Florida is just three hours from Bangor by plane. When we left Bangor it was 27 degrees, when we landed the digits had reversed, 72. Amazing! By contrast, three hours of driving will bring us to the Maine/New Hampshire border, where the temperature was 28 degrees.
Florida is filled with tourist attractions and activities that are open, even in the winter! Best of all, the regions low cost airline, Allegiant, has been sending Mark emails promising low cost flights, from just $70 (each way luggage not included.) So we packed up our paddle gear and suncream, left our cats in the house-sitter's care, and took off for a week.
And we had an amazing time. But how could we not? A winter trip to Florida can never disappoint; since we aren't looking for great water, just water free of large ice sheets.