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dave1054
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Warm winter vacation

Post by dave1054 » Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:35 am

Live on east coast and already getting the winter blues. Wife and I are both 64 and looking for sunny warm place for a few weeks in mainland US. Just rest and relaxation and SUNNY. Not beach people. Any suggestions?

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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by AZAttorney11 » Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:39 am

How about Phoenix or Scottsdale? It’s 72 and sunny today.

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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by mhc » Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:02 am

Being on the east coast, south Florida would be a good option. Depending on what you like to do, there is Miami or Key West.

Arizona is definitely an option, but it's a bit further.

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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by MJS » Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:03 am

Do you like hiking, live shows, craft markets, golf, gardening, fine dining/food trucks/McDs, wine tasting, beer festivals, science - especially astronomy or archeology, zoos, museums, camping or some other things?

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Will do good
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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by Will do good » Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:33 am

We normally go the Southern Cali, but with the wild fires we will most likely go to Texas this winter. Great food choices and everything is much cheaper than Cali.

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Post by snowox » Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:22 am

a little more costly but San Diego.You average 66 Degrees December, January and February with a low around 50.

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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by Watty » Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:37 am

Be careful about looking at average temperatures, even in Florida there can be cold snaps and you may need at least a light jacket and North Florida can even get a rare dusting of snow.

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Post by TLC1957 » Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:48 pm

Retired in 2015, spent Jan-March 2016 in Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Miami hated it. Too crowded nonstop traffic regardless of the time of day. Way too many gray hairs ( I am one!), drive too slow, every place we went it was crowded, very flat state, do not like alligators! It rained a lot weather was not warm 50-70's.

Went to Scottsdale, AZ in 2017& 2018 Feb-March will be back 2019, loved it, no rain, had 2 days of rain in 60 days in 2017, bright blue skies, 60-90F. Walking and biking are wonderful in the desert, a lot to see and do. As long as you travel during non rush hours no problem getting around. Even during rush hour many HOV lanes to get around traffic. Only downside no beach......lol.

2017 we flew from Philadelphia and rented a car for 6 weeks, 4 weeks in Scottsdale the rest north to Flagstaff stayed in hotel, Residence Inn for a month. 2018 rented a condo in Scottsdale for 2 months drove from Philadelphia 4 nights out. Loved it, going back to the same condo in 2019. March gets a little crazy with spring training baseball but overall MUCH better then FL.

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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by fortfun » Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:05 pm

Tucson is nice. Beautiful hikes/walks in Saguaro Nt. Park.

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Post by srt7 » Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:05 pm

Warm winter, no beach requirements, couple only = Las Vegas!
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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by srt7 » Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:07 pm

Will do good wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:33 am
We normally go the Southern Cali, but with the wild fires we will most likely go to Texas this winter. Great food choices and everything is much cheaper than Cali.
Texas does get cold in the winter. It may not be the same as New England etc. but it is no San Diego. And everything is cheap there for a reason (as in you get what you pay for).
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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by Alexa9 » Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:09 pm

If you like bars and restaurants, hard to beat New Orleans. Key West is great too.

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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by TravelGeek » Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:19 pm

srt7 wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:05 pm
Warm winter, no beach requirements, couple only = Las Vegas!
What’s your definition of warm?

https://www.vegas.com/weather/averages.html

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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by friar1610 » Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:27 pm

We're not big on Florida but have made late winter trips to both Charleston and Savannah and enjoyed them both very much. Neither are "just go and sit In the sun" types of places. But for some sightseeing, great dining and a genteel Southern ambiance, both are great. Could even be combined into a week-long, 2 city trip.
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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by srt7 » Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:27 pm

TravelGeek wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:19 pm
srt7 wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:05 pm
Warm winter, no beach requirements, couple only = Las Vegas!
What’s your definition of warm?

https://www.vegas.com/weather/averages.html
50s and above.
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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by mrgeeze » Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:53 pm

we've been wandering for a few years.
San Diego is beautiful, probably best climate in continental US.
Just too many people.

