Let’s do something a little different today.
Where Should We Go for the Winter?
It’s that time of year again, and I don’t mean the Christmas holiday. I mean, it is that time of year as well, but I don’t really care all that much. I don’t count myself among the people who mark the passage of time by drifting from one themed holiday to the next. Holidays, for me, are just a chance to see friends and family and have a good meal.
The time of year I’m referring to is when, for people with a highly mobile lifestyle, the US Midwest becomes unacceptably cold and oppressive. It’s time to go south.
This year, Amanda and I don’t really have any specific destination in mind, though we’re most likely going to remain in the United States. But still, even with that restriction, the southern/warm part of the United States is pretty large.
Here are some parts that we’re thinking.
- Coastal Texas. We could head to South Padre Island or something there along the gulf coast.
- Inland Texas. We could base around the Austin or Houston areas, somewhere like Lake Conroe.
- South Florida. Places in the keys can get pricey for the whole winter, but whether inland or on the coasts of the mainland, this is a nice, warm place to be.
- Gulf Coast. We’ve spent time in and around New Orleans and in Bay Saint Louis in the past, and we find that coast to be really appealing.
- Southwest Desert. Maybe we stay totally away from water and do winter in the desert, somewhere in New Mexico or Arizona.
What do you think? What would you do or recommend in our position? The only real criteria for us is warmth this year. Weigh in below in the comments. What would you do if you had this kind of open road in front of you?
- This last weekend was Amanda’s birthday, and I got her a weekend getaway that featured a wine tour. The hotel we stayed at was great, if you’re looking for an atmospheric getaway within a 2 hour radius of Chicago. It’s on the lakefront town of New Buffalo, in Michigan.
- I’ll also pick the wine tour company, which showed us a great day on the southwest Michigan wine trail.
- Finally, something related to tech. I’m incorporating more and more stuff into our home automation situation at the home base. And I’m doing it by and large through this, the Wink hub.
- Here was a fun-to-write post that I wrote for Raygun, featured on the New Stack. The prompt was about how to use APM to guide architectural changes, an interesting premise.
- Here’s a Facebook live that we did when we first arrived in Vermont. Don’t worry about the orientation — we fixed that pretty quickly.
- And, finally, here’s another Facebook live where I interview Amanda (same thing — we fix the orientation).
And, as always, have yourselves a nice weekend.