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Old 07-26-2014, 12:33 PM
 
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If a more hippie feel is important you might consider Boone NC, though it raises flags in terms of winter although it doesn't last that long in terms of severity.
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:35 PM
 
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We have talked about Charlottesville a little, too. I haven't spent a lot of time there, but my impressions have been that it's nice, not particularly hippie, and actually a bit on the more yuppie side. Does this seem wrong?
Maybe I conflate yuppies with hippies? I've seen some "weird" people doing a weird dance in the downtown area. I assumed that was hippies.

You could look at Roanoke Virginia, it is closer to the Apps and def. not a yuppie city. I don't know if I would call it hippie but I can see people similar to those in Asheville liking Roanoke too.
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:36 PM
 
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Maybe Northwest Arkansas (Fayetteville-Rogers-Springdale area)?
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:37 PM
 
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If a more hippie feel is important you might consider Boone NC, though it raises flags in terms of winter although it doesn't last that long in terms of severity.
Boone is more hippie than I need, but fun for visits. =)
I have spent a lot of time there, throughout my life, as well. And their traffic has become nightmarish since I was a child.

I am actually from NC, but currently live in DC, so I know parts of the East Coast well, just from living here, and a good bit of the West from travel.
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:41 PM
 
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Maybe Northwest Arkansas (Fayetteville-Rogers-Springdale area)?
Thanks. I will have to look into this, as some of Arkansas has also popped up in searches. My assumption has been it is hot, HUMID, and conservative, but I will delve deeper. I camped one August night in Arkansas, near Memphis, and it was miserable.
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:43 PM
 
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Maybe I conflate yuppies with hippies? I've seen some "weird" people doing a weird dance in the downtown area. I assumed that was hippies.

You could look at Roanoke Virginia, it is closer to the Apps and def. not a yuppie city. I don't know if I would call it hippie but I can see people similar to those in Asheville liking Roanoke too.
There are a handful of hippies in Charlottesville but not enough to sway the overall feel which is quite "VA blue blood yuppie". Roanoke shares geographical similarities with Asheville, but would say comparisons largely end there.
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:44 PM
 
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Maybe I conflate yuppies with hippies? I've seen some "weird" people doing a weird dance in the downtown area. I assumed that was hippies.

You could look at Roanoke Virginia, it is closer to the Apps and def. not a yuppie city. I don't know if I would call it hippie but I can see people similar to those in Asheville liking Roanoke too.

LOL on the first bit. And agreed that Roanoke is a possibility. I've spent a little bit of time there and have a few friends there, too. Also, there does seem to be a bit of flow between AVL and Roanoke.

I think the earlier poster that said I seem to be looking for an Asheville in the Rockies is right on. But I am open to all other ideas, as I don't know that there is one.
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:47 PM
 
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Boone is more hippie than I need, but fun for visits. =)
I have spent a lot of time there, throughout my life, as well. And their traffic has become nightmarish since I was a child.

I am actually from NC, but currently live in DC, so I know parts of the East Coast well, just from living here, and a good bit of the West from travel.
Thinking... Other options that come to mind that you may not have explored...

Olympia WA
Salt Lake City (yep, really)
Eugene OR
Davis CA
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:52 PM
 
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Thinking... Other options that come to mind that you may not have explored...

Olympia WA
Salt Lake City (yep, really)
Eugene OR
Davis CA
I keep trying to accept SLC as an option - but it is JUST SO BROWN. I have a friend who lives among beautiful aspens and moose in one of the canyons there and it is beautiful, but I just don't know that I could do the brown... We talked about Olympia this morning, and feel that it may be a little too damp...? We've only been there once, 12 years ago. I have not visited the other two, but Eugene is one of the OR cities that seems to fit, based on quizzes and such. Those seem so silly, but the same places do seem to show up often, when we take them.
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Old 07-26-2014, 12:52 PM
 
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What about Frederick MD? Put you closer to the mountains, snowskiing, sure some whitewater somewhere, etc. Frederick has a nice downtown area. You are still close to DC for weekend visits.
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