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Old 07-27-2014, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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Albany could work too. Being a state capital and home to a large state university, the economy is pretty strong. The people are left-leaning, non-religious, with a live-and-let-live mentality. You'd be an hour from the Adirondacks, which offers some of the best hiking north of the Carolinas.

And in case you'd like to go away for a long weekend, you'd be two hours from NYC, two and a half hours from Boston, and three hours from Montreal.
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:49 AM
 
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Thanks guys I'll look into all the cities recommended, never thought about Pittsburgh. @creeksitter , I'm a chef and it would be nice to be near tall mountains but mostly looking to just be around nature in general. Like lots of places to go hiking, biking, walking, close vicinity to camping and outdoor activities. A place where people are intelligent, well traveled, open to new ideas, like to recycle, cool bookstores, small businesses, people that like to grow their own food, artists, that type of stuff. Never would of thought about Tallahasee or Burllington, thanks @nep321
If you can get past the mountain at your doorstep aspect I would recommend the Durham/Chapel Hill/Carrboro
metro in NC. It nails all of your other criteria including a very strong food/culinary scene and the mountains are a fairly easy two hour drive.
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:03 AM
 
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Albany could work too. Being a state capital and home to a large state university, the economy is pretty strong. The people are left-leaning, non-religious, with a live-and-let-live mentality. You'd be an hour from the Adirondacks, which offers some of the best hiking north of the Carolinas.

And in case you'd like to go away for a long weekend, you'd be two hours from NYC, two and a half hours from Boston, and three hours from Montreal.
I thought about Albany and the OP may be able to find something in Saratoga Springs, given the strong tourism scene there. That puts them closer to the Adirondacks. Albany isn't too far from the Catskills and Berkshires as well.

As for specific areas that fit what the OP is looking for, the Center Square neighborhood of Albany, Downtown Troy, Jay Street and the Union Triangle in Schenectady and Saratoga Springs would fit.
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:43 PM
 
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A place where people are intelligent, well traveled, open to new ideas, like to recycle, cool bookstores, small businesses, people that like to grow their own food, artists, that type of stuff.
You know this describes Asheville to a T. Finding a job could be a challenge but they might appreciate your cooking talents. Another contender is Charlottesville. You'll find people who fit that description in Knoxville and Chattanooga, but they will be spread out among lots more middle and working class people. Is that a problem?

You mention Roanoake - I love downtown Roanoake and it is nestled in the mountains - but can't say much about the demographics.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:33 AM
 
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I should rephrase that to say I'm not familiar with the demographics of Roanoake.
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:12 PM
 
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Thanks everyone I'm going to be in the East Coast for a wedding in October and probably going to take a road trip through some of these towns. Back to work for now, cheers.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Albany could work too. Being a state capital and home to a large state university, the economy is pretty strong. The people are left-leaning, non-religious, with a live-and-let-live mentality. You'd be an hour from the Adirondacks, which offers some of the best hiking north of the Carolinas.

And in case you'd like to go away for a long weekend, you'd be two hours from NYC, two and a half hours from Boston, and three hours from Montreal.
Have lived in both, def. not the same. Albany is standard nanny-state liberalism. Denver is libertarianist.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:59 PM
 
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Have lived in both, def. not the same. Albany is standard nanny-state liberalism. Denver is libertarianist.
I agree with the above statement. (Have only visited Albany, lived in the region for a short while.)
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Old 07-30-2014, 08:59 PM
 
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Have lived in both, def. not the same. Albany is standard nanny-state liberalism. Denver is libertarianist.
I guess, but that post isn't incorrect and has areas that fit the criteria that the OP laid out.
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