5 Legendary ways to break cabin fever in North Dakota

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Just because winter has settled in doesn't mean you have to do the same. Break the chains of winter and see what fun can be had in North Dakota. Our abundance of snow is perfect for sledding or your favorite outdoor winter activity. Retreat indoors by catching a flick at one of North Dakota's small town theaters and snuggle up with your sweetie on Valentine's Day while discovering foods and locations that are uniquely North Dakota. 

1.) Ground hogs to Prairie dogs
Pennsylvania may have Punxsutawney Phil but North Dakota has his cousins - prairie dogs. Unlike the ground hog that hibernates, prairie dogs usually stay active during the milder days of the winter. You can catch a glimpse of their (towns) in the western part of the state. Celebrate Ground Hog's Day this year by visiting Theodore Roosevelt National Park where it's just you, the woods and the prairie dogs.

2.) And the award goes to…
Have you ever watched an Academy Award nominee on a big screen in a small town? North Dakota has some wonderful small-town theaters that provide a unique experience and nostalgic atmosphere. From the Roxy Theatre in Langdon to the Dakota Theater in Crosby, North Dakota has a number of cinematic treasures in which to watch an award-winning flick. The Bijou in Beach has the original Manley popcorn maker while the Audi in Cando has been in operation since 1913. Celebrate the Academy Awards this year by finding your favorite small-town theater.

3.) Heart-warming
Valentine destinations We may have a few more days of winter but there are number of places to warm the heart this month. Enjoy a romantic evening in downtown Fargo by staying at the Hotel Donaldson or maybe spending a day in the beautiful Badlands with a relaxing evening at the historic Rough Riders Hotel. Take a tour of Maple River Winery and select a favorite or step back in time to the days of high school with a stay at the Riverdale High Lodge. Treat your valentine to a uniquely North Dakota experience.

4.) No cabin fever here
From Cabin Fever Days in Jamestown to Norski Days at Fort Ransom, there are plenty of things to stave off cabin fever in North Dakota. Explore the arts at the Plains Arts Museum in Fargo or take a tour of a local artisan's haven in Beach at Prairie Fire Pottery.

5.) February foodies
From comfort to candlelight, North Dakota has a variety of dining options for everyone. Try some frog legs at the Toasted Frog in Grand Forks or Bismarck or North Dakota-raised bison New York strip a 10 North Maint 10 in Minot. Stop in for a caramel apple martini at Monte's Downtown in Fargo, drop by the Blarney Stone in Bismarck for a pint or head down to the Harvest Restaurant & Grill in Linton for their Brazilian style BBQ. To satisfy that sweet tooth, visit Widman's Chocolates or try the cafe mocha at Badlands Brew in Dickinson.

These are just a few ideas to help you break cabin fever in North Dakota. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525. 

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