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Old 07-10-2014, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Is there such a thing as a cold beach/ocean town on the East Coast? A place without the heat? Close to the mountains?
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:02 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Maine is probably your best bet to fit your description of cold and mountains not too far away. If you want beach towns, as in nice sandy beaches then Ogunquit, Wells, and Old Orchard Beach are all pretty nice. North of Portland has some of the best coastal scenery but it's mostly rocky shores up there. For mountains Western Maine and New Hamshire are within a few hours drive.
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:03 PM
 
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Is there such a thing as a cold beach/ocean town on the East Coast? A place without the heat? Close to the mountains?
Do you mean a community that is still functional outside of the summer or something else?
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Do you mean a community that is still functional outside of the summer or something else?
A place that has mild summers and gets some snow or at least cold temps in the winter. A flux in seasonal population isn't a consideration.

The downside to a place like Oregon is there isn't a lot going on. The East Coast is more active.

Most posters are looking for a warm beach within close proximity to the mountains. Are there great towns that we are overlooking because of a little snow?
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:21 PM
 
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Lake George in the Adirondacks fits, as does Plattsburgh. I believe that the Port Henry/Moriah area would fit, as would Ticonderoga. All of those communities have lakeside beaches and are within or very close to the Adirondack Park. There are probably some others up there that I'm forgetting about too.
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:54 PM
 
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New Hampshire has a short seacoast but nevertheless some nice beaches there.

Look into Portsmouth, Rye & Seabrook, NH

All with very easy access to Boston ( an hour or so drive) to the south and to the NH mountains for winter sports.
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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So maybe like the Hamptons and Martha's Vineyard?
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:12 PM
 
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I went to a beach in Portand Maine one summer and it was cold!!
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:29 PM
 
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Plattsburgh, NY
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:51 PM
 
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Maine beaches are cold even in the summer, both water and air especially at night. Days are warm, don't get me wrong, you can lay out on the sand like you could in Florida but compared to beaches south, like NY down, New England beaches tend to be a bit more chilly. I've worn sweatshirts on the beach during the day on occasion in Maine. My family has been going to York Beach for decades, it is very nice up there. Almost no humidity, ever.

One thing though, it tends to not snow a lot at the immediate coast.
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