While it’s always great to stay warm and comfortable during the winter in your home at Autumnwood in Sanford, North Carolina, you definitely want to avoid having “cabin fever” at the same time. Luckily, several interesting options are available where you can visit and enjoy a variety of activities while staying warm. Consider the following:

Check out the historic Railroad House open for touring most Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Regarded as the oldest residence in Sanford, it existed before the city was incorporated and named after Colonel C.O. Sanford, who was the chief civil engineer for the railroad. Now a museum donated at 110 Charlotte Ave., it costs nothing to visit this landmark, which is part of the National Register of Historic Places, but donations are accepted.

In the mood for shopping without shivering? The Sanford Antique Mall contains 75 dealer spaces within 18,000 heated square feet. Whether you are interested in vintage furniture, jewelry or other classic items, chances are you will find something of interest to purchase here. Open seven days a week, it is located at 118 S. Moore St.

The Ingram Family YMCA provides recreational activities for adults and children to enjoy, including indoor swimming and racquetball, as well as child care and more. Located at 1907 K M Wicker Memorial Drive, it is open seven days a week. Becoming a member here gives you access to all the YMCAs in North Carolina and Virginia, including 14 workout centers in the Triangle, with more on the way in 2018.

The Lee County Library at 107 Hawkins Ave. offers reading and listening services for everyone from children to senior citizens, plus access to digital technology. There are monthly reading groups, books clubs, computer classes and spaces available to rent for meetings. The Sanford branch is open in the morning and afternoon every day except Sundays and holidays.

Know any other local places worth a visit that are affordable and cozy during winter that might be of interest of others? Feel free to comment below.

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