Ways to pretend it’s summer in February

Seasonal affective disorder? We don’t know her.

A view of green mountains with the Tennessee River and blue skies in the background.

Alexa, play “Blue Skies” by Willie Nelson.

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Goooood morning, Chattanooga. While today’s high is 73°, the low is still 39°... and it’s raining. And has anyone else discovered that 55° in the winter is somehow colder than 55° in the spring? Anyway, I digress.

Today, we’re pretending it’s summer in the middle of winter. Here’s how you can, too:

Bring back the “dog” days of summer | Eat like the sun is shining. Choose from a variety of burgers at Urban Stack, or grab a famous footlong hot dog from Miss Griffins.

Bonus: Both spots have veggie options, too.

Go swimming | Head to the Chris Ramsey Center indoor pool or South Chattanooga indoor pool — now free of charge. Check the pool schedules before leaving.

Head to the (local) tropics | It feels like summer year-round in the Tennessee Aquarium’s butterfly garden + tropical cove forest.

Bonus: College students, faculty, and staff get half-off aquarium admission this month.

Don’t frosé your butt off | Close your eyes and pretend you’re on the beach while sipping a flamingo-clad cup of frosé from The Co-Op.

Greenify the gray days | Brighten up your space by picking up plants from a local shop. You can also add this spring garden-planning class to your calendar.

Sweat it out | Wanna get warm fast? Try a Soul Power + Yin class at Southern Soul Yoga, where the room is set to 90°-93°, or Heated Vinyasa at Yoga Landing.

Warm your heart | Warm up from the inside by volunteering your time or talents locally (this totally counts, right?).

Pick a Picnic | Have an indoor picnic (surrounded by all those plants you now have brightening your space). Hire Picnic by the River for a “curated experience,” or Southern Pearl Picnics to set it up for you.

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