Colder weather shouldn’t hamper your mood or restrict your activities. Winter in Pierce County is just as interesting and eventful as the other seasons of the year. Brave the outdoor chill to ski in powdery snow or get cozy indoors with a cup of freshly and meticulously brewed coffee. How you spend winter in the county is up to you.
If your winter plans are still up in the air, here are some things to do in Tacoma and the rest of Pierce County.
Enjoy a warm drink or winter brew
It’s cold outside, and for some, that’s even more reason to enjoy a seasonal coffee or a complex pint of local beer — indoors. Craft beer and coffee culture is just as ingrained in Pierce County as it is in the rest of the Pacific Northwest.
For a quality coffee fix combined with a relaxing and welcoming ambience, drop by Bluebeard Coffee Roasters in Tacoma, Anthem Coffee in Downtown Puyallup, Cutters Point Coffee in Gig Harbor, or several other top-notch coffee spots in the county.
If sampling smoky amber ales and tropical IPAs sounds more appealing, conduct an informal beer sampling of the county’s more than 20 craft breweries. This isn’t as insurmountable as it first sounds, since most of the breweries are concentrated in Tacoma. But if you’re willing to venture out, get a taste of the unique concoctions offered by the small breweries in Buckley, DuPont, Gig Harbor, Graham, Lakewood, Pacific, and Puyallup.
Go antique store hopping
Do you have a fascination with memorabilia from the past and old things in general? Peruse antique stores in Fife, Puyallup, Sumner, and Tacoma to score a one-of-a-kind find. Antique stores in these Pierce County cities have some of the best collections in the state, from vintage clothing and jewelry to antique and refurbished furniture.
The other great thing about vintage and antique stores is that you can browse the store’s inventory from inside — where you can stay warm and sheltered from the cold.
Ski at Crystal Mountain
Spanning 2,600 acres, Crystal Mountain is Washington’s largest ski resort. Once ski season starts, expect skiers and snowboarders from all over the state to schedule a trip to this mountain for a chance to tackle one of its powdery 85 runs.
If you’re an avid skier, you can maximize a trip to the ski resort by booking a room at one of the hotels, cabins, and chalets on the mountain. The resort also lights up runs on several nights a week, so you can extend your ski sessions well past sundown.
Even if you’re not active in winter sports, a visit to Crystal Mountain is still worth it. The views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Mountains from the Gondola and the Summit House are unforgettable.
Take ice skating lessons
There’s another way to stay active all winter if skiing on mountain slopes seems too daunting. Head over to Sprinker Recreation Center’s Ice Arena in Tacoma to learn how to ice skate or to brush up on rusty skills. Classes for the winter session run for 7 to 8 weeks and are available for both kids and adults. Participants learn in a 30-minute class of eight, where each person gets focused instruction from a certified coach, which they can then put into practice right after.
Even though the Ice Arena is open to classes, public skate access is currently restricted to comply with social distancing measures.
Visit the most festive lights in Pierce County
Getting into the holiday spirit while bonding with your family is as easy as driving to Spanaway Lake to view the Fantasy Lights display. The scenic two-mile drive along Spanaway Lake is the “largest holiday drive-through display in the Northwest”. Originally thought up as a way to utilize Pierce County’s parks during the winter, the lights show has been an ongoing winter event for more than 25 years. It has become the tradition of countless families to make an annual trip to Spanaway Park to drive through the animated lights displays as they listen to holiday music on the radio.
Experience the tradition firsthand. Watch Santa launch his sled over a ramp, a snowman shoot a basketball, and much more. This winter’s Fantasy Lights will run every night until January 3, 2021.
Festive and active winters in Pierce County
If you like to have fun in the snow and enjoy winter activities, consider moving to any of Pierce County’s cities and communities. Contact me, Lori Lewandowski, at 253.617.5922 or lorilewandowski(at)gmail(dotted)com to find out what your options are. As a top-performing realtor with over 30 years of experience in the area, I can help you find the perfect home in Washington’s South Puget Sound Region.