The more the merrier!
I was born and raised in the Great Lakes region which has the hateful sort of climate you describe. As a young Greenpeacer, I headed out on a grand journey to travel to the Pacific Ocean, down the west coast to California, back across the South to the Atlantic and then back up the coast to my hometown. I made it to Vancouver and that was the end of my walkabout - I figured, it can't get any better than this!
Maybe when all y'all 'mericans get up here we can get together for a theraputic "tea party"...oh wait a minute, not the Boston Harbour sort of tea party.