In an idea world, this is the perfect time to jet off to somewhere warm and sunny, and forget our long dreary dark winter that doesn't seem to end, but how many of us can realistically do that? Someone has to stick around and keep things running!
So instead of a vacation, sometimes we take refuge in a book.
Two of my favorite vacation stories both happen to be about ladies escaping England (which has very similarly icky winters to us) and running of to the warmth and adventure that is Italy:
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim and A Room with a View by E.M. Forster (both linked here as eBooks in case you have too much NW winter ennui to even make it to the library).
In each the characters discover the joy of giving in to beauty and the freedom of being away from home and all its constraints, if just for a while. Plus: great scenery.
Which book do you pick up when you want a little staycation in your easy chair?