image via Boston Globe

Dear everyone stuck braving the harsh winter of New England and New York,

Our deepest sympathies.

With the sun warming the sand of South Beach — just across the street from our hotel lobby — we feel for all the tired, frostbitten individuals shoveling tunnels through their front walkways and driveways. We think about those brutal walks from the car or subway to the office with the cold wind whipping you in the face and your noses buried into the top of your parkas to manage as much skin coverage as possible. You’re in our thoughts: The only piece of advice we have for you is “Come on down.”

This message is not only for the people living in New York and New England, it’s for anybody who might be considering a trip to the northernmost reaches of the continental U.S. Save your trip to the Big Apple or the beautifully and serene forests of upstate New York for the summer. The time to come south is now.

Even the people in charge of encouraging travelers to go to these cold weather locations are telling them to hold off. A recent Conde Nast Traveler article reported on an exclamation from the Ithaca, New York tourism website Visit Ithaca, telling site visitors to pass on traveling north for the winter.

The quote in question from Visit Ithaca reads, “That’s it. We surrender. Winter, you win. Key West anyone? Due to this ridiculously stupid winter, Ithaca invites you to visit the Florida Keys this week. Please come back when things thaw out. Really, it’s for the birds here now.”

A funny yet truthful message. We decided to expand upon it and speak to people living and traveling to all the cold weather locations, which feels a bit more relevant than the uber popular Ithaca tourism industry… woohoo, Ithaca. We’ve also decided to step away from the Keys as well. As lovely as the islands are, South Beach is where it’s at right now. So stop shivering and get down here before it snows again in New York, which will probably be tomorrow at this rate.


Winter Haven