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Old 06-10-2010, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Hi!

I'm planning to move out West in a couple months and am interested in hearing where you think the best places would be for me to live based on what I'm looking for.

A little background info - I currently live in Tampa, FL so anywhere with the same or lower cost of living is preferred. I'm a freelance graphic designer (all work is done online so unconcerned with moving to a place where clients will be easily found), I also make and sell handmade soap, as well as digital art.

I'm looking for a place that has an abundance of craft fairs and festivals in which I can sell my goods. Somewhere with an artsy vibe but with down to earth people. My political leanings are liberal, but this doesn't really matter as long as the people are friendly and respectful.

I'd also like a place that has spiritual activities available, such as drum circles, reiki, meditation workshops, etc.

I love to camp and hike so being near outdoor activities is also a plus.

Are there any places in Colorado that come close to fitting these preferences? I appreciate all input. Thank you!!
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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This needs to be moved to the state forum.
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:42 AM
 
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Try Manitou Springs.
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Old 06-10-2010, 09:56 AM
 
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Try Manitou Springs.
Ditto. Palmer Lake/Monument has a good arts community and our very own little arts center. But the drumming, chanting, trans-med thing sounds much more Manitou-ish.

I also agree that this should be on the state-forum unless th OP is specifically trying to target the areas around COS.
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Old 06-10-2010, 10:28 AM
 
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Try Manitou Springs.
Perfect fit for Manitou Springs. IIRC they already have a storefront that sells fragrances and soaps, but why not another. Old Colorado City on the west side of COLO SPGS might do for that too, but the OP didn't mention opening a retail business. Then again, my wife buys handmade soaps off of websites like ETSY and Ebay, and hopes to make her own someday.

LaLa, there are probably other places in COLO that would suffice, so yes, I'll move this to the COLO forum so more folks can see it.
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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The only places in Colorado that have a lot of arts and crafts fairs with the artsy vibe and the other things are Boulder and Denver. Particularly Boulder.
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:31 AM
 
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The only places in Colorado that have a lot of arts and crafts fairs with the artsy vibe and the other things are Boulder and Denver. Particularly Boulder.
While Denver and Boulder do have a lot going on in the arts, they are certainly and by no means the only places in Colorado offering a lot of events for the arts.

try searching:
Arts (http://www.colorado.com/ArtsAndEntertainment - broken link)
Events (http://www.colorado.com/DoEventsAndFestivals - broken link)

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Old 06-10-2010, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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Salida is a great artistic community, although it's economy is mostly driven by tourism. It's a small town, so I doubt it has loads of fairs to be your only support, but it would be a great place to live if you don't need a job!

From what you describe your looking for, I think Oregon would be a perfect fit. Eugene sounds like the place for you if you don't mind rainy winters. You might post your question in the Oregon forums as well.
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Agree with Manitou Springs, Old Colorado City & Salida.

Also, how about Evergreen or Pagosa Springs?

Florence Colorado also has an artsy, antique-shop little downtown but it is not known to be the most liberal place in the state.

There are tons of craft fairs & art and wine festivals in Canon City in addition to the weekly Farmer's Market.

Here's a link to a monthly arts newsletter for the Upper Arkansas Valley area (Buena Vista, Sailda, Canon City, FLorence area)

http://canonbeat.com/
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Old 06-10-2010, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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While Denver and Boulder do have a lot going on in the arts, they are certainly and by no means the only places in Colorado offering a lot of events for the arts.

try searching:
Arts (http://www.colorado.com/ArtsAndEntertainment - broken link)
Events (http://www.colorado.com/DoEventsAndFestivals - broken link)
yeah but it sounds like the OP is into the Santa Fe/hippie/alternative thing, so Boulder would be the ticket
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