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Old 05-06-2009, 09:00 AM
 
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seems like you want Colorado or Alaska
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:40 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Seriously, there are thousands of towns in America that could fit your description, and naturally everyone here is going to promote their home region. I'm no exception.

But I can offer some advice on New England. Firstly, its proximity to the UK might be an asset. I've flown coast-to-coast in the US and across the Atlantic on numerous occasions, and I couldn't imagine doing those flights back-to-back!

Boston is the regional hub (and a fantastic city), but I would suggest looking northward at New Hampshire and Maine, which are a relatively short drive away but worlds away in terms of landscapes and pace of life. These are the two most heavily forested states in the country (85% and 90% forest, respectively), so lack of trees is not an issue.

The coast is known for its rocky shores, fishing villages, and lighthouses. Within an hour's drive from the ocean, you're in the White Mountains, the highest in the Northeast and arguably the most impressive east of the Rockies. Between the the coast and the mountains lies the Lakes Region -- in fact, the first place I thought of when reading your post was the area around Meredith in New Hampshire. Tremendous hiking, hunting, fishing, water activities, etc. abound within a small radius.

The towns in this part of the country are particularly well-preserved. New England's golden days were between the 17th and 19th centuries, so the region does not bear the marks of heavy post-WW2 development you see in other areas of the US. People here prefer to eat and shop at local businesses, so chain restaurants are not as prevalent as in other areas, but you can still find the basic McDonald's or whatnot.

One thing I don't think you really specified is the size of the town you're looking for. Most of the towns in NH and ME are fairly small, but if you're looking for someplace with more than 20,000 people, I might look into Portsmouth, NH or Portland, ME.

As was mentioned, weather might be an issue. If you're primarily looking for a summer home, New Hampshire and Maine are perfect (a summer home in the South would involve lots of air conditioning and indoor activities ). Autumn is amazingly beautiful. But winters are cold and very snowy. It's beautiful around Christmas, but you probably wouldn't want to spend several months unless you're an avid skier, ice skater, snowshoer, snowmobiler, etc.

The second caveat is the New Englanders themselves -- we have a reputation for being somewhat reserved compared to other Americans, seeing as how we take after our ancestors across the pond. You won't find the same level of gregariousness you would get with Southerners, but you'll definitely find the politeness and down-to-earth character of rural America. Essentially, I think you'd have to be more proactive to make a lot of friends, because "casual friendships" are few and far between here -- if you forge a friendship with an ol' Yankee (in the New England sense of the word), you're part of a loyal clan.
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:52 PM
 
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Long Island

"without being snot-nosed or manic about money and status" You sure do think New York city area is perfect dont you?
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Old 05-06-2009, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Rome, Georgia
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Absolutely Asheville. You described it. I liked the Savannah suggestion, but Asheville wins. Artsy, Very Green, Mountainous, community oriented. Good luck in your search.

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Old 05-06-2009, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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"without being snot-nosed or manic about money and status" You sure do think New York city area is perfect dont you?

There are areas of LI that are middle-class where people aren't like that. Way to assume a 118 mile long island has the same type of people.
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Old 05-06-2009, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Teaneck, NJ
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Rhode Island.. pick a town
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Old 05-08-2009, 06:24 PM
 
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Maybe southern pennsylvania, like an hour or so west of Philly. There are hills, lots of forests, rivers, and old towns and you're close to philadelphia and the airport. The only issue is that it has cold winters.

If you want colorado, which is a few hours further, try idaho springs. We drove by it when we went skiing at Vail, it seemed like a charming old mining town. It's closer to denver than to vail.

and their sports teams are called the gold diggers!!!
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Old 05-20-2009, 10:52 PM
 
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Port Townsend, Washington I think describes to a tee what you are looking for-artsy town of about 10,000 on the NE side of the Olympic Peninsula, lots of hiking trails and other outdoor activities, has a northern European climate, and is about 3 hours by car and ferry to Seattle.
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