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Old 10-13-2011, 08:52 PM
 
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Default We Love Eugene But Don't Like The Rainy Season: What Cities Are Similar But With Better Weather?

My wife and I are in our mid-20s and we have been fulltime RVing for the last year. We are ready to pick a place to spend a year or two and are trying to figure out which US cities might fit our ideal criteria. We're currently in Eugene, OR and love the vibe here, but 7-8 months of dreariness isn't our idea of fun.

I'd love your help in figuring out what cities might fit the following. (These are for our dream town. We're really not this prissy.)

1. Good Weather: Mostly sunny, with freezing temperatures being very anomalous. Highs never really above the mid-90s, lows never really below 50. Ideally not much of a winter.

2. Bike Friendly: Relatively flat, easy to get around, something of a bike culture.

3. Medium Size: Eugene-ish population, say 100k - 200k. Not very sprawled, manageable.

4. Fun People: Quirky, liberal culture. Friendly.

5. Happening: Things going on all the time, perhaps a college-town. Community theater and performing arts.

6. Near Nature: Easy access to outdoor sports, parks, rock climbing, etc.

Weather is a mostly non-negotiable factor for my wife, but I wonder what cities exist in the United States that might fit these or most of these criteria.

Thoughts, o' brilliant City-Data people?

Thanks!
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Old 10-13-2011, 10:00 PM
 
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You might want to post this in the City vs City in the General US category.

I am very interested in the replies that you receive. Good Luck
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Old 10-14-2011, 06:31 PM
 
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It you do not mind a little snow you should try Madison Wi. I lived there before i moved to Flagstaff, Az and it has most of everything you are looking for.
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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My wife and I are in our mid-20s and we have been fulltime RVing for the last year. We are ready to pick a place to spend a year or two and are trying to figure out which US cities might fit our ideal criteria. We're currently in Eugene, OR and love the vibe here, but 7-8 months of dreariness isn't our idea of fun.

I'd love your help in figuring out what cities might fit the following. (These are for our dream town. We're really not this prissy.)

1. Good Weather: Mostly sunny, with freezing temperatures being very anomalous. Highs never really above the mid-90s, lows never really below 50. Ideally not much of a winter.

2. Bike Friendly: Relatively flat, easy to get around, something of a bike culture.

3. Medium Size: Eugene-ish population, say 100k - 200k. Not very sprawled, manageable.

4. Fun People: Quirky, liberal culture. Friendly.

5. Happening: Things going on all the time, perhaps a college-town. Community theater and performing arts.

6. Near Nature: Easy access to outdoor sports, parks, rock climbing, etc.

Weather is a mostly non-negotiable factor for my wife, but I wonder what cities exist in the United States that might fit these or most of these criteria.

Thoughts, o' brilliant City-Data people?

Thanks!
Boulder, Colorado completely meets your criteria, except for #1.

However, it's not dreary: it's actually pretty sunny and nice most days, even when it's cold, even when it's snowy.

Now go post in Colorado asking about jobs, and tell jazzlover I said "hi."
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Old 10-15-2011, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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It sounds like you need to be somewhere along coastal California. I'd look into San Luis Obispo/Pismo Beach area. It's beautiful there!
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:22 AM
 
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Austin, TX, perhaps? Might be a little too big...
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:36 AM
 
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It sounds like you need to be somewhere along coastal California. I'd look into San Luis Obispo/Pismo Beach area. It's beautiful there!
This is completely different from Eugene... typical gentrified CA area where you can feel the wealth everywhere, with insane real estate prices and as to the culture, there's nothing remotely in SLO to compare to Eugene... SLO is a very polished place.
You may like some North CA coastal towns, Arcata, etc... no jobs there though.

I, myself, would like to find such town, without rains or cold (and millions of smokers that fill Eugene streets)... I'm afraid it doesn't exist.
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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This is completely different from Eugene... typical gentrified CA area where you can feel the wealth everywhere, with insane real estate prices and as to the culture, there's nothing remotely in SLO to compare to Eugene... SLO is a very polished place.
You may like some North CA coastal towns, Arcata, etc... no jobs there though.

I, myself, would like to find such town, without rains or cold (and millions of smokers that fill Eugene streets)... I'm afraid it doesn't exist.
True, guess I was just thinking about the weather. I think it's hard to find a place that has relatively mild temperatures year round without having to deal with a rainy season.

Someone suggested Boulder, CO. I would also suggest Fort Collins, CO. While the weather isn't quite mild, it may be a better fit if you need the sun. It does snow, and sometimes quite a bit, but it rarely sticks around for more than a day or two. The sun, especially in the winter, is pretty prominent. I grew up in Colorado and love the weather there for the most part.

I do think Eugene, and the culture there, is due in part to the weather. It's hard to find other communities out there that are similar.

What about Ashville, NC? I honestly don't know much about it, I've visited once in April, but I've heard it has quite a few similarities to the Oregon culture. I do know you'd have humidity and heat in the summer and probably some snow in the winter. You might look at the city-data page about it to see if it's somewhere to consider.
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Grinnell, IA
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Asheville meets most of your criteria except it does get quite a bit colder than 50 in the winter months. Also, whether it is bike-friendly is debatable. I know many people who bike everywhere, and the buses have bike racks on the front. There have been many new bike lanes added around town. However, many roads are very narrow and curvy with little shoulder/lack of bike lane, and it's hilly topography.
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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True, guess I was just thinking about the weather. I think it's hard to find a place that has relatively mild temperatures year round without having to deal with a rainy season.

Someone suggested Boulder, CO. I would also suggest Fort Collins, CO. While the weather isn't quite mild, it may be a better fit if you need the sun. It does snow, and sometimes quite a bit, but it rarely sticks around for more than a day or two. The sun, especially in the winter, is pretty prominent. I grew up in Colorado and love the weather there for the most part.

I do think Eugene, and the culture there, is due in part to the weather. It's hard to find other communities out there that are similar.

What about Ashville, NC? I honestly don't know much about it, I've visited once in April, but I've heard it has quite a few similarities to the Oregon culture. I do know you'd have humidity and heat in the summer and probably some snow in the winter. You might look at the city-data page about it to see if it's somewhere to consider.
I think coastal S. Cali works well for weather, but, like you say, it doesn't have the same culture. Davis, CA and the like in California may work, though. In fact, Davis might be perfect.

If I were you, I'd also check out SW and SE college towns. They will have the weather closest to what you're looking for (Although the SW may be TOO hot and the SE may be TOO humid, but both don't have winter) and many college towns will have the bit of culture you're looking for in a smaller community. Bike friendly will be tough to find in these regions I would think. The PNW does well in the category.

Asheville is definitely a great option, although not very bike friendly, but tons to do and counter culture (if you even want this). That said, if you leave town by 5 miles you're out in the Bible belt. It's more a reaction town than Eugene is, imo. Also, it gets cool(er) there than you would like, but by no means is it cold.....but that's relative.
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