When crafting a “winter survival guide,” there are many things to consider, and partly because Maine’s harsh winter brings forth many challenges. What advice can I give you hardened Mainers who have probably endured countless blizzards and miles of icy highways? Should I offer up snow-shoveling advice, or rehashed hacks on how to clear up a frosted windshield? Or perhaps the best winter survival guide is one where I write out combative measures against pale skin, empty wallets, overeating and darkness-induced depression? No, I think I’ll leave you to battle those seasonal anxieties on your own. Instead, what I offer in this guide below are enjoyable reprieves from the basic elements. We’ve still got a couple months of chilly weather to endure, and as nice as curling up in a blanket, in front of Netflix with a steaming cup of cocoa is, it’s no way to spend an entire season. Besides, Portland just got named the coziest city in America, so there are plenty of places to escape the cold and warm up your bones. Let's begin.