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Old 06-12-2008, 03:20 PM
 
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Can anyone suggest a great winter getaway spot for two active fifty-somethings?

In a few years, my husband and I might be able to retire early...and at that point, we'd like to escape Wisconsin's winters during January and February. So where's a good place to do that?

We like: hiking, biking, playing with our two dogs, visiting scenic areas and interesting towns, eating out occasionally at casual restaurants (a step or two above McDonald's), and reading & relaxing.

We don't like: big cities, heavy traffic and congestion, noisy places, extremely high humidity, the threat of hurricanes, worries about crime or personal safety.

Since we'd be there for just two months per year, availability of rental units would be nice. On the other hand, if we fall in love with a place, we could afford a small condo.

As you can tell, we're not looking for a retirement community. On the other hand, we've had enough hard knocks to appreciate a quality medical center within reasonable driving distance.

Oh, yes...speaking of driving: this paradise we seek should be on the mainland U.S. so we could drive there with our pooches.

I hope we're not being too picky -- but people who post on this site seem to know a lot. So please, give us your ideas!

P.S. Even though we're not retiring tomorrow, we'd like to check out likely places during our winter vacations in the coming years.

Last edited by LakeCountry; 06-12-2008 at 04:28 PM.. Reason: why we're looking now
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Old 06-12-2008, 08:45 PM
 
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Santa Fe, NM seems to fit your interests. Santa Barbara or anywhere along the central coast of California would also likely satisfy you interests.
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Old 06-13-2008, 06:32 AM
 
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Thanks, JakeDog. I'd never thought of Santa Barbara and the area around it -- will have to check that out.
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Old 06-13-2008, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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How about Key West Florida?
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Old 06-13-2008, 07:14 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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This is a great place to winter...great weather, lots of recreation (bike trails go all over the island, easy access to Savannah and Jacksonville...great QOL.
Another plus is that winter is considered off-season (unlike south FL, which is about 4 hrs away), so you can get great rental rates during that time of year. SSI is popular with Canadians that time of year.


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Old 06-13-2008, 08:07 AM
 
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What about the Texas Hill Country? It's warm and dry in the winter, dotted with interesting towns, wineries, lakes, rivers, and hills, and was just named the #1 place to visit by the New York Times?

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/travel/01places.html
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Old 06-13-2008, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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This is a great place to winter...great weather, lots of recreation (bike trails go all over the island, easy access to Savannah and Jacksonville...great QOL.
Another plus is that winter is considered off-season (unlike south FL, which is about 4 hrs away), so you can get great rental rates during that time of year. SSI is popular with Canadians that time of year.


St Simons Guide - The Official Website of Saint Simons Island and the Golden Isles. St Simons accommodations, restaurants, events, entertainment, and more!
Lovin I will have to get down there sometime and when I do, we'll have to get together!
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Old 06-13-2008, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Id recommend Florida. In winter the humidity is low, the weather is perfect, and outdoor activities are plentiful. You might also want to try a place like Oro Valley, AZ (near Tucson). Its not too cold during the day, but nighttime temps are quite chilly. You can hike the 4 mountain ranges that ring the city, too. But we warned, snowfall occurs frequently up in the mountains, and sometimes in the city itself, too.
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Old 06-13-2008, 09:17 AM
 
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How about Southern Utah? Since it is the desert, it wouldn't get too cold, but not too hot, either in the winter months. It's a beautiful area with five national parks along with many lakes and resevoirs with beaches for your dogs. (including Lake Powell, the second largest man made lake int the country) St. George is the biggest city down there and has plenty to do. There are 13 golf courses and a pretty new hospital. The Grand Canyon North Rim, along with Las Vegas is only two hours south.
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Old 06-13-2008, 09:29 AM
 
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How about Southern Utah? Since it is the desert, it wouldn't get too cold, but not too hot, either in the winter months. It's a beautiful area with five national parks along with many lakes and resevoirs with beaches for your dogs. (including Lake Powell, the second largest man made lake int the country) St. George is the biggest city down there and has plenty to do. There are 13 golf courses and a pretty new hospital. The Grand Canyon North Rim, along with Las Vegas is only two hours south.
Very southern Utah, especially near the Four Corners, gets extremely frigid in winter, and insanely hot in summer. Snow is common, as are low temps in the teens, and many nights below 0 degrees in parts of southern Utah. St. George is decent in winter during the day, but very chilly at night, and quite hot in summer as well.
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