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Old 01-14-2009, 04:51 PM
 
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I am planning to move to the US, and am lucky enough to have some freedom as to where to live. I have visited a few places in the US, not all on the 'beaten track' and want some ideas from folks of whatthey consider teh best places. I dont really want to be in a city, though i love Boston and Charlotte NC. I would really like to be somewhere somewhat warmer than Toronto ! I would love to be near mountains, like the Appalachians, and lakes (have been to teh Adirondacks many times!) I dont mind being somewhere that gets some snow, but no snow would be good too. To me what would be most important is the community . Somewhere small enough that i could integrate into the community and contribute through volunteering, church etc. I love country and folk music, southern rock, and of course the southern accent. Even though I am a Brit, i have been intorduced to football (go Pats!) and grits, cornbread, livermush and of course BBQ and fired chicken (not necessarily in that order or all together!)
I am sure loads of you will have many differing ideas as to where is a a good place to live. one proviso is that i would need to be within an hour of an airport that is either an international hub, or an easy hop to an international hub such as Dulles, Charlotte, Denver, Chicago, DFW. Any thoughts anyone?
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Old 01-14-2009, 05:58 PM
 
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Georgia. Atlanta has an international airport. There are lakes in the area and mountains nearby in North Georgia. In the suburbs of Atlanta, you could find a small community. Plus the weather is nice. Snow is rare.
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Old 01-15-2009, 10:51 AM
 
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The area around Knoxville (in east Tennessee). No international airport, but if you check the airport's website you'll see that flights from there easily connect through major airports on the east coast. Mountains, lakes, rivers, .... You might want to sift through info on the Knoxville thread of the Tennessee forum for recommendations on specific towns / communities around there. Good luck.
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Knoxville
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The area around Knoxville (in east Tennessee). No international airport, but if you check the airport's website you'll see that flights from there easily connect through major airports on the east coast. Mountains, lakes, rivers, .... You might want to sift through info on the Knoxville thread of the Tennessee forum for recommendations on specific towns / communities around there. Good luck.
Great suggestion! I am in NO way biased, of course.

But seriously, Knoxville and the surrounding areas certainly seem to have a lot of the good qualities you're interested in. We've got great people, great food, lots of Southern culture, plenty of folk music (you might want to learn the words to "Rocky Top" before you visit ), and an exceedingly popular local football team. Snow is a rarity around here, but it still manages to get pretty cold from time to time during the winter (we've got a low of about 5 degrees for tonight, but that's not the norm).

I agree with the above poster in that you should give the Tennessee/Knoxville forum a visit.

Edit - I just noticed what you said about lakes. Basically, you can't throw a rock without hitting some kind of water in East Tennessee.
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Consider someplace southwest of St. Louis, on the fringe of the Ozarks. Missouri is, in my opinion, one of the nicest states to live in.
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:31 AM
 
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Thanks for the info! i will look into both Knoxville (I know some people who live there) and Atlanta, again i know some people there
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Old 01-15-2009, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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Consider someplace southwest of St. Louis, on the fringe of the Ozarks. Missouri is, in my opinion, one of the nicest states to live in.
I agree. It gets cold, though, probably more so than Georgia. But the Ozarks are very beautiful, with the Lake of the Ozarks and the big hills.
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