If you're consider something a bit warmer, southern California has a wonderful city called Temecula. It's an old indian name and means "sunshine through the mist". We are in the middle of Wine Country and the city has warm sunny days and cool breezes from the ocean in the evening. We're last year ranked 2nd safest city in America. Excellent schools and clean air (ranked A by American Lung Association) and yet relatively affordable. For $500K you can get an upscale executive home with pool and views, or a small ranch with some acreage.
You can see all Temecula homes for sale at the link below: