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Old 01-30-2018, 10:20 AM
 
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SoCal: Idyllwild, Big Bear Lake, Arrowhead Lake. Zero degree days are rare (usually don't happen in typical year.) Casinos in San Jacinto, Cabazon, Indio, Coachella, etc.


Of course Tahoe area and some small CA Sierra foothill towns.


OR- Warm Springs Casino 15 miles west of Madras. Bend-Redmond 1/2 hr to 1 hr to south of Madras. Pendleton area is mild with casino. Skiing an hour plus away but available. Coast is 4-5 hours away. Casino in Klamath Falls, skiing hour plus away, coast 4-5 hours away.


WA- Might find what you want in Whatcom, Okanogan and Spokane counties.


Mild depends on exactly where you live. Above 5,000 feet, zero degree days become more possible but latitude matters too.


Central to eastern Arizona could possibly work if going to ocean is only occasional.


You need to know (say?) how big a community you prefer. Lots of these options are quite small or smaller than some want. A lot of the casinos are smallish too. Ok with a few thousand people (and related stuff)? Less? 10,000? 50k? Makes lots of difference. Some people are flexible / cope with small towns, some are not suited to it.


Fall leaf changing on west coast will generally occur in town, along rivers and some spots high enough to have aspen groves. In general it is not as widespread or colorful as in the east. Arizona has more deciduous trees than you might think, though it is still the exception and mainly in spots at moderate elevation that get enough water. The northwest has the least in the wild.

Small towns arenít a problem. Definitely donít want a retiree heavy town or farm town. College towns are fun. It is important to have some kind of nightlife/young people activities to do.
Would Tahoe/Sierra foothills town be sunny year round? Grey sad winters of Wisconsin have really taken a toll on me in the past years. I need lots of sunshine. By the way I meant to post this in the General US forum and I reposted it there as well. But I still appreciate the advice. Colorado people know what itís like to live in paradise so I trust you guys.
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Old 01-30-2018, 02:44 PM
 
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Truckee (near Tahoe) is clearly sunnier than national average. Some clouds that bring the snow but the data I see says sunny 60 plus % of time in winter, up to 90% peak in summer.
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Old 01-30-2018, 03:22 PM
 
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Reno, Lake Tahoe meet all your criteria.
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:02 PM
 
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Reno, Lake Tahoe meet all your criteria.
Any advice on safer areas of Reno?
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Old 01-30-2018, 11:26 PM
 
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Any advice on safer areas of Reno?
Most areas outside of downtown are just fine.
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Old 02-01-2018, 10:20 PM
 
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Any advice on safer areas of Reno?
South and West are the best areas

Midtown is a hipster area.
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Old 02-02-2018, 12:00 AM
 
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Small towns arenít a problem. Definitely donít want a retiree heavy town or farm town. College towns are fun. It is important to have some kind of nightlife/young people activities to do.
Would Tahoe/Sierra foothills town be sunny year round? Grey sad winters of Wisconsin have really taken a toll on me in the past years. I need lots of sunshine. By the way I meant to post this in the General US forum and I reposted it there as well. But I still appreciate the advice. Colorado people know what itís like to live in paradise so I trust you guys.
I posted ABQ/Santa Fe in your other thread, but when I thought about it a little more I think I know the spot for you: Chico, CA. Fits almost every one of your criteria, especially now that you mentioned you like college towns. Getting into pine-forested mountains is less than an hour drive away and the "big city" of Sacramento is less than 2 hours as well. Drive to the coast is a bit longer, 3-4 hours, but its some of the prettiest shoreline you will find anywhere and the drive there is mostly scenic too. In fact on the way to the coast there are a number of tribal casinos, you might find a place you like even more that way. Since tribal casinos in California are mostly out in the middle of nowhere, they are desperate for experienced dealers and usually just settle for training local people to do the job.

I did a project surveying all the casinos in Northern California three years ago and it was a very enjoyable project. Although it was a lot of driving, except for the times I was stuck on I-5 there was plenty of scenery and I saw a number of smaller towns I would have never gone to otherwise.
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