It’s a bit chilly out. I think I’ll go to the beach.

It’s a bit chilly out. I think I’ll go to the beach.

Bootsnall prompt: When the weather gets cold, do you prefer to head to sunnier locales or do you love the outdoor adventures or off-season prices of winter? Warm or cold, what’s your dream winter travel destination, and do you have any travel plans for the coming months?

When I first read this week’s Indie 2012 prompt on winter travel, my first thought was warm. Definitely warm. I want to go to the beach. I want to go back to my parents house in Florida and watch the boats go by. I want a midafternoon mocha stout at an outdoor table at Yeoman’s Road Pub. I want to sit in the sun.

 

And then I thought: Well, that’s odd. I usually enjoy winter travel.

I’m dreaming of warm weather because I’m so cold this winter. It’s not even that it’s been a particularly cold winter, but I live a charming, old rowhouse that is rather drafty. The other day, it hit 63 outside and I assumed it was still in the 30s because I hadn’t gone out and the house just stayed on the cool side. I don’t think my feet have been warm since I got back from Florida for the holidays.

Ok. Maybe I’m exaggerating.

But something is different this winter because I love snow and Pittsburgh doesn’t get much so I’m usually dreaming of snowier locales like the Adirondack Mountains where I grew up. I’ve spent many lovely weeknds in New York curled up by the woodstove with a book with snow falling outside the window. I know it sounds idyllic, but it’s how I grew up. I remember one Christmas break when I came home from college and took up permanent residence in front of the woodstove for the first week.

Maybe I just need a fireplace. My Pittsburgh house has 3, but they’re boarded shut. *sigh*

Last year, Kevin and I went to Ireland in March, the tail end of winter and we just loved it. Yes, it was cold. Yes, it rained. But we really didn’t care. At the first hostel, in Doolin, we were the only guests 2 of the 3 nights we spent there. Our host, David, built a peat fire in the stove every afternoon and made us tea. We loved curling up there after a bit of sightseeing and before going out to the pub. Many of the pubs had little stoves, too, and we aimed to sit as close to them as possible for most of the trip.

Bruges in February, Florence in January, and Copenhagen in December are also quite nice. The Grand Canyon in January is an adventure. I had a great time the winter I lived in midtown Manhattan. And there’s a certain charm to Portland, Maine covered in snow as well – especially a day or two after Thanksgiving when you’re just starting to do some Christmas shopping.

 

Would you look at that? I’m back to liking winter a bit better. And it’s a good thing, too. I’ve already gotten my taste of Florida for this winter. I’ll be mostly in Pittsburgh until spring, though I am planning a trip to Cleveland this weekend to see a friend! If I could add one dream to this winter, though, it would be going somewhere snowy for a few days.You never know, Pittsburgh might even get a big snow.

 

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