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Old 02-03-2013, 06:14 AM
 
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In my opinion the Baltimore-Washington corridor would be your best bet. It's where the jobs are (low unemployment rate around 4%), is close to the Blue Ridge Mountains (hour/hour and a half) and a bit over two hours to the beaches in MD or DE. It has four distinct seasons yet isn't over the top extreme typically in any of them (though July/August can be hot). Lastly it's one of the major metros in the US so it has everything you would ever want socially/culturally, and close proximity to other major cities like NYC or Philly for getaways.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:41 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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What about Raleigh, NC and the tri-cities area? One of the more erudite metros in the South, and one that offers a relatively short drive to mountains and water. A couple of former colleagues of mine moved there from the Miami area and just love it..
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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PBR? Pabst Blue Ribbon?? Is that a Southern drink of choice? It's an Illinois or Wisconsin brewery, no? I don't understand that connection. Doesn't the South have their own brand of $hitty beer?
Well, maybe Nashville "discovered" it first and it then spread to the rest of the South:


Johnny Russell "Rednecks White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer" - YouTube
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:49 AM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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^ I haven't heard that song since I moved from MI years ago. I know some northern rednecks that probably consider that our national anthem, lol.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:11 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I dare say that the OP would find Jacksonville more "Southern" than Charlotte.
But, I'd also have to agree with LovinDecatur and the recommendation to consider Raleigh and the greater Triangle area.
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