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Old 05-30-2017, 05:10 PM
 
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I might be getting able to work remote in the next few months which excites me to no end.

I've been living in the Mississippi Delta region for a while (previously Louisiana) and I'm ready to be somewhere with beautiful nature nearby. The Delta isn't exactly known for it's scenery.

I'm looking for an affordable small town (~100k population or less) with a 'quaint' feel, and also with a moderate amount of things to do (maybe a brewery or two, a few decent restaurants, some kind of arts/music/entertainment options no matter how small).

I would also like to be nearby nature -- somewhere with lots of hiking/biking trails, etc. There's some of that around me, but it's not much to look at.

I'm open to any region as long as it meets the above criteria.

Thanks!

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Old 05-30-2017, 05:53 PM
 
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I might be getting able to work remote in the next few months which excites me to no end.

I've been living in the Mississippi Delta region for a while (previously Louisiana) and I'm ready to be somewhere with beautiful nature nearby. The Delta isn't exactly known for it's scenery.

I'm looking for an affordable small town (~100k population or less) with a 'quaint' feel, and also with a moderate amount of things to do (maybe a brewery or two, a few decent restaurants, some kind of arts/music/entertainment options no matter how small).

I would also like to be nearby nature -- somewhere with lots of hiking/biking trails, etc. There's some of that around me, but it's not much to look at.

I'm open to any region as long as it meets the above criteria.

Thanks!


Edit: Meant to post this to General US! Sorry, wasn't paying attention.
Check out Cookeville, Tennessee.

pop. 33,000, quaint, walkable downtown, several breweries, excellent restaurants, low cost of living, mountain biking in town, a good music scene with concerts (many free), miles of hiking and biking trails and surrounded by lakes, waterfalls, and gorges. And it's less than an hour from the Nashville airport.














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Old 05-30-2017, 06:34 PM
 
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Does 100,000 include the entire metro area or just the core city?

Are you wanting to keep the same type of climate? Hot, and wet and humid or are you open to change?
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Old 05-30-2017, 06:53 PM
 
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Corning NY with its Downtown(Gaffer District/Market Street) is a place that comes to mind. Corning's Gaffer District

https://www.planning.org/greatplaces...rketstreet.htm

Corning, NY - America's Most Fun Small Town | Finger Lakes Region
Corning & the Southern Finger Lakes Official Vacation Planner
UrbanCorning | Events, Info, and Fun in Corning, NY

Some others that come to mind.

Home - Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce,NY
Downtown Canandaigua -
Just outside of the city: https://www.cmacevents.com/events/

Welcome to Historic Lewiston, New York
https://www.villageoflewiston.net
Town of Lewiston
This is in the town, which is just north of Niagara Falls, about 30 minutes from Buffalo and about an hour or so from Toronto: Artpark | Western New York's Premier Destination for Music, Theatre, Family Fun

Might also work: Seneca Falls, NY - Historic Gateway to the Finger Lakes
https://dellagoresort.com/entertainment/

More: Home - Shepherdstown Visitors Center

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Old 05-30-2017, 07:20 PM
 
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Does 100,000 include the entire metro area or just the core city?

Are you wanting to keep the same type of climate? Hot, and wet and humid or are you open to change?


Core city is fine -- I'm not too particular, I just want to keep it on the small side. I'm open to just about anywhere regardless of climate.
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:21 PM
 
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I'll check out Cookeville (I swear I've been there before, but can't place when) and the New York recommendations as well. Thanks!
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:48 PM
 
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Utica, NY checks off literally everything there, but Upstate NY is very gloomy. It's either worse (Syracuse) or better (Albany) than Seattle and Portland, gloom wise, but around the 44-48% annual sunshine range.

Utica has the Adirondacks, which is a state park the size of Vermont or New Hampshire. It's larger than the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, etc. combined. It's the most frustratingly underrated park in the country.

Affordable, because well, the climate sucks.

FX Matts, oldest brewery in NYS. Strong beer culture (Utica Club, Saranac)

Has a zoo, AHL hockey team, largest 15k Road Race in the country (Boilermaker) and signature Italian food (tomato pie, chicken riggies, greens, etc.) that you can basically only in Utica (save for tomato pie, also a Philadelphia thing).

Utica Music Fest and Munson Williams Museum has a partnership with Pratt in Brooklyn. Decent arts community.
There's also Cooperstown and the Catskills to the south. If the OP wants quaint in the Utica area, I'd suggest this community minutes outside of the city and home to Hamilton College: Clinton, New York: Historic Village of Clinton, NY Shopping & Entertainment Travel Guide
https://www.clintonnychamber.org

Or this village adjacent to the nice South Utica section of town and minutes from the community above: Village Of New Hartford: Homepage: [Digital Towpath]
https://goo.gl/maps/jFgrj8GhgaF2

There's also this resort in the area for some potential events: https://www.turningstone.com

People may not realize that Utica-Rome is the most affordable metro in NY State and is on par with many moderately popular Southern and Midwestern areas in that regard.
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Old 05-30-2017, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas via ATX
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Come check out Fayetteville, Bentonville or Rogers. Or any of the adjacent towns in Northwest Arkansas.

We have it all Hiking, mountain biking, deep clean lakes, clear streams for kayaking and floating, and consistently rank high in Best Places to live lists.

Hurry, though, because our affordability seems to be dissipating on some fronts. The price jumps are just now starting.
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Old 05-31-2017, 05:20 AM
 
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Check out the Boone NC area (elevation 3300 feet) which makes for pleasantly cool summers. It's an outdoor sports paradise with every genre available including hiking, biking/mountain biking, whitewater rafting, kayaking and rock-climbing all in high caliber locations sought out by outdoor enthusiasts from all over. Boone is also a college town (Appalachian State University) but even in summer is thriving with all of the outdoor activities. Boone has four breweries, three in town and one in neighboring Blowing Rock plus dozens of great restaurants in the tri-town area (Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk) which are at most 15 minutes apart.

Outdoor Activities in Boone, NC | Blue Ridge Mountains
Restaurants in Boone, NC | Blue Ridge Mountain Dining
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Old 05-31-2017, 06:02 AM
 
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Boone is a great place, but it's on the expensive side of the cost of living spectrum. Cookeville is much more affordable and is also a university town (Tennessee Tech U and Vol State CC), also has three breweries in town and another one just outside of town.

https://www.facebook.com/jigheadbrewing/
https://www.facebook.com/hixfarmbrewery/
https://www.facebook.com/Redsilobrewing/
https://www.facebook.com/calfkillerbrewingcompany/

One cost of living calculator has Boone at 115, Cookeville at 75 (100 being the national average). City-data stats show that Boone has per capita income of $13,419 but median rent of $853 and house or condo value of $274,930. Cookeville is much more affordable with per capita income of $21,938 but median rent of $711 and house or condo value of $170,152.

Cullowhee NC might be another possibility, right by the Smoky Mountains with lots of whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking, etc., and right by Western Carolina U, but its per capita income is only $8,147 (yikes). I own a cabin just outside of Cullowhee and love the area because it is much more affordable than Boone. But wages are crazy low, and NC taxes are higher than TN. But it is a stunningly beautiful area. Still, when all things are factored in (wages, cost of living, taxes, outdoor recreation, natural beauty, proximity to bigger cities) it really is hard to beat Cookeville.
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