I live in the high desert of Southern CA. It's beautiful here. At an elev of 3000ft we can get a couple inches of snow - enough to dust everything a pretty white, but not bad enough to be a pain to drive in or have to worry about shoveling. Summers are hot, but dry, usually with a light breeze. Being 45 minutes from the mtns (Lake arrowhead,etc) and 1½ hrs from the beach, what more could you ask for?