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Five Local Places to Keep Cool When it Gets Above 90

The first very hot day of the year is on our doorstep and "Patch Picks" gives you five local options to keep cool.

It’s coming – the first very hot day of the short summer. The forecast is calling for temperatures into the 90s on Thursday. Add in some humidity and it’ll be uncomfortable – sending you searching for somewhere to stay cool. Here are some ideas and feel free to add yours in the comments section at the bottom.

There’s no better place to sit back and relax in the comfort of air conditioning than the library. Grab a book, magazine or jump on the Internet, it’s a great retreat to beat the heat. The library is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 5 p.m. on Friday.

Iced coffee is the way to go on a hot day. At Henderson’s, choose from regular or decaffeinated plus some tasty flavors such as French roast, French vanilla, hazelnut, coconut and blueberry. Plus, Henderson’s now has ice cream, another great treat on a hot day.

Nothing says summer like an ice-cold iced coffee or Coolatta at Dunkin Donuts. And even though the Dunkin Donuts at the Shoppes at Hamilton Crossing has just a handful of seats inside, grab the cold drink to go and head out. Just having a cold drink in your hand will make you feel all that much more cooler.

When it gets hot out, there’s one chore that seems to become a bit more attractive – grocery shopping. Crosby’s is an air-conditioned oasis and it’s particularly enticing when you get to that left rear corner with the milk, cheese and beer. All that cold air feels great.

Going out for dinner on a hot evening is always a great way to stay cool.  And an especially cool dish is a salad. At the Black Cow, choose from a Caesar salad, house salad or wedge salad and add salmon, chicken or steak tip on top to make it more filling but still keep it a cool dish.

Michelle Bailey June 08, 2011 at 06:28 PM
When it's hot with kids - Wenham Museum...plenty of air-conditioning and kids can watch the model train for hours. - Pleasant Pond...swim from the beach or fish from the banks - Sterling Center YMCA in Beverly - outdoor pool, airconditioned gym, and rock-climbing for the whole family on Fridays at 4 - Cherry Hill Farm for Ice Cream
Mary B. June 09, 2011 at 01:11 PM
Wenham Museum's galleries are cool and so are the trains! Grassy Roots and the Wenham Tea House both serve icy cold drinks to go too. Captain Dusty's for ice cream. They have a new location in Essex.

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