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Unread 07-19-2009, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Roseville, CA
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Default Where can I find ocean, mountains, and snow ... in one city/place?

Right now the closest thing that I'm finding to what I'm looking for is Bellingham, WA. But I worry about this area after reading the Ugly Truth thread :P

I want mountains, a decent amount of snow in the winter, and the ocean nearby. I currently live in the Sacramento, CA metro area and have both of these things within about 2 hours of me, but am looking for a closer proximity and more scenery/beauty.

Any other suggestions?
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Unread 07-19-2009, 09:52 PM
 
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You are thinking in the right direction with Bellingham, and by that I mean the north Pacific coast.

My suggestion, Juneau, Alaska. They get 95 inches of snow a year, are on the coast, and have mountains right there. Maybe also consider somewhere in Maine.
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Unread 07-19-2009, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Oahu
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Unread 07-19-2009, 11:38 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Depending on what kind of mountains you're looking for, Portland, Maine might be a good choice. It's on the coast and only an hour from the White Mountains -- they're no Cascades, but they are the most prominent mountains east of the Rockies. And plenty of great skiing.

Portland gets a good amount of snow (about 70 inches a year) -- one of the few areas in the lower 48 where it snows on the beach throughout winter -- but not as much as areas further inland.
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Unread 07-20-2009, 10:46 AM
 
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Right now the closest thing that I'm finding to what I'm looking for is Bellingham, WA. But I worry about this area after reading the Ugly Truth thread :P

I want mountains, a decent amount of snow in the winter, and the ocean nearby. I currently live in the Sacramento, CA metro area and have both of these things within about 2 hours of me, but am looking for a closer proximity and more scenery/beauty.

Any other suggestions?

Are you saying you'd like to live somewhere where it constantly snows in town in the winter, but is on the coast as well? Just like Bellingham, both Seattle and Vancouver, BC both have large snowcovered mountains close by and are located on saltwater bays, but only get snowfall in the central areas a few times in the winter--and both aren't really on the direct coast. If you're looking for somewhere on the coast with a considerable amount of snowfall, you'd have to look at Alaskan cities--Juneau, Sitka, Anchorage, etc. (or Maine possibly, as one poster pointed out) Either way you're probably looking at somewhere in the extreme NW or NE corners of the US.

But I mean you can live in Los Angeles and go skiing in the San Bernadino Mountains and still drive to the beach in the same day..
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Unread 07-20-2009, 10:56 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Yeah, I'm looking for a place where it's a 10-15 minute drive from a snowy ski mountain to a tropical beach with palm trees, with a major city in between the two, but a major city that has a lot of rural, bucolic suburbs, and has low crime, low real estate prices, a growing tech industry with higher than average salaries, legal casinos but that don't dominate the city and a major international airport with direct flights to anywhere in the US and most places in Europe and Asia as well....

The closest to all that that I can think of would be Vegas, but with Lake Mead instead of an ocean. Also, Reno/Tahoe would be similar.

Bellingham, WA is beautiful but the ocean isn't swimmable up there. That's a waste of an ocean, to me.

San Diego and L.A. aren't too far from mountains but you seem unwilling to go 2 hours. I think what you're looking for doesn't exist, except perhaps in Bellingham, which is only good if you weren't planning on actually swimming in the ocean or enjoying a sunny day there (because the PNW has the most depressing, grey weather for the majority of the year).

EDITED TO ADD: I didn't think Bellingham was on the ocean... I just checked, and it's in fact on a bay, which is off of a strait, anyway. When someone says "ocean" I'd imagine he wants the real ocean, the open, wavy, salt-water ocean. Straits and Bays are more like big lakes than like ocean beaches. I'd rather be near Lake Mead where there's more you can do than in Bellingham Bay.
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Unread 07-20-2009, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Lower East Side, Milwaukee, WI
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Vancouver (ocean, mountains, snow)

Lake Tahoe (lake, mountains, snow)
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Unread 07-20-2009, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Portland Maine and Burlington VT.

Boston and/or most of New England along the coast is within a 2 hr drive to mountains. We get plenty of snow.
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Unread 07-20-2009, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Boston Metro
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Unread 07-20-2009, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Seward, Alaska
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Originally Posted by takingthechance View Post
Right now the closest thing that I'm finding to what I'm looking for is Bellingham, WA. But I worry about this area after reading the Ugly Truth thread :P

I want mountains, a decent amount of snow in the winter, and the ocean nearby. I currently live in the Sacramento, CA metro area and have both of these things within about 2 hours of me, but am looking for a closer proximity and more scenery/beauty.

Any other suggestions?

Pull up a google-search map of Alaska. Then select any of the various towns or cities on the coastline from south-eastern Ak to (and including) the Kenai Peninsula. There are over a dozen places here that meet your criteria. The most temperate (weather-wise) cities are all along the coast.


Bud
Seward, Ak (yes, Seward should be on your list too) (and we have the Kenai Fjords National Park here...)
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