being one of the most pronounced. Because it’s on the coast, they serve some of the best seafood with southern soul you can get: shrimp & grits, oyster stew, fried soft-shell crab. Of course, food isn’t the only draw to Charleston. On a walking tour you’ll feel like you’re in a different time with all of the mansions draped in Spanish moss, the brownstone neo-gothic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist or the historic Magnolia Cemetery which was built on a former rice plantation — a walk you can’t take in the northeast in January.
Florida Florida, of course, is the obvious destination for January, but Sanibel Island is the place to go if you want to be active with the family. Beaches, fishing, snorkeling — you can certainly dip your toes in the water in Sanibel Island without the threat of getting frostbite. Even if you don’t want to get wet, there are nature tours, hikes and biking everyone will enjoy in January.
Winter won’t last forever, but when it’s as cold as January gets, it feels like forever. Breakup the winter months and take off for a weekend — you won’t regret it.
Winter’s frosty days make it tempting to relax indoors with comfort food and a good book. Our Lakeside Pinterest followers were looking to get cozy this month, with reading accessories and books to inspire some creativity. When you must leave the house, take some of your homemade slow-cooker favorites to any gathering, and don’t forget to bundle up with one of Lakeside’s versatile accessories. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for December.
When the cold winds of winter blow, there is nothing better than snuggling up in a comfy shirt or relaxing loungewear. Not only does The Lakeside Collection have a wide variety of cozy gear, we also have wonderfully scented candles to fill your home with fragrance. If you must head outdoors, don’t forget a toasty coat. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.
As the holiday crush begins, the impulse to organize our homes and make extra room becomes a strong one. Our Pinterest followers have been spending a lot of time this month looking for new and decorative ways to make their spaces function better. After the organization is done, don’t forget to add some new decorative touches to renew your home before holiday guests arrive. Here are The Lakeside Collection’s Pinteresting Picks for November.
As the build up to Thanksgiving and the winter holidays begin, it is easy to get caught up in the coming wave. Remember to take some time for yourself before the stress gets to you by wrapping up in a sweater, enjoying a good book, massaging away your aches, or grabbing a cup of tea. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.
The crisp days of October are meant for bundling up for long walks and preparing for the winter ahead. The Lakeside Collection has what you need to look wonderful, stay warm, and get your home ready for guests. Here is The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week.
Fall is a great time for home-improvement projects and crafts. Our Pinterest followers are in a mood for decorating and DIY. Many already are casting their eyes toward Halloween. The Lakeside Collection has a huge selection of eerie decor for the indoors and outside to make your home boo-tiful for trick-or-treaters. Here are our Pinteresting Picks for September.