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Old 07-22-2008, 09:17 AM
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I have lived in a few different places, one being the bustling city of San Francisco and a laid-back country town on the North Shore of Oahu. I have come to realize I thrive in more natural surroundings, and would rather venture to a city only when necessary. Would love to move and rent a room in a cottage somewhere by a lake, in a forest-like area, with a view of the mountains (where skiing is a possibility in the winter). I would need to be within 30-45 minutes driving distance to a city where I could find work, check out cafes, bookstores, museums, and appreciate some architecture. Does a place like this exist??? Thanks for taking the time read my post!

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Old 07-22-2008, 09:27 AM
Location: Nor Cal
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Shasta is gorgeous, with a great lake and skiing, mountains etc...I just don't think there is any city that would have all the amenities that you are looking for. Redding is close by but it is a newer town, not really historical as far as I can remember.

SF is a great city with everything you are looking for on that end but it is hours from skiing, Muir Woods isn't that far from there...

Sorry I couldn't be more help.

Originally this was in the CA forum, now maybe this doesn't pertain.

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Old 07-22-2008, 09:41 AM
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Frog Lake, Oregon...at the base of Mt. Hood. Has everything you are asking for...and the city to work in is Portland or Gresham, Oregon. On the south side of the City is Clackamas...about 20 minutes out of Lake Oswego on the Williamette river...both are the very best of what you are seeking...If you are coming from San Fran and Kahuku...you wouldn't feel very comfortable in Wv...just to far removed and Oregon IS West Coast....good luck.

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Old 07-22-2008, 10:09 AM
Location: TX
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The Silverthorn /Dillion area would be a good place to start.

Downtown area with emplyoment...yes
Mountian view...yes
Outdoor ativities..yes year round.
Skiing...yes, quick acess to many resorts.
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:13 AM
Location: Western Pennsylvania
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In West Virginia, you might look into the Cheat Lake area, just east of Morgantown. The lake borders Cooper's Rock State Forest. The closest skiing would be north in Pennsylvania (Seven Springs, Hidden Valley) or east in Maryland (Wisp). Both ski areas would be about an hour or so drive.

The Greenbrier River is pretty tranquil, almost lake-like. Possible locations would include Durbin, Green Bank, Marlinton, Seebert, and Hillsboro in Pocahontas County. Skiing is at Snowshoe Resort, near Cass. The nearest cities would be Elkins to the north and Lewisburg to the south; each would be 45 min - one hour, depending on exactly where you moved.

Other big lakes include Summersville and Bluestone.
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:17 AM
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EVERYBODY WANTS THIS! Most people move 30 miles from the city to acheive this.

Hence the creation of the suburbs. Then the nice quiet place in the forest next to a lake is turned into, well, everywhereville.

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Old 07-22-2008, 10:28 AM
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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Lake Placid where the Olympic Village is would qualify. Thick natural woods on a lake in the mountains with skiing. Not far from the historic city and Capital of NYS in Albany and a few hours from French speaking Montreal. Too far to commute to either on a daily basis.
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:33 AM
Location: Charleston, WV
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Hello Mr. Monitor,
This was in the WV thread, I spent a good bit of time giving info and links to websites with info about Cheat Lake area of Morgantown, WV, Deep Creek, Md and Canaan Valley WV. As soon as I hit post reply I see where the thread had moved - my reply is gone. Is it out there floating around anywhere? I really don't want to redo the whole thing.
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