Texas will get cold on you. Even on the border.
Florida is not our cup of tea either.

We're going back to Arizona this winter.
A month in Tucson and a month in Phoenix/Scottsdale.

I do like Mexico also, but that's a different thread.

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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by 4nwestsaylng » Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:32 pm

Tucson great to visit for a few days but a base in Phoenix area will be warmer.Lived and worked both places for years so I see the snowbird attraction. I might winter there but I like beaches/ ocean so more likely Hawaii or SoCal.

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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by quantAndHold » Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:09 pm

We winter in San Diego, but we summer there, too.

If I were a northerner looking to snowbird, I might choose Tucson. Sunny, dry, all the modern conveniences (Whole Foods, etc), but less crowded than Phoenix or Las Vegas. But be aware that all of the desert southwest will have periods where it gets cold, especially at night. Earlier this week we were outside of Tucson for a few days. Daytime temperatures were in the 60’s. Nights were in the mid 20’s.

If you really can’t deal with some cold, you’re stuck with Florida or the Gulf Coast.

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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by 4nwestsaylng » Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:16 pm

quantAndHold wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:09 pm
We winter in San Diego, but we summer there, too.

If I were a northerner looking to snowbird, I might choose Tucson. Sunny, dry, all the modern conveniences (Whole Foods, etc), but less crowded than Phoenix or Las Vegas. But be aware that all of the desert southwest will have periods where it gets cold, especially at night. Earlier this week we were outside of Tucson for a few days. Daytime temperatures were in the 60’s. Nights were in the mid 20’s.

If you really can’t deal with some cold, you’re stuck with Florida or the Gulf Coast.
Agree. For any inland location, those published high temps are brief, usually early afternoon, and then the temperature drops, as the skies are clear so heat escapes. A high of 70 in Tucson at 1 pm may be down to 55 or lower by 6 pm, and cold in the morning. Both Phoenix and Tucson great winter golf destinations if you can afford the greens fees.There are some public courses more reasonable. Arizona is really a golf mecca in winter.

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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by helloeveryone » Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:01 pm

Will do good wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:33 am
We normally go the Southern Cali, but with the wild fires we will most likely go to Texas this winter. Great food choices and everything is much cheaper than Cali.
Lots of state parks throughout Texas. Good food as well as you note and very nice people!

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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by tennisplyr » Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:47 am

Those who move forward with a happy spirit will find that things always work out.

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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by samsoes » Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:16 am

TravelGeek wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:19 pm
What’s your definition of warm?
Above the temperature level which H2O changes state from liquid to solid.
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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by TravelGeek » Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:20 am

samsoes wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:16 am
TravelGeek wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:19 pm
What’s your definition of warm?
Above the temperature level which H2O changes state from liquid to solid.
My definition of warm is “can walk around in shorts and t-shirt during the day without being uncomfortable”.

Vegas during the winter often doesn’t let me do that. Same in the summer actually. It’s not a place I enjoy visiting much of the year for weather and other reasons (but do anyway for family reasons). I’ll report back how this year’s Xmas visit turned out :twisted:

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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by Flymore » Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:33 am

Came back yesterday from Cancun Mexico.
Temperatures last week were high 70's, shorts and a tee shirt all week.
Sun very strong.
Food was great, avoid the malls lots of high pressure selling of tours etc.

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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by mmmodem » Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:49 am

Looking for sunny weather in mainland US in the winter, you're basically limited to either southern California and Florida. And even San Diego is 50 degrees in winter so maybe just Florida.

The snow is still on the ground after our first winter storm in New England, so we definitely feel your winter blues. We're going to DC for Thanksgiving next week. It will barely get to 50 degrees and sunny on Turkey day. That's better than the 30 degrees we'll be having at home. Stay warm! :beer

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Re: Warm winter vacation

Post by Sandi_k » Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:47 pm

If you like to golf, eat great food, or shop - Palm Springs.

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