Madison Magazine January Hot List

Relax and recharge with these January hot list picks.

Book a Staycation
Let the sun warm your face through the fanciful windows of Mansion Hill Inn at 424 N. Pinckney St. during a winter staycation. A visit to this 10-room boutique hotel might be just what you need to escape the winter doldrums. Pictured is Splendid Room No. 6, which has a Capitol view.

Light It Up
Sometimes all you need to relax is to light a candle and allow your mind to slow down. Alan Tripp of Madison makes these beautiful yet understated tea light holders carved from wood pile remnants, and he sells them on his Etsy shop, From the Wood Pile Art. It’ll make your Zen moment that much brighter. He also makes air plant holders, bowls, home decor and other items using salvaged scraps from his woodpile.

Treat Yo’ Self
Spend a restorative day at Kosa, an ayurvedic wellness spa and retreat center located in Garver Feed Mill. “The space has an immediate calming effect and is full of natural light and greenery,” says Rebecca Bubenheimer, pictured here after a personal retreat that included a steam room session and a facial treatment.

Downward Puppies
The kids probably need a mind and body reset in January after a busy holiday season, too. Mala Yoga Center in Monona has youth programs that include regular sessions, an after-school program, classes for children with exceptional needs and party offerings. Mala Kids Yoga is appropriate for K-5 kids.

Walk a Mile in Snowshoes
Snowshoeing is part of the silent sport family, which means it’s an ideal way to give yourself some head space outside of the house. Don’t have snowshoes? You can rent a pair! At Elver and Vilas parks, it’s $5 an hour for adults and $2 an hour for children 15 and younger. Don’t forget: You still need to wear good winter boots and socks to stay warm on your trek.

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