It is officially winter, and the weather is reminding us more and more each day. Baby, it’s cold outside! For those of us whose bodies simply reject the idea of freezing cold temperatures, there are plenty of places, below the jetstream, from which you can escape the bitterness of winter.
People have been purchasing seasonal homes for decades to escape the extreme variations of summer and winter. Some destinations are cheaper than others, but comfort and affordability is what we seek. Here is a brief synopsis of a few of the top American snowbird destinations for those who seek retreat from winter.
The Villages, Florida
There is plenty of shopping and golfing available to take up your free time in The Villages, Florida. The area was planned from the ground up to be an on-the-go golf cart community. There are an array of recreational areas, shopping centers, and excellent southern cuisine.
The landscape of the area is gorgeous, and the streets are lined with palms. Visit The Village’s Towne Square for a traditional small town shopping experience in Florida.
If you and your family love spending time outdoors, winter’s touch may be cramping your style. Though there are plenty of cold things to do in the winter, warmer weather is definitely more desirable.
Purchase your next seasonal home in Tucson. There are several different wildlife parks worth spending the time to hike and discover. Also, check out the 18th century Spanish Catholic Mission San Xavier del Bac.
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Las Cruces, New Mexico will keep you warm with its desert landscapes and exquisite cuisine. Traditional Mexican food will tantalize your taste buds and keep you coming back for more.
You will almost never have to worry about your fiesta being rained out, as the area barely gets any rain throughout the year. Also, indulge in the local culture, and enjoy the Historical Fountain Theater. The theater plays independant and art film showings all year round.
Located on the Big Island in Hawaii, Keaau is a great place to indulge in indigenous tropical plants and herbs. The eye-catching, historical homes are just as beautiful as the botanical gardens that rule this area of Hawaii.
If you and your family are thrill-seekers, Keaau is home to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where you can tour a giant crater and lay eyes on a real life lava tube. There are also places to go zip-lining, horseback riding, and ATV cruising.
Charleston, South Carolina
Even though Charleston gets a little cool in the winter, it usually averages around 50 degrees. The water gets a little too cold to swim in during the winter time, but Charleston offers so many other activities to enjoy.
Not only are the homes exquisite in architectural design, the main strip of Charleston offers plenty of shopping as well. After a long day of shopping, enjoy one of the many beachside restaurants for a fresh taste of the atlantic.