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Old 04-05-2016, 10:22 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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If Pittsburgh, Portland and DC all have a PNW feel, then the PNW must be a lot like the east coast.
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Old 04-05-2016, 11:27 AM
 
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If Pittsburgh, Portland and DC all have a PNW feel, then the PNW must be a lot like the east coast.
Personally, of those three places, Portland is the only one that reminds me at all of the PNW.
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Old 04-05-2016, 11:57 AM
 
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When I lived in Brooklyn as a kid we would visit relatives in the Adirondack area and I found that to be mysterious. We would walk the dirt paths surrounded by large trees there were bear tracks and deer tracks but no sign of them. The forest was surrounded by the moose river and had several small waterfalls. It was just awesome but the town they live in the nearest large supermarket or cafe is about 30+ away.

We moved up about 90 miles from the city and while I love the forests and scenery we have here it seems dwarfed to the Adirondacks or what the Pnw has to offer. The rent here is too high for what is available and it is a collective of small towns that have different vibes that require driving everywhere for anything.
Why not look into a small city near the Adirondacks like Glens Falls or Plattsburgh?
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Old 04-05-2016, 12:34 PM
 
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Old 04-05-2016, 12:36 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Personally, of those three places, Portland is the only one that reminds me at all of the PNW.
Except that Portland can get savagely cold in the winter.
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Old 04-05-2016, 01:28 PM
 
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Okay, so since I was younger I have been obsessed with the PNW, majestic forests, mountains, rocky coastline, rainy and mysterious it just seemed so magical. Movies like The Goonies, E.T, Short Circuit, Harry and The Hendersons(I know, Northern California) and recently Twin Peaks and Gravity Falls have drawn my attention.

Being older and married It is hard for me to find my way to live out there. I can walk away from everything I have here now but my wife has family and things she wants to stay near to, she denies it but I know it would cause her anxiety to be on the other side of the country.

I'm looking for a Small-Medium city that is/has:

close to large trees/forests
hiking/mountains
a rocky coastline or nearby rivers/lakes
bikeable and walkable neighborhoods
good food, and coffee
Universities and Community colleges nearby
a sense of community
live music, local and big acts
and is just mysterious, like bigfoot is living nearby

Places I looked into are Asheville NC , Portland ME , Northhampton MA. I feel locations in New England might fit because of Stephen King and I love the movie Stand by Me.


Tl;dr Looking for small-medium cities on the east coast like the PNW that have a "bigfoot lives nearby" vibe.
Look at any larger town in upper New England in Maine or Vermont or New Hampshire(or even parts of western Massachusetts) and you can basically sort of find what you're looking for. Most of New England is pretty forested, close to hills and mountains, proximity to the coast varies, but there's usually colleges and universities always nearby(there's so many colleges in New England).

To be honest, everyone has their own ideas of what different regions are like, but I found the small towns and cities in most of New England to actually be nicer than most of the smaller towns and cities in the Pacific Northwest. Some economic ills in certain areas aside, New England towns are older and have more charm and are usually less junky looking than a lot of the Pacific Northwest. The places that aren't junky looking tend to be pretty expensive.
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Old 04-05-2016, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Trieste
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Pittsburgh is better than PNW cities, she won't have the sea but is more steep, hilly, even greener, a way better historic architecture andoverall a retro style that's fascinatig.
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Old 04-05-2016, 04:37 PM
 
Location: In the hot spot!
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Except that Portland can get savagely cold in the winter.
Which makes it more like the. East Coast!
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Old 04-05-2016, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Several people have mentioned Portland, but don't forget Bangor, Maine's #2 city.
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Old 04-05-2016, 05:10 PM
 
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Why not look into a small city near the Adirondacks like Glens Falls or Plattsburgh?
Glens Falls is full of things to do, delicious restaurants, and numerous places to shop for everyone in your family or friends. (those are the Adirondacks in the background)
https://www.google.com/maps/@43.3092...8i6656!6m1!1e1

Plattsburgh, NY | Official Website
Plattsburgh photos, places and hotels — GoTravelaz (Again, the Adirondacks in the background and there is a city beach)
Grand Isle, VT - Plattsburgh, NY Ferry | Northern Crossing | 24/7 Service | Lake Champlain Ferries
https://www.google.com/maps/@44.6977...8i6656!6m1!1e1
GoAdirondack.com-The Adirondack Coast


Here are some streets near me that kind of give me that vibe: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Be...333bf306e7dffc


https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0579...7i13312!8i6656


https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9986...7i13312!8i6656


https://www.google.com/maps/@42.9974...7i13312!8i6656


https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0223...7i13312!8i6656


https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0427...7i13312!8i6656


https://www.google.com/maps/@43.0393...7i13312!8i6656

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sc...0fe5555ccebeb8

All are within city limits as well.

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