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Old 07-09-2012, 08:05 AM
Status: "Summertime, and the living's easy" (set 24 days ago)
 
Location: The Eastern Shore
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Ok, so the nature of my job would allow a move to a resort area if I wanted. I grew up in a town dominated by tourism and I loved it. So it intrigues me. So my question is, what resort towns do you guys think would be the best in terms of living there?
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:47 AM
 
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There are plenty in NY. Saratoga Springs, Cooperstown, Watkins Glen, Sackets Harbor, Alexandria Bay, Clayton, Lewiston and Youngstown come to mind. I'm leaving some out too.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:04 AM
 
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Traverse City, Charlevoix, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Saugatuck, Michigan.
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:16 PM
 
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Hershey, PA with highly rated schools seems to be Nirvana to families with a stay at home parent. But in terms of nightlife it's very boring. Lacks the isolation of many tourist communities, in fact many truck terminals are nearby due to proximity to the East Coast population centers.
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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What kind of climate or setting are you looking for?
If you like desert, I suggest Sedona, AZ, or Santa Fe, NM. Aspen, CO, Boulder, CO or Park City, UT if you like mountains.
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:49 PM
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Location: The Eastern Shore
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What kind of climate or setting are you looking for?
If you like desert, I suggest Sedona, AZ, or Santa Fe, NM. Aspen, CO, Boulder, CO or Park City, UT if you like mountains.
To be honest, weather is not really a factor for me. I like hot or cold, snow or beach, mountains or desert. Just looking for a place preferably with natural beauty and good quality of life. It would be good to be within say, two hours of a larger city however. For the things the resort area may not have. I am a fan of estes park, but just looking at alternatives.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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To be honest, weather is not really a factor for me. I like hot or cold, snow or beach, mountains or desert. Just looking for a place preferably with natural beauty and good quality of life. It would be good to be within say, two hours of a larger city however. For the things the resort area may not have. I am a fan of estes park, but just looking at alternatives.
If you want some place coastal, I suggest checking out Carmel in California, although it's very expensive.
Nearby Monterey and Santa Cruz are also good alternatives.
Sanibel in Florida is also wonderful, but it's a bit secluded. Only less than an hour from the nearest city though, but Ft Myers is not a place I would want to go to often.
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:46 PM
 
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Destin, FL
Hilton Head, SC
St. Simons Island, GA

Of these three, I like St. Simons the best. It is the least touristy while still having that coolness about it.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:30 PM
 
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What about things like nightlife, walkability and access to natural beauty/outdoor offerings?
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:58 AM
 
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Another vote for Saugatuck/Douglas Michigan. It has the sophistication of a large city (theater, galleries, good food scene) is extremely walk/bike-friendly, beautiful topography, has no chain stores/restaurants (not even a fast food restaurant), friendly locals, lots of outdoor recreation including one of the world's best fresh water beaches (Oval Beach on Lake Michigan) and is two and a half hours from the heart of Chicago.
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