Our average high temperature in Atlanta doesn’t dip below 60 degrees until December, and by the end of February it’s back to 60+. During those seven or eight weeks of “winter,” here, a really cold day is about 55. So what passes for winter in Atlanta is a matter of weeks, not months. Even then, it’s weather that would probably find an English family still picnicking.

Seasons offer a rhythm to life, and that is part of the theory of productivity that occurs in temperate climates. In farm country people repair machinery. In offices, the early months of the year are often a time of preparation for the rise in commercial activity that comes with the spring. Socially, the winter months have been known as “the season,” a time for dinner parties, concerts, theatre, and entertaining at home. All these markers of the winter season take place in Atlanta, even if our winters are mild and short, because the rhythms add interest and bring occasions to life.

Chastain Park’s own Civic Association chooses January for its annual Winter Gala, where members build fellowship in a setting of live music, food and drink, and dancing. It might say something about how unthreatening the weather is here, that the CPCA Winter Gala is held at the Chastain Horse Park.

From the dinner table to the global economy, Atlanta uses these weeks of winter wisely. The Vino Van presents its winter wine tasting in February, in Buckhead, and there’s an Atlanta Winter Beerfest that offers 150 brews. At another end of the spectrum, the Atlanta Council on International Relations hosts its Mid-Winter Gala in February too, a dinner-dance for Atlantans who make a point of staying aware of the international scene, whether for business, personal satisfaction, or just to celebrate Atlanta’s place among the world’s great cities. And of course, Valentine’s Day events abound.

Thankfully, not all our winter celebrations are strictly for grownups. Atlanta ParentMagazine published 50+ Things to Do with Kids in Atlanta This Winter. A particular favorite, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, offers outdoor play in the Fernbank’s WildWoods, as well as the fascination of flying dinosaurs among the current exhibits inside. Hands-on learning through play is the hallmark of the Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

One thing that makes these weeks a particular Atlanta version of winter is that they can represent an opportunity for real estate early-birds. The homes for sale in Buckhead, and the homes for sale in Chastain Park are sprucing up for spring. The promise of Chastain Park new construction continues – practically uninterrupted because of our moderate weather.

Engel & Völkershas the advantages of familiarity with this Atlanta climate for which we are so grateful. As the Atlanta leader in the sale of residential real estate, we’re tuned to the seasonal rhythms here, and backed up by the broad-shouldered resources of a firm that serves throughout North America. To find out more about the particular opportunities this season presents in Atlanta, just call us at 404-845-7724, or find out more at http://www.evatlanta.com/.