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Old 05-31-2012, 04:35 PM
 
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Hi I'm looking for a specific place here are my qualificationns

Some scenery
Small town feel (feel, doesn't have to be small)
east of the mississippi river
Within a hour of a major city (being about 80,000 people)
Many lakes near by
Snow in the winter for at least 2 months
Not very humid but that is not priority

Come on there has to be a place for me America!
Thanks for all the help
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:01 PM
 
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Do you mean snow has to stay on the ground most of the time for at least 2 months? Or just that you can/do get some snow for a couple of months? If you need it to stay on the ground, this will limit you to the farther northern areas. If you want to see snow, but don't need it on the ground for extended periods, it will open up more options
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:04 PM
 
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I would like to see snow and have it stay on the ground for at least a month, I would like a White christmas so to speak
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:31 PM
 
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How about New Hampshire? Snow on the ground, many lakes, many places with a small town feel. Lake Winnipesaukee is the biggest lake, but there are lots more to choose from. And most places in New Hampshire are close enough for weekend trips (or even day trips) to Boston.

Another favorite of mine that meets the criteria is Maine, specifically the Portland area. The Downeaster train goes directly to Boston - not fast enough to commute but great for leisure time in Boston.

Lots of towns around the Finger Lakes in upstate NY also meet the criteria. Skaneateles is close to Syracuse; Geneva, Canandaigua are near Rochester. Ithaca is great, too, but rarely has snow on the ground at Christmas. And when the snow comes it doesn't stay too long before melting (I live ~30 min away from Ithaca)

http://www.city-data.com/city/Skaneateles-New-York.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Canandaigua-New-York.html
http://www.city-data.com/city/Portland-Maine.html




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Old 05-31-2012, 07:57 PM
 
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If you want to look to the Southeast, where the winter weather isn't too extreme, you might think about Asheville, NC or Knoxville, TN. Both are nice not-too-big cities with lakes nearby. Both get anywhere from 1 to 1.5 feet of snow in a typical winter (more than most Southern locations), but it might not necessarily stay on the ground for all that long.

Or, if it's colder winters you want, try eastern Minnesota (outside the Twin Cities) or the Madison area of Wisconsin. Just barely to the east of the Mississippi River...and it's the land of 10,000 lakes!
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:56 PM
 
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Sorry the typical winter in Knoxville might get 8" of snow. That actually stays on the ground. If it stays for a week it's highly unusual. Asheville might get a bit more snow but doesn't have as many lakes.

I think it's the finger lakes for the OP.
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:13 PM
 
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Some others in NY that come to mind that you could look into are: Oswego, Sackets Harbor, Cazenovia, Waterloo, Seneca Falls(supposedly the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life" was based off of it), Auburn, Liverpool(village), Geneseo, Fredonia, Youngstown, Lewiston, Plattsburgh, Lake George, Saratoga Springs and maybe places like Cooperstown and Ticonderoga too. There may be others.

Also, if you ever go to Skaneateles, you may like this: Skaneateles Area Chamber Of Commerce - Dickens' Christmas in Skaneateles

Or the It's a Wonderful Life celebration in Seneca Falls: The Real Bedford Falls
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:29 AM
 
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does anyone know anything about the charlottesville va and surrounding areas?
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:10 PM
 
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Charlottesville's a very pretty area, borderline as to whether it would meet your winter weather criteria, and it's only about 90 minutes from DC.
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