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Old 12-06-2009, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Indiana
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Bloomington, Indiana is the first city that crossed my mind. There are four seasons, with spring beginning in March, summer heat strating in May and it is in the 60's-70's until November. But, it does not fit your criteria of being in the mountains, you will find hills. They also do not get a lot of snow, you will get cold winters with about 10-15 inches of snow total. What you will get is the extreme weather in the spring. LOTS of thunderstorms and tornado warnings. Inidiana University has a beautiful campus filled with large limestone buildings, and as college towns tend to be, a pretty liberal town.

I also thought of Amherst, MA which has University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst College and Hampshire College. Amherst is situated in the mountains of Mass. You will have 4 distinct seasons, lots of snow. Amherst is a beautiful town that also has a pretty large artist community. It reminds me a lot of Burlington VT. Like all of New England, it can get hot and muggy in the summer, with a couple weeks of weather in the 90's, but avg. temps in typically in the 80's.
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:02 AM
 
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University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. Large University, plenty of snow and it's the State Capitol. I lived in Madison and loved it (except for the snowy winters). However, it appears you are looking for snow. Madison is only 90 miles from Chicago.
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