Magazine article Sunset

Winter Warmth

Magazine article Sunset

Winter Warmth

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In much of the West, December isn't snow season. In fact, in some places, the weather is downright balmy and you're just as likely sipping a margarita as a hot chocolate. Which is why I am so enamored with the idea of a snowy escape this month, more than if I were living in, say, Michigan.

I buy into the enchanted wonderland image: Curl-up fires at big-timbered lodges, kids bundled up with scarves and hats. When I was growing up, my family spent the week after every Christmas holed up in our little cabin in the Sierra. We skied some, played lots of Hearts and Yahtzee, went sledding down the ice-covered roads at midnight. Our amateur snowman building was pathetic but enthusiastic. The cabin's bathroom was on the back porch, unbelievably, but it didn't seem to be that much of a hardship to me as a kid. The bracing cold just made the toastiness of the living room, with its slightly tattered furniture and hulking woodstove, all the more enchanting. …

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