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Old 06-02-2013, 03:47 PM
 
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Does the coastline have to be an ocean coast? I think that there are a lot of places in Michigan on Lake Huron like Frankenmuth, Tawas City, and Alpena that would fit your description. Or pretty much anywhere on the Lake Erie coast between Toledo and Cleveland.

Frankenmuth is not on a lake.

The west coast of Michigan has dozens of neat small and medium size towns.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Yah, I think most people agree what you described can be found all over the country. Charming small towns are everywhere. You'll probably need to use other factors to guide your decision. COL, job prospects, proximity to friends and family, particular interests like fishing, surfing, hunting, or other things that folks in small towns might enjoy (not that city folk dont do those things).

Anyway, with nothing to go on then I speak for the "small town areas" that I know: St Augustine, FL is pretty awesome as described already. It has enough happening but still very laid back. Will get touristy in certain areas and seasons, but not to the point where you can't avoid it. Fernandina Beach, FL (Amelia Island) is another option similar to St Augustine but smaller. Both of these towns are 30-45 min from Jacksonville if you ever need big city amenities.

Savannah, GA is beautiful, historic, and vibrant. You'll have easy access to the beach but the town itself isn't on the ocean. Still, a lovely place although it's perhaps a little bit bigger than what I'd normally think of for "small town america"

Port St Lucie, FL is more of the quintessential small town. I think I'd lose my mind there. But it's beautiful...in general the beaches further south in Florida seem to be prettier. I bet you can find lots of tiny beach towns along the Florida coast but these are the ones I'm familiar with.

Good luck!
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:49 PM
 
Location: New York
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Again, thank you so much you guys for all of the recommendations! I'm really looking forward this. And to the person who said something about investing in some kind of stress therapy or whatever, no thanks. No amount of massages or good smelling candles are going to change the fact that I need to get away from New York. I've lived here all of my life and I can surely say without a doubt that I may have been born and raise here, but this city just isn't for me.

To everyone else... Wow, just wow. I feel like taking some sort of road trip just to see all of these places. I really appreciate the fact so many of you guys took the time to post about your own or your favorite little towns, so thank you.

And to answer any questions about having to be on the east, it definitely doesn't have to be on the east coast. Even if the place was across the country, I really wouldn't mind. Also, the coastline was just a preference. I love those kind of places where you can just go out on a boat and fish all day. It's so peaceful.

Oh! And one more thing (sorry this is so long!), to anyone who thinks I'm having some sort of breakdown and want to just hide in a cave or something, I know my original post seemed a little bit like it was posted just on an impulse and that I'd change my mind later, but it really wasn't. It's been my dream to find this perfect little town and only recently have I been financially ready AND actually have the time to take this little getaway and eventually find my future home where I'll retire.
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:13 PM
 
Location: NC
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Beaufort SC....A hidden gem
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Old 06-05-2013, 02:35 PM
 
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Savannah,Ga, ,Jekyll Island,Ga, St Simons Island....Seeing a pattern here? the coast of Georgia has some beautiful little towns all all the way down to Florida. One of the best hings about it is ,most people forget about us. Our weather is just as nice as Florida,and our beaches aren't over run with large resorts!
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Old 06-07-2013, 01:30 AM
 
Location: 'Bout a mile off Old Mill Road
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Naples, FL is my favorite small city in the U.S. Actually, it's my favorite place in the world.
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:30 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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Whenever my family and I want a getaway from Boston, we head up to Maine for the weekend. I could easily see myself living up there one day later in life. Portland is an incredible little city, super laid back, on the coast with great restaurants, museums and amenities. For something a little more secluded we head up to Georgetown Island Maine to the Five Islands area, another wonderful destination.
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:58 AM
 
Location: 'Bout a mile off Old Mill Road
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Whenever my family and I want a getaway from Boston, we head up to Maine for the weekend. I could easily see myself living up there one day later in life. Portland is an incredible little city, super laid back, on the coast with great restaurants, museums and amenities. For something a little more secluded we head up to Georgetown Island Maine to the Five Islands area, another wonderful destination.
The parts of Maine I've visited are beautiful, especially in the summer and early fall. Unfortunately, I've never been that far up in Maine.
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I'll second Newport, and add Eugene, Oregon - a larger town, in the valley instead of the coast, but it has the vibe you're looking for.
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:29 PM
 
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I don't know if these towns have been mentioned yet but I'll offer up Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA. These two towns are right across the Delaware River from one another and are surrounded by nothing but wooded areas and farmland. Both towns have great restaurants, art galleries, and a lot of historic architecture. There is nothing more relaxing than walking across the bridge that connects the two towns on a summer evening after eating outside.
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