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Old 04-13-2018, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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I'll add another one that is in a metro that fits the population criteria and that is St. Joseph. Visitors Guide - City of St. Joseph, Michigan
Thanks it looks nice!
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Old 04-13-2018, 01:37 PM
 
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Thanks it looks nice!
It is and it is only about an hour and a half from Chicago too. There is a train station there that you could use if you want to as well.
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Old 04-13-2018, 01:39 PM
 
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Reno, NV next to lake Tahoe.
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Old 04-14-2018, 04:33 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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It is and it is only about an hour and a half from Chicago too. There is a train station there that you could use if you want to as well.
Question: Is there a nickname for the western shore of lower Michigan? Seems like there would be since it's so popular with moneyed Chicagoans.
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Old 04-14-2018, 05:20 AM
 
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Question: Is there a nickname for the western shore of lower Michigan? Seems like there would be since it's so popular with moneyed Chicagoans.
Good question...St. Joseph is called the “Riviera of the Midwest”, but I don’t remember hearing one for that whole region. The Riviera of the Midwest - City of St. Joseph, Michigan
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Old 04-14-2018, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Reno, NV next to lake Tahoe.
Reno is interesting and on my list to check out. I've heard good stuff...two of my friends are Next City Vanguard Fellows and they had their conference in Reno several years ago. I actually applied to that one but didnt get accepted.

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Question: Is there a nickname for the western shore of lower Michigan? Seems like there would be since it's so popular with moneyed Chicagoans.
All I could find is Southwest Michigan. That's the way Visit Michigan and Visit St Joseph referred to it, and then on wikitravel (fwiw) it says "Grand Rapids is the unofficial capital of West Michigan; the regions away from G.R. often refer to themselves as "Southwest" or "Northwest" Michigan."
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Old 04-14-2018, 11:56 AM
 
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Question: Is there a nickname for the western shore of lower Michigan? Seems like there would be since it's so popular with moneyed Chicagoans.
I've sometimes heard it referred to as Michigan's Gold Coast.
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Old 04-14-2018, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Of the places that I've been I would say Savannah, GA and Burlington, VT. I haven't been to much of the west (only Colorado and Wyoming), but I have been to a lot of the rest of the country. I will say though that I have never been to Charleston and I suspect I would add it to my list.

I would give an honorable mention to Rapid City which isn't particularly urban (though not bad) but is within an hours drive of some of the most spectacular scenery east of the Rockies (both the Badlands and the Black Hills, plus the rolling prairies of the western Dakotas are beautiful in a stark and surreal kind of way). I don't think I could ever get tired of walking around the Badlands.

I love Duluth in the Summer and Fall but it is just too cold in the winter.

I enjoyed Madison when I was younger but now that I am not a young adult looking to party all the time I think it would get old pretty quickly.

I grew up in the Northeast. Most of the smaller cities there are relatively urban but kind of depressing (besides Burlington).

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Old 04-14-2018, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Savannah is nice but I prefer Charleston and they are similar enough that I left it off my shortlist. Duluth and Madison have both intrigued me as cities but I've never been. I'm actually really glad that people talked about lakefront towns in Michigan and I'd love to learn more about the same in MN.
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:37 PM
 
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I choose Corpus because i think it would be kool to have a beach house there.It also has good redfishing and good seafood and i have friends there and it has a good church of Christ community.
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