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Old 09-12-2017, 08:17 PM
 
Location: BMORE!
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Baltimore is close enough to the beach and close the mountains.
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:44 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Remove Savannah, the other three are a go!


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Savannah is an awesome place. History, character, charm, it's all there. A ton to do as well


TO THE OP: Savannah has MANY people just like you. It's overflowing with restless folks who don't know what to do with their lives and just want to chill out for awhile. Very walkable. Tons of great bars and restaurants. History on every block. A festival every weekend. Great arts and music scene. Plenty of recreation activities and nature areas to explore.
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:01 AM
 
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Asheville in my opinion would be a great choice for it's bike culture and big city amenities (amazing food/restaurant scene) along with it's vast outdoor recreation options plus scenery. There's often a blanket statement involved describing it as "granola" which is a bit irksome because while liberal has a much more diverse population than the granola-esque, tattooed, facial-pierced hipster types with dirty dreads the intended stereotype depicts. If you can go with a smaller yet still liberal town with a great little downtown area and arguably even more of a bike-culture, I would very highly suggest Brevard which is about 35 minutes SW of Asheville. It's visually stunning in/around this little college town and renowned for it's biking and outdoor recreation.

https://www.visitwaterfalls.com/port...o-in-cycles-2/
Welcome to Heart of Brevard in Brevard, North Carolina
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and wherever planes fly
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Wiliminton, NC
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:38 AM
 
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Greenville, SC Manufacturing headquarters of the south. Fastest growing metro in the US outside of Florida. Cleanest downtown I've ever seen. Affordable. Low taxes. Nice people. Foothills of the mountains. Lots of biking and hiking trails in the area.
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:08 AM
 
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Do you really think Asheville is better than Knoxville for mountain biking?
Never spent much time in Knoxville, but Asheville is pretty great. Pisgah National Forest is a draw for mountain bikers all over, and there's a mix of logging roads, singletrack, and other types of trails. https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mt...tional-forest/

Plus there are other non-Pisgah options. Lots of choices.
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'Waterfall City'
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Greenville, SC Manufacturing headquarters of the south. Fastest growing metro in the US outside of Florida. Cleanest downtown I've ever seen. Affordable. Low taxes. Nice people. Foothills of the mountains. Lots of biking and hiking trails in the area.
Clemson University about 45 minutes to the west of Greenville has some great biking trails in its 14,500 acre experimental forest.
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Old 09-14-2017, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Big Bayou
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I hate my job. I'm thinking of quitting and moving while I study to get myself on a new career path. Financially, I can easily afford this, but of course it will be a bit of a set back. I'm planning a break of about 6 months.

I'd like to stay in the southeast since that's where my family is and it's a pretty affordable region. I'm not exactly sure what I will do on this break since my work life over the last 5 years has led to me losing interest in everything. I will definitely want to get outdoors and do things like hike and ride my bike, though. I would like a walkable downtown, good cafes to hang out at, hiking and cycling trails.

I haven't been to any of these cities, but based on reputation I came up with a few ideas:

- Charleston, SC - (good live music and downtown I hear, not so keen on the beach and humidity though)
- Savannah, GA
- Nashville, TN
- Asheville, NC (really like the mountain location)

Appreciate any advice on this.
Charleston and Savannah are both great.
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Old 09-15-2017, 05:25 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I hate my job. I'm thinking of quitting and moving while I study to get myself on a new career path. Financially, I can easily afford this, but of course it will be a bit of a set back. I'm planning a break of about 6 months.

I'd like to stay in the southeast since that's where my family is and it's a pretty affordable region. I'm not exactly sure what I will do on this break since my work life over the last 5 years has led to me losing interest in everything. I will definitely want to get outdoors and do things like hike and ride my bike, though. I would like a walkable downtown, good cafes to hang out at, hiking and cycling trails.

I haven't been to any of these cities, but based on reputation I came up with a few ideas:

- Charleston, SC - (good live music and downtown I hear, not so keen on the beach and humidity though)
- Savannah, GA
- Nashville, TN
- Asheville, NC (really like the mountain location)

Appreciate any advice on this.
Obviously you need to check out all of the places that you've listed, so you might as well take a big road trip first. But if you're sick of heat and humidity, cross Savannah and Charleston off the list. You might as well add Knoxville and Chattanooga to the road trip, but I think you know deep down that Asheville/NC Mountains is the front runner. Go for it.
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Old 09-15-2017, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Both Charleston and Savannah are fun, historical, with good beaches and local colleges, so students near your age are there.

BUT, the humidity can make you feel faint if you aren't used to it. Or nauseated...no going out between 10am and 4pm for me! Heat index can be 105F days in a row.

*I lived in Charleston 3 yrs*, loved all it had to offer, but recently moved back to the NC mts. The heat was on my list of reasons...as well as crime, constant tourists, heavy traffic, cost of living....prop taxes were double what they are here in NC. etc.

You just can't beat the NC mts. Asheville is fun, fun, fun for all ages...trails galore for hiking, biking and some areas quite cool for summer....where I am has not been over 78F this yr.

It is popular, so visitors from everywhere all yr round.

Come visit and see for yourself








QUOTE=Greg10556;49501056]Savannah is an awesome place. History, character, charm, it's all there. A ton to do as well[/quote]
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