THE RAINY-DAY GUIDE

In the midst of a 100-year drought, it’s hard to be too upset at all the wet stuff falling from the sky. But the rain and cold don’t have to stop the fun. We’ve put together a list of things you can do if the rainy-day blues start to spin your fun meter to bored.

Spa Day

Everyone loves a spa day, and since you’ve got to be inside anyway, you might as well be pampered and listening to soothing water sounds, enjoying the feel of hot stones on your back. There are a number of day spas in the area that can help you escape from the chilly weather.

Plush robe and cozy slippers begin the spa experience at Spa Botanica at the Embassy Suites. Choose from a number of retreat packages for the ultimate spa day. The Spa Marathon and Spa Escape packages include a massage, body wrap or polish, facial, manicure, pedicure, and lunch for a full relaxing spa get-a-way.

Terrame, salon and day spa in Jones Valley, offers a day of pampering with massage and hydro therapy, facials, body treatments and mani and pedis. There is also a dry bar so after you’ve enjoyed a relaxing day at the spa, you can get your hair ready for a night out on the town.

Relax your mind and soul with an afternoon at 921 Salon & Day Spa offers a variety of massage options from deep tissue, Swedish, hot stone, and prenatal. For something a bit different, try a cupping massage to remove toxins and drain excess fluids. They also offer a wide range of facials and nail care options.

If you’re looking specifically for an AVEDA lifestyle salon and day spa for your rainy day getaway, you’re in luck, Terra Bacio Salon Spa offers the full AVEDA experience and is centrally located on Whitesburg Drive.

Football

If Spa Days aren’t quite your thing, no worries, there is plenty of football to take up those rainy weekends between now and the championship games on New Year’s Day and while these preliminary bowl games may not be the most illustrious, they are sure to be exciting.

There are a number of southern teams that made their way in to a few too. So even if you didn’t go to ‘Bama and are waiting for the National Championship playoffs or Auburn which is headed to the Sugar Bowl, there’s still a good chance to catch a great game in the next few weeks. Kim, our publisher will be rooting for San Diego State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Nic our managing editor will be pulling for Utah in the Foster Farms Bowl because he was born in Salt Lake. Rainy Saturdays were made for football. Click here for a full list of bowl games.

Tea-Time

If the weather is determined to create a set for Downton Abby, you might as well embrace the drama, and head downtown for afternoon tea. With the closure of Emma’s Tea Room back in 2005, many valley tea aficionados lost their go-to place for all things tea. However, with the opening of Piper & Leaf, a local artisan tea company, tea lovers can sate their fresh brewed cravings. Visit Piper and Leaf in Lowell Mill or Strong Station. All you need now is a copy of Emma or Pride and Prejudice.

The Great Escape

The Escape Room craze may have hit its peak, but hey it’s till a ton of fun, and if you’ve got kids and you’ve got to be trapped in a room with them anyway, might as well make a game of trying to escape. If nothing else, it’ll give them a way to exercise their minds while staying dry. Huntsville Escape Rooms offers several different rooms, each with a different backstory and challenges to complete. Which is sure to make for hours of fun for the family or for a group of friends looking for something different.

Antiquing

A rainy day can be the perfect invitation to venture out in search of a something special for your home. Huntsville boasts more than a few great antique stores to support your quest.

  • University Pickers, offers a variety of vintage goods. Things move quickly, helping the store live up to its motto, “it’s never the same store twice.”

  • The tied died hippy façade of the Funky Monkey on 72, just past Jeff Road, has become a Madison icon. A large eclectic selection of everything from vintage signs to furniture to painting supplies makes this the perfect browsing stop for shoppers and do-it-yourselfers alike.

  • Railroad Station Antiques offers three floors of browsing in a historic building in downtown Huntsville that is as interesting as the antiques themselves. Browse through the used/rare books at Shaver’s books on the second floor and you won’t even know its raining outside.

  • The Plucky Peacock, a recent addition to Huntsville’s antique scene, located in a old home on Jeff Road north of 72, is packed with refinished and raw antiques from the surrounding area. With this vast selection, it’s sure to be a fruitful day out shopping, even if you do get a little

Get Cozy

Don’t fight the weather! Give in and enjoy the cold damp rain from the comfort of a warm fire in a cozy cabin. Grab your special person and a bag of your favorite eats and head up to the mountains. There are several options within an hour or two’s drive of Huntsville with rustic cabins to fit the bill. Bear Creek Log Cabins are modern yet rustic in the best way possible. They offer five hand-hewn log cabins for rent in addition to their lodge. Each with a fireplace, perfect for passing time with a loved one on the cold wet weekend, and if the weather clears up for a bit, they are located close to the iconic Desoto Falls for a romantic hike.

Take a Class

With this much rain on the way, one benefit is that you’ll not only have time to learn a new skill, but also implement it. Whether it’s cooking, cutting, knitting, or home improvement, there are a myriad of options for classes in the Huntsville area. Want to hone your skills in the kitchen? Williams-Sonoma in Parkway Place Mall offers classes on anything from espresso making to knife skills.

If you’d like a more southern style culinary experience, local cooking instructor Betty Sims gives

instruction at her Scrumptious Culinary School in Decatur.

More interested in remodeling the kitchen then working in it? Home Depot offers free classes though out the week on various topics from proper power tool usage to retiling a bathroom.

If those avenues of self-improvement don’t fascinate you, Fiber Art Work can get you started making a warm scarf for you or a loved one.

Rediscover Game Night

House bound because of the rain but can’t make yourself watch another Hallmark movie? Pop some popcorn, pull out the board games, and gather the family around the table for some family bonding time. Try a twist on an old favorite. Geek out with Star Wars Monopoly, sure to entice even the most screen addicted kid or twenty-something. Buzz Word is fun for team play. And, for more mature audiences, try Cards Against Humanity.

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