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Old 04-18-2017, 08:34 AM
 
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Funny to see Springfield, MA mentioned?! I didn't think anyone knew it existed? I grew up there and thoroughly enjoyed my childhood, but it is a different place now. It also doesn't have mountains. If the OP stays east I would suggest Vermont, possibly New Hampshire. In the west it would be Colorado, Oregon or Washington state.
I have a friend from Springfield and visited recently and thought it was a nice town, I never had an opinion of it previous to the visit. I mentioned it as it seems to hit some points the OP wants. The mountains are only a few hours North, MA allows recreation use of MJ, decent 4 season weather, it's a liberal state and the school system is pretty decent.
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Old 04-18-2017, 10:44 AM
 
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I have a friend from Springfield and visited recently and thought it was a nice town, I never had an opinion of it previous to the visit. I mentioned it as it seems to hit some points the OP wants. The mountains are only a few hours North, MA allows recreation use of MJ, decent 4 season weather, it's a liberal state and the school system is pretty decent.
My initial thoughts were CO, OR and WA (and maybe Northern CA). I disagree about the broad generalization of the West Coast not having distinct seasons, but you've got a point about MA being an option, and not a bad one- I forget they've legalized, as well. But I'd add Maine to the list. Our friends in Portland seem to really like it there and it would seem to fit most of the OP's criteria.

I'd say that the biggest challenge is going to be finding a good job market, given the criteria. Most of the places we're all discussing are not cheap to live in, and outside of major cities it can be tough to find well-paying work...
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Old 04-18-2017, 10:47 AM
 
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My initial thoughts were CO, OR and WA (and maybe Northern CA). I disagree about the broad generalization of the West Coast not having distinct seasons, but you've got a point about MA being an option, and not a bad one- I forget they've legalized, as well. But I'd add Maine to the list. Our friends in Portland seem to really like it there and it would seem to fit most of the OP's criteria.

I'd say that the biggest challenge is going to be finding a good job market, given the criteria. Most of the places we're all discussing are not cheap to live in, and outside of major cities it can be tough to find well-paying work...
My initial recommendations were MA and ME same thoughts as well.
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Old 04-19-2017, 03:41 AM
 
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If the OP does consider MA, perhaps a town like Williamstown in the Berkshires/Taconics could work. It has Williams College, but the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area is right across the NY/MA state line. Pittsfield may have some jobs, but not sure if there are many there.

Great Barrington and the Stockbridges could also fit the small town, good schools and in/near the mountains criteria in terms of western MA as well.
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