The northwest weather can be grim at times from, optimistically, November through February. An escape to a warmer climate can be a delight during this period. Among the many convenient destinations easily reached from the Northwest are Southern California (Palm Springs, San Diego, etc.), Arizona, and Hawaii.
Traveling to these locations in the winter can be a real delight. The contrast in climate definitely heightens one’s appreciation. Going from 40 degree rain and wind to this type of scene (of Marriott Ko Olina Beach Resort on Oahu) is a shock:
A beach on the leeward side of Oahu:
On the trail to Manoa Falls outside of Honolulu:
Fort DeRussy Park in Honolulu:
An annual wintertime visit to a warm, sunny destination would be a very nice, therapeutic habit for any Northwest resident.