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Old 03-19-2013, 09:58 AM
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Question Snowbird or Seasonal Resident?

This should be just a fun question and I hope to just get some fun answers.

I'm a Connecticut Yankee who moved to Maine when I retired. I'm told that I can never call myself a "Mainer" because I'm from "away," I wasn't born in Maine.

I come to The Villages in late October and return to Maine in late April and I call myself a Seasonal Resident, in part because I don't like the term Snowbird.

Do you think there is a differentiation between those terms? I've heard and come to take up these definitions:

Snowbird - Someone who owns or rents in The Villages and visits for one to three months, usually during the months of January to March.

Seasonal Resident - Someone who owns, and does not rent, in The Villages and visits, seasonally, for five, six or more months during the months of October thru May.

What do you think?
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:06 AM
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Seasonal resident is preferred over Snowbird.

Also heard/seen term "snowflake"...... Though not seen a definition?

Bottom line....call me what you may........I enjoy The Villages regardless....!!!!
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:08 AM
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We are in Fla Mid Oct thru Mid June and Norcal July thru Sept and spend about two weeks in our RV each way. The temps where we live in Norcal are usually higher than TV but the humidity isn't an issue like here.

We sometimes call ourselves Humidity Birds since we leave Fla to escape the humidity and don't leave up north to escape the snow.

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Old 03-19-2013, 10:57 AM
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.........Also heard/seen term "snowflake"...... Though not seen a definition? .......
Snowflake: Someone who stays for short periods of time, generally in the winter, but can also be throughout the year.

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Old 03-19-2013, 12:43 PM
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The term "snowbird" simply means one who (wisely) escapes the hardship of winter weather and all that comes with it.

I'm glad we live in a place where we don't have to be deemed ancestrally worthy of being here!
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Depends who you're talking to.


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The term "snowbird" simply means one who (wisely) escapes the hardship of winter weather and all that comes with it.

I'm glad we live in a place where we don't have to be deemed ancestrally worthy of being here!
I don't escape the winters yet.
So that make me a snowturd
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My understanding is a snowbird is someone who flies south when it snows. I see nothing derogatory about the term
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I don't escape the winters yet.
So that make me a snowturd
Good for you CK! Keeping that sense of humor.
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I don't escape the winters yet.
So that make me a snowturd
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Snowbirds is a term used nationally (i.e. Arizona, florida etc.)

Seasonal rsident was a term used initially by employees of The Villages for PR purposes.

People who live in warmer states that experience the influx of people escaping the cold weather have described seasonal residents utilizing the same profiles.

I did not hear the term seasonal residents from folks living in warmer climates Arizona, Nevada, etc as they used snow birds.

Seasonal residents who bought a home here provide continuity with their village friends and obviously economic support.

As to renting. It depends. I know of people who live in adjacent counties who buy homes in The Villages just to rent them vis a vis homeowners who rent out their homes during the months they are away.

Too many rented homes I believe weakens a community
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