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Old 01-21-2018, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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This is the time of year where I get really depressed in winter here in Michigan. I was just thinking - what if I could go somewhere with moderate winter temps but lots of sunshine for 4-6 weeks next year. I'd have to drive down with my dog so would be looking at 10-12 hour drive from Michigan. I know that weather will be iffy, but as I've been tracking some cities in the mid-south, they are typically 20-30 degrees warmer and a heck of a lot sunnier than where I am.

I'm thinking some place like Greenville, SC (though I've never been there.) I don't need a beach, just a nice community with parks, trails, restaurants and stores. (A really cute walkable downtown would be a bonus!)

What other locations in the mid-south would be worth looking at that would offer these amenities and, most importantly, warmer, sunnier days? (Greenville is rather pricey - but not sure if that will be par for the course wherever I look.)

I would like to be somewhere where I can get outside most days and have the motivation to do so. These cold, gloomy days get the best of me here.

Any hidden gems?
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Old 01-21-2018, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Be sure to look at historic temperatures. You might not be as warm as you think.
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Old 01-21-2018, 09:43 AM
 
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This is the time of year where I get really depressed in winter here in Michigan. I was just thinking - what if I could go somewhere with moderate winter temps but lots of sunshine for 4-6 weeks next year. I'd have to drive down with my dog so would be looking at 10-12 hour drive from Michigan. I know that weather will be iffy, but as I've been tracking some cities in the mid-south, they are typically 20-30 degrees warmer and a heck of a lot sunnier than where I am.

I'm thinking some place like Greenville, SC (though I've never been there.) I don't need a beach, just a nice community with parks, trails, restaurants and stores. (A really cute walkable downtown would be a bonus!)

What other locations in the mid-south would be worth looking at that would offer these amenities and, most importantly, warmer, sunnier days? (Greenville is rather pricey - but not sure if that will be par for the course wherever I look.)

I would like to be somewhere where I can get outside most days and have the motivation to do so. These cold, gloomy days get the best of me here.

Any hidden gems?
I live in south texas. Lots of gloomy days here during the winter months.

If you want lots of sunshine probably have to head to Mexico.
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Old 01-21-2018, 09:49 AM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Be sure to look at historic temperatures. You might not be as warm as you think.
You could play with this site to get you started on some ideas
https://www.currentresults.com/Weath...ages-index.php

Where I am in the tri-cities of TN we are expected to have at least some sun for 21 days in the month of January, with only six of those more cloudy than sunny. I'm happy with that. It's also close enough to Asheville NC for day trips, and a lot of people seem to think Asheville is a pretty awesome place to spend some time.

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Old 01-21-2018, 10:02 AM
 
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You could play with this site to get you started on some ideas
https://www.currentresults.com/Weath...ages-index.php

Where I am in the tri-cities of TN we are expected to have at least some sun for 21 day in the month of January, with only six of those more cloudy than sunny. I'm happy with that. It's also close enough to Asheville NC for day trips, and a lot of people seem to think Asheville is a pretty awesome place to spend some time.
So how has it been so far? Sunny for at least 14 of these first 21 days of the year?
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Old 01-21-2018, 10:27 AM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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This is the time of year where I get really depressed in winter here in Michigan. I was just thinking - what if I could go somewhere with moderate winter temps but lots of sunshine for 4-6 weeks next year. I'd have to drive down with my dog so would be looking at 10-12 hour drive from Michigan. I know that weather will be iffy, but as I've been tracking some cities in the mid-south, they are typically 20-30 degrees warmer and a heck of a lot sunnier than where I am.

I'm thinking some place like Greenville, SC (though I've never been there.) I don't need a beach, just a nice community with parks, trails, restaurants and stores. (A really cute walkable downtown would be a bonus!)

What other locations in the mid-south would be worth looking at that would offer these amenities and, most importantly, warmer, sunnier days? (Greenville is rather pricey - but not sure if that will be par for the course wherever I look.)

I would like to be somewhere where I can get outside most days and have the motivation to do so. These cold, gloomy days get the best of me here.

Any hidden gems?
Not too sure what you're looking for. Are you going to rent a place for 3 -4 months?......... That would be a little hard, or a little expensive. Or are you going to buy a small condo?

It got down to 5 degrees last week here in NE Mississippi. Today we are headed for upper 60's, and that's more normal.
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Old 01-21-2018, 10:29 AM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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So how has it been so far? Sunny for at least 14 of these first 21 days of the year?
So far there have been very few days where it has been 'gloomy for most of the day, several days where it may be cloudy in the morning and clear up later, and a few days where it's cloudy in my location but I can drive to my daughter's apt thirty minutes away and she has completely different weather.
The weather calendar says we have had seven days of 'mostly cloudy' days so far, seems right to me.
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Old 01-21-2018, 10:35 AM
 
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It has been a cold winter for us here in south texas. Just a handful of sunny days.

Solid week of gloom and doom now. Should have been sunny today - but nada. Maybe tomorrow.

I force myself to go out and that helps.

In the summer I spend most of my days outdoors under the pecan trees watering the grass.
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Old 01-21-2018, 10:43 AM
 
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The Florida Panhandle has been really cold this month and part of December -- I'm talking about 20's to 40's! There hasn't been any Michigan snow, but, snow gets to be somewhat moot when it's this cold. For warmth, one needs to go to mid-south Florida, not mid-south U.S.
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Old 01-21-2018, 10:56 AM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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The Florida Panhandle has been really cold this month and part of December -- I'm talking about 20's to 40's! There hasn't been any Michigan snow, but, snow gets to be somewhat moot when it's this cold. For warmth, one needs to go to mid-south Florida, not mid-south U.S.
I think it's been unusually cold over most of the eastern US lately. We were down in single digit temps for a brief spell, but right now it is 52F and I have been outside in my shirtsleeves today. Compared to a typical MI winter day this is downright balmy, lol.
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