What Californians Love About Winter


A reader who moved from New York to the Bay Space emailed me lately, “The very best a part of winter in California is that there isn’t any winter.”

For many people, it appears, the absence of a dreary, earmuff-and-long-underwear-filled chilly season is a degree of pleasure, a time to really feel particularly smug about California’s temperate local weather.

Take this postcard from 1905 revealed this week in The Los Angeles Occasions.

It depicts “Winter in California” with palm timber and blue skies. And in a single nook, a glimpse of “again East” — a person bundled up and standing in knee-deep snow.

But winter right here is extra than simply the dearth of one thing disagreeable. There’s the beautiful low angle of the daylight, the sound of rain pattering on the roof, the seashores freed from vacationers and the abundance of citrus crops.

To have fun the beginning of the season, you shared with me your favourite issues about winter within the Golden State:

“For these of us dwelling on the Central Coast, one of the best factor about winter is the solar setting over the water. Whether or not the sky is cloudy or clear, the sunsets are spectacular. My neighbor and I chortle at ourselves for taking photographs night time after night time — as if we had been by no means going to see one other one.” — Lise Peterson, Aptos

“I’m a secondary trainer in L.A. Initially being from Ohio, I’m at all times fascinated and entertained by college students’ reactions to ‘winter climate.’

A pupil who bought moist from the rain: ‘Ms., can I am going residence and alter garments?’

Once I ask them to take off their sweatshirt hoods: ‘However Ms., it’s COLD!’

To not point out that they attempt to run and slide by their footwear on the moist concrete in our quad, apparently with out worry of falling.

Nonetheless, being so used to heat climate, most of my college students have reported winter as their favourite season.” — Hanna Hixson, Los Angeles

“Winter in California is once we get our rain. The rain brings us water, after all, and we’re at all times grateful for each drop that comes.

However for me, one of the best a part of a rainstorm is the day after. The day after is cool however not chilly and there may be often a breeze. The clouds drift by in a sky that’s bluer than blue. The air is magical — it’s cool and moist and carries a scent of timber, loam and grass. The rain has washed away the mud and dirt so every little thing sparkles.

Once I return residence for some tea or cocoa, I notice that I actually stay in heaven.” — Evelyn Harris, Mendocino

“I spent the primary 30 years of my life on the East Coast, the place winters meant six months of desolate grey deadness and bone-aching immobilizing chilly. Winters for me now within the Bay Space are the plush verdant greenness like that of East Coast springtimes.

Our winter’s inexperienced hills, blue skies and sunshine all however remedy my winter blues.” — Julie McPherson, Nice Hill

“The very best a part of winter in California is the power, inside the identical day, to go to the seaside, then bundle up and drive 45 minutes to the native snow. For those who’re actually formidable, you can begin or finish the day with a meal throughout the border in Mexico.” — Shannon Williams-Morris, San Diego

“I like being within the backcountry when it snows. I wander round and take numerous footage of monochromatic landscapes, imprints within the snow revealing every step I take. I hear the wind whisper in timber far-off because it sweeps down the canyon, blowing white magic between land and sky, and carrying hints of my youngsters’s laughter to me. Yet one more one in every of winter’s numerous presents.

The fireplace crackles and sizzles once we come inside and shed our winter garments. We’re welcomed by the aroma of the wooden range mingling with bread baking within the oven. The silence of snow falling resonates as night time falls, and we eat heat meals, play video games and go to sleep understanding we’ll get up and do all of it once more.” — Lindsey Nieman, Truckee

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Right now’s journey tip comes from Carol Marsh, a reader who lives in Missoula, Mont. Carol recommends Muir Woods:

“Towering redwoods give a cathedral atmosphere to the music of water flowing gently over rocks beside stage paths. Hikers can climb steeper paths into the encircling mountain.

I now stay a number of states away, and I haven’t been to Muir Woods in a long time, nevertheless it stays vivid and perpetually my favourite place.”

Inform us about your favourite locations to go to in California. E-mail your strategies to CAtoday@nytimes.com. We’ll be sharing extra in upcoming editions of the e-newsletter.


Craving Skinny Mints? Perhaps some Samoas?

This yr, you’ll be able to order Lady Scout cookies to be instantly delivered to your door, KTLA5 stories. The brand new possibility comes because the Lady Scouts debut two new cookie flavors.

Get pleasure from!


Thanks for studying. We’ll be off Monday due to Martin Luther King’s Birthday. See you Tuesday. — Soumya

P.S. Right here’s immediately’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: “Hush, you!” (5 letters).

Jonah Candelario, Steven Moity and Mariel Wamsley contributed to California Right now. You may attain the group at CAtoday@nytimes.com.

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