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Old 11-09-2008, 01:06 PM
 
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I have lived in many places across the USA, but I put a few above all others for a variety of reasons (they all share one commonality - they are not too big, and range in size from small to moderate). I really do like visiting big cities, but I find I can no longer tolerate living in them 24/7 - I think age has a lot to do with it, although I've known seniors who love living in NYC/LA/Atlanta/Philadelphia/Miami and will not leave as long as they draw a breath.

Here's my partial list:

CA: Santa Barbara, So.Pasadena, Santa Ynez, Carmel Valley, Big Sur

AZ: Prescott, Jerome, Bisbee,

PA and/or NJ: New Hope/Lambertville, Doylestown

NYS: New Paltz, Woodstock, Ithaca, Hudson

FL: Coral Gables

Caveat: Many years have slipped by since I resided in/near some of these places, so things may well have shifted toward the negative, and other choices may have eclipsed these picks. I know Coral Gables has some beautiful architecture, locations, wonderful variety of food and culture - but on my last visit the traffic and growth was stifling.

So, what are some of your picks and why?

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Old 11-09-2008, 03:37 PM
 
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I have lived in lots of places across the USA, but I put a few above all others for a variety of reasons (they all share one commonality - they are not too big, and range in size from small to moderate). I really do like visiting big cities, but I find I can no longer tolerate living in them 24/7 - I think age has a lot to do with it, although I've known seniors who love living in NYC/LA/Atlanta/Philadelphia/Miami and will not leave as long as they draw a breath.

Here's my partial list:

CA: Santa Barbara, So.Pasadena, Santa Ynez, Carmel Valley, Big Sur

AZ: Prescott, Jerome, Bisbee,

PA and/or NJ: New Hope/Lambertville, Doylestown

NYS: New Paltz, Woodstock, Ithaca, Hudson

FL: Coral Gables

MA: Stockbridge, Lenox

Caveat: Many years have slipped by since I resided in/near some of these places, so things may well have shifted toward the negative, and other choices may have eclipsed these picks. I know Coral Gables has some beautiful architecture, locations, wonderful variety of food and culture - but on my last visit the traffic and growth was stifling.
What are some of your favorite places in the States?
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Old 11-09-2008, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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PA: WestChester
NY: Montauk, Long Island
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Old 11-09-2008, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Houston
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I love Huntsville, TX

I went to college there and enjoyed my 4 years there. They have a great state park where I would go hiking and biking. The people living there were always friendly. There is a prison there but it's a major employer for the people living there. I always felt safe there because I think the with the prison being there it made for a good reminder to the people there to stay out of trouble. Also if someone would escape from the prison i'm sure they would get as far out of town as possible instead of hanging around there.
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Old 11-09-2008, 04:52 PM
 
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What are some of your favorite places in the States?
Not only did you just ask yourself, but you did so after answering.
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Old 11-09-2008, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Santa Cruz
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Old 11-09-2008, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Jersey City, NJ
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I love Santa Fe, NM. Its an awesome place and it almost feels like you are in another country when you are there. Im not sure what I would do with myself if I lived there, but boy, it is a great long weekend escape. Truely a beautiful part of the world. They have worked very hard at not becoming too touristy, which I like.

I also enjoyed Kingsport / Johnson City area of Tennessee. The Smokey Mountains are nice in the fall.
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Old 11-10-2008, 06:30 AM
 
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Not only did you just ask yourself, but you did so after answering.
Sorry. I suppose I should be lashed and thrown to the lions. I forgot Lenox & Stockbridge, MA in my OP, so I added to repost. You might consider job as a policeman/moderator.
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Old 11-10-2008, 06:56 AM
 
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I love Santa Fe, NM. Its an awesome place and it almost feels like you are in another country when you are there. Im not sure what I would do with myself if I lived there, but boy, it is a great long weekend escape. Truely a beautiful part of the world. They have worked very hard at not becoming too touristy, which I like..
MR77, living now in Arizona and I like visiting SF too. Acquaintances who live in SF tell me it's very different living there and visiting there (but that's true for most places - right?). It's a really good foodie town. On your next SF visit try Santacafe on Washington Avenue and Marie's (good Mexican food - big portions/local favorite/reasonable prices) on Cordova (near the Whole Foods Market). SF on the Xmas holidays is special, good parties/cheer along gallery row with lots of locals on parade.

If anyone reading this is in the Catskills of NYS, or the Central Coast of CA checkout these restaurant favorites (reasonable prices):

CA: Big Sky Cafe (Broad Street) in San Luis Obispo

NYS: New World Cuisine in Saugerties (about eight miles outside Woodstock)

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Old 11-10-2008, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Greater PDX
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Juneau, AK
Charleston, SC
Springfield, MO
Durango, CO (although I haven't been in quite a few years and don't know if it has changed)

These are all visits rather than living there for a significant amount of time. What is nice to visit may not necessarily be nice to live in, and vice versa.
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